I’m not sure when I first came across Christopher Herwig’s project, but it appealed immediately. It’s the work of a photographer who has obsessively catalogued these Soviet concrete structures after first coming across them on a long-distance bike journey – right up my street. Continue reading
This morning, my wife decided that she would take my mother-in-law to a show in Nottingham. I was invited along, but an unspoken understanding ensured that I would do something else while they enjoyed ‘Singing in the Rain’. Continue reading
Vivian Maier is big news at the moment with the release of a documentary film, a BBC feature and various books collecting her work being published. Continue reading
My valentine generously bought me this book and I’ve been looking forward to spending a bit of time with it. Continue reading
Normally, I’d write up a book after reading the whole thing, rather than just a first chapter, but for this book, I’ve made an exception. Continue reading
I had begun Geoff Dyer’s book length essay on photography a few weeks before I started my course. In fact, reading it was part of my motivation for choosing to study photography. As I’ve stated elsewhere, I’m probably ‘OK’ at using a camera, the bits I struggle with are contextualising my pictures and exploring concepts further than a couple of frames. This book is all about the development of photography, its exploration of concepts and placing both the practice and the pictures into context – perfect then!
I haven’t read Dyer before, but he has a reputation for writing studies of subject matter that he claims not to be an expert in. One of his previous books was about jazz, written as someone who had only ever listened to it. At the beginning of this book, he tells us that he doesn’t own a camera. Continue reading