Monday, 29 June 2009
Issue 7 Of Fraction web mag is out with a blinding group show, "The Un-Natural Nature of Food". I'd have let them look at my ever increasing collection of takeaway menu's if they'd asked nicely.......
Sunday, 28 June 2009
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Friday, 26 June 2009
I was going to be all aloof and not mention MJ. Then I noticed that most of the cool kid photo bloggers are too cool to mention him so being an awkward bastard and him being well, MJ I thought fuck it I will, then I remembered I don't really have that many connections with him other than when was a kid and Pippa my rabbit got strangled one night and my mum found her and then I heard this song and projected my grief onto it. That's it. That's my MJ story. I wish my life was more glam and I had anecdotes like this........
P.S Is it me or does he look a little bit like Lilly Allen? No wonder he had fucking plastic surgery........ It's got to be said though that listening to him sing as a youngster well he could, really sing.
Thursday, 25 June 2009
Wednesday, 24 June 2009
Sunday, 21 June 2009
Thursday, 18 June 2009
Wednesday, 17 June 2009
So post three and the last on this. Ben Graville has left a comment on his work and Kudos to him for that. He Say's,
"There seems to be an idea that there could be financial or career gain from in and out the old bailey. this is not the case. not a penny has come from the work and wouldn't. If there ever was any money it would be heading straight to m.o.j.o. miscarriages of justice organisation set up by paddy hill and john mcmanus who are dedicated to assisting innocent people both in prison and after their release. During my time working the courts I covered all the criminal appeals at the high court London. I would see and meet paddy hill who would appear at all the appeals where I covered ( to name a few ) sally clark, robert brown, gary mills and tony poole." Ben Graville
I'll leave Ben to have the last word it seems only fair. Should anybody want to continue the debate please feel free to use the comments section here.
Now let's all chill with Porridge..................
Tuesday, 16 June 2009
I would like to reply to a couple of things that Pete Brook from the excellent and perfectly placed to have a view on this subject, PRISON PHOTOGRAPHY said.
Pete Says. "Ideally, we'd not live in a paparazzi world, but we do. Do authorities then - over time - phase in windowless vans or do they not assess windows in their remand transportation fleet?"
Agreed. We do live in a world of the "pap" and they are free to spend their days photography celebrities. That comes with the territory when you "Dance with the Devil" I can accept the same with the "Evil Monsters" of the tabloid world. As far as I can tell though from Graville's pictures these are your more run of the mill prisoners whether on remand or not. As I'm sure you know many of those people especially those on remand will have many social and medical problems, mental health issues dependency problems etc not to mention mis-carriages of justice. I am taking offence at a bloke with a career plan and a big DSLR taking advantage for selfish gain.
Pete you say "While acknowledging shaky ethical ground I still find this photographic document worthwhile." I can't see that at all. What is it showing us? That some members of the public are locked up and transported between jail and court, and that when confined and humiliated and when someone trys to take their picture they react in different ways, exactly the same as people do in any situation. I don't need to pull the wings off a daddy long legs to know that if you do it's fucked for flying.
You're right Pete there is lots of Photojournalism that does nothing but exploit and make some big bucks for photographers. I've heard the stories from Don McCullin about photographers photographing a person as they die rather than helping, stories from the sixties, and I often wonder why photographers keep churning out the same images time and again and anyway that's why we invented Simon Norfolk because he brings something new to the table. Thing is that for every shithead there is a genuine, if a little naive, idealist on Lightstalkers who truly believes that his picture of an orphan will be THE one to change the world. That's not what "In & Out of The Old Bailey" is about, Graville's work's not prison reform it's "Wolf Boy"
I'll finish with a story. A while back I was in line for a commission to make some work about local cemeteries, a subject that would be an absolute minefield of cliches. Myself and a friend were racking our brains to come up with a new slant on a tired subject. As we got sillier and sicker with our ideas the idea of hiding behind the grave stones and jumping out and photographing the relatives paying their respects. Could you imagine those facial expressions? Of course we would never really do such a thing and felt ashamed of ourselves for even joking about other peoples misery. Perhaps with hindsight I should have done it and submitted it to Foto8..........
As for the windows, Like Benjamin I to have spent some time on the inside of said vans, (no doubt the main reason why I hate this work) and trust me when stuck in one for over an hour you want a window. What you don't want is some cock sticking a camera through it...............
Sunday, 14 June 2009
I came across it by being on the Foto8 mailing list where this series is currently being showcased. I approached it from an Art point of view, wow I thought what a concept, what a good idea. We've all seen the paps and hard nosed press fella's sticking their big DSLR's up at the Meatwagon windows when some pee-doe or politician is behind the little black portholes, but what about the ordinary convict, breakdown of society, celebrity, surveillance all kind of metaphor and on top of that, fuck yeah lets look at them convicts! I've not seen that done before, think
On some levels these images are great. The rawness of the aesthetic, the fact that they have left me feeling a little grubby and have got me still thinking about them several days later and I'm sure for longer to come, all goes in their favour and some way to justify their existence. One of the justifications of shock art is to question to create debate and so this work has filled that role.
Wednesday, 10 June 2009
Monday, 8 June 2009
Sunday, 7 June 2009
As I've just heard that the BNP have won their first seat in the European Parliament. It follows on from my last couple of posts.
I guess we have to do the best we can to clean up our own bit of the back yard when it comes to racism and other questions of unfairness and shitty behaviour.
So following on, this:
duckrabbit offers $1000 photography prize,
In a vicious attack the blog Reciprocity Failure recently accused America's most prestigious photography magazine PDN of 'passive racism' when it revealed that 24 out of the 24 judges of their Photo Annual competition are white. PDN have so far failed to mount a defense but duckrabbit are determined to come to their rescue.
Rather than see the world of photography dragged through the mud and a cloud hang over PDN duckrabbit have announced that they are offering $1000 to anyone who can credibly defend PDN's all white panel.
But will anyone come to their rescue and claim the prize?
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Friday, 5 June 2009
Tuesday, 2 June 2009
Monday, 1 June 2009
PS.Lets continue to bear in mind the lack of support upon return, the shoddy living conditions, the lack of battle equipment and the expenses of the MP's who continue to send them to war.................