Category: My Photographs

Grave Flowers

I had the idea of photographing the flowers left in a cemetery and while looking for possible subjects I was struck by two things – those where the flowers had been left to wilt and wither – and those where artificial flowers had been left. When the artificial flowers were new the colours were quite …

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Surimono

Surimono are a type of Japanese woodblock prints that combine a printed image with poetry. They were generally privately commissioned and “became very popular in the Edo period (1615-1868), specifically during the later eighteenth century and into the first three to four decades of the nineteenth” (Siffert 1996).  Surimono with butterflies, by Kubo Shunman (1757-1820), …

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Anna Atkins

Atkins was recognised as “the first woman photographer” Johnson (2004:26), publishing the first photographically illustrated book in 1843 ‘Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions” (Schaaf 2018). The cyanotype process was invented by Sir John Herschel from whom Atkins learned the process on visits to his household (Ware 2018). “Atkins’s achievements, like those of many Victorian …

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Karl Blossfeldt (1865-1932)

  From 1898 to 1930 Blossfeldt taught at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Berlin (Karl Blossfeldt | MoMA (s.d.). He did not consider himself as a photographer, instead an “enthusiastic amateur … took pictures with a home-made wooden camera, using his images as a teaching aid in the drawing classes he gave” Adam (2014 p19). He took …

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A Little Less than Perfect

I was taken by this phrase when shopping in the supermarket, it was being applied to fruit and vegetables that were perfectly good to eat but were a bit misshapen. It set me wondering about some of the flower images I had seen in my background reading for this module. Irving Penn started taking photos …

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