Dismaland – Banksy’s Exhibition – Weston Super Mare

Dismaland Bemusement Park - Banksy - Weston Super Mare

Dismaland Bemusement Park - Banksy - Weston Super Mare

Dismaland Bemusement Park – Banksy – Weston Super Mare

Dismaland Bemusement Park was a temporary art project, created in secret by the graffiti artist / street artist Banksy. It ran from 21st August till 27th September 2015. The pop up exhibition was constructed in the unused, old lido called the Tropicana in Weston Super Mare, Somerset UK. Banksy described Dismaland as a “family theme park unsuitable for children”, as it was simply a sarcastic, sinister copy of the world-famous Disneyland. Dismaland contained works from Banksy himself and 58 other artists.

Who is Banksy? Banksy’s true identity is unknown, although we do know that he is an English based graffiti artist. He is thought to have been from Bristol, UK, and approximately late 30’s to mid 40’s in age. Banksy began as a freehand graffiti artist from 1990-1994. He was part of Bristol’s DryBredz Crew and worked alongside other artists. He began working with a photographer called Steve Lazarides, who later sold Banksy’s art pieces. Word was that Lazarides became Banksy’s agent. By 2000, Banksy decided to use stencilling in order to create his graffiti pieces, as it took less time to create a piece and by doing so, he was able to avoid capture from the Police, and was able to hide. One of Banksy’s first well known public wall murals, was in Stokes Croft, Bristol. It was called the ‘ Mild Mild West’ and was painted in 1997. It depicts a teddy bear, throwing a Molotov cocktail at three riot police. A second well known Banksy wall mural is on Park Street, Bristol. It depicts a naked man hanging by one arm from a window as a man in suit looks out, supposedly trying to the man the woman is having an affair with. It is located on the side of a sexual health clinic, and Bristol City Council have been made to let it stay after a popular demand for it to remain.

How was it created in secret……? Local residents of Weston Super Mare were originally told that a Hollywood film company called Atlas Entertainment were producing a new thriller film called Grey Fox. Questions weren’t really asked, as signage went up around the Tropicana saying ‘Grey Fox Productions’. It wasn’t until early August that questions began to arise, and news footage aired, due to a large fairy-tale castle and other large sculptures being erected in the centre of the Tropicana.

Once the large DISMALAND signage on the front of the building appeared, it was clear that this wasn’t a film production. I remember the news footage advising us that it was in fact an exhibition created by the local artist Banksy. Banksy quotes in regards to Dismaland ” It’s with great pleasure we throw open the doors of the Tropicana once again, I’ve dreamed of installing a theme park on this site ever since I walked past the building six months ago and peered through a gap in the fence. But this is not your average sugar-coated fantasyland selling scrapings from the Hollywood floor, No, we couldn’t afford the license for that”

Dismaland Bemusement Park - Banksy

Dismaland Bemusement Park – Banksy

The news coverage told us that only local residents were invited to see Dismaland, and in order to gain entry, they would have to collect a cut out ticket in their local paper. People who weren’t residents of Weston, including myself, were disappointed that we would not be able to see the exhibition. News coverage showed the vast queue of residents waiting in line, tickets in hand, to visit Dismaland on the first day of opening.  Below are two online news articles which show the opening day of Dismaland.

A day or two after the opening for residents only, news coverage told us that Dismaland was now in fact open to the public. A website was created called Dismaland Bemusement Park, and tickets were to be purchased online via this website. They cost £5 each per person or you could buy tickets on the door for £3 each per person. A vast difference in price from Disneyland. Like many others, I decided to go on the website to purchase tickets. I was confused as to why the ticket area was ‘Stuck’ somewhat and I was unable to click on anything to buy a ticket, even though it showed them being available. I thought it was perhaps a prank that was being played by Banksy in order to make people attempting to purchase tickets ‘Dismal’, giving us the similar feeling to children not being allowed to go to Disneyland. I decided to give up, and perhaps I would try again another time.

News coverage confirmed that I was not alone, in fact the website had crashed, not allowing anyone to purchase tickets. This happened for days if not nearly a week or more. I gave up trying to purchase a ticket. I saw the daily queues on the news and this also put me off. 4000 tickets were sold a day, so you can imagine how many people were queuing from the 11am opening to the 11pm closing, not including the vast quantity of people who arrived to stand in the queue to purchase tickets on the door. Dismaland was becoming famous worldwide and thousands of visitors from all over the world attended including celebrities.

Many of my family and friends managed to book tickets and were able to see Dismaland and said it was amazing. I was disappointed that I was unable to do so and that I was unable to go. A friend told me that the last but one batch of tickets were going on sale on Wednesday 16th September at 10am. I knew that I had to try to book a ticket, so I set an alarm early, preparing myself to be disappointed again or for the website to crash. I was fortunate to have been able to book 2 tickets, purchased and paid for them at exactly 10:01am. I was determined to go! 20 minutes after I purchased mine, the website sold out again. I was extremely happy that I had secured tickets to go and visit this famous bemusing theme park. All I had to do was wait.

Dismaland Bemusement Park - Banksy - Tickets

Dismaland Bemusement Park – Banksy – Tickets

Wednesday 23rd September 2015 – My Dismaland Experience!

Living in Bristol, Weston Super Mare is only 1hr or so away from where I live. I used to visit Weston regularly and still do so I’m familiar with the place. My time slot for Dismaland was 7pm. I arrived down in Weston at approximately 5:30pm and decided to go straight from the bus stop to the queuing area of Dismaland. There was only 15 people in the queue in front of us which I was completely surprised about, especially as I was waiting for thousands to be queuing already. I queued for over 1hr and a half.

Banksy created Dismaland to be a satirical take on Disneyland. In order for Dismaland to work, staff were advised to be as dismal, miserable and rude as possible. A shear opposite to the staff at the ‘Happy’ Disneyland. This bemusement park was meant to be a dismal, miserable experience for everyone that worked there and attended as visitors.

We arrived at the miserable looking ticket scanners who hurled abuse at the crowds telling us to ‘Get your tickets ready, we haven’t got all day, hurry up’ then moving us on to the ‘Security’ section just inside the front doors. A cartoon style, air port security awaited us. Miserable and rude staff welcomed us into the cardboard cut out security area. They made people jump and hop through the useless security scanners, made you do star jumps, scanned you with their cardboard cut out metal detectors and good luck if you laughed or smiled at them, you would either be told to stand against the wall, or be made to go to the back of the queue. This was hilarious! The staff members were extremely funny and it was so hard not to laugh at them, plus, I wasn’t prepared to go to the back of the queue, so I made sure my face stayed dismal.

Dismaland Bemusement Park - Banksy - Cartoon Security

Dismaland Bemusement Park – Banksy – Cartoon Security

As soon as I was let through the security, I was whispered ‘Welcome to Dismaland, Have a nice time’ by two dismal staff who reluctantly wanted to speak to me. Just outside of the door as you walk through to the main area, there is a burnt, old, wrecked ice cream van. Inside was a dismal staff member who sold the souvenir programmes for the theme park. They don’t speak to you, you just ask for how many programmes you would like, hand over the money, then they either throw the programmes at you, play tug of war with you or ignore you all together and make you reach inside to get them yourselves. Either way, it was funny. I ended up playing tug of war to get my two programmes.

Dismaland Bemusement Park - Banksy - Programme Seller

Dismaland Bemusement Park – Banksy – Programme Seller

Dismaland Bemusement Park - Banksy - Programme Seller

Dismaland Bemusement Park – Banksy – Programme Seller

Dismaland Bemusement Park - Banksy - Programme Seller

Dismaland Bemusement Park – Banksy – Programme Seller

Dismaland Bemusement Park - Banksy - Programme Seller

Dismaland Bemusement Park – Banksy – Programme Seller

Dismaland Bemusement Park - Banksy - Programme

Dismaland Bemusement Park – Banksy – Programme

Dismaland Bemusement Park - Banksy - Programme

Dismaland Bemusement Park – Banksy – Programme

After purchasing my programmes,

Dismaland Bemusement Park - Banksy - Programme

Dismaland Bemusement Park – Banksy – Programme

Dismaland Bemusement Park - Banksy - Programme

Dismaland Bemusement Park – Banksy – Programme

After purchasing my programmes, I decided to make my way over to Cinderella’s castle. I knew that this was one of the popular exhibition areas, and would be full of visitors. I was fortunate to be one of the first in Dismaland, which meant that Cinderella’s castle was empty. This was my chance to go and see it before the queue ended up around the ‘theme park’.

Cinderella’s castle was designed by Banksy himself. On the leaflet it quotes ‘Step Inside the Fairy tale and See How it Feels to be a Real Princess’ ‘Souvenir Photographs Available’. The outside of the castle was illuminated by large spot lights. A large Ariel figurine was situated in the water surrounding the castle. The Ariel figurine was made to look distorted and blurred, so when you photographed her, it would appear distorted in your photograph.

Dismaland Bemusement Park - Banksy - Cinderella's Castle

Dismaland Bemusement Park – Banksy – Cinderella’s Castle

Dismaland Bemusement Park - Banksy - Cinderella's Castle

Dismaland Bemusement Park – Banksy – Cinderella’s Castle

Dismaland Bemusement Park - Banksy - Cinderella's Castle

Dismaland Bemusement Park – Banksy – Cinderella’s Castle

Dismaland Bemusement Park - Banksy - Cinderella's Castle

Dismaland Bemusement Park – Banksy – Cinderella’s Castle

Dismaland Bemusement Park - Banksy - Cinderella's Castle

Dismaland Bemusement Park – Banksy – Cinderella’s Castle

In the water surrounding the castle, old wire mattresses and old shopping trollies were placed against the walls, with rubbish floating around in the water. Not something you would expect from a princess’ castle. The castle was battered and falling apart. We waited in line to be let in.

Dismaland Bemusement Park - Banksy - Cinderella's Castle

Dismaland Bemusement Park – Banksy – Cinderella’s Castle

The animated Cinderella film was playing on old broken televisions, hanging from the corner of the wall. Once you were guided through the ‘ Souvenir Photograph ‘ section, you were in complete darkness. All I felt was sand or gravel under my feet. You could hear a recording of police sirens, ambulance sirens and noises from camera flashes and chirping of birds on a loop. As soon as the lights from the camera flashes began, you were able to see what was inside of the Cinderella castle.

Dismaland Bemusement Park - Banksy - Cinderella's Crash

Dismaland Bemusement Park – Banksy – Cinderella’s Crash

Dismaland Bemusement Park - Banksy - Cinderella's Crash

Dismaland Bemusement Park – Banksy – Cinderella’s Crash

Dismaland Bemusement Park - Banksy - Cinderella's Crash

Dismaland Bemusement Park – Banksy – Cinderella’s Crash

Dismaland Bemusement Park - Banksy - Cinderella's Crash

Dismaland Bemusement Park – Banksy – Cinderella’s Crash

Dismaland Bemusement Park - Banksy - Cinderella's Crash

Dismaland Bemusement Park – Banksy – Cinderella’s Crash

Dismaland Bemusement Park - Banksy - Cinderella's Crash

Dismaland Bemusement Park – Banksy – Cinderella’s Crash

A huge overturned carriage, with broken wheels, fallen horses and mist bellowing out from behind it, was situated in the middle of the room. A mannequin of Cinderella was draped, hanging out of the window of the carriage, being pulled up by her two blue bird companions. Her blonde hair fell against the door of the carriage. The recording played on repeat, the chirping from the birds accompanied by the sirens and flash noises haunted you. The comparison to Princess Diana’s crash was obvious. This was most definitely a piece which portrayed the crash and death of a Princess, who was then hounded by photographers and paparazzi, all wanting to snap that one special photograph.

It is hard to say that this is my favourite piece of Dismaland, but somehow it is. Seeing the sheer size of this piece up close was intense. The atmosphere with it being dark, only a recording playing, and a swarm of mist engulfing you, made you feel uncomfortable, yet somehow this piece struck me the most. I remember the death of Princess Diana, I don’t think any one will ever forget. Banksy has created a piece which is shocking, but manages to put the truth before us. He shows us the side which we wanted to block from our minds, the reality of what actually happened and the aftermath of Princess Diana’s death and the crash. He does it in a way which uses the Disney character we all know, which again makes it personal to each of us. We all know the happy ending of the Cinderella fairy tale, so to see something like this representing what actually happened to a real life Princess, is sad. Some have argued that they don’t like it and are against this piece all together, saying that Banksy has created a disgusting, un-tasteful, insensitive piece. However, others like myself, found it shocking yet somewhat interesting and unique. I suppose it depends on how you view this piece. It is definitely a talking piece and something which Banksy will be remembered for.

Attempting to photograph this piece was extremely hard as one, I had no tripod, so setting my camera to shoot indoors with no lighting would mean extreme camera blur and movement from camera shake. The lack of light, and only relying on the camera flashes meant that I could only shoot when they were. I suppose this is so we are made to feel like one of the paparazzi’s ourselves….? We were also being told to move along as there was now a queue beginning to form, therefore, I was unable to photograph a clear image of this piece. I did however manage to get my Mother to record it on my second camera, so I may be able to get some clearer stills from the video. I have included the video recorded by my Mother, onto YouTube for you to look at.

Outside the exit of the castle, you were met by a large killer whale statue, leaping from a toilet pan, through a hula hoop, into a paddling pool. Sounds crazy, I know, but this was designed to represent the small aquariums which are used in sea world.

Dismaland Bemusement Park - Banksy - Killer Whale

Dismaland Bemusement Park – Banksy – Killer Whale

Dismaland Bemusement Park - Banksy - Killer Whale

Dismaland Bemusement Park – Banksy – Killer Whale

Dismaland Bemusement Park - Banksy - Killer Whale

Dismaland Bemusement Park – Banksy – Killer Whale

This was a large piece, so gained a lot of interest which is good in some way, because it brings light to the small aquariums being used in Sea World.

Behind the castle, close to this piece, was the rest of the water which surrounded the castle. This back area contained an old broken speed boat which was surrounded by rubbish. On the wall of the castle was a poster which reflected into the water. It was symbolizing the wealth and greed of politicians and the helplessness of the less fortunate. The poster was positioned lopsided with the politician being represented as heavy with greed and the family at the other end representing the poor, with nothing. This was a very striking, controversial piece which was talked about a lot.

Dismaland Bemusement Park - Banksy - Politician Poster

Dismaland Bemusement Park – Banksy – Politician Poster

Dismaland Bemusement Park - Banksy - Politician Poster

Dismaland Bemusement Park – Banksy – Politician Poster

A second poster of Prime Minister David Cameron was also on the other side of the Theme Park. It symbolises the downfall of his work as Prime Minister, as it is a poster of London with David Cameron toasting his success, being rolled up. In other words, being rolled up and discarded, ready for the next poster to be put up.

Dismaland Bemusement Park - Banksy - Prime Minister Poster

Dismaland Bemusement Park – Banksy – Prime Minister Poster

Banksy produced a large wheel which you could take a ride on, if you dared. It was battered and broken, but thankfully still safe enough to use. I watched people later that evening, take a ride on the big wheel. It was made to purposely stop every now and then, leaving the people on it dangling in the air, waiting for it to start. It was a funny joke aimed at all of the working big wheels seen in theme parks world-wide. It was a piece which really stood out. You could see the lights shining from the big wheel as you were walking down the path to the Tropicana.

Dismaland Bemusement Park - Banksy - Big Wheel

Dismaland Bemusement Park – Banksy – Big Wheel

Dismaland Bemusement Park - Banksy - Big Wheel

Dismaland Bemusement Park – Banksy – Big Wheel

Dismaland Bemusement Park - Banksy - Big Wheel

Dismaland Bemusement Park – Banksy – Big Wheel

There was a small indoor shop area called ‘Pocket Money Loans’ designed by artist Darren Cullen.

Dismaland Bemusement Park - Banksy - Darren Cullen's Pocket Money Loans

Dismaland Bemusement Park – Banksy – Darren Cullen’s Pocket Money Loans

Pocket Money Loans was a satirical take on Payday Loans, Mortgages, Loans, Money Lenders and much more. Rather than aiming this at adults, this was aimed at children, hence the ‘Pocket Money’. Darren Cullen, the artist, aimed it at children in order to send us as adults or parents, the message that in this day and age and in the future, our children will be applying for loans, mortgages and pawning everything they can in order to get money to survive.

On the outside of the ‘Shop’, there was a large sand pit play area, full of broken toys and rubbish. There was also a space for pram parking. This added to the effect of it being aimed at children. There was a giant sand castle with a huge windmill on the top, designed by Banksy. This was another favourite of mine.

Dismaland Bemusement Park - Banksy - Giant Sand Castle

Dismaland Bemusement Park – Banksy – Giant Sand Castle

Dismaland Bemusement Park - Banksy - Darren Cullen's Pocket Money Loans

Dismaland Bemusement Park – Banksy – Darren Cullen’s Pocket Money Loans

On the door of the pocket-money loan shop, there was a poster advertising for bailiff jobs. School bullies were wanted during school holidays, to earn money being bailiffs. The whole message surrounding this shop was the truth that in this day and age, money is the main focus of day-to-day living. From loans, benefits and much more, everything on the TV, in magazines, news coverage, is aimed at this. It is very sad, but unfortunately true.

Dismaland Bemusement Park - Banksy - Darren Cullen's Pocket Money Loans

Dismaland Bemusement Park – Banksy – Darren Cullen’s Pocket Money Loans

On the inside of the shop, they had toy action men for ‘Sale’, because every child wants a Barbie doll or an Action Man, however, these were real life Action Men. They were toy models of paralysed soldiers and P.T.S.D Soldiers. There were several advertising posters around the walls which were extremely thought-provoking and on the floor of the shop was a trampoline with balls from the ball pit underneath. I watched several people in front of me and behind me, fall over or bounce on without knowing that it was there, typical adults…. whereas if children were they, they would be jumping up and down on it. Where it was placed was also thought-provoking, as it was placed close to the counter where you paid for any items purchased. Children normally have trouble reaching counter tops in shops, therefore, this hidden trampoline would allow children to bounce up and down in order to reach the counter top to pay. Very interesting and thought out very well! They have also created a ‘Real’ Facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/PocketMoneyLoans

Dismaland Bemusement Park - Banksy - Darren Cullen's Pocket Money Loans

Dismaland Bemusement Park – Banksy – Darren Cullen’s Pocket Money Loans

Dismaland Bemusement Park - Banksy - Darren Cullen's Pocket Money Loans

Dismaland Bemusement Park – Banksy – Darren Cullen’s Pocket Money Loans

Dismaland Bemusement Park - Banksy - Darren Cullen's Pocket Money Loans

Dismaland Bemusement Park – Banksy – Darren Cullen’s Pocket Money Loans

Dismaland Bemusement Park - Banksy - Darren Cullen's Pocket Money Loans

Dismaland Bemusement Park – Banksy – Darren Cullen’s Pocket Money Loans

Dismaland Bemusement Park - Banksy - Darren Cullen's Pocket Money Loans

Dismaland Bemusement Park – Banksy – Darren Cullen’s Pocket Money Loans

Dismaland Bemusement Park - Banksy - Darren Cullen's Pocket Money Loans

Dismaland Bemusement Park – Banksy – Darren Cullen’s Pocket Money Loans

I purchased a few items from the shop and picked up a few free business cards.

Dismaland Bemusement Park - Banksy - Darren Cullen's Pocket Money Loans

Dismaland Bemusement Park – Banksy – Darren Cullen’s Pocket Money Loans

Dismaland Bemusement Park - Banksy - Darren Cullen's Pocket Money Loans

Dismaland Bemusement Park – Banksy – Darren Cullen’s Pocket Money Loans

Dismaland Bemusement Park - Banksy - Darren Cullen's Pocket Money Loans

Dismaland Bemusement Park – Banksy – Darren Cullen’s Pocket Money Loans

Dismaland Bemusement Park - Banksy - Darren Cullen's Pocket Money Loans

Dismaland Bemusement Park – Banksy – Darren Cullen’s Pocket Money Loans

There was a large, working carousel with dismal, rude staff running it. I’ve always loved carousels, mainly because of the ‘Pretty Lights’. However, this wasn’t your average carousel. The music playing on the carousel was slow and ‘strange’. The actual meaning for this carousel was to highlight the horse meat scandal…..horses on a carousel and horses in our lasagne. There was a mannequin of a slaughter man, sat on boxes which had been labelled ‘Lasagne’. Behind the mannequin was a hanging carousel horse. This was a very thought-provoking piece. I loved the carousel, but perhaps not the mannequin, it looked too real, especially the face. Not many people were bothered by the mannequin and were still riding the carousel. I have included my video which I have uploaded onto YouTube for you to watch.

Dismaland Bemusement Park - Banksy - Carousel

Dismaland Bemusement Park – Banksy – Carousel

Dismaland Bemusement Park - Banksy - Carousel

Dismaland Bemusement Park – Banksy – Carousel

Another favourite piece of mine, was the Big Rig Jig, designed by Mike Ross. This piece took seven people, three months to build and construct. They went on a hunt to search and find any dis-used, broken trucks. This piece could be seen for miles and stood out amongst the crowds of people. The shear size and craziness of it is what made it one of my favourite pieces. I have no idea how they managed to construct this piece, but I loved it. My Mother even mentioned that the giant windmill and this, would look great in her garden.

Dismaland Bemusement Park - Banksy - Big Rig Jig by Mike Ross

Dismaland Bemusement Park – Banksy – Big Rig Jig by Mike Ross

Dismaland Bemusement Park - Banksy - Big Rig Jig by Mike Ross

Dismaland Bemusement Park – Banksy – Big Rig Jig by Mike Ross

There were several stalls situated amongst the large pieces. Every stall was different and contained different games for you to play, for example ‘Topple the Anvil with a Ping Pong ball’ and ‘Hook a Duck from the Muck’. This is very similar to what you find at fun fares and travelling circuses. However, this was Dismaland, and of course you were not going to win, if you did manage to win on one of these games, you were extremely lucky. I decided to have a go at ‘Hook a Duck from the Muck’

Dismaland Bemusement Park - Banksy - Hook a Duck from the Muck

Dismaland Bemusement Park – Banksy – Hook a Duck from the Muck

This game was similar to hook a duck and win a gold fish in a bag. However, this one had a twist. The ducks in the muck were representing the oil spills we have in our seas and oceans, hence why there is a statue of a pelican bird covered in oil. The ducks were floating upside down, or had no hooks in them for you to hook, so hooking a duck would be impossible. I decided to have a go anyway.

Dismaland Bemusement Park - Banksy - Hook a Duck from the Muck

Dismaland Bemusement Park – Banksy – Hook a Duck from the Muck

I was given a small length of bamboo pole, with a piece of rope tied to the end. There was a hook on the end which was turned up so much, it was near impossible to be able to hook a duck. I handed over the money to the dismal staff member, and they threw me the pole. I attempted to win a cardboard fish finger in a bag, but every time I managed to get close to hooking a duck, the staff member bounced the water, which moved the duck. She then threw every duck I managed to hook, making me not win. But that’s what Dismaland is about, your not allowed to win. I never managed to win a fish finger in a bag. The pole was then taken from my hand before I had finished my time slot and they slowly walked off to pinch someone else’s pole.

Dismaland Bemusement Park - Banksy - Hook a Duck from the Muck

Dismaland Bemusement Park – Banksy – Hook a Duck from the Muck

I spent more than a few hours in the outside exhibition areas, however, I then decided to go into the indoor exhibition areas, as the crowds outside were beginning to pile up. One of the indoor exhibitions was a model village created by Jimmy Cauty. This model village was constructed over 9 months and every single piece was hand painted and details added.

Dismaland Bemusement Park - Banksy - Jimmy Cauty Model Village

Dismaland Bemusement Park – Banksy – Jimmy Cauty Model Village

Dismaland Bemusement Park - Banksy - Jimmy Cauty Model Village

Dismaland Bemusement Park – Banksy – Jimmy Cauty Model Village

Dismaland Bemusement Park - Banksy - Jimmy Cauty Model Village

Dismaland Bemusement Park – Banksy – Jimmy Cauty Model Village

Dismaland Bemusement Park - Banksy - Jimmy Cauty Model Village

Dismaland Bemusement Park – Banksy – Jimmy Cauty Model Village

Dismaland Bemusement Park - Banksy - Jimmy Cauty Model Village

Dismaland Bemusement Park – Banksy – Jimmy Cauty Model Village

This model village was amazing. The size of it filled a whole room, so I can fully understand how it took 9 months to construct. Each piece is so detailed, it looks realistic. It is almost as though you are looking at photographs of real scenes of crime. This was one of my favourite pieces. Unfortunately we weren’t able to stay long inside this exhibition, as grumpy staff members were moving us along, but I would have loved to have stood and looked at each piece properly. I picked up some leaflets for this exhibition piece.

Dismaland Bemusement Park - Banksy - Jimmy Cauty Model Village

Dismaland Bemusement Park – Banksy – Jimmy Cauty Model Village

Dismaland Bemusement Park - Banksy - Jimmy Cauty Model Village

Dismaland Bemusement Park – Banksy – Jimmy Cauty Model Village

Dismaland Bemusement Park - Banksy - Jimmy Cauty Model Village

Dismaland Bemusement Park – Banksy – Jimmy Cauty Model Village

Dismaland Bemusement Park - Banksy - Jimmy Cauty Model Village

Dismaland Bemusement Park – Banksy – Jimmy Cauty Model Village

Another in door exhibit was The Dance of Death. This involved a grim reaper mannequin driving a bumper car. Sounds strange, but I really enjoyed this piece. Every 15 minutes, this exhibition piece would ‘Begin’. You were standing in the pitch black and suddenly grim music began. Out from a door way, a bumper car appeared and began driving slowly around, until it reached the viewers. It drove along the front where we stood and the scythe nearly hit me around the head, I never realised just how close it actually got to us. All of a sudden, the music stopped and the Bee Gees song Stayin Alive began. The grim reaper began driving the bumper car around, almost dancing to the music. I tried to photograph this, but unfortunately the strobe lighting and the movement of the car was too fast, so some of my photograph are unclear, therefore, I filmed most of it instead.  However, I have uploaded my video to YouTube and have included the link for you to watch.

Dismaland Bemusement Park - Banksy -Dance of Death

Dismaland Bemusement Park – Banksy -Dance of Death

Dismaland Bemusement Park - Banksy -Dance of Death

Dismaland Bemusement Park – Banksy -Dance of Death

Dismaland Bemusement Park - Banksy -Dance of Death

Dismaland Bemusement Park – Banksy -Dance of Death

I know this is very macabre, but it made me laugh, probably because of the music which they put to it. It is something completely different and unique which I have never seen before.

My Dismaland Visit:

Previous to Dismaland, I haven’t really taken much notice of Banksy or his work. I do own a his Wall and Piece book, but I am yet to read it in full. Living in Bristol, I see pieces of his work on a daily basis, spray painted on walls in the city centre and in streets nearby where I live. Visiting Dismaland, and seeing his art work and the art work of others has really opened my eyes to what Banksy actually creates. He creates pieces which are unique and thought-provoking. He focuses on what is in the media at that moment in time, and shows us his opinions on the matters. Many object to Banksy’s work, and think of it as just rubbish spray paint which is illegal, however, some of his work is really good.

I had a fantastic time at Dismaland, even though it was meant to do the complete opposite, I think a lot of people who were lucky enough to go, actually enjoyed themselves. There was so much art work, art pieces, sculptures, games, tents full of posters and much more, that I can’t physically write about all of it which is a shame. Each piece that I viewed that evening was amazing. Some pieces had hidden messages which made you think about the piece and try to figure out the hidden meaning, whereas others such as the horse meat lasagne carousel, were open message pieces.

I was fortunate enough to be at the front of the queue that evening, so when we arrived into the main part of Dismaland, it was empty, allowing me to be able to photograph as much as I could before the crowds of people appeared. Towards the end of the evening, it got very dark and cold, especially as we were in the open air and on the beach, so I was trying to steady my hands from shaking because it was freezing cold. I took hundreds of photographs that evening which I haven’t put on here. I will be able to use photographs from my visit for future exercises or assignments.

I did struggle with changing my camera settings a lot due to the change in the weather and it being dark. I had to make sure that I changed settings from each piece and remember to avoid camera shake and blur. There was hundreds of people in Dismaland that evening, so crowds of people were everywhere which is understandable. I had to be patient in order to take my photographs as I wanted to make sure that I captured the ‘Perfect’ photo. It was hard at some points, as many people would either walk in front of my camera, or they were pushing and shoving people, so I had to be patient a lot.

Banksy created something amazing, which bought thousands of visitors to Weston Super Mare who spent thousands of pounds in local businesses and hotels, enabling them to stay open this winter. I was unable to visit Banksy’s exhibition in Bristol museum back in 2009, so when Dismaland opened, I knew that I had to visit this as I doubt we will see anything like this again in the near future.

Banksy and other artists ‘Hid’ pieces of art work around Dismaland for visitors to find and take with them. Many people found spray painted canvases rolled up or stuck behind objects, strange objects, toys and much more. I was unlucky and didn’t find anything exciting such as art work, although I wasn’t really looking for hidden art, and the art which was visible, I wasn’t going to take as I didn’t know if it was part of an exhibition or not. I did however, twist my foot on something near the horse meat lasagne carousel. When I looked down on the floor, I noticed a tool shaped object, discarded close to the wall. This was covered in mud rock fingerprints, which I spotted as I used to use mud rock in my art work, so I knew this was one of Banksy’s ‘Hidden’ art pieces. I decided to take this piece as it was discarded on the floor and wasn’t part of an actual exhibition piece, so I knew it must have been something left for someone to take. Who know what it is, I cant really decide what it is, but it is unique and it reminds me of my visit to Dismaland.

Dismaland Bemusement Park - Banksy -

Dismaland Bemusement Park – Banksy –

Dismaland Bemusement Park - Banksy -

Dismaland Bemusement Park – Banksy –

If Banksy is to open something like this again, I will try my best to attend as I really enjoyed Dismaland.

Sources:

  • Dismaland Online News Articles

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/art/news/banksy-dismaland-tickets-hoax-10466270.html

http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/Banksy-s-Dismaland-Live-coverage-opening-day/story-27657103-detail/story.html

  • Cinderella Castle Exhibit Online Articles

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3204653/Come-eat-cold-chips-sound-crying-children-Banksy-confirms-opening-Dismaland-seaside-bemusement-park-art-exhibition.html

http://uk.businessinsider.com/banky-dismaland-cinderella-princess-diana-2015-8

  • Cinderella’s Castle Exhibition – YouTube Video – Taken by Myself on 23/09/2015

  • Pocket Money Loans – Darren Cullen

https://www.facebook.com/PocketMoneyLoans

  • Horse Meat Lasagne Carousel – YouTube Video – Taken by Myself on 23/09/2015

  • Dance of Death Exhibition – YouTube Video – Taken by Myself on 23/09/2015

  • Banksy Wall and Piece Book

https://www.waterstones.com/book/wall-and-piece/banksy/9781844137862

Publisher: Cornerstone

Published:03/11/2005
ISBN: 9781844137862

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Shaun in the City – The Great Round Up Exhibition – Bristol

120 giant Shaun the Sheep sculptures, which were painted by artists and household names from the worlds of film, art, animation and fashion, grazed green spaces and iconic locations in London and Bristol during spring and summer of 2015.

50 Shaun sculptures were situated around the capital city, London, from the 28th March till the 31st May 2015. From the 6th July till 31st August,  the second flock of entirely different and unique sculptures, were situated around Bristol. In Bristol, we had a Shaun in the City trail. An app was created which showed you the route of the ‘Trail’ which you could follow, in order to find the Shaun statues. As Bristol is quite a large city, the Shaun statues were placed in many different locations, which meant that you could enjoy a day or two out with your family, looking for the sheep statues. Once you had found a Shaun statue, you could note down the code and enter it onto your map. I was able to find two statues whilst out, however, I was unable to go and find the rest.

Melonie Shaun Statue

Melonie Shaun Statue

Melonie Shaun Statue

Melonie Shaun Statue

Melonie Shaun Statue

Melonie Shaun Statue

Bagpuss Shaun Sculpture

Bagpuss Shaun Statue

In Bristol from the 12th – 20th September, the Great Sheep Round Up Exhibition took place. It contained the combined sheep statues from both London and Bristol, 120 in total. This gave everyone a chance to visit the exhibition to view all of the sheep statues together, and to photograph the ones that they may have missed when following the trail. I knew that I had to try to get tickets to the exhibition as I wanted to try to view all of the statues.

I set my alarm early one morning and waited online for the tickets to go on sale. I was extremely fortunate to buy some for myself and my family before they sold out in 20 minutes. I booked tickets for Friday 18th September at 7:30pm.

The Great Round Up Exhibition Tickets

The Great Round Up Exhibition Tickets

The Great Round Up was situated at The Mall Cribbs Causeway. In one of the car parks, they erected a huge pavilion / outdoor tent area. We lined up outside as the staff checked our tickets. As soon as we walked into the tent area, the sheer quantity of Shaun statues took me by surprise. I walked around the indoor tent and photographed every single sculpture. We were given a two-hour slot to view the sculptures and I didn’t think that I would spend that long in there, however, we stayed almost until they were closing. I was fascinated by each sculpture, the details on each statue were amazing and it was great to be able to stand close to them to see the details up close. It must have taken days if not weeks or maybe longer, to paint these statues. They were amazing!

The staff was friendly and were answering questions about the individual sculptures. There was a large number of visitors which attended that evening which is understandable. It was busy at first, so photographing each sculpture was difficult, however, people were pleasant and were allowing you to photograph each sculpture before they did, therefore I had no problem when photographing each Shaun. Towards the end of the evening, the crowd of visitors dwindled, and I was able to take more landscape photographs, which included all of the sculptures.

Below are some screen shots of both the London and Bristol sculptures, from the Shaun in the City website.

http://www.shauninthecity.org.uk/

http://www.shauninthecity.org.uk/shauns?location=bristol

This way, you are able to see the names and front photographs of the statues. I will then upload some of the photographs from my visit to the exhibition.

Bristol Shaun Scultpures

Bristol Shaun Sculptures

Bristol Shaun Sculptures

Bristol Shaun Sculptures

Bristol Shaun Sculptures

Bristol Shaun Sculptures

Bristol Shaun Sculptures

Bristol Shaun Sculptures

Bristol Shaun Sculptures

Bristol Shaun Sculptures

Bristol Shaun Sculptures

Bristol Shaun Sculptures

Bristol Shaun Sculptures

Bristol Shaun Sculptures

London Shaun Sculptures

London Shaun Sculptures

London Shaun Sculptures

London Shaun Sculptures

London Shaun Sculptures

London Shaun Sculptures

London Shaun Sculptures

London Shaun Sculptures

London Shaun Sculptures

London Shaun Sculptures

The Great Round Up Exhibition - Bristol

The Great Round Up Exhibition – Bristol

The Great Round Up Exhibition - Bristol

The Great Round Up Exhibition – Bristol

The Great Round Up Exhibition - Bristol

The Great Round Up Exhibition – Bristol

The Great Round Up Exhibition - Bristol

The Great Round Up Exhibition – Bristol

The Great Round Up Exhibition - Bristol

The Great Round Up Exhibition – Bristol

The Great Round Up Exhibition - Bristol

The Great Round Up Exhibition – Bristol

Woolly Jumbo Shaun

The Great Round Up Exhibition – Bristol

The Great Round Up Exhibition - Bristol

The Great Round Up Exhibition – Bristol

The Great Round Up Exhibition - Bristol

The Great Round Up Exhibition – Bristol

The Great Round Up Exhibition - Bristol

The Great Round Up Exhibition – Bristol

The Great Round Up Exhibition - Bristol

The Great Round Up Exhibition – Bristol

The Great Round Up Exhibition - Bristol

The Great Round Up Exhibition – Bristol

The Great Round Up Exhibition - Bristol

The Great Round Up Exhibition – Bristol

The Great Round Up Exhibition - Bristol

The Great Round Up Exhibition – Bristol

The Great Round Up Exhibition - Bristol

The Great Round Up Exhibition – Bristol

The Great Round Up Exhibition - Bristol

The Great Round Up Exhibition – Bristol

The Great Round Up Exhibition - Bristol

The Great Round Up Exhibition – Bristol

The Great Round Up Exhibition - Bristol

The Great Round Up Exhibition – Bristol

The Great Round Up Exhibition - Bristol

The Great Round Up Exhibition – Bristol

The Great Round Up Exhibition - Bristol

The Great Round Up Exhibition – Bristol

The Great Round Up Exhibition - Bristol

The Great Round Up Exhibition – Bristol

The Great Round Up Exhibition - Bristol

The Great Round Up Exhibition – Bristol

The Great Round Up Exhibition - Bristol

The Great Round Up Exhibition – Bristol

The Great Round Up Exhibition - Bristol

The Great Round Up Exhibition – Bristol

The Great Round Up Exhibition - Bristol

The Great Round Up Exhibition – Bristol

The Great Round Up Exhibition - Bristol

The Great Round Up Exhibition – Bristol

The Great Round Up Exhibition - Bristol

The Great Round Up Exhibition – Bristol

The Great Round Up Exhibition - Bristol

The Great Round Up Exhibition – Bristol

The Great Round Up Exhibition - Bristol

The Great Round Up Exhibition – Bristol

The Great Round Up Exhibition - Bristol

The Great Round Up Exhibition – Bristol

The Great Round Up Exhibition - Bristol

The Great Round Up Exhibition – Bristol

The Great Round Up Exhibition - Bristol

The Great Round Up Exhibition – Bristol

The Great Round Up Exhibition - Bristol

The Great Round Up Exhibition – Bristol

Choosing a favourite sculpture is extremely hard as they were all fantastic and if I could, I would have chosen them all, however, if I had to choose my favourite Bristol Sheep sculptures were the Bagpuss Shaun, Air Fleece Shaun, Great West Shaun, Star Bake Shaun, Woolly Wonderland and Shear – Lock Holmes Shaun. My Favourite London Sheep sculptures were the Another one Rides the Bus Shaun, Happy & Glorious Shaun, Woolly Jumbo Shaun, To Sheep Perchance to Dream Shaun and The Guardian,  Chelsea Pen-Shaun-er Shaun and Kanzashi Shaun.

Happy & Glorious Shaun

Happy & Glorious Shaun

Happy & Glorious Shaun

Happy & Glorious Shaun

Happy & Glorious Shaun

Happy & Glorious Shaun

Happy & Glorious Shaun

Happy & Glorious Shaun

Air Fleece Shaun

Woolly Jumbo Shaun

Air Fleece Shaun

Woolly Jumbo Shaun

Woolly Jumbo Shaun

Woolly Jumbo Shaun

Star Bake Shaun

Star Bake Shaun

Star Bake Shaun

Star Bake Shaun

Air Fleece Shaun

Air Fleece Shaun

Air Fleece Shaun

Air Fleece Shaun

Air Fleece Shaun

Air Fleece Shaun

Woolly Wonderland Shaun

Woolly Wonderland Shaun

Woolly Wonderland Shaun

Woolly Wonderland Shaun

Woolly Wonderland Shaun

Woolly Wonderland Shaun

Woolly Wonderland Shaun

Woolly Wonderland Shaun

Another one Rides the Bus Shaun

Another one Rides the Bus Shaun

Another one Rides the Bus Shaun

Another one Rides the Bus Shaun

Another one Rides the Bus Shaun

Another one Rides the Bus Shaun

Another one Rides the Bus Shaun

Another one Rides the Bus Shaun

On Thursday 8th October 2015, the sculptures went under the hammer in a grand auction hosted by Sotheby’s auctioneer Tim Wonnacott. This gave everyone an opportunity to bid and win a Shaun statue to take home. Each statue sold, raised money which would help sick children in hospitals across the UK. The proceeds from the London sculptures sold, would go to The Wallace & Gromit’s Children Charity, which supports children’s hospitals and hospices throughout the UK. The proceeds from the Bristol sculptures sold, would go to The Grand Appeal, which funds life-saving care, pioneering medical equipment, facilities, and comforts for patients at Bristol Children’s Hospital. I was in two minds as to bid on one of the large sculptures, however, I couldn’t afford the prices they went for. In total, the money raised from the sale of all 120 sheep sculptures raised over £1Million for charity which is absolutely fantastic!

Like me, if you were unable to bid on one of these giant sculptures, you could purchase a mini Shaun sculpture instead. On the Shaun in the City website, they have an online shop with a variety of products which are sold for charity. They have produced mini replicas of some of the popular larger Shaun sculptures. I was surprised by my mother, who purchased me two of the mini sculptures.

Shaun the Sheep Figurine

Shaun the Sheep Figurine

Star Bake Shaun - Shaun the Sheep Figurine

Star Bake Shaun – Shaun the Sheep Figurine

Star Bake Shaun - Shaun the Sheep Figurine

Star Bake Shaun – Shaun the Sheep Figurine

Star Bake Shaun - Shaun the Sheep Figurine

Star Bake Shaun – Shaun the Sheep Figurine

Happy & Glorious - Shaun the Sheep Figurine

Happy & Glorious – Shaun the Sheep Figurine

Happy & Glorious - Shaun the Sheep Figurine

Happy & Glorious – Shaun the Sheep Figurine

Happy & Glorious - Shaun the Sheep Figurine

Happy & Glorious – Shaun the Sheep Figurine

Happy & Glorious - Shaun the Sheep Figurine

Happy & Glorious – Shaun the Sheep Figurine

Happy & Glorious - Shaun the Sheep Figurine

Happy & Glorious – Shaun the Sheep Figurine

These sculptures were hand-made and hand painted, with every detail just as amazing as the giant one.

I really enjoyed The Great Round Up exhibition. Being able to see all of the combined sculptures from London and Bristol was great. Every sculpture was amazing and I was amazed by the details on each one. I am pleased that I was able to visit these sculptures and that my money and the money raised will help hospitals all over the UK.

Sources:

  • Shaun in the City Shaun Sculptures

http://www.shauninthecity.org.uk/

http://www.shauninthecity.org.uk/shauns?location=bristol

Digital Photographic Practice Bibliography

  • Part Five: The Final Image.

 

References: Assignment Five: Personal Project.

PETA article – The Reality of Zoos – Michelle Carr – 2013

The Reality of Zoos

Liz Tyson article – 23rd June 2013 – Chester Zoo, UK.

https://www.thedodo.com/community/Liz_Tyson/if-we-really-care-about-animal-601151421.html

Article One: PETA – 13 Times Zoos Were Bad for Animals – http://www.peta.org/features/zoo-animal-abuse/

Article Two: CAPS – 10 Facts about Zoos – March 3rd 2010 –  http://www.captiveanimals.org/news/2010/03/10-facts-about-zoos

Jaschinski, Britta.

Britta Jaschinski – Zoo Book – Amazon.

  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press (13 May 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714834726
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714834726

Britta Jaschinski Photograph, By Spiros Politis, Jan 01, 2010,

Website: http://www.brittaphotography.com/projects.php

Winogrand, Garry.

Garry Winogrand – The Animals Book – Amazon

  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: The Museum of Modern Art, New York; 2nd edition (April 2, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870706330
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870706332

Garry Winogrand Photograph, Self Portrait.

Master Profiles: Garry Winogrand

Garry Winogrand, The Animals Photographs,

The Animals

Peter Barker Blog Article, February 18th 2013 –

The Animals

Vanden Eeckhoudt, Michel.

Michel Vanden Eeckhoudt – Zoologies Book – Amazon

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Delpire; First edition (1982)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 2851071041
  • ISBN-13: 978-2851071040

Photo Book and Photographs –

http://www.agencevu.com/photographers/photographer.php?id=83

 

References: Project: A Web Gallery.

Fashion / Beauty Galleries:

  • Tim Walker – London.

http://www.timwalkerphotography.com/recent-work

  • Jason Bell – London / New York City

http://www.jasonbellphoto.com/#/home/

  • Richard Miles

http://www.richardmilesphotography.co.uk/#!/home/

Animal / Wildlife Galleries:

  • Joel Sartore

http://www.joelsartore.com/

  • Jim Dratfield

http://petography.com/

My Own Website / Web Gallery

  • Website Builder

https://www.wix.com/

  • My Photography Website

http://chantellegracephotos.wix.com/photography

 

  • Part Four: Reality and Intervention.

 

References: Assignment Four: Real or Fake.

The Photograph – By Graham Clarke – Published by Oxford University Press 1997. ISBN: 978-0-19-284200-8 –

Pages 187-207  The Photograph Manipulated.

Chambré Hardman, E.

The Birth of the Ark Royal 1950 – By E. Chambré Hardman
Langdon Coburn, Alvin.
Fifth Avenue from the St. Regis, Platinum Print – By Alvin Langdon Coburn
Times Square (The Christmas Tree) 1912, Gelatin Silver Print – By Alvin Langdon Colburn
The Tunnel Brothers 1908, Gum Platinum Print – By Alvin Langdon Colburn
Ut, Nick.
Vietnam Napalm 1972 Photograph – Trang Bang Village – By Nick Ut for Associated Press.

http://www.apimages.com/metadata/Index/Watchf-AP-I-VNM-APHS021000-Vietnam-Napalm-1972/e674e44489a54fbca89b41a7d821b89e/1/1

Lange, Dorothea.

Migrant Mother Photograph.Florence Owens Thompson, ‘Migrant Mother’, Nipomo, March 1936. By Dorothea Lange for the FSA. Published in

Dorothea Lange. Phaidon 55. Phaidon Press Limited, London 2001. Pages 38-39.

ISBN: 071484053x

Iconic Photo Exposed: Migrant Mother

Ditched, Stalled and Stranded Photograph, San Joaquin Valley, California, 1935.  By Dorothea Lange for the FSA. Published in

Dorothea Lange. Phaidon 55. Phaidon Press Limited, London 2001. Pages 30-31.

ISBN: 071484053x

  • President Abraham Lincoln Photograph
  • Josef Stalin Photograph
  • Benito Mussolini Photograph

Article By Lee Moran, 28th February 2012

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2107109/Iconic-Abraham-Lincoln-portrait-revealed-TWO-pictures-stitched-together.html

Self Magazine and Kelly Clarkson Article

Beauty Redefined Blog, By BR Admin 03 December 2014

Photoshopping: Altering Images and Our Minds

Photographs of book front covers:

  • Roald Dhal; James and the giant peach, Charlie and the chocolate factory – Google Images
  • Charlotte Bronte; Jayne Eyre – Google Images
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald; The Great Gatsby – Google Images

Research into Badgers:

http://badger.org.uk/

http://badger.org.uk/badgers/badger-portrait.aspx

http://www.binfieldbadgers.org.uk/about_badgers.htm

http://www.badgertrust.org.uk

http://www.badgertrust.org.uk/threats/bovine-tb.aspx

http://www.rspca.org.uk/getinvolved/campaign/badgers

Brian May Photograph:

‘May leads protest against badger cull

Article by Brian Whelan, 01 June 2013
Badger Posters:
  1. Poster used at a Taunton Protest – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-somerset-33946471
  2. Team Badger Anti Cull protest poster – Google Images
  3. Care for the Wild poster –  Google Images
  4. Badger Trust poster – Google Images

 

References: Exercise: Alteration.

Practical Photography Magazine. February 2015. Pages 96-97.

Article Retouch detailed images with the healing brush, By Matthew Higgs.

 

References: Exercise: Enhancement.

Practical Photography Magazine. July 2014. Page 96-97

(Editing Suite-Basic Skills) Basic Eye Brightening Article By Tim Berry

Practical Photography Magazine. August 2013. Page 88-89.

Dramatic Portraits Article, By Tim Berry

Photoshop Elements Changing Eye Colour. By David Peterson.

http://www.digital-photo-secrets.com/tip/1747/photoshop-elements-changing-eye-color/

 

References: Exercise: Correction.

Digital Photography Masterclass, Dorling Kindersley Limited, London, 2008. Pages 167-168.

ISBN: 9781856131315

Dust Particles Article, July 27, 2010 By Nasim Mansurov

How to Spot Dust on Your DSLR Sensor

(Dust Specks Image) By Vit Kovalcik, 26 November, 2014

Fight Dirt and Dead Pixels

Polygon Flares:

  • Understanding Lens Flare & Ghosting Article. By Todd Owyoung, 13 July 2011http://www.ishootshows.com/2011/07/13/understanding-lens-flare-ghosting/
  • 25 Artistic Lens Flare Effects in Digital Photography Article, By Alex 5 March 2011. Image Rays in Sunlight, By Bernd

25 Artistic Lens Flare Effects In Digital Photography

 

References: Project: Digital Photography and ‘Truth’

Photography: The Key Concepts, David Bate. Bloomsbury, London 2009. Pages 112-120.

ISBN: 9781845206673

Photographs:

McDonalds Burger Advert.

Julia Roberts Photographs; Lancôme Advertising Campaign 2011.

http://news.softpedia.com/news/Julie-Roberts-Airbrushed-Within-an-Inch-of-Her-Life-in-Lancome-Ad-144951.shtml

Beyoncé Photographs: L’Oreal Infallible Advertising Campaign 2013

Procter & Gable Cover Girl Mascara Advert 2011:

http://www.businessinsider.com/us-moves-toward-banning-use-of-photoshop-in-cosetics-ads-2011-12?IR=T

Lady Gaga, Versace Advertising Campaign 2013

 

  • Part Three: Processing the Image.

 

References: Assignment Three: Monochrome.

References:

John Hedgecoe 2005. John Hedgecoe’s Complete Guide to Black and White Photography. Collins & Brown, London.

ISBN: 1 84340 316 1

Monochrome Article by Jeff Meyer, January 26 2015

http://www.digitalcameraworld.com/2012/04/12/10-rules-of-photo-composition-and-why-they-work/

McCurry, Steve.

Afghan Girl, Steve McCurry 1984, Afghanistan. Published on National Geographic Front Cover, June 1985.

http://stevemccurry.com/galleries/portraits?view=grid

Practical Photography Magazine, September 2013. Practical Photography Camera School Guide, Pages 10 -11. Article by Paul Gallagher.

Lindbergh, Peter.

Kate Moss, Peter Lindbergh, Published in Vogue Italia 2015.

http://www.fubiz.net/en/2016/01/30/kate-moss-unphotoshoped-portraits-by-peter-Lindbergh/

Testino, Mario.

Diana, Princess of Wales, Mario Testino, London, Vanity Fair 1997.

http://www.mariotestino.com/exhibitions/mario-testino/diana-princess-of-wales/

Article – Testino’s portrait of William and Kate By Jonathan Jones. Published on The Guardian, July 09 2015.

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jul/09/mario-testino-portrait-william-kate-children

The Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte, Prince George and Prince William. Princess Charlotte’s christening, London 2015. By Mario Testino

Prince George and Prince William, Princess Charlotte’s Christening. London 2015, By Mario Testino

Adams, Ansel.

Ansel Adams Photographs. Leopard 1995.

ISBN: 0-75-0017-X

Rose on Driftwood. Ansel Adams 1933. Gruber Collection. Published in 20th Century Photography, Museum Ludwig Cologne, Taschen, London 1996.

ISBN: 3-8228-8648-3

The Zone System, Produced by Ansel Adams and Fred Archer, 1939-1940. Article written by Trudy Wilner Stack, Curator on Creative Photography Website.

http://www.creativephotography.org/study-research/educators/ansel-adams

Evening, Ansel Adams. McDonald Lake, Glacier National Park. 1933-1942. Published in Mater of Light, Ansel Adams and His Influences. Therese Lichtenstein, Todtri, New York 1997, Page 101.

ISBN:0-7651-9150-4

Yosemite Valley Winter, Ansel Adams. Yosemite National Park 1938

Boaring River, Ansel Adams. Kings Region, Kings River Canyon. 1933-1942. Published in Mater of Light, Ansel Adams and His Influences. Therese Lichtenstein, Todtri, New York 1997, Page 99.

ISBN:0-7651-9150-4

Winston Link, O.

O. Winston Link, Biography, article written on Danziger Gallery Website.

http://www.danzigergallery.com/artists/owinston-link

Life Along the Line, A Photographic Portrait of America’s Last Great Steam Railroad. Abrams, 2012.

ISBN: 978-1419703720

http://www.amazon.co.uk/O-Winston-Link-Photographic-Portrait/dp/1419703722

Train 2 arriving at Waynesboro Station. O. Winston Link. Waynesboro, Virginia, April 14th 1955. Published in Life Along the Line, A Photographic Portrait of America’s Last Great Steam Railroad. Abrams, 2012.

ISBN: 978-1419703720

Lubricating wristpin. O. Winston Link. Bluefield, West Virginia, June 20th 1955. Published in Life Along the Line, A Photographic Portrait of America’s Last Great Steam Railroad. Abrams, 2012.

ISBN: 978-1419703720

Train #17, the Birmingham Special, arriving at Rural Retreat. O. Winston Link. Rural Retreat, Virginia, December 26th 1957. Published in Life Along the Line, A Photographic Portrait of America’s Last Great Steam Railroad. Abrams, 2012.

ISBN: 978-1419703720

Electrician J. W. Dalhouse, a close-up view. O. Winston Link. Shaffers Crossing, Roanoke, Virginia, March 19, 1955. Published in Life Along the Line, A Photographic Portrait of America’s Last Great Steam Railroad. Abrams, 2012.

ISBN: 978-1419703720

O. Winston Link Article, A Gorgeous Photographic Elegy to the Last Great Steam Train. By Rebecca J Rosen. Published on The Atlantic website, October 4th 2012.

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/10/a-gorgeous-photographic-elegy-to-the-last-great-steam-train/263220/

Shaughnessy, Jim.

The Call of Trains: Railroad Photographs by Jim Shaughnessy. W. W. Norton & Company, New York, 26th August 2008.

ISBN: 978-0393065923

http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Call-Trains-Photographs-Shaughnessy/dp/0393065928

On a Cold Night in Sherbrooke, Que. Jim Shaughnessy, February 1957. The Engineer of Canadian National  4-6-2, No 5293 admires his steed. Published in The Call of Trains: Railroad Photographs by Jim Shaughnessy. W. W. Norton & Company, New York, 26th August 2008.

ISBN: 978-0393065923

Jim Shaughnessy Photographs, Taken from The Call of Trains: Railroad Photographs by Jim Shaughnessy book. Published in The Call of Trains: Railroad Photographs by Jim Shaughnessy. W. W. Norton & Company, New York, 26th August 2008.

ISBN: 978-0393065923

http://railroad.net/articles/columns/reviews/thecalloftrains/

Article Chasing Trains, Jim Shaughnessy, By Margaret M Knight, Published on Rensselaer Magazine. December 2008

http://www.rpi.edu/magazine/dec2008/chasing_trains2.html

Article Jim Shaughnessy, Published on Classic Trains Magazine, May 09th 2006. Taken from Classic Trains Magazine Fall Issue 2001.

http://ctr.trains.com/railroad-reference/photographers/2006/05/jim-shaughnessy

 

References: Exercise: Black and White.

Adams, Ansel.

Ansel Adams, Ansel Adams Photographs. Leopard 1995.

ISBN: 0-75-0017-X

Ansel Adams. Published in Mater of Light, Ansel Adams and His Influences. Therese Lichtenstein, Todtri, New York 1997.

ISBN:0-7651-9150-4

http://www.creativephotography.org/artists/ansel-adams

Image: http://uploads6.wikiart.org/images/ansel-adams/mirror-lake-morning-yosemite-national-park.jpg

Forgham, Paul.

http://www.paulforgham.co.uk/gallery_251599.html

http://www.paulforgham.co.uk/section304482.html

Practical Photography Magazine. February 2014. Page 45

Image: Makin’ Waves

 

References: Exercise: Interpretative Processing.

John Ingledew, Photography. Laurence King Publishing, London, 2005. Manipulation, Pages 97-100.

ISBN: 9781856694322

Tayeb, Hena.

Night Circus.
Taken while enjoying a warm summer New Jersey night at the state fair. The lights illuminating the night sky. Hena Tayeb.
Take me to Heaven.
The Notre Dame Basilica, Cathedral in Old Quebec City, Canada. Hena Tayeb.
Irani Sky,
When traveling from Tehran to Shiraz in Iran, the sun was setting surrounded by these gorgeous dark dramatic clouds.  Hena Tayeb.
Lighthouse.
The surprisingly arid, cactus covered terrain of Aruba. The iconic California Lighthouse in the background. Hena Tayeb.

Chug a Chug Chug, The Essex Steam Train in Connecticut. Hena Tayeb.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/43467817/photograph-whimsical-vintage-connecticut

http://www.henatayebphotography.com/#!about/c1wdj

 Parr, Martin.

Introduction

Think of England Book, Phaidon, 2004. Martin Parr.

Books by MP

England. Bristol. Car boot sale. 1995. From the series British Food 1994 – 1995. Martin Parr.

England. Ramsgate. 1996. From the series New British 1994 – 1996. Martin Parr.

Woman Sunbathing, Spain 1997. From the series Common Sense, Published by Dewi Lewis, 1999. Martin Parr.

Woman Sunbathing, From the series The Last Resort, 1986. Published by Promenade Press 1986. Martin Parr.

Demiralay, Metin.

Set of Unknown Photographs, By Metin Demiralay.

Photography by Metin Demiralay

http://metindemiralay.deviantart.com/art/xx-110-128376271

http://photo-hub.co.uk/artists/metin-demiralay

 

References: Exercise: RAW

JPG vs RAW, Get it Right the First Time, Online Article. 09 January2009, KenRockwell.com.

http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech/raw.htm

 

References: Project: The Value of RAW

RAW vs JPEG

Digital Photography Master Class, Tom Ang, Dorling Kindersley Limited, London 2008. Page 184-187.

ISBN: 9781409333906

Images:

Bird Photography and Flash

 

 

  • Part Two: Digital Image Qualities.

 

References: Assignment Two: Seeing Like Your Camera.

Arndt, Gary.

http://travelphotos.everything-everywhere.com/

http://travelphotos.everything-everywhere.com/Europe

http://travelphotos.everything-everywhere.com/Europe/Italy

Pisa 2009:

Looking up the facade of the Cathedral of Pisa in Italy, Pisa 2009. Gary Arndt.

Street scene at Pisa, Italy, Pisa 2009. Gary Arndt.

Looking up the pillars and ceiling of Cathedral of Pisa in Italy, Pisa 2009, Gary Arndt.

The Virgin Mary at the Cathedral of Pisa, Italy, Pisa 2009. Gary Arndt.

Sculpture at pulpit of Cathedral of Pisa, Italy, Pisa 2009. Gary Arndt.

Naples 2011:

Inside the Galleria Umberto I in Naples, Italy, Naples 2011. Gary Arndt

Tall hallways inside Galleria Umberto I in Naples, Italy, Naples 2011. Gary Arndt.

Close-up shot of the ceiling in Galleria Umberto I – Naples, Italy, Naples 2011. Gary Arndt.

Castel Nuovo in Naples, Italy, Naples 2011. Gary Arndt.

Entrance building to Galleria Umberto I in Naples, Italy, Naples 2011. Gary Arndt.

Amalfi Coast 2013:

Beautiful view of the ocean and cliff at the Amalfi Coast, Italy, Amalfi Coast 2013. Gary Arndt.

GMA_3297-X2, Amalfi Coast 2013. Gary Arndt.

GMA_3430-X2, Amalfi Coast 2013. Gary Arndt.

Panorama of the buildings along the Amalfi Coast in Italy, Amalfi Coast 2013. Gary Arndt.

Detail of buildings in the Amalfi Coast of Italy, Amalfi Coast 2013. Gary Arndt

Brown, Colby.

Bio

Sunrise Over Bagan, Bagan, Myanmar. Colby Brown.

The Beginning of the Universe, Vivid Sydney, Australia. Colby Brown

Lago de Atitlan, Guatemala, 2010, Colby Brown

Grand Reflections, Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi. Colby Brown.

Yi Peng, Chaing Mai, Thailand. Colby Brown.

Buddhist Prayer, Bagan, Myanmar. Colby Brown.

Petra by Night, Ancient City of Petra, Jordan. Colby Brown.

A Homage to Buddha, Angkor Wat City, Cambodia. Colby Brown

 

References: Project: White Balance and Overall Colour Cast

http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials/camera-sensors.htm

Introduction to White Balance

Digital Photography Master Class, Tom Ang, Dorling Kindersley Limited, London 2008. Page 169-169.

ISBN: 9781409333906

 

References: Project: Noise

Digital Photography Master Class, Tom Ang, Dorling Kindersley Limited, London 2008. Page 18

ISBN: 9781409333906

 

References: Project: Highlight Clipping

Digital Photography Master Class, Tom Ang, Dorling Kindersley Limited, London 2008. Page Pages 162-163.

ISBN: 9781409333906

 

References: Exercise: Sensor Linear Capture

Online Article, Photoshop Curves Tool: 6 techniques every photographer must know, By Jeff Meyer, March 18 2013.

http://www.digitalcameraworld.com/2013/03/18/photoshop-curves-tool-6-techniques-every-photographer-must-know/

Digital Photography Master Class, Tom Ang, Dorling Kindersley Limited, London 2008. Page 164

ISBN: 9781409333906

Online PDF, Raw Capture, Linear Gamma and Exposure, by Bruce Fraser. Adapted from his book Real World Camera Raw, published by Peachpit Press, in August, 2004.

http://www.adobe.com/digitalimag/pdfs/linear_gamma.pdf

Comparing The Levels And Curves Adjustments In Photoshop

Using the Photoshop Curves Tool

 

References: Project: Linear Capture

Digital Photography Master Class, Tom Ang, Dorling Kindersley Limited, London 2008. Page 164

ISBN: 9781409333906

Understanding Digital Camera Sensors

Online PDF, Raw Capture, Linear Gamma, and Exposure,  by Bruce Fraser. Adapted from his book Real World Camera Raw, published by Peachpit Press, in August, 2004.

https://www.adobe.com/digitalimag/pdfs/linear_gamma.pdf

 

  • Part One: Workflow.

 

References: Exercise: Editing

John Ingledew, Photography. Laurence King Publishing, London, 2005.

ISBN: 9781856694322

 

References: Exercise: Your Own Workflow Part One

John Ingledew, Photography. Laurence King Publishing, London, 2005. Telling the story of war, Pages 28-37

ISBN: 9781856694322

Photography: The Key Concepts. David Bate. Bloomsbury, London 2009.

Pages 67-80.

ISSN:1747-6550

ISBN:978-1-8452-0667-3

The Photograph, Graham Clarke. Oxford University Press, London 1997. Page 101

ISBN: 9780192842008

Diana, Princess of Wales, London, Vanity Fair 1997. By Mario Testino.

Arnold, Eve.

Marilyn Monroe, An Appreciation by Eve Arnold. Hamish Hamilton, London 1987.

ISBN: 024112381x

The Photography Book, Phaidon Press Limited, London 1997. Eve Arnold, Page27

ISBN: 071483937x

http://www.magnumphotos.com/C.aspx?VP3=SearchResult&ALID=2K7O3R14TARD#/SearchResult&ALID=2K7O3R14TARD&VBID=2K1HZSQFB43VQ&PN=1Marilyn

1. Monroe on the set of ‘The Misfits’, USA. Nevada 1960. Eve Arnold.

2.  Marilyn Monroe, on the Nevada desert during the filming of ‘The Misfits’, Nevada, USA 1960. Eve Arnold.

3. Marilyn Monroe on the set of ‘The Misfits’, Nevada, USA 1960. Eve Arnold.

4. Marilyn Monroe, Studio Sessions. Los Angeles, USA 1960. Eve Arnold.

5. Marilyn Monroe, Studio Sessions. Los Angeles, USA 1960. Eve Arnold.

6. Marilyn Monroe, on the set of  ‘The Misfits’, Nevada, USA 1960. Eve Arnold.

7. Marilyn Monroe, Resting between takes during a photographic studio session, Filming The Misfits. Hollywood, USA, 1960. Eve Arnold

8. Marilyn Monroe, on the set of ‘The Misfits’, Nevada, USA 1960. Eve Arnold

9. Marilyn Monroe, Studio Sessions. California. Los Angeles. USA, 1960. Eve Arnold

Stern, Bert.

1. Marilyn Monroe, From “The Last Sitting,” 1962 (Diamonds). Bert Stern.

2. Marilyn Monroe, From “The Last Sitting,” 1962 (Diamonds). Bert Stern.

3. Marilyn Monroe, From “The Last Sitting,” 1962 (Diamonds). Bert Stern.

1. Marilyn Monroe: From “The Last Sitting” 1962. Bert Stern.

2. Marilyn Monroe: From “The Last Sitting” 1962. Bert Stern.

3. Marilyn Monroe: From “The Last Sitting” 1962. Bert Stern.

4. Marilyn Monroe: From “The Last Sitting” 1962. Bert Stern.

5. Marilyn Monroe: From “The Last Sitting” 1962. Bert Stern.

Bailey, David.

Box of Pin-Ups, 1965. David Bailey.

The Beatles. Box of Pin-Ups, 1965. David Bailey.

The Kray Brothers. Box of Pin-Ups, 1965. David Bailey.

 

 

 

Tutor’s Feedback For OCA Learning Log: Part Five; The Final Image and Assignment Five: Personal Project

Feedback on assignment

In my opinion this was a very well researched and well executed project, which demonstrated both a commitment to an angle / ideal and resulted in some strong monochrome imagery.  I think this was the best work I have seen from you to date.

Key issues mentioned in my last report are as follows:

  •  Look at the work of Nick Ut / Dorothea Lange / Robert Capa
  • Consider the format of your front cover Assignment 4 (Landscape / Portrait)
  • Consider the technical aspects of the submission and the impact of using either colour or monochrome.
  • Look at Mishka Henner / Chambre Hardman in relation to image manipulation.

Having looked through your blog again I can see that you have responded very well to all suggestions made. The re-worked final image for Assignment 4 works much better now and I was glad to read you were happier with it.

As mentioned above … I was really impressed with this assignment Chantelle and think that it shows a real development and maturity within your photographic practice.  You came at it from the right angle and really drilled down into the research including Jaschinski / Winogrand / Vanden Eeckhoudt … all of whom are very pertinent to the project being tackled.  You really thought about this and presented your arguments very clearly prior to shooting … thus being able to be very clear in your own mind what it was you were intending to capture.  This comes across in the final images … which work really well for me.

Your comprehensive and appropriate research has clearly had a very positive influence on your final images.  This really shows how important this part of the image making process can be … and how it is so often overlooked.  You ventured into this space with clear images ‘pre-visualised’ within your mind’s eye … which I am convinced has helped you focus upon the job in hand.  It can so often be the case that once you arrive at a venue, you are overwhelmed by what is going on and lose sight of the original purpose.  You have not fallen into this trap and the quality of the images you have returned with provides clear evidence of this.

I enjoyed looking through all the images as a series, but I thought images five and eight really stood out for me.   The first as it was really full frame, with the animal stretched out to the four corners of the image.  Compositionally I thought this image worked well … given the fact the wire meshing was visible across the entire image and the patterns that this made added to the shot. For shot eight, the key to this image compositionally was the foregrounded warning sign … which was just sufficiently out of focus to place the attention on the eyes of the gorilla in the background.

With regards to your thoughts on monochrome … I’ve just finished a powerful little book by Vilem Flusser entitled “Towards a Philosophy of Photography”. (See Below for reference)  On pages 43 and 44, Flusser discusses the differences stating:

“Colour photographs are on a higher level of abstraction than black and white ones.  Black and white photographs are more concrete and in this sense more true: They reveal their theoretical origin more clearly, and vice versa: The ‘more genuine’ the colours of a photograph become, the more untruthful they are, the more they conceal their theoretical origin.” (Flusser, 1983)

On several occasions within your research you have identified specific elements or components within an image which for you, presents the reason why the image works.  I’m not sure whether or not you have come across Roland Barthes yet within your readings …. But would urge you to at least read Camera Lucida.   When you look at a series of images and one makes you stop, this can be referred to in terms of what Barthes would call ‘Studium’ or a general enthusiasm or interest assigned to an image.  This is as opposed to something that might be classed as a rare detail or piercing moment of either pain or delight, which Barthes would term ‘Punctum’.  I have listed a publication below by Barthes entitled Camera Lucida, which I urge you to read in relation to developing your photographic critical position.

I will point some of my other students to your assignment as I think it is an excellent example of how time spent prior to picking up a camera, is time well spent.  In addition to this …. I really like your images and the reasoning why you have taken them.

Learning Logs/Critical essays

Again … I have nothing further to comment upon here, as everything appears to be in order.  I particularly like your writings … which are very clear and very reflective.

 Suggested reading/viewing

Barthes, Roland.1993: Camera Lucida. Vintage Classics. London.

ISBN 13: 978-0099225416

Flusser, Vilem.1983: Towards a Philosophy of Photography. Reaktion Books. London.

ISBN: 978-1-86189-076-4

Conclusions and targets for next assignment

Having completed all five assignments for this module it is now time to submit the work for formal summative assessment which has been discussed above.

My Thoughts:

Im am extremely happy with the feedback I received from my tutor regarding this assignment. This assignment allowed me to research into something I felt strongly about. I was able to focus my research around a specific area, which allowed me to research a lot, prior to me going out to shoot for my final photographs. By researching different photographers, and reading articles online about zoo’s, I was able to take in as much information as possible, with enabled me to pre-visualize how I wanted my final photographs to look. By doing so, I was able to produce powerful final photographs which have a story behind them. They draw the viewers attention in, and by doing so, you want to find out more about why this photograph was taken. This then allows me to explain the bad side of zoo’s and I am able to express my views and opinions through these photographs.

I have taken all of my tutors feedback into consideration, and I don’t believe that I need to change anything. I will have a look and read the two recommended books that he suggested as I believe that they can help me more.