5: Presentation: Edges revisited (September 2020)

The various outputs from this final part of the course will reassess my original questions about my personal voice and identity. A key focus will be how to resolve potential tensions between having and social and political voice and requirements of finding markets for my work on Britain. This is very important for me going forward, given the likely future health restrictions on my travel and hence consultancy work overseas.

In selection and treatment of what I draw and how I draw it I consider both ‘visible’ and ‘invisible’ dimensions of:

  • Whose place? different perspectives and interests. Looking particularly at what might be meant by ‘the female gaze’ and ‘multiculturalism’ and what this might mean for the ways in which places are interpreted and communicated visually.
  • When place? places change over time – even over a few seconds – short term, long term, historical perspective and layers – the past is always present in traces some of which may be hidden while others may be idealised as ‘authentic essence’ or ‘romantic ruins’.
  • ‘True’ vs ‘imaginary’ place? representations and narratives of ‘place’ are inherently subjective in the ways in which specific elements in the infinite stream of ‘reality’ and ‘consciousness’ are perceived with attention, selected, interpreted and communicated. Understandings are often influenced by ways in which other artists/photographers have translated what they see into images with specific interpretations and styles. ‘Documentary’ representations are often influenced as much by value judgements of how the artist/photographer wants things to be – for example selective erasure of cars and rubbish bins from ‘landscape’ images and idealised portraits in Photoshop. Are these any more ‘true’ than ‘imagined’ images that attempt to synthesise an expressionist ‘spirit’ or ‘feeling’ of a place?

5.1 Re-assessing my practice and finishing my work

I will review and revise the outputs from Assignments 2-4 in the light of feedback and reach some conclusions about the best forms of presentation/ changes I still need to make/further possibilities to reach a wider range of audience.

A number of outputs are currently envisaged:

  • Assignment 2 Landscaping England Selected fine art photographic prints and photography-based print media : photoscreen, photolithography, cyanotype and gelli-print transfer that could be sold through professional photographic and printmaking websites or directly to the public. Uploaded to my professional website as web galleries and/or slideshow presentations.
  • Assignment 3 Jabberwocky: on-line video on vimeo
  • Assignment 4 series of printed and/or on-line publication on social, political and environmental contradictions of life in Cambridge, possibly in the style of ‘Scarfolk’.

5.2 Further development: Cambridge Sketchbooks

The project extends my work on Cambridge revisiting my earlier work: photography, printmaking, painting and sketching with an iPad and natural media in the light of what I now want to say about life and society.

I am planning to take forward up to four bodies of work building on earlier projects and images that I think might have a potential local or wider audience and market:

  • 4.1 River Reflections: taking forward my work on Project 2.1 Bridge to produce a photo-book and series of fine art photographs and prints in different print-making media
  • 4.2 ‘Arcadia recycled’: collage, photomontage and prints taking forward work from Printmaking 2 from a more socio-political perspective.
  • 4.3 Cambridge Life: sketches and cartoons from life using iPad and natural media building on life sketches of cafe’s and recreational activities in Cambridge.
  • 4.4 Cambridge Seasons: photographs, prints and paintings building on work on seasons for Printmaking 1 and 2 and Illustration 2: Spirit of Place.

5.3 Talking about my practice: portfolio

In addition to finalising the current blog, I will add relevant material from this module and other audience-relevant information to:

  • zemniimages.com my professional SMUGMUG website which currently mainly houses archives of my photography.

5.4 Self Promotion and presenting my practice

In addition to continuing to circulate on social networks for different media on Facebook and exploring the links in Exercise 4.3, I will add relevant material from this module and other audience-relevant information to:

  • zemniimages printmaking blog  (currently 1-2,000 visitors a month) – this would add further details of printmaking techniques based on my work in this module. Many of my visitors visit the site through links to technical information and information on other printmakers.
  • After Effects tasters on a new Zemni You Tube Channel.

I will send selected work to the various on-line commercial card and print marketing sites, and approach some of the card and book shops in Cambridge and East Anglia and explore opportunities to present some of my printmaking and photography at exhibitions/Open Studios in Cambridge and elsewhere.