Evita Goze

My first week in University

Posted in photography, photography studies by evitagoze on October 4, 2010

Last week was my first one in University of Brighton, where I’m starting my BA Photography studies. We had a bunch of registrations and introductions and got some tasks already.

The two main units in this semester are: Historical and Critical Studies: Origins and Histories and practice Photography and Identity, accompanied by numerous technical workshops.

In introductory independent project Seeing Things we have to select a minimum of three objects to photograph individually and make a series of still life photographic studies of the chosen objects in our own home using a film camera and b&w film and only natural light. “Try photographing during different times of day to observe how light changes, use different locations and backgrounds. This project is about exploration and experimentation as much as control and technique.” Afterwards we’ll have to develop the film, make a set of contact sheets, work prints and a final selection of 5-10 prints as well as to write an analysis of a photographers work that relates to the brief. (examples mentioned – Brassai, Helen Chadwick, Hannah Colins, Imogen Cunningham, Roger Fenton, John Gossage, Jan Groover, Paul Kilsby, Simon Larbalastier, Don McCullin, Irving Penn, Josef Sudek, Hiroshi Sugimoto, James Welling, Edward Weston)

These are my little friends for Seeing Things project, I found in one of the numerous junk shops in Brighton:

For the first Origins and Histories lecture we had to read The Origins of Photography (to 1839) by Mary Warner Marien. (In Photography: A Cultural History). Further reading includes L. Wells and D. Price Thinking about Photography in Photography: A Critical introduction, G. Batchen Burning With Desire and U. Stahel Well, What is Photography?

On Friday we had a briefing in Photography and Identity.

Some of the photographers mentioned:

August Sander, People of the 20th Century

Keith Arnatt

Thomas Struth, Portraits

Rineke Dijkstra

Lee Friedlander

Shirin Neshat, Women of Allah

Jim Goldberg, Raised by Wolves

Mariusz Hermanowicz, Testament

Duane Michals re-photographing photographs, for example, this famous picture of Walker Evans:

And we wached two fragments from Terence Davies’s movie Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988)

And a quote of the week: “Friedlander is like a wine. Bier might satisfy you immediately, but more you look at Friedlander’s work, more it satisfies you.” 🙂

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  1. anjanovikova said, on October 4, 2010 at 7:35 PM

    hmm..Vine and Friedlander. Let’s go and have some on the bench in front of sea.

  2. Karolina said, on October 4, 2010 at 7:47 PM

    wow! that’s great! i’m just gonna read your blog and learn with you! thanks a lot for sharing! kisses from cold berlin!

    • evitagoze said, on October 4, 2010 at 10:59 PM

      I’m happy if it is something interesting for you! Kisses!

  3. Ģirts said, on October 4, 2010 at 8:35 PM

    ehh thanks for sharing.
    one question – do you need to make any story in this still life set and what about deadlines ?

    • evitagoze said, on October 4, 2010 at 11:03 PM

      no problem. well, still life set is totally independent project, so we didn’t get a lot of explanation about it, but it is mainly for technical purposes, to make sure that everybody knows how to develop the film and print the pictures. Though, me and Anna, we feel that we need to make up at least some explanation for ourselves to feel better what we are doing about.

  4. Janis said, on October 4, 2010 at 10:04 PM

    Thank U very much! It was a pleasure to read, I hope that You are doing great and will keep on share the experience about the study process and daily life, cheerz

  5. Neil Leslie said, on October 5, 2010 at 10:54 AM

    Busy first week!

    Distant Voices, Still Lives is one of my favourite films.


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