Author Archives: Matt

About Matt

Photography degree student with the Open College of the Arts.

Simultaneously everywhere and nowhere

Photography used to be a very ‘hands on’ physical process. The large format cameras that, for example, Ansel Adams, carted around the great American landscape and the chemical manufacture of a final image, it was very evident what was being … Continue reading

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Monkeying Around with Camera Settings

Summer’s here! At last! Again! It was a brilliant day to visit the zoo, especially with it being a Bank Holiday weekend. Twycross Zoo, the World Primate Centre, claims to have the largest collection of apes and monkeys in the … Continue reading

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Jerry Spagnoli

After digitally creating my own Daguerreotype, I wondered whether there were any photographers using the original photographic process today. Whilst searching on the Internet I came across the American photographer Jerry Spagnoli. In 1995, after familiarising himself with the technique … Continue reading

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Settling down with Squarespace

I have now been using Squarespace 6 to host and build my website for 10 months now, so I am becoming confident with how to control and construct its layout. The image above is a screen shot for my latest … Continue reading

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Reading round the subject

Before starting my People and Place module I thought it would be interesting to delve back through history to when portraiture photography began. Although I have taken many ‘snap shots’ of people before, I have never created a portrait before. … Continue reading

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Photography at Face Value

Images of people are littered all over the Internet and throughout society, for example on social networks, for identification purposes, and to document. Bate (2009, p. 67) summarises these pictures of people as: a shorthand description of a person. In … Continue reading

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Making a Daguerreotype

Whilst I was reading about how Louis Daguerre perfected his process of fixing an image permanently, and since I have just completed DPP, I thought I’d challenge myself to use Photoshop to recreate the effect of a daguerreotype on a … Continue reading

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Finding the Right Type

In a previous post, A New Painting, I referred to how Joseph Nicephore Niepce made the innovative breakthrough of creating a permanent photographic image in c.1826. Before then painting was the main method of recording an image on paper. Unfortunately … Continue reading

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The most popular camera is…..

  The graph above was captured from Flickr today. It shows the dominance of Apple in the photography market at the moment, with Apple iPhones being the top 3 cameras for Flickr users uploading photographs. Whilst it is reassuring to … Continue reading

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We Still Stand

Moira Lovell photographs staged portraits that tackle gender, class and political issues. ‘We Still Stand’ is a photographic project she undertook between 2009 and 2011. It reunites the striking coal miners of the 1980s with the derelict, inoperable mines of … Continue reading

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