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Performance 14 November 2015 My work has recently been around the subject owning the image and dictating what the camera shows, the performance was a way to include other people in the process, so I got my audience to turn on their torches on their cameras make their mark on the film.

Cue Credits

The show is up at Open School East, there is only one more full day to go, then it comes down and that’s that, I’m done with artschool, in a less ignominious manner than in 1980, but just as done.  I’m tired, I have been feeling sick for a couple of weeks and I have had a headache since September.  Apart from that, actually no, there is no apart from that. Have a song from the 1970s that isn’t related really , but it is kind of cute and a mighty fine performance from Johnny Mathis and Denice Williams.

Oh look, squirrel

This past two and a half months I have been mostly thinking which is a nice way of saying having ideas and doing absolutely nothing with them. This is a problem because I have a hell of a lot of things to do in a relatively short space of time, I have deadlines. Douglas Adams used to say something about loving deadlines and the wooshing sound they made as they went past. I envy that, I cannot be so sanguine about a deadline  even one like: that’s a nice idea, write it down in the next 10 minutes or you …

A to B Invisible

After my last post about privacy I feel I should fess up that I also have a dog in the fight that goes a bit further than photography: I made a short film, ostensibly to learn Premiere Pro, but also because I liked a song and didn’t like the way it was on shown on YouTube.  I made the film using short sequences shot on a Nexus 4 mobile phone, mainly on the London Overground on my way to and from work.  The shots are of people who are for the most part looking at their phones.  I liked the …

pinhole with 14 year olds

Today I helped with an introductory workshop for year ten kids who are studying photography for GCSE.  They were adamant that photography is not art for starters, so we’ve come full circle here.  They were nice.  I’m sure they are capable of being a handful under normal circumstances, but they were great and engaged for a pretty long day learning about something. We started with a group photograph taken with a a large format camera.  A couple of them got to look through the screen where everything is upside down and back to front which was kind of popular and …

educating tina

Week three tidied up and put away at OSE. This was the one where my pocket account got a bit full with all of the new names, that everybody else seems to know about and I just kind of spluttered along like some wanky old fucker. I should temper my personal irritation with the fact, at the end of the day, I’ve seen the most dawns and dusks, so I’m the winner. I know I should be writing all kinds of reflective balix about how I am growing as an artist or something like that, but I just don’t have …

Blood test

I am B42 in the blood queue and when I got here the current number was 94. I am waiting in Homerton which is not my favourite place. Today the smell is that  smell the one I remember from father’s cousin when she was comotose and on the way out. I am sick of hospitals. I will be getting a lot sicker pretty soon, or not, depending on the outcome of mother’s hip operation which was scheduled for 31st of January but got bumped.  My brother scared me by telling me that some hospitals use it as a culling tool, weed …

Back to school

Well that is my first week at open school east. We are quite a diverse group and I already feel as if I have had to rearrange some of my attitudes and opinions. I always like that because it is the equalivant of flosssing. Just not letting things rot away until they start to rot the good bits. The week has been overshadowed with the killings in Paris. Two of the other students are French and one is about as brown as me. We had a brief chat about people responding to our colour, especially in the art world. So …

24 Carat Glided Badgers

I went on a gilding course this weekend.  I learned a lot about the process.  I had no idea that gold leaf sits on a cushion and the cushion is made of bones and chalk and mud. The first thing we did was melt some rabbit skin glue and I felt right at home after that as it smells like gelatine, because it is basically the same thing. Then we made gesso.  I have never really given much thought to what goes into gesso, but proper gesso is basically glue and chalk. It made a much more satisfying goo than …