Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Just Because!

This has nothing to do with photography or art, but everything to do with inspiration!

Bon Iver, live in AIR Studios, London, 2011

Friday, 24 August 2012

I Wish I'd Thought of That!

Emily Mennerdahl

A Failed Monument to Silence. Used foam earplugs cast into bronze. 3 x 1 cm. 2007

One Week of Silence7 pairs of wax earplugs formed into a ball. 4 x 4cm. 2008

Cornelia Parker

Here v there!

Last weekend I went home, back to Fife, and it really was food for the soul.  Spent Saturday with P driving up the east coast and photographing around the beaches of Montrose, St Cyrus and Lunan Bay.  The evening sun was just beautiful.

It reminded me of a conversation I had with M during one of my tutorials last year about how some of my best work comes as a result of travel.  Not overseas travel - but sometimes near, sometimes far, and definitely away from the city.  I'll have to wait until term begins to develop the film from this summer's trips to see if there's anything decent, but I certainly feel much better as soon as I'm away from Glasgow.  I suppose it helps that my interests are connected to the coast, but getting away just makes me feel so much freer and able to think more creatively.

The problem with going home though, is the coming back!  The better the time away, the harder it is to settle when I have to come back to the city centre.  This week has been particularly hard as I'm trying to work on my essay/dissertation - how do I focus in the noise of the city, when my heart's still on the beach?

Lunan Bay 


St Cyrus

Home - for the time being!

Monday, 6 August 2012

Marc Wilson

Last week I came across the photographer Marc Wilson who has also taken photographs of Kilnsea and many of the few remaining war defences around our coast, and in France.  I'm not so keen on the ones with long exposure, but his project The Last Stand, seems very well researched and I think some of the images are great.  Makes me want to go back to some of my old ones and take them on the 4x5!

Newburgh, Aberdeenshire (c) Marc Wilson, 2012

And much as I try to avoid the cliche, I really like his Abandoned series!

Third Year Exhibition

My images for the 3rd year exhibition were of the gun battery at Kilnsea on the Spurn Peninsula - a continuation of my interest in what we have left behind, and how the land is reclaiming man's impositions on it - in this case by coastal erosion.

Elements I, II and III (c) M-J Archibald, 2012

Elements I, II, and III and Elemental installation view 
GSA FAP3 Exhibition, The Glue Factory, Glasgow - March 2012

Happy coincidences...

Almost 4 years ago I was nervously standing in the queue to register as a student at GSA.  I'd played it safe and arrived mid-morning (didn't want to seem too keen, or too relaxed!) only to find myself next to an extremely hung-over lad in dark glasses, breathing alcohol over me! I excused myself and went to the loo!  When I came back, I was standing in front of a pretty, petite, dark haired girl, who thankfully didn't smell of alcohol and was much, much nicer to talk too!  We met for tea the next day and the rest, as they say, is history!

It turned out that she was direct entry into 2nd year photography and so this year, my very good friend Theresa Moerman Ib graduated with a first class honours degree (with distinction!) from Glasgow School of Art - I am so proud of her.

As well as her academic success, her degree show was great (and black!!) and well received, and she has been invited to exhibit her work elsewhere as a result.

Please take a look at her website and go to see her work if you can:

Theresa Moerman Ib

Emergency Exit (c) Theresa Moerman Ib, 2012

The Worst Thing About the Sun (c) Theresa Moerman Ib, 2012

I wish her lots of success - she works so hard and is such an inspiration to me. x


That's how it feels - like I ought to be drawing some big fat line across this blog!  A line that represents a new start; in my case, the start of my fourth and, final, year at art school.  To say I'm scared and nervous would be an understatement; I find the whole idea quite terrifying!!

I know I'll be fine, there are just so many emotions tied up in this final year - it's the culmination of a dream I've had since I was 16, it's something I've worked so hard to do well at over the past 3 years, it's something I've given up quite a lot to do and yes, I'm afraid I won't be good enough come degree show time.

However, all my mechanisms and systems are starting to get put in place including deciding to drastically cut back (almost give up!) my business for the last 6 months of my degree.  But in order to do that, I've had to work really hard this summer - not just at business, but have started my dissertation/essay (tbd!) and am beginning to get back into researching some ideas I'd like to progress with once the term starts

And I really need to get blogging again!  I really went off the whole thing towards the end of 3rd year and I'm not sure why.  I'm not going to do my usual 'round-up of all the things I missed' post, but suffice to say 3rd year ended on a very high note and I'm very pleased with the progress I made (internally and externally) and this year's degree show was excellent.

Here's hoping next year's will be just as good!