Last week I mentioned that I want to find a new direction with this blog and now I am ready to share with you what my plans are. I want to get back to this blog being more about my art practice and how I go about it. As I said last week, I don’t want to compete with all the other photography blogs out there and in the end I think of myself as an artist who uses the medium of photography. I’ve always been an artist, I can recognise that, and there will be a blog post about that at some stage. Please note that Monochrome Madness will continue as it has.
So what can you expect from this new direction?
My plan is to make it a little more like a journal, that will follow my day to day, though it will be more structure and you aren’t really going to hear about my thoughts. I want to use it as a sounding board, bounce ideas around. Here are some of the things you can expect to see.
I want to have more discussion on what my work is about. I want to be able to trial artist statements, or just to be able to do a post on what ideas I’m working on. Sometimes writing them down can give more clarity to the ideas. I’m looking forward to seeing how that works.
One of the things I’ve come to realise in the last 6 months is that I don’t think my work has had that clarification, but also I think I’ve come to understand that it is more personal that I had previously realised. I want to do a whole post on it in the coming week, so I won’t say anymore about it now. I will fill you in soon.
I used to leave them for the Weekend Wandering posts, but I’m finding that as I go out I want to do more specific things, so I often don’t have many photos. I am going to stop the Weekend Wanderings, but instead, when I go out there will be some round up of where I went, what I was hoping to get and what I missed, that kind of thing. So it will be more directed at the art practice. Of course, there will be trips that are just for pleasure and will be like a WW post.
I want to get back to looking at artists that I find influencial. It isn’t going to be the same as the Introductions I used to do, but will look at artists that I find inspirational, old and new. I want to talk about artists bodies of work, but also individual images. What makes them interesting to me.
I have shelves and shelves of books on artists whose work I love, and it would be nice to share them with you.
Galleries and Exhibitions
When I was doing my Fine Arts Degree one of the things we used to do was go and visit galleries. See what people were exhibiting. I want to get back to doing that. The idea being that once I go I can then do a post on what I saw, what I liked and what I didn’t like.
Then there are those occasional times when you walk into an exhibition and you are bowled over. It has happened to me a few times. You will hear about those as well.
Moving pictures that inspire
It is hoped that when I see movies or TV shows that really inspire me I will share them with you, not the shows, but why. Sometimes it can be a very small thing in the movie, other times something so amazing, that I just want to work.
Reviews of shows
We are seeing a lot more shows on the television now that are great to watch. Ones about photographers and artists especially and I would like to do small reviews of them. It is hoped that you will want to see them as well.
I want to continue doing reviews of gear, but it will be more real time. When I get the gear, what I think of it. When I use it report back with how it performed, that sort of thing. I have never really been interested in doing reviews in the same manner as others as I tend to think you are just repeating what they are doing. I have always wanted mine to be real ones, more real world using it. I’m not technical, so I don’t want to write about that either.
It is also intended that I will do some posts on gear I want. While it isn’t necessarily a long list, there are things that I would like to get. I thought it might be good to share that with you as well.
Critiquing my own work
I used to do it a bit, put up one of my images and talk about what I like and what I didn’t. I want to get back to doing that, but maybe do a lot more about why I took it, what I was hoping to do with it and other things. Thinking out loud.
I want to get back to posting everyday, and for the time being that is my plan. Some posts maybe long, though I expect most will not. You might also find many are videos rather than written posts. I want to do more videos so when we are discussing an artist, then I might do it with a video format.
I used to post as though this was a journal of some sort, instead of writing things in my visual diary I did it here, and really that is ultimately what I want to get back to. I miss writing down ideas and what I want to explore. I hope you are excited with me and will join me on this journey. It is a big new adventure, and I guess experiment as well.
The following photos represent what you might see in a exhibition if I were to have one now.