Inspired by Lorenzo Vitturi.

More experiments on the train home using the Andigraf app followed by a bit of collaging in Photoshop.

Street photography experiments with the Provoke app on today’s Year 11 Photographers’ Gallery trip.

11C/Pg1 Trip to central London - 30.9.14

Tuesday’s trip will give us an opportunity to do several things:

  • Create lots of street photographs to supplement the images we’ve already made (iPods/phones will be the best tool for this)
  • Visit the fantastic Lorenzo Vitturi exhibition at The Photographers’ Gallery (I’ve booked a special guide through the exhibition which should be fascinating)
  • Create images related to the themes you have chosen - we will walk from Charing Cross to the gallery, then back across the river to the Southbank Centre. If we have enough energy left, we’ll then walk back to London Bridge station before getting the train back to school.

So, bring a packed lunch and a sensible pair of shoes! Use the trip as a way of really boosting the quality and quantity of your image making.

Please follow these instructions:

Visit the Tallis Arts Pinterest board for your chosen theme:

Choose at least 5 images that interest you.

Follow the links and locate the original image. Drag images to your desktop. Add each of them to your Weebly website with a short paragraph explaining:

  1. what appealed to you about the image
  2. how the image relates to your chosen theme
  3. any useful additional information about the artist/photographer who made the image (e.g. it’s part of a series, how the artist works, what techniques/processes s/he uses to make it/them etc.)
  4. what ideas the image has given you that you may use in future work

Make sure you publish your website at the end of the lesson.

  1. In column F write the grade that you want to achieve by the end of this year.
  2. In column G write what yo plan to do better this term in photography.
  3. Review the evidence on your website. Check that the highlights in either Green or Red reflect the tasks you have completed (columns H to O).

Make sure you do this accurately. Once you have completed each of these tasks you can begin to do more research.

  1. Visit the Tracker and add a note to column H (highlighted pale yellow) briefly describing any work you’ve done over the summer holiday. If you have done nothing related to GCSE photography, simply write Nothing. Don’t just leave the column blank.
  2. In column I (highlighted in light magenta) write the grade that you want to achieve by the end of the course.
  3. Review the evidence on your website. Add the theme you have chosen in column J. Highlight in either Green or Red the tasks you have completed (columns K to R).

Make sure you do this accurately. Once you have completed each of these tasks, continue to refine the evidence on your site and think about what you want to achieve before the next lesson.

I’ve been doing some more experimenting with my Lubitel 2 TLR medium format camera. This time I used some positive film (made for creating slides) but asked the lab to cross-process them. I also decided to experiment with some double exposures, deliberately not winding on the camera after an exposure to take another shot. I’m really pleased with the results of both experiments. 

The cross-processing produces a greeny-blue tint to the images and increases the contrast and grain, giving them quite a gritty, urban quality. The double exposures worked best when one of the images was an all over texture with lots of negative space and the other contained a dominant subject. Of course, it’s really hard to predict how they will turn out and that’s why it’s so much fun. Chance can sometimes be your best ally as a photographer.

I really enjoyed this show at The Photographers’ Gallery recently. I came away with lots of ideas about how to install photographs (along with other 3D elements) in exciting and interesting ways. Amazing use of colour.

I’ve been experimenting recently with my Lubitel 2 Russian twin lens reflex camera. It takes 120 film and produces a large 6x6 negative. The camera is all manual and mechanical - it doesn’t have a light meter or battery. This is the first set of pictures I’ve taken with it. I really like the option to create double exposures so I’m going to experiment a bit more with this. I’m also going to use some positive film and get it cross processed to see how this affects the colours. It’s been a real summer of photography for me.

Paris, 2014.

Some great work from Peter, Benny, Jordan and Kirstie in Year 9.


Hi folks. Sorry I can’t be with you today but I have every confidence you’ll be able to get on with your Personal Projects independently. I want you to concentrate on getting your websites up to date so that next week we can focus on more photography.

Here are some ideas to help you:

  • Take a look at the progress I have made with my project.
  • Make sure you have created a new page for your project (that means you Alex!)
  • Explain why you have chosen your theme. What are you planning to do first?
  • Create a Gallery of your first set of images.
  • Make sure that you have evaluated your images so far (WWW/EBI)
  • Use the Pinterest boards to help you get ideas for photo shoots. Create your own PInterest board or add a link to the relevant tallisarts board.
  • Do some research about one of the photographers named in your chosen theme E.g. I have done some research about Laszlo Moholy-Nagy for my theme, Edges.
  • If your theme doesn’t name any photographers, choose one from the Pinterest board and do some research about them.
  • Choose a single image that inspires you and write a detailed response about it. Try to use as many specific photography words as possible.

Good luck, Work hard and complete any outstanding documenting online for home work. Here’s a link to the home learning assignment this week.



I get a lot of messages from people asking for advice, so here it is, if you want to be a better photographer carry a camera with you everywhere, take photos everyday, don’t be afraid to take bad photos, just take photos! I try to alway have a film camera on me, its more of visual diary, but it helps remind me that photography doesn’t have to be serious all the time, if you’re not having fun whats the point. 

You can see all my day to day film snaps on my WEBSITE.

(via phootcamp)

Ellen’s cat collage is interesting.