Learning in the time of the pandemic

 

cover of photoshelter's 22 projects guide
cover of photoshelter’s 22 projects guide

This morning in my in-box was an email from Photoshelter. It had a link to a projects at home idea document, within that document a link to John Baldessari’s tasks he set for his own students. I am really like Baldessari’s you can download it from SFMOMA’s site the Photoshelter one was good too, access it here.

Here’s a quick a taster of Baldessari’s:-

“Using photography, prove a point as in a science fair diorama, display, tableau, such as: ‘How quickly does bread mold under certain conditions?’, ‘Is plant growth hampered by use of conditioned water?’, ‘What is the effect of colored lights on plants?’” He goes on to suggest a few more ideas, but you get the picture: use your camera to conduct a “scientific” inquiry into something that makes you curious.

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TyYAT[Twenty Years Ago Today]

P0002125 Version 2I was experimenting with my first point and shoot digital camera.

Trying to make art.
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Distractions during the times of the pandemic

Sunset over Melbourne June 2000
Sunset over Melbourne June 2000

Another 20 year old sunset over Melbourne

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Technology in the time of the pandemic

Screengrab from my gallery page
My gallery page on the 18th of April 2020

I have been housebound for about 4 weeks now. My energies were primarily focused on digital work and projects while on term holidays. One of those projects was resurrecting my domain [stunik.com] and website. I use 2 tools to make pages for my website Dreamweaver by Adobe, and GraphicConverter, by Lemhke Software. I added some new content, primarily in the gallery section. I also added some content in new personal sections of the site, pets and house. The other setting up and creating this blog.

Graphic Convertor Splash Screen
Graphic Convertor Splash Screen

Exploring GraphicConverter I discovered I can build html galleries quickly and easily. This means many plans I had for my website in terms of galleries can be expanded and sped up. Every time I publish a photobook now I can add a digitised version of each page easily too. I updated my photobook section as well.

The last big project I hope to undertake is to archive my Movable Type blog it was originally hosted at http://blog.stunik.com. The new uri will most likely be, http://stunik.com/MvT/.  This is going to be a big long job, there are many broken links. I used to use flickr extensively to host images there. In the interim I had a major purge of my flickr stream, this broke many links on the blog. At the time I was also using a piece of software called Skitch made by a company called Plasq, it was bought by Evernote in 2011 and this also broke many links on the blog.

Screen grab from the wayback machine archive of my old blog
Screen grab from the wayback machine archive of my old blog note the missing links in the right column.

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Throwback Thursday [Pandemic Edition #2]

An film shot image from nearly 10 years ago says a lot about where I was at in my image making
Highly designed urban living in the Docklands. A source of fascination for me in the early 2000s.

In 2009, it seems I was working in and around the Docklands precinct of Melbourne. Using colour film and my Hasselbald. This work is likely to sit in my archive its use undetermined. I had begun working there as early as 1993 or so. In those days the site was still a lingering industrial wasteland. See image below shot on 5×4 and black and white film.

The Doclands circa 1993
An area of the docklands undergoing reclamation. This time shot on 5 x 4 black and white film.

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Watching videos in the time of the pandemic?

The Audience Will Come from Doc League on Vimeo.

Documentary featuring photographer Tod Papageorge.
Part of the documentary series Viewpoint.
Director: Nicholas Panoutsopoulos.
Producers: Lena Anastasiadou, Tassos Rigopoulos.
Research and Consulting: Sam Barzilay

Hat tip to Luke*

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Wordless Wednesday [Pandemic Edition #1]

Richmond, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.  2010-04-15, 18:12:42

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Reading in the time of the Pandemic [Quote for yesterday]


What seems to be real in the photograph is always a simulation of something else. We have shown how this way of thinking provided a theoretical basis for simulation methods in contemporary art and photography. The exploration of staging, quotation, repetition, copying and plagiarism typifies the postmodern trends of the 1980s. These anti-realist strategies found a rationale in the conceptual art movement’s critique of documentary methods and the emergence of sceptical attitudes to the truth claims of photography.

pg 169. RETHINKING PHOTOGRAPHY: Histories, Theories and Education, by Peter Smith and Carolyn Lefley published 2016 by Routledge, 2 Park Square, Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon OX14 4RN, ISBN: 978-1-315-72241-2 (ebk)

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Vale Tim Brooke-Taylor

The Goodies TV show  was one of several shows of English comedians that had a lasting impact on me in  my youth.

The Goodies was a British television comedy series shown in the 1970s and early 1980s. The series, which combined surreal sketches and situation comedy, was broadcast by BBC 2[1] from 1970 to 1980. One seven-episode series was made for ITV company LWT and shown in 1981-82.

The show was co-written by and starred Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie (together known as “The Goodies”). Bill Oddie also wrote the music and songs for the series, while “The Goodies Theme” was co-written by Oddie and Michael Gibbs. Directors/producers of the series were John Howard Davies, Jim Franklin and Bob Spiers.

Sadly Tim Brooke-Taylor passed away recently.

A funny little vignette of their work surfaced on facebook this morning, I both chuckled and cried.

Here is the video:-

Here’s another:-

The other major English comedians and shows that impacted me were, Spike Milligan,  and by association The Goon Show, as well as Monty Python.

I have most of Spike Milligan’s books but hope to have the complete set one day. The most memorable for me were his War Memoirs.

I own the entire Monty Python TV series on DVD and several of their movies as well.

Read the Guardian’s fine obituary on Tim Brooke-Taylor

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