Danny Treacy: Talk

Today I was lucky enough to attend a talk by photographer Danny Treacy. I have previously research Danny’s work in the body project during second year and found his project ‘them’ very interesting, so was very happy when I heard he would be giving a talk.

 

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Image from the series ‘them’ – Danny Treacy

 

His talk was very interesting and Danny discussed his work since studying his MA through to his work or today. Danny began his work with a medium format camera where he found an interest in spaces. Danny would gain access to buildings that were abandoned or that were soon to be demolished however he was not just interested in making images, he was interested in documenting what was happening in that space. When photographing this spaces Danny treats each space like a tomb, he wouldn’t touch or move anything. Danny discussed how he felt privileged to be able to see things no one else had seen.

This then leads Danny’s work that he is most known for, his series of images ‘Them’ where he stepped away from the spaces but instead substituted them for items of clothing he’s found in these buildings. Danny first began setting his camera up on a tripod in the flats and took self-portraits of himself there. However, he soon decided to swap to a studio to bring out more detail and make it less about the space.

“Spaces didn’t need to be seen, they were seen in the clothing” – Danny Treacy

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Images from the series ‘them’ – Danny Treacy

I believe that this was not only a brave decision by Danny as he hadn’t done anything like this before but also was a very successful decision after seeing the images of him in the spaces compared to them in the studio. Not only do the details come out but it makes it all about the clothes, the colours against the black background really make his work eye catching. Danny posed the same in each different outfit, he described his pose as ‘dressing up like a crap superhero’.

 

Them is not me, them is other people” – Danny Treacy

Although’ Them’ was exhibited Danny did not stop there with this fascination with the exploration of the contemporary world and how spaces are constantly shifting and moving. Danny has chosen to carry on within these lines as a collection speaks best, sometimes images speak best in numbers.

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Danny Treacy: Talk

Exhibition: Discursive Documents

Print Quality 

Today I have been thinking about different print paper to be considered for the exhibition at the end of the year. Although I am not yet at this stage I am still wanting to begin exploring different possible options that I can use for this, Aswell as looking at where would be best to get my book printed once my edit is complete.

screen-shot-2017-02-27-at-12-44-26We look at a range of different paper types, and i wish to explore this further so have contacted metro print for some paper samples. So I can get an in-depth look into what would best suit my project.

To explore different methods and possiblities for the different techniques I attended the discursive documents exhibition that is currently being shown at Huddersfield Art gallery.

16990330_1057566977681030_1807272486_oThe exhibition had a range of different platforms, video, montage, photo books, prints and framed prints.

It is clear that each work had there pros and cons for there choice of printing and considerations different between the artists budget. Although all the work was very different it all tied together with the idea of the different photographers views of the world that not just shows ‘how things are’ but asks ‘what is possible’.

In regards printing quality i was much more drawn towards the bigger prints. However I
found some of the big framed pieces distracting at times with the reflection of myself in them. Richard Mulhern used a invisible glass in his frame which really made a difference to how I viewed his image compared with the other where n certain light the images were tricky to see.

 

A lot to think about over the next few months but to begin with I plan on ensuring I get my images down to the best possible edit that I am happy with.

 

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Exhibition: Discursive Documents

Workshop with Sebastiaan Hanekroot (Colour and Books)

As part of innovation week yesterday Sebastiaan Hanekroot came to the university to do a workshop on the essentials for an expressive print which I attended and found very valuable. Sebastian is dedicated to getting the best out of your image after the image has been taken, through post production, printing and the production of your photo book.

“That is what I love, but what is it what I do? I don’t print books. I don’t design them. I don’t bind them. I don’t publish them. I do something else. I make sure that the colour reproductions in books are all you ever wished for. That pictures and colours come to live as vibrant as the originals did. Then again, to achieve that, I have to know everything about printing, designing, binding and publishing books. And I do. Decades of experience in one of Hollands leading printing plants/publisher and decades of working with the most talented graphic designers and accomplished binders guarantee that. ” Sebastiaan Hanekroot taken from  http://www.colourandbooks.com/work/ 

I decided to take in a new image I had just taken this week of Alan at the arcade in Bridlington. I am happy I decided to use this image after Sebastian’s talk around 15 minutes in I was already looking at the previous edit I had done to the image prior to the workshop. I highlighted to me that, I wasn’t thinking enough about the post production I was doing on these images, I know don’t feel as though I have been putting enough thought and reflexion into the importance of how my images are edited and printed and what a massive difference it can make to my series of images.

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My chosen workshop image

Sebastiaan asked some important questions to ask ourselves when we take an image.

 

What is the essential to you about your image?

I believe the most essential part of this image, in particular, is representing Alan and showing his personality to the audience. I want the image to be fun to look at, the image of Alan makes me smile, and I want it to have that same effect on its audience.

Where should I look? 

The focus of the image should be on Alan, however, I feel that the light of the arcade machine draws the eye to the left side of the image. I didn’t notice this prior t0 seeing the print at the workshop but when looking at the image in print the image looks like two separate images which the line for the arcade machine divides and stands out. Which therefore takes the eye away from Alan.

Does the print best represent my intentions in post production?

Do to Alan not being the main focus point due to the light is distracting some of that attention I feel that this is slightly blocking my intentions that were answered in the first question. However, I believe my colour balance and the way the light falls across alan cheek and down his coat is highlighted well in post production.

What did I want to express?

Fun, Happiness & relationship.

Overall the workshop was very worthwhile, it has made me think and consider the importance of post-production so much more. It has made such an impact on how I am now looking at past images I’ve edited.

Workshop with Sebastiaan Hanekroot (Colour and Books)