Part one – Networking and feedback – Preparing material for submission

  Writing a good CV

For this exercise I will draft a CV which should fit roughly into an A4 Page. This CV can be used on my website and in conjunction with my bio when presenting myself to professionals in the industry. I will do some research and look at the CV’s of artists that I admire. Artists CV’S that I viewed include: Chloe Dewe Mathews, Simon Roberts, Thomas Struth, Alec Soth and Stephen Shore (his early chronology is particularly interesting).

https://www.artquest.org.uk/how-to-articles/artist-cv/

https://www.agora-gallery.com/advice/blog/2018/07/16/the-artist-cv/

How to Write an Artist’s CV When You Don’t Have Much (Or Any!) Professional Experience

Artists CV 2018

CV 2018

Writing a good bio

For this exercise I will write a biography that I can put on my website and use to present myself as a professional artist to other professionals (possibly editors and curators). I will do some research into writing a a good biography one website recommended in the course notes can be found here –

https://99u.adobe.com/articles/7025/the-resume-is-dead-the-bio-is-kin.

https://www.artworkarchive.com/blog/how-to-write-an-appealing-artist-biography

https://www.artsy.net/article/elena-soboleva-what-we-learned-from-writing-7-000-artist-bios

I will also look at other artists biographies to get some inspiration.

 

Artists biography 

Kieren Welch (b. 1973) is a British photographic-artist based in Hertfordshire. After studying photography at North Hertfordshire College he decided to commit himself to a career in the photography industry. He worked at a photography studio in Northamptonshire for several years before deciding to become self-employed and open a studio in Hertfordshire. Kieren has been self-employed for more than fifteen years, his work has been mostly commercial portraits and landscapes. He has an extensive portfolio of images with several picture libraries including Getty, Alamy and Adobe Stock. His photographs have been published extensively worldwide and have been used by the likes of Boots, Lycamobile and GMA News.

In 2010 he changed direction towards a more arts based practice. Kieren studied with the Open College of the Arts and his recent work has been heavily influenced by Postmodernism and Conceptualism. During the second year of his degree course with the OCA he created and self published a book – (Sub) Culture, Identity, and the English Landscape which is on sale at Amazon.co.uk. In 2014 he became a photography tutor at Buckinghamshire Adult Learning Centre where he enjoys sharing his extensive knowledge with a diverse group of learners.  He is now working towards producing a website and book to showcase his latest body of work which uses the genre of Late Photography to investigate landscapes that have been traumatised by violence.

 

Your artists statement 

For this exercise I will write an artists statement which describes my practice and the goals that I hope to achieve with my work. I will do some research and look at other artists statements to get some inspiration. I have included some website links below to show some of my research.

https://www.format.com/magazine/resources/art/how-to-write-artist-statement

https://www.theartofed.com/2015/09/25/use-this-flowchart-to-help-your-students-write-authentic-artist-statements/

https://www.theartleague.org/blog/2015/08/24/artist-statements-we-love/

 

Artists Statement

My photographs of places tainted by violence and people on the fringes of society are subtle but brimming with visual information. They avoid any obvious signs or motifs and instead offer understated visual clues for the observant viewer. My use of medium format analogue cameras allows me to make photographs in a slow and methodical way. My best work often comes when I go into an almost medative state of mind, contemplating the environment around me: the sights, smells and sounds. Interaction with the place or people that I photograph is a key inspiration for my work. The challenge for me is to unlock the physchology of the place or person in front of me and translate it into a descriptive photograph. My goal is to continue making work using traditional photographic techniques and by experimenting with other types of analogue and digital media. I hope to make work that transcends mere illustration of a subject and instead communicate deeper feelings dwelling within my subjects.

 

Part one – Networking and feedback – Types of networks

Peer feedback network

For this exercise I will show my body of work to my course mates and ask for their considered feedback. This will be a good way to build and establish a peer network and gain useful insights and knowledge from them. I could ask for a critique at the end of a study visit or group meeting. The advantage of this is that a tutor would be present who could give balanced and informative feedback as well.

My course mates –

Michael Colvin.

Yiann Stevens.

Nigel Monckton

Rod Townsend

Esther Ward

Amano Samarpan

Wendy Ward

Hazel Bingham

 

Here are a selection of images that I will show my peers.

 

Due to me not being able to attend many study visits this year I eventually decided to ask for peer feedback directly on the OCA Level Three Facebook group. I had some enlightening feedback from several of my peers there.

Feedback received –

Esther Ward: What first strikes me is how almost normal or mundane these locations look, it is then the importance of the narrative attached to them that sets up the tension.

Wendy Ward: What sets the scene for me is how in the lower left and upper right prints you have captured the depth of darkness connecting with the sad crimes committed.

Hazel Bingham: Agree with Esther how mundane they look. No one would know what’s happened there.

 

What have I gained from this experience?

I often feel nervous asking for feedback from other artists and peers. This exercise has made me feel more confident with my body of work. I found that all the feedback was positive and constructive. Esther mentioned the normality of the photographs is enhanced by the narrative in the titles, this is what I expected with such a conceptual project. Wendy emphasised how I captured a dark mood in several of the images. This is not always easy but visiting locations late in the day when the light is more directional and less intense helped create the right mood. I hope to make good use of this positive feedback and together with the feedback received from industry professionals use this positive experience to enhance, edit and improve my body of work in preparation for my publication.

 

Professional feedback network

List of professionals I could contact for feedback –

Althea Wilson – Professional artist and photographer, personal friend. (Lives in London). Ask her face to face. (Althea has said she will give me some feecback).

Adam Broomberg – Professional artist/photographer, friends with his mother. Email him directly or contact through his mother. He is often abroad teaching. (Adam has agreed to give me some feedback).

Alex Pardi – Professional photographer/artist. Facebook friend. Based in Italy so contact is via email.

Sharon Boothroyd – Artist/photographer and lecturer, former tutor with OCA. (Lives in London). Contact directly using email.

Marco Van Duyvendijk – Professional photographer/artist. Facebook friend. based in Holland so contact via email or Facebook.

Toby Smith – Photojournalist, Facebook friend. Contact directly using email. (Not far away lives in Cambridge).

Xavier Gautuche – Photography consultant at Kuma-Eyes. Facebook friend. (Lives in Paris). Contact directly by email.

Miwa Susuda – Photo book consultant at Dashwood books and publisher at Session Press. Facebook friend. (Lives abroad). Contact using Facebook messanger.

Atsushi Hamanaka – Founder of Twelvebooks. Facebook friend. (Lives abroad). Contact using Facebook messanger.

 

Portfolio reviews

Professional portfolio reviews can be useful for an emerging photographer but they can also be expensive. I will need to consider whether the expense of a professional portfolio review is worth it at this present time or whether I should get someone I know in the industry to give me some advice and feedback for free. Laura Noble is mentioned in the course notes so I guess she must be good? Her website link is below. Portfolio reviews often take place at photography fairs and festivals, a list of websites is included below.

http://www.lauranoble.com/portfolio-reviews/

http://www.a-n.co.uk/

http://www.impressions-gallery.com/events/event.php?id=239

http://www.nofoundphotofair.com/en/

http://fotofest-paris.com/

https://thephotographersgallery.org.uk/visit-and-do/folio-fridays

https://www.rencontres-arles.com/en/photo-folio-review/

http://portfolioreview.formatfestival.com/#section-2

https://unseenamsterdam.com

http://www.1000wordsmag.com

The folio review at the Photographers Gallery looks interesting. It is free for participating photographers and work is presented to a guest speaker, other photographers and the public. I found an interesting article about portfolio reviews on the BJP website, I have included a link to the article below.

http://www.bjp-online.com/2017/06/landskrona-foto-festival-portfolio-review-2017/

 

Resource network

Professional film processing –

Peak Imaging – Unit 6, Flockton Park, Holbrook Avenue, Sheffield, S20 3PP.

http://www.labyrinthphotographic.co.uk/

Professional  scanning services –

Professional Drum Scanning – Mheall Mhor, Brecklet, Ballachulish, Argyll, PH49 4JG.

Photofusion (Scanner hire) – 17A Electric Lane, Brixton, London, SW9 8LA.

Professional printers –

The Print Space – 74 Kingsland Road, London, E2 8DL. (20 x 16 inch Fuji matt print – £16.66).

http://www.labyrinthphotographic.co.uk/

http://www.dscolourlabs.co.uk

Professional mounting and framing –

The Print Space – 74 Kingsland Road, London, E2 8DL.

Photographic suppliers – 

Silverprint Ltd – Unit 26, Albany Park, Cabot Lane, Poole, BH17 7BX.

Studio hire –

Photofusion – 17A Electric Lane, Brixton, London, SW9 8LA.

Darkroom hire –

Photofusion – 17A Electric Lane, Brixton, London, SW9 8LA.

Camera repairers –

Fixation – Unit C, 250 Kennington Lane, London, SE11 5RD.

Luton Camera Repairs – 49 Guildford Street, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU1 2NJ.

Computer upgrades and repairs – 

MacUpgrades – Second Chance PC Limited, Unit 5, South Cambridgeshire Business Park, Babraham Road Sawston, Cambridge, CB22 3JH.

 

Public relations network

For this exercise I have started to compile a public relations spreadsheet which I will continually add to throughout this course. It is early days at the moment but by the end of this course I hope to have a substantial list of contacts that I can reference when promoting exhibitions, talks or new work. I eventually might end up using something like Mail Chimp which is a free resource which makes it easier to set up newsletters and send group emails to large amounts of people.

public relations network