Framework Project: Our Place, Our priorities – 6th September 2013.[Week 22]


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Our  schedule of meeting monthly is now well established as is our new office base in the Bailgate. Our thanks to Karolina and her Architectural Practice partner for offering us space in their fantastic base and with all the great facilities.

David, Maddie and Vernon discussed their work over a home-brewed coffee. They reviewed:

  • Some of the equipment at the office e.g. The IMac and printer, which would be available for them to store their work and for any post-production.
  • Where we were with recent homework and journals etc. David suggested sharing some copy of Vernon’s work on the York exhibition and the Peter Williams painting with Maddie and Megan.
  • We discussed in brief how to reflect/think about  our own work – ways of ‘being’ with a photograph or work of art and, in particular, what we bring to an understanding of the inherent meaning.
  • We discussed what it is like to work on something  and then ‘to put it into the world’ where other people may inter-act with it in many different ways than we may have intended.
  • We covered the essential difference between ‘easy’ art e.g Musak in a lift, Chocolate box art,  versus art that is different, poetic, making us see something in a new way. [We would visit some galleries today which would illustrate this point].
  • We asked ourselves the question – ‘Who is our audience?’ Probably the answer lies in – ‘other people who are similar to us.’ The kind of people who attended the recent lecture on ‘Why I take Photographs’, or Adam and other artists. In some ways we make our own audience, as we may do when we create a PhotoBook to be exhibited to the public.
  • David indicated that he wanted us to use the time between our monthly meetings to continue various photographic activities – Continue to invest time in constructing ‘transects’ and learning the process in depth; Each month to submit say 10 photos from a transect undertaken; To consider a transect as a Chapter of work; To accompany any images taken with some text, or words, or poetry, or writing which helps bring out any feelings one might have about the subject matter; To expect that any narrative may be read by others. To continue writing up our Journal.
  • We touched on Post production techniques and usage of the camera from a skills point of view. We will be pursuing some of this in the future.
  • We started to explore ideas around Photo ‘elicitation’ and the degree to which consciousness plays a part in the work we may produce.
  • We even mentioned Kant and Phillip Larkin’s Toad!!!!!!

Then we walked to a wonderful exhibition of Photographs by Jane Wright called ‘Beautiful Light’ held at the Harding House Gallery Steep Hill Lincoln. Indeed the way Jane Wright uses light is just incredible and I will be revisiting the exhibition soon.[See below]



We also visited an exhibition of paintings and photographs nearby which was also first class.

A great time together and plenty to think about over the next month. And, indeed some photographs to take! Mine in Canada with a little bit of luck!!!!!!


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Framework Project: Our Place, Our priorities – 5th July 2013.[Week 20]

We met at the Collection………..

  • Maddie brought Vernon up-to-date as regards what they did at the previous meeting which he had missed.
  • Maddie explained what the structure of today’s meeting would be, her future involvement in the SSC and somethings about Sarah’s seminars particularly around what the term ‘normal’ meant.
  • We explored ideas around ‘visual philosophy’…..thinking of Photography.
  • We looked at the magazine SOURCE which reflected on the work of professional photographers including Adam’s work. [ See Summer edition 2012]
  • David explained that all members of SSC can submit work to Journals etc in order to foster their research.
  • Note BG library is ‘free’ to join.
  • The Summer school is now full and Maddie will be attending.
  • David clarified a number of points about ubdertaking a Ph.d.

We then visited the Usher and Collection with a view to undertaking particular pieces of written work………At the York exhibition David advised we were to pick out a theme or piece of artwork or a point of comparison and write up a piece in relation to it. At the Usher we were advised to reflect on the painting ‘Remembrance’ and to describe what one ‘sees’

HOMEWork…..the exercises above.


Next meeting on 2nd August at the Collection……..

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Framework Project: Our Place, Our priorities – 7th June 2013.[Week 16]

Perhaps it was in the omens………The Aboretum cafe was not open for business and unfortunately no-one was available to come out and play.



So, on the most beautiful of days I did a transect walk of Monk’s Road Aboretum on my lonesome. Beautiful blue skies, sun shining and the verdant green shoots of Summer. What could be better?



What a stunning location and in the heart of Lincoln……….and everyone so friendly.


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More on taking photographs…………..some quotations………..


“That we are not totally transformed, that we can turn away, turn the page, switch the channel, does not impugn the ethical value of an assault by images. It is not a defect that we are not seared, that we do not suffer enough, when we see these images. Neither is the photograph supposed to repair our ignorance about the history and causes of the suffering it picks out and frames. Such images cannot be more than an invitation to pay attention, to reflect, to learn, to examine the rationalizations for mass suffering offered by established powers. Who caused what the picture shows? Who is responsible? Is it excusable? Was it inevitable? Is there some state of affairs which we have accepted up to now that ought to be challenged? All this, with the understanding that moral indignation, like compassion, cannot dictate a course of action.”
― Susan Sontag, Regarding the Pain of Others

“I photography women as I liked to fell in love of them.”
― Aurélien Roulland

“Photographs don’t discriminate between the living and the dead. In the fragments of time and shards of light that compose them, everyone is equal. Now you see us; now you don’t. It doesn’t matter whether you look through a camera lens and press the shutter. It doesn’t even matter whether you open your eyes or close them. The pictures are always there. And so are the people in them.”
― Robert Goddard

“That was why, later on, he began to lose interest in photography: first when colour took over, then when it became plain that the old magic of light-sensitive emulsions was waning, that to the rising generation the enchantment lay in a techne of images without substance, images that could flash through the ether without residing anywhere, that could be sucked into a machine and emerge from it doctored, untrue. He gave up recording the world in photographs then, and transferred his energies to saving the past.”
― J.M. Coetzee, Slow Man

“How can we hold onto those fleeting moments in our lives? Hold onto the moments that otherwise evaporate into the forgotten past? Or moments that become faded and morphed into our own version of reality as they sit in the corners of our memories, losing their truth and shifting focus? The only way to hold onto these moments and share them for years to come, in all their beauty and truth and glorious imperfections, without losing accuracy is through a photograph.”
― Rosanne Moreland
“People, there’s no such thing as, THE BEST CAMERA BRAND, but yes there will always be THE BEST CAMERA AT ANY GIVEN TIME. Technology will change, but not art.”
― Ashraf Saharudin

“Keep shooting. It helps the model’s confidence. Flashing strobes are like
― A.K. Nicholas, True Confessions Of Nude Photography: A Step By Step Guide To Recruiting Beautiful Models, Lighting, Photographing Nudes, Post Processing Images, And Maybe Even Getting Paid To Do It

“Zar mi Friedrich ne može reći jesu li moje fotografije umjetnost? Što je uopće umjetnost? Ostarjela sam, a da me nisu uputili u odrastanje. Nazivaju me umjetnicom, premda o umjetnosti ne znam ništa. Moje su fotografije lov trenutka u koji sam ulovljena i sama. Otimam se vremenu kao muha paučini i to nazivaju umjetnošću! Je li umjetnost bilježiti dubinu? Bilježiti? Nije li i ova riječ infinitiv…? Fotografirati, bilježiti, loviti, uhvatiti.”
― Jasna Horvat, Bizarij

“To suffer is one thing; another thing is living with the photographed images of suffering, which does not necessarily strengthen conscience and the ability to be compassionate. It can also corrupt them. Once one has seen such images, one has started down the road of seeing more – and more. Images transfix. Images anesthetize.”
― Susan Sontag, On Photography

“Fotografi mengajarkan pada kita cara yang unik dalam melihat dunia dan sekaligus memberikan penyadaran baru akan segala keindahan yang ada di sekitar kita.”
― Deniek G. Sukarya, Kiat Sukses Deniek G. Sukarya dalam Fotografi dan Stok Foto

“Among the things she said: “Women seem to possess all the natural gifts essential to a good portraitist … such as personality, patience and intuition. The sitter ought to be the predominating factor in a successful portrait. Men portraitist are apt to forget this; they are inclined to lose the sitter in a maze of technique luxuriating in the cleverness and beauty of their own medium.”
― Whitney Otto, Eight Girls Taking Pictures

“The Indians say to draw someone’s portrait is to steal their soul, i am taking photographs, does it mean that i am just borrowing them?”
― T.A

“…if we consider the difference between William Henry Jackson packing in his cameras by mule, and the person stepping out of his car to take a picture with an Instamatic, it becomes clear how some of our space has vanished; if the time it takes to cross space is a way by which we define it, then to arrive at a view of space ‘in no time’ is to have denied its reality.”
― Robert Adams

“The only thing they’ll let you shoot with a camera.”
― Jodi Picoult, Picture Perfect

“Photographs shock insofar as they show something novel.”
― Susan Sontag, On Photography

“Those static images have the uncanny ability to jar the memory and bring places and people back to life. They bridge the present with the past and validate as real what the passage of time has turned into hazy recollections. Were it not for them, my experiences would have remained as just imperfect memories of perfect moments.”
― Isabel Lopez, Isabel’s Hand-Me-Down Dreams

“It’s often about the simple things, isn’t it? Painting and photography are first about seeing, they say. Writing is about observing. Technique is secondary. Sometimes the simple is the most difficult.”
― Linda Olsson

“This prolific and inventive photographer (Edward Steichen) must be given credit for virtually inventing modern fashion photography, and as the tohousands of high-quality original prints in the Conde Nast archives prove, only Irving Penn and Richard Avedon have since emerged as serious historical rivals.”
― William A. Ewing

“Any files I give to the model are downsized (typically 800×1200 pixels)… By not giving out my high resolution files, they cannot be used without my knowledge.”
― A.K. Nicholas, True Confessions of Nude Photography: A Step-by-Step Guide to Recruiting Beautiful Models, Lighting, Photographing Nudes, Post-Processing Images, and Maybe Even Getting Paid to Do It.

“I try about four or five looks during a shoot. A look can be defined by changes to hair, makeup, jewelry, props, furniture, background, partial clothing, fabric accents, accessories, lighting, etc.”
― A.K. Nicholas, True Confessions of Nude Photography: A Step-by-Step Guide to Recruiting Beautiful Models, Lighting, Photographing Nudes, Post-Processing Images, and Maybe Even Getting Paid to Do It.


Susan Sontag

Susan Sontag (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Prerna Sharma

Prerna Sharma (Photo credit: Harshal Shroff)


“Photography is the power of observation,and not the application of technology….” 

Prerna Sharma

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Framework Project: Our Place, Our Priorities – 19h April, 2013 [Week 9]

We are meeting at the cafe in the Aboretum on Monk’s Road at 10 am to take some photographs and to assess what we’ve learned…………….But……..

The Morning – wet and windy……

Monk’s Road – bleak and rainy……

Cafe at the Aboretum – welcoming, warm, safe…….

Coffee – great and the toast really toastier…….

Rain days

Rain days (Photo credit: @Doug88888)

It didn’t take long for us to decide to review where we’ve come on the course rather than take photographs in the cold and rain. It’s reassuring to hear that Maddie & Megan like everything about the project, are looking forward to the seminars in May and the opportunity of pursuing an A level in photography. We discussed ambitions, working abroad, relations inside Framework and creative aspects of photography.

When Sarah and Amy joined us and the others left for meetings, we were able to outline what the project was about, the kind of work we had done to date, where we meet and the intentions over the next few months. Amy is keen to join the group and has the intention to go to college. Photography will add to the portfolio of work she already has and may be beneficial for her future.

When I left the cafe… was still raining………..

We agreed that next week we would meet at the Collection at 10am………definitely in the cafe!

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Framework Project: Our Place, Our Priorities – 12th April, 2013 [Week 8]

We:   Megan, David, Maddie, Sarah, Keirah and Vernon met at Lincoln’s Seat of power and learning – The StoneBow  – and settled in the Mayor’s room for our introduction to the course “Photography & Representation”.


Sarah Amsler, who is leading the series of seminars,  introduced herself and explained her interest in sociology, politics, culture and photography.

We were invited to introduce ourselves to Sarah through illustration, drawing or words and we each took some time over formatting our response. These were then presented to the rest of the group and opened interesting dialogue around our constructs and their interpretation. There were representations of identity, relationship, places, concerns, happiness, symbols, time, books and other associations.

Sarah presented her course outline and intentions over the 4 week seminar period:

The Politics of Representation: A short course in critical theory for students of image, power and imagination: Sarah explained  various aspects of the course.

  • What is the course about?
  • Who is running it?
  • When/where is it happening?
  • What is required?
  • The Seminars:
  1. Reading the World – 3rd May
  2. Making ‘place’ – images, maps and identities – 10th May
  3. Visible and the invisible – the politics of being un/seen – 17th May
  4. Challenging ‘Othering’ and exclusion through critical cultural acts – 24th May
  • How will it work?
  • Are there any credentials attached to the course?

Sarah explained that the course would provide essential tools to enable appropriate judgements to be made in the context of taking photographs, seeing and interpreting ‘representation’ in all its forms.

Everyone expressed their keeness to be involved in the seminars.



For next week – 17th April, David is involved in a conference.

The rest of us will meet at the cafe in the Aboretum, Monk’s road with the intention of taking photographs and a catch-up conversation……..10 am, Friday 17th April.

Please bring your cameras, camera-phones, journals and anything else you want to raise.

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Framework Project: Our Place, Our Priorities – 5th April, 2013 [Week 6/7]

Our destination this week, the Vintage shop on Monk’s Road,  was also the location for a Hollywood movie company [ i.e. the local Youth project!! ] filming an epic Vampire sequence. We did not try to compete with their enthusiasm but decamped to the Cafe at the Aboretum, which was much quieter and no potential for blood-letting.

David introduced Karolina to Megan, Vernon  and Kierah and our dialogue together ranged far & wide:

  • Changes to roles at Framework led us into discussing continuity, trust, bonds, expectation, relationship, emotions, stability and how to handle change.
  • David gave out sketchbook/journals with the expectation that each of us would use these to record our ideas and notes.
  • We discussed the involvement of Sarah Amsler in the project. David explained she would like to explore the various ideas which are currently emerging from each of us and to give these a context.
  • We discussed the taking of photographs of objects & places which we have been pursuing over a couple of weeks – The idea of moving from the general to the particular and the importance to an individual of something seemingly incidental. Through illustrations from David’s work [ his “altar” to childhood ] we explored negative and positive emotions, association, family, childhood, relationships, the natural stresses of growing up.
A photograph of my mother.....Vernon

A photograph of my mother…..Vernon

  • Any accompanying “narrative” about the photograph is as important as the image itself. So – how one “reads” a photograph is crucial. As important is the moment of taking the photograph and the criteria involved at that time.
  • The group were asked to consider the making of a modest Notice board to be located somewhere in the Abbey ward to show the work[photographs] we produce. Perhaps a small grant from Paul could make this possible?

Karolina was thanked for her contribution & support.

Next time we will meet at the “StoneBow” in town: Friday 12th April at 10 am and Sarah will be with us to explore some of our ideas.


  1. To transfer our initial ideas about our personal aims [ie the big sheet] into the Journal/Sketchbooks and add to these if we so wish.
  2. To bring our photographs on objects and locations on a stick for transfer to David’s laptop.
  3. To provide a short “narrative” explanation for each of the photographs on objects/locations in our Journal.

PS: Framework are happy to provide a dedicated laptop/notebook for the project – David to advise on price. For any other Framework colleagues wanting to join the group decisions need to be taken soon – Megan to advise on potential members.

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Framework Project: Our Place, Our Priorities – 1st March, 2013 [Week 3]

On the 1st March, David and Vernon met at the Collection. Unfortunately, owing to a mix-up at Framework no one else from the group was forthcoming. We both swore!!!!!!

On the other hand we had a great time talking about photography, my reaction and admiration for the work of Paul Hill, the excellence of the ideas emerging from the group and the prospects for the project over the next few months.

Cymru am Byth!!!

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Framework Project: Our Place, Our Priorities – 22nd February, 2013 [Week 2]

We met up at the cafe in the Aboretum off Monk’s Road. There was David, Maddie, Vernon and Megan had brought an additional person – Keirah.

Over  hot coffees, we explored more ideas of themes we might pursue. We also discussed the work of Paul Hill and the possibility of producing our own “Book” of photographs. Our discussions ranged over: sculptures at Washingbrough, the collection of visual & audio data, urban myths, stereo-tying in the media and misplaced perceptions of Monk’s Road.

The possibility of pursuing an ‘A’ level Photography was aired and everyone agreed this was a good idea. We discussed how each of us could keep a journal to support this kind of work.


We walked in the Park, took some photographs and visited streets around Monk’s Road. At the Abbey Road Neighbourhood Project we met with Tom and Paul who explained the nature of their work – rejuvenation and community support – and held out the prospect of funding which could be used in projects Maddie, Megan & Keirah might run. We also met Jeannie, who spoke about ongoing community projects and the creation of a new garden.

Next week we meet at the Collection.