After producing the show getting the zine and shop up and running and speaking to everyone about the work I reached out and got some peer reviews from other professionals. I was really happy that I had the people offer there thoughts. I made a page with a video of me explaining the ideas I have, examples of the work and a button to get in touch that link is here - https://www.chrischucas.com/prock
Notes from Al Overdrive. Read More
The way in which I produced images hasn’t drastically changed, that’s not to say that I have not developed ideas or creative strategies, but the actual equipment and processing has been largely similar.
In this post I explain my choices and show my workflow.
I use digital camera’s for a few reasons.
They are fast and provide feedback which speeds up production
Economical, they eliminate film processing fees as well as travel and time doing so.
I feel like I can get the desired look out of the equipment I’m using much better than using other cameras that I am not as proficient in. Read More
It’s been a few weeks after the exhibition and I’m finding it really hard to sell any of these zines. I just think the project needs to be promoted a bit more. I think I will print handfuls out and send them to record labels and shops to bundle in with certain orders. I’m thinking of it as a means of advertising to begin with. I’ll also keep plugging the zine in the podcasts that I am doing. I have just confirmed some really great female photographers that were involved with the 209 female politicians by female photographers project. I’m going to continue to reach out to other artists as well as music people to make the demographic as varied as possible. I don’t want it to become very targeted and niche I like the thought of having crossover and people being put onto different ideas and thoughts, bands and art. Read More
I had planned to have a lot of time to workshop the curation of of images, after workshopping it with artist Aled Hughes I then went into the gallery to do a ‘soft hang’ I placed small test prints up in the place I wanted to place the large ones. I check using a spare frame I had for space and placements and I was fairly happy with the layout. I did have to re arrange 2 images due to the flow of the space. I had anticipated it and planned it accordingly but even so when they went up in the soft hang they were'n’t right. So i fixed it. Lesson learned, always do a soft hang. Read More
I reached out to Spencer Murphy and asked him if he would mind looking at the work and sharing a few thoughts on it. I was kindly surprised when I read the email back from him today.
Another artist I’ve been really fascinated with over the last year has been Juno Calypso. I first heard her on the Ben Smith podcast (link below). After hearing her talk about her project ‘ The Honey Moon’ I went and looked at the work and I was drawn in straight away. I feel like she has kind of carried on and built on where Cindy Sherman had started. Born out of a childhood hobby and dressing up and taking images with family cameras and also a gameboy camera. Read More
Luvero’s ‘Not Going Shopping Project’. he works with the LGBTQ community. His process involved collaborating with the community in Brighton and keeping a public blog with conversations and images made with those involved. Luvero also works with text and I love the human element that the hand writing brings to it. That seems to be his main goal to humanise the participants in very democratic way. Read More
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I feel that it has a lot in common with Jeff Wall with his constructed fiction work. I’m really interested in how Wall and Fincher make work using cameras. To the lamen as soon as you constructively choose to depict a scene or arrange something it becomes ‘fake’ but in Jeff Walls ‘we are all actors’ argument he has a differing opinion and I have adopted this approach within my own work. Especially within the ‘cinematic’ side of the images. Read More
I’ve always taken massive inspiration from cinema. One major film that I feel really shaped me as an artist was ‘Fight Club’. Directed by David Fincher it was really dark and visually striking. I’s only reflecting back on my practice now that I can apriciate how big an influence it plays. I have also worked with motion and video shooting music videos whilst undertaking the Ma. I guess that although not shot directly for the Ma it shares them same sty;e as my images for the Ma and is an easier introduction to explain how I’ve drawn from cinema in my work ( comparing motion to motion and then to stills). Read More
I’ve always been fascinated with the idea of a book. It’s becoming increasingly harder to imagine them being used with everything going digital but having a tactile feeling touch to images that can be handed around and the experienced shared with others is a great way to connect. I’ve already looked at zines but a book is s step up from that as well as a different medium in it’s own right. Read More
Hi Chris, it was a real pleasure looking at the photographs, seeing them Read More
in exhibition format with the addition of the text moves them up another
level. I think you got it just right, the editing now makes for a
cohesive set, with the sequencing adding depth and another level of
meaning. I also think that the text is just right in format and size; it
took me a while to realise they must be lyrics from punk songs, they
never overwhelm the images and although subtle in some ways, they are
unavoidable there. The choice of words and the way you have cut them up and placed them entirely fits with your Punk ethic. The images deserve to be seen by a wider audience; get them out into the world anyway that you can. Thanks for the invite
The opening night to the show was in my view a success. I had spend a huge amount of time planning it and I had put a huge focus on all the supporting aspects of it.
I had hung the work as pre planned and work shopped though with local welsh artist Aled Hughes.
I negotiated a free hire of the gallery for a week as it was in collaboration with HATW.
I did have to pay a £50 fee for the hire for the event.
I opened at 6 with a musical act on at 7 playing followed by talks from myself, Hannah Morgan the founder of HATW and Edel Marie a friend and vice principle of a high school in Bristol.
I had donation based entry and work for sale including zines.
I made enough through entry and zine sales to cover the venue hire and make an additional £20. Read More
I started finalising my zine designs. I think I’m lucky because my links with punk scene make it fairly easy to introduce given that zines were a big part of the earlier movement. I worked out costs and my deadline to get the shipped and and monotone is the only available option. I feel that it’s interesting given that I shot heavily in Black and white at the beginning of the course and begrudgingly y took the advice to work in colour more which I now work predominately in. It’s an interesting concept born out of a forced design out of my control maybe. I thought maybe I could print the zine in monotone and offer a download link to have it in colour ? It might be . a bit messy but there may be room to use it as a creative idea. Right now it’s not an option to print colour so it’s whats happening. It’s almost feels like a tip of the hat to the earlier work, I think I’ll release the earlier developmental work which is mostly monotone through the zine as its both culturally expected and a great way to ease in to the more contemporary photography that it has evolved into. Perhaps I can bring an audience on a journey and print in full colour when it becomes viable. Read More
After taking onboard what Aled said in the last meeting I came back to chat with him about hanging work. I have been living with these prints on my office and lounge wall for quite some time. I’ve even gone into the gallery with my test prints to visualise where they would go and how the audience would experience the show. Building on the using of dyptechs ideas ( in a sense that place them side by side as standalone images not as printed dips) I ran through my selection and talked about my thoughts on it Read More
With a only a short time left before the exhibition I have a pool of images to select from. I printed them as test prints and had a stack of 5 x 4’s. I then taped them to the office wall and would see them every-time I would enter or leave. I think it’s important to ‘live’ with the images. I was feeling a little weird about the space and how many images to show and how so I went in to speak to Aled Hughes a previous tutor and ex co worker of mine. Aled has know me for over 10 years and has taught me at college level as well as working as a lecturer when I was a supporting staff member to the Ba Hons Photography teaching Staff at Cardiff Met. Whilst there I was just starting the project so Aled knows me and the work really well. He’s also a successful artists with many solo exhibitions and books. I feel he is a perfect person to talk some ideas thorough with. Read More
I experimented with positioning not just one image but a few and placing text in more of a deign that would be seen in print media like booklets. I thought it had potential but not really for the zine or exhibition. I brought it up with the cohort peers and everyone there and Wendy agreed it wasn’t as strong as the single image work. Read More
Still constantly shooting and busy with the podcast i felt the urge to just pick up my camera and go, so I took the dog with me and watched the sun come up whilst listening to some music that means a lot to me. In all honesty the stress of running 2 businesses and doing the Ma spending a lot of money on equipment to develop the work and my deadline looming I felt a little overwhelmed. Then I remembered why I started the project in the beginning and it’s who I am as an artist. I also say that a good creative strategy is to jolt ones self out of a rhythm, be weird get out side when you normally wouldn’t. I took a tripod and an 8 stop ND filter with the hopes of slowing down the water for a misty seascape. It didn’t work as dramatically as I thought but I think that was for the better another happy accident. This is the scene that I looked at whilst going through a rough time with my own mental health. I took up running with an addictive nature and it did fix me for the time being, I’m drawn to the water and I feel there’s some poetic peace that we all expire at some point and the oceans kind of represent this everlasting cycle of life like rain falls rivers flow into the sea, I guess it’s a very nihilistic view on it but , everything will end and that ocean just goes on forever constantly fed by the life around it. It’s depressing at one point in time and not at another, it’s all about how you frame it I guess. I included a song that seems to fit perfectly with the notion I’m probably failing to articulate with words here. Read More