Ambiguity and the New Subjectivity
How do photographers and artists investigate subjectivity in image-making in the post-internet landscape?
What does it now mean to commit to an image making practice with vulnerability, honesty, and integrity? What is the potential role of analogue processes in a digitised world?
By questioning and engaging with the limitations of photography, this course invites students to engage in a critical awareness of their own practice within and beyond the medium. Students will be invited to complete a short project or even a single image.
Each lecture will be available for 48 hours after the live presentation, to accommodate people who sign up but live in different time zones, or cannot attend in person.
Weeks One and Two: Dorje will introduce students to his own practice and interrogations. Each student will discuss a beginning point of a theoretical framework for their own work and practice. From these conversations, each student will develop a strategy for completing a small body of work.
Weeks Three and Four: Ronan will help students develop visual and presentation strategies and technical skills for implementing their vision.
Week Five: Presentation and seminar critique with Dorje and Ronan. We will feature exceptional projects on our website and Instagram.
Table of contents:
The photograph in the contemporary world
Research strategies / theoretical frameworks
Analogue vs digital
Identifying your practice / situating your work
Editing / sequencing
Why use analogue technique
Choosing the right camera to achieve the look you want
Correct use of filters
Introduction to zone system
Using light meters correctly
Negative development for BW
An introduction to hand printing
Correct print analysis
Lighting for analogue (flash vs continuous)
What’s in it for you?
You will gain an in-depth introduction to building your own individual creative photographic practice, including research strategies, theoretical framework, technical guidance and where to best situate your work in the contemporary landscape.
Open to All
This course is open to anyone interested in learning about photographs in a critical or fine art context. An interest or aspiration to work with analogue processes is preferable but not a requirement.
Especially intriguing… a rich, novelistic -or filmic – texture.
Hugh Linehan, The Irish Times
A work of mourning, loss and memory… a sort of imaginative, open-ended and unresolved link between the past and the present.
Justin Carville, Visual Artists Ireland
Length of Course
5 Weeks, 3 Hours per week
Date and Times
Dates: W: Nov 18th, 2020 – Dec 16th, 2020
Time: 6.30 to 9.00pm GMT (1.30 to 4.00pm EST)
No prior experience necessary but interest in anlogue practices encouraged.