Hello and welcome to my photography blog. I’m a documentary photographer and writer from Manchester in the UK. You can email me at: email@example.com or watch a short film or three here on vimeo and you can read my own publications here at Issuu.
A few posts ago I mentioned how my George Orwell 1984 collection, including Big Brother’s head from the Royal Exchange’s 2010 production, has been sent to the USA to be permanently held by the International Association of Privacy Professionals. They kindly sent me a snap of BB perched on high watching everything they did in the headquarters in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
They also acquired all the prints from my Reality TV exhibition about CCTV that was seen at the Royal Exchange and later at Salford Museum and Art Gallery. Part of the deal has involved me looking again at the work and the research behind it, so don’t be surprised if there are a few more things from me about the culture of surveillance.
Here’s another of example of the medium being the message. If you’ve been paying attention at the back, you’ll have seen my one-off book of other people’s photographs ‘A Nice Pair’ – The idea behind it was to give pictures meanings by being presented on an opposite page to other unrelated pictures. There’s also the possibility the viewer can make up stories by the association of one pair of pictures with another.
Anyroad, being of a democratic persuasion, I’ve now done produced (well actually Moo Cards have produced) the book as individual cards, so the order can be mixed up and new pairings and associations made. Just to keep it interesting there were a few rogue images that weren’t in the book.
If you want a pdf of the book, email or message me. If you want the set of 50 cards, tough.
The first ever Tour de Yorkshire takes place this weekend covering much of the route of last years Tour de France Grand Depart. Vulpine’s blog celebrates the occasion by publishing my photoessay on cycling fans – another version of the essay will be out in print soon, more news as it ‘append. The photo was taken in 2013 at the Tour of Britain Time Trial stage in Knowsley, Merseyside.
I had an article published in the current (40th anniversary issue of ‘The Moultoneer’ magazine, which is the in-house journal of the Moulton Club for owners and fans of the bike (of which I’m both). I’ve been asked to submit some more articles to the magazine. This article’s based on one I wrote for Vulpine about the Wright Brothers and cycling. Rather than trying to decipher scans of the actual magazine page, here’s the text…
For several years I photographed CCTV for my project ‘Reality TV’. It’s impossible to discuss surveillance of any sort without talking about George Orwell’s novel 1984. So it was entirely predictable I started reading about and collecting 1984. I exhibited this collection in 2012 at Salford Art Gallery as ‘1984 Looks Like This’ and wrote about in ‘Cover Up: Cover designs of Orwell’s 1984′. As well as creating the character of Big Brother and the concept of Thought Crime, Orwell was the first to use the phrase “Cold War” which is my current interest, (see the earlier post ‘Amerika’) so it’s entirely appropriate that Reality TV and my Orwell collection leaves Airstrip One (the UK) and finds a new home in Oceania (the USA). So it’s been sold and shipped off and not a single gin sodden tear shed.