MY CITY OF CULTURE – MY HULL – WEEK 14

Last week I was back on track with Hull City Of Culture

This weeks highlights:

 

 

On Thursday my mission was to find the Museum of Club Culture and Mark Wigan’s exhibition [link above].

I was passing the POPPIES: WEEPING WINDOW twice and that was more than enough to take another photo of  the display – the image of setting up the artwork few weeks ago contained two photographs together. This time – to get in the display and nosy members of public, it had to be three photographs.

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I know, I know…million, trillion photos have been taken with POPPIES: WEEPING WINDOW , each photographer does something else, but I choose to be one of them and have the recording of this.

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POPPIES: WEEPING WINDOW  is one of those artworks that appeal more diverse people, people who think that art is kind of a nonsense. And the actual detail in each poppy is incredible. So well done and I wish this to become the landmark of the season two of the year long celebration.

Ferens Art Gallery and OFFSHORE: ARTISTS EXPLORE THE SEA was something that I thought I had a quick look too, whilst I am in the area. I also had a company, so I got someone cultured.

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It turns out that I have forgotten about the balcony view and the exhibition space upstairs.

By that point I was in a funny mood – I started to notice or observe the wrong things, rather than art on display…

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Sometimes being able to have laugh through lens is the key to a success  –  look at Peter Dench and Martin Parr… these two [my fave] photographers have made their career on having a little giggle about humans.

I enjoyed myself and I hope Oliver Fisher will not think I have lost the plot somewhere in Crete.

I struggled to find TRANSGLOBAL ART OF MARK WIGAN on Thursday, really annoyed by my lack of concentration on reality vs. map.
But I found it on Thursday and I got four people cultured [the fourth person is not in the photograph].

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For some unknown reason, the Museum of Club Culture has been on my radar for some time and I was super excited. AND the artist himself was there too. If Mark Wigan is reading this blog – I should have explained why I photograph his museum. ITS FOR MY BLOG :)))))

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The art was AMAZING, my cup of tea. It is a mixture between a child’s wildest fantasies and grown-up experiences. Some of them really captivating.

I would love to go again so if someone is interested to join me, please let me know.

WASHED UP CAR-GO was something that I’ve heard of but when approaching the venue, I was disappointed that I have had a false info. I went into the Deep reception to ask, to demand – I have four people expecting to see an exhibition.

But there it was, right in front of my eyes.
Three cars at the Deep car park, spread out and quite frankly – hard to spot if you don’t know what to expect.

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So clever, well though out and interesting. My not so cultural friends with a sceptical eye towards art, said that it is very cool to have such random and used-to things turned into art. I was surprised myself and it is worth spending few minutes to listen to the music and watch the short films in one of the most creative screens ever seen.

There was few obvious questions raised – has the cars have TAX ROAD AND MOT, what about insurance, if they gonna be used after display…

The last, but not least was the Fountain 17 

We walked through Humber Street and thoroughly enjoyed the local offerings into antique “crap”.

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Fountain 17  is something that was exhibited and promoted at the Degree Show 2016. I blogged about it 10 months ago, just after my graduation. At the time I really wanted to apply for the project, thinking that I can do something with the urinal, but it never happened. So I was super keen to see what the artists have done.

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NOTE: The last image is my replication of the actual use, but not sure if I had a reasonable excuse…just imagine of what my mind goes through…

 

Some of the ideas absolutely fantastic, some of them hard to relate to but still interesting art. Was super lovey to see the three prints of amazing Anna Bean, Anna is a pioneer and an artist to look up to. And another great woman – artist – lecturer Alison Field has got a very interesting interpretation of the Fountain 17

There is more displays of Fountain 17 in studio eleven, Brodrick Gallery HASAD and Humber Street Gallery which I am hoping to visit this week.

ICE-CREAM LICKERS

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British seaside at its best

The British seaside is a fantastic place, it is multipurpose entertainment and pleasure to the eye. For those who enjoy the sun-sea-sand-ice-cream-kids-dogs-beers-exposed body fat and million other things. And for those who just jump in the British culture madness and witness the beauty of it, the bizarreness of it and just wonder around absorbing the surroundings.

British famed photographers  Martin Parr and Peter Dench have indulged in the British seaside for many decades. They wonder around the beach and intrude personal spaces and create a collage of British seaside scenery. Bold and saturated colours, weird angles and obvious presence is the key to success for them…what has changed now?

Last weekend I just had to get away from the duties of photographing, celebrating and writing about “end of life”.

Last weekend was the first HOT WEEKEND when I finally realized that May has sneaked up on me and summer is knocking on the door.

My mood was slightly aggressive and pissed off, as I was not getting the results from “life” as I would like. And I think that was the reason why I did not care about pointing my camera into peoples faces and their tongues sticking out to have a lick on their melting ice creams. I thought if I can sneak around bushes in grave yards, I can certainly do this…
And I loved every bite [bit] of it… so relaxing to be “that kind of a photographer”

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My friend, who’s British have said to me that looking at Peter Dench Ibiza photographs makes her feel ashamed to be British. Whereas I find it revealing and funny. It is always good to be able to laugh about yourself, see the “dark side” and admit that we all have one.

Does Parr’s “Last Resort” is making British to be ashamed to be British or dead fucking proud?

I am proud to be living in Britain, be Latvian and take every bite out of this fascinating culture.

Thank you Britain for making me laugh, live, love.

HULL INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL @POP GALLERY AND OTHER VENUES

Before I start introducing the festival and go into finer detail, I have to say that this post had to be written now. Because if I would let this soak into my system for a few days, I would lose the ability to be honest about it.

As some of us might have heard, October 2015 is the month for Hull International Photography Festival [see links below] and as I am a photographer that likes to get involved and learn, there was no question of not attending some of the events. So this Sunday I decided to exchange church visit for a day to myself with photography.

The festival has been put together by The Creative and Cultural Company and other companies, run by amazing Alan Raw and his team of volunteers [Sophie, John and his wife and others] and has been so big that even The Guardian has published a story on the festival [see links below].
As small as it sounded at first, it has gathered great worldwide photographers and other creative and talented photographers/practitioners around the UK. All venues in Princess Quay have been prepared and painted, work hanged by team of volunteers and turned into stunning gallery spaces. Festival also extends to other venues around Hull, such as St. Marry’s Church, Kardomah and Central Library.

All info is available on these websites:

http://hullinternationalphotofest.com/ – official hompage for the festival
https://creativeandcultural.wordpress.com/hull-international-photography-hip-gallery/ – The Creative&Cultural Company website

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2015/oct/03/hull-international-photography-festival-in-pictures – The article in The Guardian

The reason for me posting this is that I visited three events today and I have learned so much about life/work/photography and most importantly about my self.

First was Dev Tank seminar. Photographers like Brian Griffin, Frieke Jenssens, Dave Kai-Piper, Peter Dench and Matthew Finn joined in discussion about photography as medium and art form. Graeme Oxby, who is exhibiting next door to HIP Gallery was leading the conversation and made sure everyone had a chance to speak up.

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I have to say that the seminar was the highlight of the day. Discussions went from photography and education to . Brian Griffin compared freelance photography to survival game in the industry, that made me slightly worried, taking in account that he has exhibited worldwide and worked for a lot of “big guns”.
Matthew Finn discussed his strong opinion about not selling yourself and refusing to use digital photo-making, instead choosing to stick to the film, process and give his knowledge to the new generation of photographers. He raised question about education and how these days students are lacking the”love” for photography. At this point I started to disagree to the general opinion, because I reflect on my own experience as a student and I feel like in which ever palace you study at – it is up to you what you take out of the course anyway.
Dave Kai-Piper was interestingly talking about how quickly technology develops and we can never get ahead of the “newest” inventions, but that digital cameras these days are nothing more than digital copies of film cameras and that we are still waiting for a real digital era camera to arrive. Even though he admitted that he is in the early days of his career, he was still on point saying that adapting and re-invent is tiring, but necessary in the 21st Century.

I was able to relate to Frieke Janssens point about having the thin line between being yourself as an artist and get the assignments, meaning that she had to carefully select which personal work of hers will sell her skills to the potential clients. Obviously I’m not close to that point in my career at all, but she revealed that this fear can be in you as an artist regardless of how successful you are.

Some good practical advises came from Peter Dench and Brian Griffin saying that you have to be a brand first, than you knock on doors of magazines, communities, companies and everything that could possibly give you an assignment, because the money is always there, you just have to work hard to get those doors opened for you. As one wise man once told me that a good photographer is a photographer that continuously photographs – good, bad, amazing and boring. And today that was said plenty so I’m guessing that there is some truth abut it :]

I could talk more and have an essay here, but I need to get to the best part of the seminar.

Peter Dench has been a photographer that I’ve heard of, prepared a little bit before the festival, looking up his work and he reminded me so much of Martin Parr [like a complimentary gift when you buy something] in the best possible way, that I fell in love with his work there and then. Later on in the book signing he told me that, yes, his been called the cheap version of M. Parr, his drunk younger brother ect., but actually the only similarity is the approach to “all English”. Just as M. Parr, he takes the ordinary and makes it extraordinary, travels abroad to capture the culture and behaviour of British people.
Anyway, after talking to him, I decided to bring up the dissertation and if he could help me with information and resources about M. Parr and himself as he would be the great practitioner to include in my dissertation. After a successful “yes” I decided to reward my self with his book that preciously has been placed on the top of my favorite fire place, signed of course.

Happy days^^

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The next exciting story was about John Bulmer and his lecture at the Central Library. First thing – whilst on my way to the gallery, he approached me to travel to the same location, and only half way in the Princess Quay I realized that I am just casually walking and talking with the pioneer of British photojournalism in Britain and a BAFTA winning film maker. At that point I was very happy of how this journey is going and I made a promise to him that I will visit his lecture later on in the day.

So I did.

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His work is stunning that even on the projecting screen images looked like fine prints in the posh gallery. He took every listener into his own journey, sharing his best work and best stories. The way he expresses himself as a professional is amazing, sharing vital secrets of lenses he loves to work with, how he uses the Decisive Moment and how he sees the world.

The third event was case study from Nigel Tooby FRPS FRSA, He talked about extra dimensions in fine-art photography and his own work.

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He was professionally prepared with two screens, presentation, but came a cross as a salesman of his work. He was there to sell his work and approach, regardless of what the audience wants to hear – I might be going wrong, but I left the presentation with this idea stuck in my head. He showed an interesting perspectives how to approach photography and exhibiting, also introducing obstacles that artists might cross when exhibiting with more than 2D work. I liked some of his work and some seemed extremely well staged and not suitable for the subject matter – for example his work with charity Simon on the Streets. A lot of his compositions, and what seems to be a documentary looked like arranged still life that had meaning added. I was left wondering…, but at the same time I was impressed with the way he uses 4D means of expression. You have to look at the work yourselves to agree or disagree with me [see the link below]. He’s work was challenging to me to understand, but I must say that he was comfortable with what he is doing and that can be convincing at times.

http://www.the-arthouse.org.uk/artists/list/1216/nigel-tooby – Nigel Tooby

Again I will celebrate people that made this festival happen, thank you.
Hopefully you will see me volunteering in the galleries next week and I hope there will be a lot more attendance to other activities, it is a shame to miss out.
Next thing for me  – Saturday 10th of October – Pinhole Camera Workshop – see you all there.