Category Archives: Photography work and extra curriculum work

9/11: 10th Anniversary 2011

I’ve been seeing lots of photos from the 10th anniversary today and some of them are amazing and I couldn’t help but look back at my photos of ground zero when I went earlier in the year. It’s such a wonderful place but for all the wrong reasons.

Here’s a collection of photos of seen today (BBC, The Daily Mail & The New York Times)

Also, after seeing this and looking back on my own photos I remembered a photographer I discovered and have been meaning to blog about so I’ll post again shortly.

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London riots 2011

So the other week I decided to get away from Hinckley and take a visit to London to see a friend, being a little uninterested in the news at the time I hadn’t really looked into the London riots and their seriousness. Anyway I had my train booked and was going no matter what. I got down there on monday 8th August and everything seemed pretty normal…untill I was out having some drinks and was informed that the riots had hit the area where I was staying, which meant a little problem of getting home! We managed to get a taxi back (although it did cost us £40) it was our only option. It wasnt untill the next morning when I went into the local high street that I really how bad things had got. Seeing pictures/stories on the news doesn’t even come close to how surreal it was in real life. It was a massive shock to say the least. On the other hand I really enjoyed being able to see with my own eyes and really understand the trouble that was going on. Luckily the riots moved away from our area and there wasnt any more bother the next few days. But I did get the see how effected everyone was by it, the following days I found shops boarding up there windows and small high streets were completely shutting because of fear of more rioting. I was truly amazed!

So here you go (a few weeks late but thats what you get for using a disposable)…

Jonathan Hobin ‘In the playroom’

So I havent posted in a while and that’s mainly because I can honestly say I’ve not really found anything that has caught my eye or been worth blogging…untill now.

Jonathan Hobin’s images from his series ‘in the playroom’ really caught my eye in both good and bad ways. His series of images show children in different forms of rooms (playrooms, bedrooms, ect) playing in a carefree way, but the photographer has but a deeper meaning to the images to show form a darker image.

I’ve always been intrigued my images with children because they get so much abuse and are always called ‘disturbing’ or ‘out of order’, for example Loretta Lux’s and Sally Mann’s work. Hobin’s couldn’t have said it any better

“The quizzical disposition of youth and the pervasive nature of the media are symbolically represented in my images through tableau-vivant re-enactments of the very current events that adults might wish to keep out of their child’s world. Just as children make a game of pretending to be adults as a way to prepare and ultimately take on these roles in later life, so too do they explore things that they hear or see, whether or not they completely understand the magnitude of the event or the implications of their play.”

I think this perfectly represents his images and after reading what he thinks has encouraged me to think differently about images including children. I have never been put off by images including children because having a little brother myself, I have always found myself taking random photos of him and he is one of my main focuses within my photography.

My online exhibition

http://shownd.com/christycook

New York..

I was fortune enough to get the oppurtunity to go to New York recently and I have to say it is the most amazing place! Here is a diary gallery of my trip…

Alis Pelleschi

Alis Pelleschi is a photographer I discovered about a year ago in a Glamour magzine, being called ‘the next big thing’. Instantly I took a liking to her work and now in contact with her with Twitter and Facebook. I like her work because her images are strong and technically good but also because she has a funny side to her and the way in which she works. We’ve recently had talk about a workshop day which she is trying to set up and I have my name down for.

http://www.glamourmagazine.co.uk/magazine/bespoke-special/birmingham/birmingham-video-blog

Like Glamour Magazine said last year…watch out for her!! Here are some of her images from ‘Super Fans’ and ‘Party Portraits’.

http://alispelleschi.com

Irina Werning

I discovered this photographer recently and instantly feel in love with her work, and in particular a piece called ‘Back to the future’. I’ve seen other work in a similar style but I think her’s work really successfully…

http://irinawerning.com