Again, I apologise for the lack of posts. I’ve been so busy with study and work that every spare moment has been taken up with other things beside blogging. So…I’ve finished the body of work that I recently exhibited for the Graduate Show. This work follows on from the those images (see previous post) that I was working on earlier in the year. The concept and imagery hasn’t changed so I decided to research photographic processes and presentation methods. How could I make these images more interesting? I managed to get stuck in a bit of a rut until I stumbled upon a box of expired photographic paper at the house during one of my visits. Considering I had plenty of digital images and that decisions needed to be made, I turned a selection of these images into digital negatives and printed them in the darkroom, onto the paper I had found. Limited to 10 x 8 inch in size, these images became artefacts…small captured memories of the home. I loved being back in the darkroom too. This experience has definitely persuaded me to return to film and alternative photographic processes. Now that the degree is completed, I’m going to take a study break and build up my portfolio (and bank balance) and apply for honours in 2014.
These are only 3 of the 6 images that I exhibited. The image itself was only printed at 5 x 4 inches with an exposed black border and floated inside a box frame without a matt. There was a lot of trial and error in getting the result I wanted with the nuances in the image focus due to the variations in contact between the negative and photographic paper.
Now that I have more time to contribute to my arts practice, I’ll post much more often about my own work as well as other artists that I find inspiring.
All images by Kylie Macey 2012
Annie Hogan’s artwork explores the complex and evolving relationships, past and present, between people and the spaces we inhabit. Her work has evolved out of a persistent curiosity about interior spaces, how people inhabit them and their relationship to the body. Through saturated colour and skewed perspective she reveals arterial spaces of the in-between that momentarily enclose the body yet allows for departure through open portals of light.
I came across Annie’s work during my research for my own body of work. As I’m in my graduate year, I have to come up with a body of new work to exhibit by the end of the academic year. My lecturer mentioned Hogan after seeing some of my preliminary images from a month ago…nothing spectacular by any means but at least I’m heading in the right direction as the basis for Hogan’s work correlates similarly to the series of images I’m currently working on. We both focus on the domestic interior as a container of time, natural light and the absence of human presence. The following images were taken on the day my parents moved out of my childhood home. Completely empty of furniture, it evoked in me a sense of loss as it would be the last time I would set foot in this house.
I chose to photograph these rooms at the last-minute using the only camera I had with me…my camera phone. I hope to post more images as I go.
More of Annie’s work can be seen at her site here.
I recently had the opportunity to work with an interior designer friend of mine on a shoot for her business. Not only does she design interiors but she has designed furniture for her own home. She needed some images for her web page and advertising material. It was a great experience working with her and as I’m only new to this style of photography, I think the results turned out quite well. This is definitely an area of photography I wish to pursue going forward as it brings my love of photography and design together into a possible future career.
lounge designed by Jodie Russian – Jodie Russian Interior Design
Her home is a mid century modern heritage listed residence by the sea (so jealous).
The new kitchen blends well with the existing decor and I love the chandelier in the heritage 1950′s bathroom with original sanitary ware and wall tiles.
original corner seat with bespoke cushion and curtains. Note the original ceiling beams and floorboards.
All photos by Kylie Macey. Info for Jodie Russian Interior Design can be found here.