Steve Middlehurst's learning log
OCA course: BA (Hons) Photography
Student ID : 512357
“If your pictures aren’t good enough, you aren’t reading enough”
"True, there are photographers who are failed artists, but so are most artists"
"Everything that needs to be said has already been said. But, since no one was listening, everything must be said again."
"Though nothing earth-shattering seems to be going on, take photographs anyhow. This helps you remember what happened today, which will be far more remarkable in the light of memory."
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Category Archives: Research and Reflection
I have reworked assignment 1 following my tutor’s comments that the pictures needed to be presented more effectively to allow a better understanding of my intentions. The rework returns to Joseph Addison’s 1712 essay (3) that described the new thinking that led … Continue reading
Overall Comments You present a thorough and exhaustive exploration for this first assignment. The body of work is well referenced and analysed within its historical, social and political context. There is a a good mix of cultural analysis interspersed with … Continue reading
There were three distinct sets of edited images that I considered developing for assignment 1. The first set were picturesque representations of the Stourhead landscape but cropped as panoramas to disrupt the idea of using a conventional 4:3 or 10:8 … Continue reading
Background In 1724 Henry Hoare II, known to the Hoare family as Henry the “Magnificent”, inherited Stourhead which had been acquired by his father in 1717 for the princely sum of £14,000 (1: p.5). As well as acquiring the rather run-down … Continue reading
Notes on Context I came to this project on the back of my research into the history of landscape art, an investigation that touched on painting, photography and landscape gardening, mediums that turned out to be surprisingly interrelated. The essays that … Continue reading
Landscape photography is a broad church and when compared with the other main genres of photography it is perhaps the one that comes with the most historical baggage. I have discussed at some length its roots in landscape painting (here) but beyond … Continue reading