Archives for the month of: March, 2013

 

Its been a few years ago now since  I first came across the work of photographer Francesca Woodman.

Her work haunts me so this Easter I brought the Kindle edition of Isabella Pendicini’s Francesca Woodman: The Roman years: between flesh and film.

I have always been drawn to Woodman’s compositions and the sense of surface in her photographs and was interested to read that alongside the surrealists and Man Ray Pendicini states that the 14 th century Italian art including those of the painter Giotto’s were a major influence on Woodman. Pendicini continues that Woodman made drawings studying spatial organization of the Italian painters which were a part of her careful preparations for her photographs.

Giotto Joachim's_DreamF Woodman

Another aspect of  Woodman’s work that has interested me has been her use of cyanotype printing.

caryatid, new york 1980 F woodman

 

Researching to find out more about the cyanotype process I came across the Alternative Photography site here on WordPress.

This wonderful site has an amazing plethora of information on many photographic processes as well as much useful information on cyanotype printing methods.

 

 

 

 

 

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Through out October 2012 and March 2013 I have been documenting the now disused offices of Durham county council at 17 Claypath, Durhamm City along side documenting the shows organized in the pop up gallery space by Empty Shop.

Some of the photographs from the project documenting the offices are now available as a Blurb photo book which can be previewed here:

http://www.blurb.co.uk/b/4176289-17-claypath

 

Susan Mortimer disused Durham county council office 17 Claypath Susan Mortimer disused Durham county council office 17 ClaypathSusan Mortimer disused Durham county council office 17 Claypath

Visited James Watt’s installation Colony at 17 Calypath gallery today and it is well worth a visit. It runs until Wednesday 27th March.

It is the final show organized by Empty Shop to be held at 17 Claypath. The gallery has been host to a run of fabulous exhibitions organized by Empty Shop since Autumn 2012.

photograph  susan mortimer

 



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