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Interrogate your instincts Part I

We go through life continually taking photographs on our phones, often these images are taken in haste and never get thought about again. In this workshop you are being asked to revisit some of these images in order to begin to interrogate your instincts as an image maker.

The workshop:

  • Grab your phone and spend at least 20 mins scrolling through your images.

  • Favourite at least 5 of your images and email them to yourself, these will be your inspiration. They must be images you forgot you took! Sometimes we don’t take note of our instincts, and those are the pictures that we should use to pick apart our thought processes.

  • Visually, start to make some connections between your images, are there any prevailing themes? Colour, texture, subject etc? Create a visual map in which you are interrogating the images and connections between them. You may use digital or analogue techniques. Your map must be 297mm x 840mm, you may stick multiple pieces of paper together or create a digital file.

  • Step back and reflect on your map, choose and note down at least 3 keywords that have come into your head in response to your work.

  • Using this map as inspiration, you’re going to create a final spread. I’m using the word spread here as you’re supposed to think about how you might use this in a book or a publication.

Artist inspiration:

Sara Fanelli

In her work called “Sometimes I Think, Sometimes I Am” Sara combines various quotations and aphorisms that have influenced her art. These inspirations can range from Gothe to Dante and Beckett, showing that her motivations are derived from visual arts, as well as literature and theatre. Fanelli will then create unique work in the form of sketchbooks, collages, paintings and drawings. Using collage, digital software, as well as hand drawn pieces she mixes together many mediums to create something original.

Harry Pearce

As a graphic designer, Harry Pearce has a slightly different approach. He has used his recordings of unintentional occasions to construct a visual mediation including photographic elements. While going on journeys travelling the world he was able to start a collection of work that carries on over a decade. His practice began in his childhood, after his father had given him a Pentax camera. Since then Pearce has been conscientiously documenting quirks, coincidental detail and human interventions.


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