Aardvark Photography: Blog https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog en-us (C)Aardvark Photography (Aardvark Photography) Fri, 01 Oct 2021 10:33:00 GMT Fri, 01 Oct 2021 10:33:00 GMT https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/img/s/v-12/u501052132-o255751591-50.jpg Aardvark Photography: Blog https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog 120 91 Lee Victory Festival https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2021/10/lee-victory-festival I have added 67 images taken at the Lee Victory Festival where i was one of the volunteer photographers. The weekend was a great success with the weather kind. Unfortunately just when we were going to get an aerobatic display from a Spitfire the weather turned wet and foggy. Once the display had been cancelled the weather cleared.

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Welcome https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2021/9/welcome After three years I have decided to focus on the Zenfolio website and add more content. I intend to write a blog at least once a week if not about photography they will be about anything and everything.

Sorting out the funding of Social Welfare. A very tricky and impossible task. I remember at the height of the pandemic people said they were willing to pay more tax to assist the NHS resolve the crisis.  An increase in NI is just another tax I suspect the issue is that NI is only paid by workers and their employers. Everyone wants it to give it extra funding but nobody is prepared to pay for it.  I  suggest we bite the bullet and increase NI that suits me as a pensioner and don't forget we all will be eventually.

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Final Major Project - Post 31 https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/8/final-major-project---post-31 What next, I have thought about what I have learned on the course and what I want to do in the future. I will certainly continue with my final major project  and built up a large portfolio of the most powerful images.  Apart from that I will go back to what I like and take better sports photographs.  I have decided to speak to Gosport Borough FC and persuade them to let me do a story about them and I have also written to a number of local golf clubs to see if they want me to cover an event for them.  I, of course, will continue cover the powerboat events I cover, particularly as the team photographer for Team Endeavour Racing. 

The difficulty has always been to make any money doing these things and I still have not worked that out.  In the immediate future I need to consider what I do to make some money which will allow me to cover at least the costs of longer term work. I do  think that where this can be achieved is in developing my drone photography work.

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Final Major Project - Post 30 https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/8/final-major-project---post-30 Well that is the course done.

I have produced the FMP document as a Powerpoint. I just did not have the time to learn another Adobe project.  I think I have covered the points required. I have described my project, included copies of all the exhibition images, included some images of the exhibition installation and a description of my photobook. I then did a bit about the ethical challenges and challenges in general. Then finally I described exhibition feedback that I had received.

Moving on to the Critical Review of Practice in which I described my background, analysed my project, carried a critical evaluation of the project. In particularly I talked about the the ethical and historical aspects of the project. Finally I talked about the location of my practice.

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/8/final-major-project---post-30 Wed, 15 Aug 2018 04:45:00 GMT
Final Major Project - Post 29 https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/8/final-major-project---post-29 Exhibition  done and finished.  I am now cracking on with the FMP write up and the CRoP. I  have completed a first draft of the the FMP. I did this as a Powerpoint rather than spend a lot of time that I could spend doing the FMP learning another new Adobe software product (In Design). I assumed it is the write up you are testing rather than our ability to learn and then use another software product. I am now starting the CRoP in earnest about a 1000 words done.   

I had very good feedback from the exhibition with the one I think most important is from Tedworth House's artist in residence, Jenny Arthy. Her day job is running the art room and allowing those wounded, injured and sick service personnel and veterans to do art as part of their recovery pathway.  This is what works with some rather than sport.

Below is her feedback on my work:

"Its always difficult to comment on another medium as I bring to the viewing things other than technique, I look for composition, links to the frame, intelligent use of the format etc. the feel and mood of the subject.

I really enjoyed your group photos, full of life and give a good sense of the shared occasion. Often we don't realize how much  a photograph looks beneath the surface revealing moods and thoughts,  I think your photos have succeeded with this. 

Altogether an impressive collection of photographs which display your obvious love of sport and shared experiences."

As  a direct result of my exhibition I have be working for Help for Heroes on their Creative Force website doing some picture editing and curating.

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/8/final-major-project---post-29 Wed, 08 Aug 2018 09:18:34 GMT
Final Major Project - Post 28 https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/8/final-major-project---post-28 Exhibition finished at the Help for Heroes Recovery Centre footfall was good during the day but not so successful was the opening evening. Maybe it should have been done during daytime but then the Cafe is open to all. 

The audience was definitely not a gallery-going as a rule but I wanted to exhibit where there would be the most reaction and of course some knew some of the subjects in the images which made it even more poignant and interesting.

I put out a comments book and tried to get people to write their thoughts down and attached are the comments. 


(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/8/final-major-project---post-28 Wed, 01 Aug 2018 06:34:13 GMT
Final Major Projec- Post 27 https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/7/final-major-projec--post-27 First day of exhibition today.   I witnessed a good stream of visitors look at my photographs and I some great comments verbally and in writing in my comments book.  I will not break there on Tuesday because of a medical appointment but my photographs will along the comments book. Sat in the cafe all day has given me time to do so more work on the two assignments so that is good news.  I also had my photograph taken for the x-forces twitter feed.

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Final Major Project - Post 26 https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/7/final-major-project---post-26 I have just spent the day setting up for my exhibition.  The exhibition is in Cafe Hero as it gets good footfall. However being the cafe I have had to remove the art that was there before putting up my photographs.  Although I was very well intentioned because of the fixings that were there even if I removed them it still left holes that were unsightly. So where I could I used the fixings that were there and actually I think it looks better than what I was planning. 

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/7/final-major-project---post-26 Sun, 22 Jul 2018 15:54:02 GMT
FINAL MAJOR PROJECT - POST 25 https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/7/final-major-project---post-25 After a lot of work which has resulted in me not completing this CRJ for a while. I now have all 16 photographs printed as 20 x 16cm images on a white A2 background and underneath the images I have included text which is taken from part of my interview with the individuals or where that was not possible from open source material from the individual. 

These images have been framed with a white 20 mm plain frame so as not to distract the viewer from the images. In addition I have had printed 10 copies of my photobook which I will include at the exhibition. Again to not detract form the image contained I have kept the book wit a neutral cover and plain text.  The images in the  book include those in the exhibition plus some others used to comvey the message.

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/7/final-major-project---post-25 Thu, 12 Jul 2018 13:03:44 GMT
FINAL MAJOR PROJECT - Post 24 https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/6/final-major-project---post-24 It appears my latest post has disappeared so here it is again. I have now got my images printed and they are all framed ready to go and I have also got my photobook  printed.I now need to go to Tedworth House and do some more detailed measurements in preparation for hanging the photographs.

When I got my printed photographs back I di not think when enlarged the images was slightly blurred so i have decided to replace it with another image.

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/6/final-major-project---post-24 Sun, 17 Jun 2018 07:30:00 GMT
Final Project - Post 23 https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/6/final-project---post-23 I have now completed the photobook and altered it along the lines suggested by Victoria Forrest.   I decided to use the different charities logos to mark the change from one area in the book to the next. I have permission from all with the exception of the Invictus Games Foundation,   I am now running out of time so will probably have to get thr book printed without it.

Book know sent to printer without the Invictus Games logo but thats fine. I now have a PDF of the finished book but I haven't been able to upload to this website. Maybe too big.

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/6/final-project---post-23 Sat, 09 Jun 2018 13:00:00 GMT
Final Project - Post 22 https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/6/final-project---post-22 I thought this weeks guest lecture and group critique by Victoria Forrest. I have chosen to use a simple uniform format so as not to detract from the images themselves.   She did give me some suggestions on the text which I have started to do.  Itv was really good to have a designer come and give us a different prospective.  

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/6/final-project---post-22 Fri, 08 Jun 2018 15:00:00 GMT
FINAL PROJECT - Post 21 https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/6/final-project---post-21 A good 1 to 1 with Wendy today.  I now have the 16 images I want to use and I have now changed my plans, the images will still be A2 with the actual images being 20 x 16 cms (5 : 4) but they will now all have a white 20mm frame. I have got one complete image as a test and it looks very good.  I will get the. others sent of for printing. tomorrow and frames ordered.  So that should give me plenty of time before the exhibition.

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/6/final-project---post-21 Wed, 06 Jun 2018 15:00:00 GMT
Final Project - Post 20 https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/6/final-project---post-20 I had  a very useful meeting with Steve Sinclair-Day (Career Recovery Manager) who is my point of contact at Help for Heroes. The meeting was to discuss the logistics of the exhibition.  We decided that I would set up on Sunday 22 Jul as the Cafe is closed over the weekend which would give me all day. We then talked about where the images would go and the best layout is is fours given the location. 

On Mon 23 Jul the cafe will open and customers will be able  to view the images.   That evening I  plan to have a private viewing probably from 1700 to 1900 for those in the images and heads of the various charities/organisation from who I have had assistance. I know need to decide who to invite. The plan is to have some wine and soft drinks for those attending. After that for the rest of the week they images will remain for others to come and view.

We then spoke about publicising the event and it was felt that this was best done by asking Kirsty Williams from comms if she would interview me/produce a write up for the exhibition. This could then go to the beneficiaries department (Band of Brothers/Band of Sisters) to be promulgated and it would also be put on the all staff intranet and public social media. 

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/6/final-project---post-20 Wed, 06 Jun 2018 07:32:08 GMT
Final Project Exhibition - Post 19 https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/6/final-project-exhibition---post-19 After my 1 to 1 with Wendy I have just sorted the images I want to use.  I currently have 19 which I will narrow down to 16 for the exhibition. The format for the images is they are all 5:4 and are placed  on a A2 white background  which  leaves  a white border around the image. The border below the image is slightly deeper to allow me to put a quote from the individual or one of the individuals in the image.




Three of the images currently do not have quotes as I am still waiting for them. I have now moved on to the photobook as I want everything to go to printing as soon as possible and definitely before 25 Jun 18. I have also sent a small selection of the images to Kirsty Williams (Comms) and Greg Larcombe (Creative Artworker) at Help for Heroes to try and get their thoughts.

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/6/final-project-exhibition---post-19 Sun, 03 Jun 2018 06:45:00 GMT
Final Project - Post 18 https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/5/final-project---post-18 Yesterday I had a day off from our best in category and gold medal winning garden at Chelsea Flower Show so I used the time well and went to three photography exhibitions.  The first was 'The Great British Seaside' which comprised of photographs from the 60s to present by David Hurn, Martin Parr, Tony Ray-Jones and Simon Roberts. It included new Martin Parr photographs from last summer. I bought the book.

What interested me most were the short videos of them bring interviewed especially David Hurn who describes himself as a observer who wants to take photographs in which the subjects are unaware that they are subjects.  This is very like how I enjoy taking photographs.

I then went to see the Wildlife Photographer of the Year in the Natural History Museum. I thought this was very impressive and rather than the usual white walls and subdued colours of a normal gallery this w. as dark with the photographs lit which really emphasised the vivid colours.  I bought the book.

Then finally and most importantly I went to the opening of Dayana's exhibition of her final project called 'I hear you now'. I really wanted to see this to help with planning of my own exhibition. The gallery had the normal white walls and ceiling with a light coloured wooden floor.  I noticed that Dayana had not framed her photographs which is something I was thinking about.  My only criticism was that there was no indication on the single label which photograph was which and the I asked Dayana the gallery had produced the label and the titles of the photographs were in a completely random order.

It was good to have a chat with Dayana and one of our tutors Paul Clements.


(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/5/final-project---post-18 Thu, 24 May 2018 05:00:07 GMT
Final Project - Post 17 https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/5/final-project---post-17 I had a very useful 1 to 1 on Wednesday last week and I have now forward my selection for Wendy to suggest my final edit.  I must say my final exhibition images have changed lately partly because of her advice. She would like me to use my photographs of the subjects doing their sport. However this is a change that I like and reflects my personal choice. As a result I do need quotes from other subjects than those chosen so far so I need to get on with that as time is now running short. I must now decide on my exhibition images and a larger set that will go into my photobook.

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/5/final-project---post-17 Sun, 13 May 2018 18:47:49 GMT
Final Project - Post 16 https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/5/final-project---post-16 I have now started to edit my selection of 16 images for the final exhibition as I plan to use some images taken very recently. I will print the new additions out and then photograph it for here. My other major issue is getting quotes from the subjects.  I have now got some but where it is most difficult is where the lead group or charity want me to approach the individuals through them.  I can understand this but this is where I am having a lack of response.

I am now producing in soft copy the images for the exhibition along with their text on a white background.  All the complete images will be A2 In size. I now also need to continue to work on the photobook.

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/5/final-project---post-16 Tue, 01 May 2018 15:00:51 GMT
Final Project - Post 15 https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/4/final-project---post-15 I have now printed A4 copies of the 16 images which to date I will use for my final exhibition and I have them laid out to pick the best lay out and order For me each group of four have the  same theme of powerboat racing, golf, Invictus games and motorsport. This works quite well as the images will have to broken into sets of four because of the constraints of the exhibition venue.  I have also tried as far as possible for the images to have the same orientation but this is currently not the case with a couple of images. However I am still taking photographs so the mat not be my final sixteen.

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/4/final-project---post-15 Mon, 23 Apr 2018 12:34:27 GMT
Final Project - Post 14 https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/4/final-project---post-14 Having been extremely busy last week which included missing my 1 to 1 with Wendy (sorry). I did a two day shoot at the Invictus Games Trials at the Bath University Sports Village on 5 and 6 Apr and yesterday I had a shoot with Team Endeavour Racing on the RYA slipway, Hamble. I will also have a another all weekend shoot next weekend with them on Fistral Beach, Newquay, Cornwall.

I now have an A2 test print which looks good and includes text. I am going to my exhibition site on Friday to make sure I have room for the sixteen prints i want to use. This week I will be mostly catching up with the interviews/presentations from the course and adding to a draft of the photobook.

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/4/final-project---post-14 Mon, 16 Apr 2018 08:27:14 GMT
Final Major Project - Post 13 https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/4/final-major-project---post-13 Hi, I m now back from my sojourn of eight days in Levi, Lapland (Finland).  We saw and photographed the Nothern Lights so that means my wife was happy therefore I was.

My next project task is to get some test prints done which I will contact Printspace for I am going to get two prints done one A3 and one A2.  I want to use A2 but I first need to make sure they will fit in the space.  I will also get one of them mounted as I have not decided whether to frame the images or just have them foamex mounted.

The other thing I have found difficult is getting feedback from the subjects so that I can use their quotes to support the images. Wendy did tell me to be patient and polite but persistent. I am now going to send another email with an example of what I would like and hopefully that will produce some more interest.

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/4/final-major-project---post-13 Tue, 03 Apr 2018 10:21:18 GMT
Final Project - Post 12 https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/3/final-project---post-12  

I have now done a recce of Cafe Hero my exhibition site.  The area I have been given is one wall done the left hand side immediately after the hot plate. This wall is 6.4m long and is all wall it is also approx 3.5m tall. the room then opens up into a 7m square room which has two windows in the end wall and two windows in the right hand wall.  All the floors are plain wood and the walls are a light green-grey. Photos below:


(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/3/final-project---post-12 Mon, 19 Mar 2018 15:38:51 GMT
Final Project - Post 11 https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/3/final-project---post-11 I have completed a number of tasks to date. The one I have not done is the test of text as part of the image or text separately. That is really because I am not sure what text as part gf the image means as there are so many options. I will do some research on  this.  

I will also have to find a designer who should be able to help with the above. i tried the designers at Help for Heores but  they are too buoy but did say they would suggest someone to me able to help. 

I have emailed all the organising charities making sure all those who I have taken image of are clear what I am doing with their images. Even though they did all sign generic media forms when they took part with the organisers.  i am doing this because I want them to be on my side and it gives them a chance to have input. Below is a copy of the email I sent:

Good Morning,

I am a H4H benerficiary and Band of Brothers member. I am, as part of my recovery, doing an MA in Photography with Falmouth University. Could you please contact the individuals in the photographs below and pass on the following email.  If you want you can send me the individuals email addresses and I will contact them directly but I think it would be better coming from you.

This is important to me and without your and their involvement it will be difficult to pass as the exhibition is the final and most important assessment of the course.

Please contact me if you have any issues with this.

Thank you very much.



Firstly, I am a fellow beneficiary of Help for Heroes and Band of Brothers member.  I am currently doing a MA in Photography at Falmouth University and I would like to invite you to an exhibition preview of my MA Photography Final Exhibition on the evening of 23 Jul 18 (exact detail to follow nearer the time) at Tedworth House. This preview is just for those featured in the exhibition. below you can see the unedited images I want to use and you have already signed at the time of the photograph to allow their use. The exhibition is the culmination of two years study.

I would like, very much,  to use your words with your images in the exhibition so could you please write something about yourself, your injuries and your involvement with On Course Foundation. A copy of something  already produced would be fine. Could I ask that if you do want me to use your words you get something to me by the end of Apr 18.

The plan for the exhibition is to show approx 16 images and then also to have a total of  50 images which includes the 16 exhibition images in a photobook.  I  would also like to put the images on to a dedicated website to get them displayed for the general public.

After the exhibition the framed images and any profits from the sale of the photobook will be given to H4H .

Thank you very much


I have also written a couple of paragraphs about myself will be used both at the exhibition and at the start of my Critical Review of my Practice.  This is also included below:

I served for 37 years in the British Army as an electronics engineer and completed my service in Apr 15.  I was them employed as a consultant to the Ministry of Defence for two years and then in Mar 17 I decided I was going to combine my loves of sport and photography and become a self-employed photographer.


In Jul 09 just after returning from Afghanistan I had a large stroke and spent 7 months in hospital. Then in Dec 13 I was the victim of a serious road traffic accident in which I broke four bones in my back, two bones in my neck and eleven ribs. So as a direct beneficiary of the Help for Heroes charity I have had almost uninhibited access for my chosen project.


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Final Project - Post 10 https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/3/final-project---post-10 A very useful 1 to 1 with Wendy this morning. I feel I am moving in the right direction. A couple of tasks for me to get on with now.

1.     Do a test of an image with text or with text separately.

2.     Speak to H4H creative department about getting some assistance with the design of the exhibition and photobook.

3.     Wendy suggested I consider using Printspace for my printing.  I have had a look at their website and although obviously very good I  didn't see anything that stood out.

4.      Next Fri go to Tedworth House and try the picture hanging system and take photos of the proposed exhibtion space. Send a copy of the photographs to Wendy.  Decide on whether to use A3 or A2 prints.

5.     Produce a poster advertising the exhibition and write a very nice email to H4H and ask them at the appropriate time to publicise it. 

6.      Decide on a title for the project. (WWI poem maybe)

7.       Write a couple of paragraphs about myself.   

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/3/final-project---post-10 Tue, 06 Mar 2018 12:02:52 GMT
Final Project - Post 9 https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/3/final-project---post-9 I have now got my final exhibition images down to 16 images which can be seen below. I will next go through all the image and pick the best for inclusion in the accompanying photobook.

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/3/final-project---post-9 Mon, 05 Mar 2018 15:34:41 GMT
Final Project - Post 8 https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/3/final-project---post-8 Today I have been having a go at sorting out for my exhibition and associated photobook.  The photo attached shows to the left of the green marker line those images I currently intend to us for the exhibtion.  There are still a few too many and I still have some more shoots planned so the editing remains an ongoing process. I. know which images I like best so I will have to justify there inclusion as I have found it difficult to guess which images to use based on tutor preferences because every tutor likes different images.  Those to the right I will then pick a number to include in the photobook in addition to there images I will exhibit.

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/3/final-project---post-8 Sun, 04 Mar 2018 15:04:47 GMT
Final Project - Post 7 https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/3/final-project---post-seven In light of my portfolio review at Falmouth I and now sorting out the images for the exhibition and photobook. I have printed small versions of all the images I may use and will now start pinning them onto a board to imagine what they will look like and see which work best. This will also help me with the shoots I have still to do.

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/3/final-project---post-seven Fri, 02 Mar 2018 15:15:22 GMT
Final Project - Post 6 https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/2/final-project---post-6 A very busy week last week which of course started with the Falmouth Face to Face.   A couple of good days over the weekend. I did a number of activities which i have not done for a long time so they were a good reminder. I also had a portfolio review with  Jesse and Anna.   This was good but confusing at the same time. I still think each of the tutors sees the images differently and like different ones.  Whilst of course that's understandable but academically they must be assessed using  a given criteria that is common.  We are now trying to pul together our final project exhibition and in the end I am going to use the images I like and justify their inclusion.  Unfortunately I had  to leave vat lunchtime on Mon so i missed the rest.

I also had a chat with Anna about how i can get the extra mark needed to get a pass for my WIP in the last module. She suggested I get one of my subjects and go and take image of their everyday life and problems.  I have now arranged to go and see Mick Foulds and do that on 15 Mar.

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/2/final-project---post-6 Mon, 26 Feb 2018 10:35:53 GMT
Final Project - Post 5 https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/2/final-project---post-5 I think I have done my project proposal and I think I have done a decent job of it. It was quite useful doing this as its brought home the issue I have with not being sure which of my images to use to best represent my work in my project.   Whilst it is useful to get feedback from different tutors as you would expect I now have a real mix of views.  I thought I had finally cracked with Krishna in the last semester probably because she liked what I liked.   I will now put all these comments to the back of my mind and take Wendy's advice and go from there.

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/2/final-project---post-5 Wed, 14 Feb 2018 10:51:18 GMT
Final Project - Post 4 https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/2/final-project---post-4 Getting on with my project proposal which is going OK. I have typed about two thousand words and will finish it tomorrow and Wednesday. It does not have be in  until lunchtime Monday but I want it done before I go to the face to face in Falmouth on Friday.

I have now got a copy of Bryan Adams' book Wounded  which I will look at how he has used text with the images. Good job I have got contingencies as I have just found out they don't want me to take photographs at the Winter Warrior Games on 22 Feb 18.  I have lots of other opportunities so no problem.

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/2/final-project---post-4 Mon, 12 Feb 2018 16:10:22 GMT
Final Project - Post 3 https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/2/final-project---post-3 A very useful 1 to 1 with Wendy today as follows:

We talked mainly about the final project proposal and I took away from this that I need a paragraph on contingencies as all projects have problems at some point or other. I also need a paragraph about the moral and ethical issues raised.  As I said I belong to this community and wherever possible I want the subjects buy in and I  need to maintain a constant dialogue with them. 

The most important thing I need to do now is write an email to the individuals explaining how I am going to use their images and also to ask if they would be prepared to write something that I could use with the images. My initial thoughts are get them to explain how they got their injury,  why they are doing sport and what. they get out of it.

Part of writing to the individuals is to get their cooperation and implicitly to get their permission.  I will at the same time invite them to the final exhibition. Finally I mentioned Bryan Adams's book Wounded and she wants me to look at how he has used text and images as this is something that would also add a lot of value to my final exhibition.


(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/2/final-project---post-3 Tue, 06 Feb 2018 11:13:45 GMT
Final Project - Post 2 https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/2/final-project Following my  discussions with Wendy during my Pecha Kucha presentation last week I have now sent her my WIP from the last module as I need to do it again as I am one mark short. The discussions also made me think about the how to publish the project in the public domain. The options I am considering include:

1.       An exhibition of 16-18 of the images most likely due to space constraints in A3.  The intention is to use framed prints which would be donated to Help for Heroes after the exhibition.

2.       A photobook with approx 50 images in in A4.  I would  like to include text written by the subjects. I hope to achieve this by emailing the organising charities and asking them to forward my request to the individuals as I guess they will not give their email  addresses for me to  do that myself. I cold then also use some snippets of text to help tell the story with my exhibition images. Any profits from the sale of this book will again go to help for Heroes..

3.        Having just seen the Gideon Mendel I will investigate also publishing something on the web.  I am not sure the best way to do this but i  could either put it out on this  website or set up a website just for this project.

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/2/final-project Mon, 05 Feb 2018 13:55:55 GMT
Final Project - Post 1 https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/1/final-project Well back to it.  I have arranged for a week long exhibition at Tedworth House the week commencing 23 Jul 18.  I plan to also produce a photobook. Any profits of sales will go to Help for Heroes.  For the photobook I will email all those that I want to include their photographs firstly to get their permission but more importantly to get their story in their own words. If this works I will use their stories in their own words in the book.

Unfortunately I will have to do a re-edit of my work in progress in the last module as I got 29 out of 60 and I need at 30.

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/1/final-project Tue, 30 Jan 2018 07:39:50 GMT
Term 4 Week 12 - Assignments https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/12/term-4-week-12---assignments A like to my oral presentation is included below:

I have also included a link to the PDF of my Work In Progress for this term:


(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/12/term-4-week-12---assignments Wed, 13 Dec 2017 14:38:38 GMT
Term 4 Week 11 - Independent Reflection https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/12/term-4-week-11---independent-reflection A good review of our CRJs on Thu evening with Krishna. I now have some additions to add in to give context to my photography. So I better get that done before Fri 1200hrs. 

I also had another review of my final project images. This was useful and I  have decided to focus on the images that tell the story with any text for the exhibition but I will include the other images in a photobook. 

So onwards and upwards.

I have just had a look at a project by the renowned portraitist Rory Lewis.  His portraits are of soldiers in uniform and are formal . I like these a lot but they are different to what I wanted to achieve in my project. I think my work of wounded, injured and sick servicemen in a sporting environment is something different from all the other photographs of wounded, injured and sick servicemen not only because they are of them doing sport but they focus on them doing something they probably thought they would not be able to do rather than focusing on their injury or sickness.

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/12/term-4-week-11---independent-reflection Mon, 11 Dec 2017 12:30:22 GMT
Term 4 Week 11 - Amy Simmonds Task https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/12/term-4-week-11---amy-simmonds-task Firstly Although I got throw out of the webinar last night here is the treatment I produced which unfortunately due to technical issues I could not show.


Secondly having done some research for my oral presentation I realsied that what I am doing are environmental portraits , which is a portrait of a person or peoplee in a situation where they live in and that says something about who they are. The reason I like this type of portrait is they they:

1. give context to the subject of the photograph.

2. give points of interest to shots but being careful not to distract from the subject.

3.  help the subject relax.

4. often give the viewer real insight into the personality and lifestyle of the subject.  

And I feel I have achieved all this with the wounded, injured and sick I have photographed.

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/12/term-4-week-11---amy-simmonds-task Thu, 07 Dec 2017 14:36:27 GMT
Term 4 Week 11 https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/12/term-4-week-11 Very busy this week. i have substantially revised my presentation but it is still only 8 mins long . I have some thoughts about what i want to add and I will do that tomorrow. 

Having had a chat with Krishna my final images are taking shape. My one concern from a personal point of view is that the majority of the images I will use are of amputees as their photographs tell the story clearly.   However I don't want forget the others and my plan is to also produce a photobook that will have all the images in and the book will allow me to add some text. In this book I would like to allow the individuals to tell their story if they will.

I have also just been watching the Felicity McCabe interview and this is another example of someone that came to photography because they tried painting and could not do it. I am interested in this because I believe I am totally not artistic and hence my style is very much reportage and suited to the press and social media.

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/12/term-4-week-11 Wed, 06 Dec 2017 10:45:46 GMT
Term 4 Week 10 - Independent Reflection https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/12/term-4-week-10---independent-reflection Firstly I had a very quick go of Amy Simmonds's task and that was quite interesting. My solution was very simple. 

On the Weds I had a very useful one to one with Krishna about my final set of images.  Having already had a look at my Term 4 WIP this time we had a look at all my images to  selected the best for the final exhibition. I agreed with her that the images to be displayed that tell the story best are those with a visible injury. Having said that I do not want to  discount the others and my intention is for them to all be included  in a photobook using text to tell their story.

The attached PDF has seen the initial edit of  38  images now reduced to 25.   This will need another edit to get the final number down to 16 to 18.




(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/12/term-4-week-10---independent-reflection Sun, 03 Dec 2017 06:37:27 GMT
Term 4 Week 9 - Amy Simmons Task https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/11/term-4-week-9---amy-simmons-task I had a quick go at the task given to us by Amy Simmonds in her presentation. I dediced to pick the ubiqious smartphone. It is very popular with 20 to 30 year olds and is a must for both sexes.  The treatment is very much in my style and is a single image.  I used a rucksack and toothbrush to emphasise mobility and perhaps the toothbrush being there also has other connotations.  I have halos include the text wanted.

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/11/term-4-week-9---amy-simmons-task Tue, 28 Nov 2017 10:32:13 GMT
Term 4 Week 9 Activity https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/11/term-4-week-9-activity I have a website (aardvarkphotography.co.uk) and facebook site (@aardvarkphotographyuk) and a digital portfolio (donhodgson.myportfolio.com).  The website and portfolio need editing and bringing up to date but that is an ongoing process.  i also need to be more regular with entries on my facebook site.

Give my course project I  decided to contact eight military charities to let them know what I was doing and perhaps get some support for my final exhibition. Unfortunately I have only had one response from the RAF Association which did not offer any support and suggested I speak to the Army Benevolent Fund which I already had. I contacted them all by email but I am now thinking may be I should go and arrange meetings and go to them with my portfolio. 

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/11/term-4-week-9-activity Mon, 27 Nov 2017 14:58:54 GMT
Term 4 Week 8 - Independent Reflection cont https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/11/term-4-week-8---independent-reflection-cont As you can see below I have done the Broadgate Re-branding commission estimate for which I used the AOP template as  I have used it before. I also used their Usage Calculator based on a Base Usage Rate of £100. 

COMMISSION ESTIMATE                                                                                Estimate no:023/17

The Agency/Client:                                           Photographer name:  Don Hodgson

                                                                        Agent/rep:                  Aardvark Photography

Small Communications                                     Address:                    Lee on the Solent


                                                                        Photographer ref. no:

                                                                        Date:                        21/11/17

                                                                        Art order no/PO:

The Advertiser/Client:                                       Product:

Job Description:   Broadgate re-branding. 25 images to use for printed materials, social media, web, tube ads and potentially billboards. The license term is five years.


Media use/period of use/territory:  Print and digital/5 years/EU                  Right to a Credit asserted



Exclusivity period: Term of the licence plus ___0______ years (Subject to clause 5 of terms & conditions)


Commission fee                                    _______2000___________________

Pre-/post-production fee                       _______1000___________________

Other (specifiy)                         __________________________

Base Usage Rate (BUR)           ____100_________

                                                based on 5 years, all printed media, some digital media and EU only                                                       3150                       Total fees  ___6150_________________


Digital capture fees/processing             __________________________

Film & processing                                 __________________________

Prints                                                   __________________________

Location services                                 __________________________

Travel                                                   _______200___________________

Subsistence                                         _______200___________________

Production co-ordination/Assistants      _______600___________________

Stylist                                                   __________________________

Make-up/Hair                                        __________________________

Set build                                              __________________________

Props/Wardrobe                                   __________________________

Studio hire                                           __________________________

Equipment hire                                     ________500__________________

Models/Casting                                    __________________________

Rush charges/Overtime                                    __________________________

Special insurance                                 __________________________

Messengers/Delivery                            __________________________

Miscellaneous                                      __________________________



                                                                                        Total expenses  ____1500___________


                                                                  ESTIMATE TOTAL (exc. VAT)  _____7650__________

               Contingency _______10_____ % of ESTIMATE TOTAL (exc. VAT)   ____765___________

                       Advance required before shoot commencement (exc. VAT)    ________3800________



(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/11/term-4-week-8---independent-reflection-cont Tue, 21 Nov 2017 11:57:55 GMT
Term 4 Week 8 - Independent Reflection https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/11/term-4-week-8---independent-reflection This week has been very busy.  I went and did a shoot at the Invictus Games 2018 Sportsfest held at the Harvey Hadden Sports Village in Nottingham. The Sportsfest was the first get-together to get volunteers to participate in the next games been held in Sydney, Australia. 

In terms of my project a couple of photos sum up what this is all about. Paul Guest who had to be talked out of his house to participate in thr Invictus Games this year no looks 10 years younger and is acting as an ambassador to recruit new recruits to Wheelchair Basketball.  Below are two pictures of him  one taken at the trials in Apr 17 and one taken on Saturday. What a difference and he's got more tattoos. 

And the other side of it is this guy in a red jacket who had driven for 2 1/2 hours to be there but could get no further than the entrance and was crying his eyes out because he couldn't go in and take part. I assume the two staff who came to see him eventually got him to go in.

I also enjoyed the tell a  story task as fortuitously I was going to a local Remembrance Parade on the Sunday.So I took my camera and took a number of shots to capture the important elements of the event.  A photo of the programme also had enough information on it to tell the story score I just used the photographs on their own.

I have not done the estimate yet but will do that tomorrow.

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/11/term-4-week-8---independent-reflection Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:05:22 GMT
Term 4 Week 8 - Tell a story! https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/11/term-4-week-8 I chose from my picture story entitled "Remembrance" the local remembrance parade on Sun 12 Nov 17.  I wanted to tell the story without any words to make sure that the pictures told the story.  My pictures below are:

No 1        The Order of Service

No 2      A poppy wreath before the Act of Remembrance

No 3       The parade of both serving and veterans

No 4      The Band

No 5        The Act of Remembrance

No 6       Last Post

No 7       The Memorial

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/11/term-4-week-8 Tue, 14 Nov 2017 09:44:54 GMT
Term 4 Week 7 - Your Market https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/11/term-4-week-7---your-market To follow up on the calendar saga I now have the calendar, all 100 copies, and I have persuaded the Team Endeavour Racing team manager to pay for it's production so it has cost me nothing.  I have started to distribute the calendar so that each team member will get 10 to sell for £10.  Each calendar cost £4.67 to produce so for each one sold £5.33 will go to the team.  I havre also got 13 photographs accepted by Alamy and will continue to submit. 

The following phots show the calendar. One is a screenshot and the second is me holding the calendar.

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/11/term-4-week-7---your-market Wed, 08 Nov 2017 20:37:26 GMT
Term 4 Week 6 - Independent Reflection https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/11/term-4-week-6---independent-reflection Another good week this. Working on the oral presentatio. I did use a very draft first attempt for the webinar and have now started to move the content around and add the stuff I hadn't included yet. It definitely still requires work. I have attached a copy below of what I presented.




I have also been looking at other sports photographs like the rugby ones by Michelle Sank and top UK sports photographers Adrian Dennis and Mark Pain.  All their photography is about catching the critical moment. This is particularly true of my project as I am trying to catch there moment were these injured or sick people do something that they thought wasn't possible any more for them.

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/11/term-4-week-6---independent-reflection Tue, 07 Nov 2017 10:19:09 GMT
Term 4 Week 5 - Independent Reflection https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/10/term-4-week-5---independent-reflection Another challenging week.  In terms off networking I have completed the following: I have created an online portfolio (www.donhodgson.myportfolio.com). This is not complete as I still want to put my best sports photographs in it but I have put my MA project images there.  Next I  have started widen my social media network by doing the obvious thing that was to have my tutors and fellow students as friends. So thank you to the round table for that.  I have now also emailed eight military charities telling them what I am doing and asking for  their support particularly for my final exhibition and photobook in exchange for advertising their support  during the exhibition. The charities contacted are Help for Heroes, Royal British Legion, Endeavour fund, British Limbless Ex-Servicemens Association (BLESMA), SSAFA, Army Benevolent Fund, RAF Benevolent Fund and Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charitable Trust. Again speaking to  the charities and possible in the future working with charities may be a way to get other work.

The challenge was quite interesting in that I did not have a clue as to the best approach to tackle this. By chance I was staying in a B & B in Lincoln and got talking at breakfast to an american woman whose husband was doing a job interview so she was on her own breakfast. We talked about why she was in England and she told us since marrying a Brit she had not been back to the US  for 14 years. they had lived in Chelmsford for the last 6 years and before that in Tel Aviv.  She was looking forward to moving to Lincoln but we spoke about the difference between the original city with castle and cathedral at the top of the hill land the very modern city at the bottom of the hill.  We then left so I have no idea if he got the job.  I then put this in the discussion but I was unsure as to what was required so I did it asset I could.

I dod not attend the webinar because I did not have anything to discuss because having looked at the programme I  had left the presentation to this week.

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/10/term-4-week-5---independent-reflection Mon, 30 Oct 2017 19:23:37 GMT
Term 4 Week 4 - Independent Reflection https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/10/term-4-week-4---independent-reflection Another interesting week.  In terms of my marketing plan I have now create an online portfolio which I have split into two areas; one for my MA project and one for other miscellaneous work.  It is just a start and will need t one weeded and continually developed. Likewise this website which needs serious weeding.  I also intend to contact a number of military charities such as Help for Heroes, Royal British Legion, Army Benevolent Fund and the British Limbless  Ex-Servicemans Association to try and get some interest in supporting/funding me with my  final project.

I produced two prints that I scanned from Hong Kong in 1985,  the first was of the base where I served in Sek Kong which doesn't really show any of particular note. in relation to my MA project the second one id reminiscent of my current work where I like to take portraits that the  subject is unaware. I like the 'realness' or 'trueness'  of shooting in this way. There of course is some humour aslo in this in this picture as it is clearly not a Salad House.

In terms of my WIP my style suits the taking of environmental portraits.  Environmental portraits are portraits taken of a person or people in a situation that they live in and a place that says something about who they are. This makes a lot of sense for  my project as I want the subjects to look normal and taking part in sport like anyone else. 

Environmental portraits work well with  my project because:

1. They give context to the subject.

2. They give points of interest to shots without distracting from the subject too much.

3.  They help the subject relax resulting in the portraits looking unconstructed.

4. They often give the viewer real insight into the personality and lifestyle of the subject.

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/10/term-4-week-4---independent-reflection Sun, 22 Oct 2017 13:43:28 GMT
Term 4 Week 3 - Independent Reflection https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/10/term-4-week-3---independent-reflection I found this week to be very interesting.  I have a website, facebook and twitter accounts but they are not doing a great deal for me.  I, have never  used instagram but I now have an account. I think from now on I will use Instagram for mt images and getting them out there. In the Image Virus activity used an image from a previous term, called #linvingoutsideofthebox, I. changed my facebook front image to it, send it out on facebook, twitter, instagram, email and set up a page on this website. I have had some activity in both twitter and Instagram, but it is difficult to track because the name I  chose seems to be very popular.

What I did not do was distribute it physically.

I'll give it a couple of weeks and them see where it has got to.

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/10/term-4-week-3---independent-reflection Mon, 16 Oct 2017 13:17:17 GMT
Term 4 Week 2 - Independent Reflection https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/10/term-4-week-2---independent-reflection Firstly I forgot to do a Day 7 photograph but I think the previous six confirm I have a very diverse life with perhaps living within 400 yards of the beach my photographs have a maritime flavour. 

I found the discussion about copyright being particularly interesting. It is a complex area and nobody is right. Personally I think Prince's use of Cariou's photographs is definitely something I couldn't do I would never use somebody else photograph but I would be flattered if appropriately recognised if someone used one of my photographs.

The writing of a mission, product and market was interesting and the discussion at the webinar fruitful. I did the business plan activity for both my practice and project and this is included below.


A Mission Statement

Aardvark Photography’ mission is to deliver top quality sports images at the time that the customer wants them.

The Product

The product is top quality sports images delivered to the customer at the time of their choosing. Be that, at the time, that evening via social media or longer term for full high-resolution images.

The Market

I see the market as being:

  1. Printed media, newspapers requiring instant images and magazines more slow time.
  2. Social media, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram on the evening of the event split between my own pages and the sports organisation pages.
  3. Longer term markets for high-resolutions images.


A Mission Statement

The mission for the MA project is not about sport but it is about the sportsmen. I will deliver top quality portraits, both formal and informal, of wounded, injured and sick servicemen in a sports environment.

The Product

The product will show, mostly young, people, who because they were accepted by the military were fit and able, and have then had a life-changing incident. My photographs are intended to show how these people still get excitement from competing and sometimes just for a moment they forget about their illness or injury.

The Market

I have always intended my main market to be other injured or sick servicemen showing what is possible, the sportsmen themselves and the supporting service charities that have enabled them to compete.  I have also found that there is an interest in the general public.  I will do an exhibition of the best photographs at the end but my main output will be a photobook which will contain more images.


In terms of the photographs for the WIP I have looked at the work of Giles Price, Michael Stokes and Bryan Adams amongst may others. I looked at Giles Prices Not Forgotten Association and Old Guard galleries and I really like these in particular the Old Guard series which are photographs of First World War veterans who are now all over 100 years old. These portraits are formal they are all wearing collar and tie and they are shot with a neutral background. Michael Stokes are american veterans and are less formal but the photographs focus on the injuries and finally Bryan Adams's photographs are much less formal but also shot with a neutral background.

Given this and because I want to focus on the individuals forgetting their injuries even if just for a moment. I wanted to take portraits in the sporting environment. I have chose to do these as environment portraits.

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/10/term-4-week-2---independent-reflection Sat, 07 Oct 2017 14:39:26 GMT
Term 4 Week 1 - Time to Play https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/10/term-4-week-1---time-to-play I have now done six days of the seven day task and what I have found is, as suspected, my photography is factually based and diverse. I like to photograph what I see that inspires me. As you can see I have a very busy life with a  number of strands running simultaneously.  If you are looking for a theme it is probably the sea. A number of my photographs were taken on my local beach which is 400 metres from my house. So for Day 7 I am going to try not take a maritime photograph. We'll see. 

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/10/term-4-week-1---time-to-play Mon, 02 Oct 2017 10:48:50 GMT
Term 4 Week 1 - The Late Post https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/9/term-4-week-1---the-late-post I think this is an excellent task and really shows how varied my average week is. Day 1 was taken on the beach which is 400 yds from my house.  The photograph is of two people going canoe fishing for cod. Day 2 was taken in Portsmouth where as a volunteer for Help for Heroes I was collecting an amazing picture done whilst the artist was himself homeless. He did the picture in 2011 and now is in much better place. This donation represents some element of closure for him. The picture will be raffled to raise money and I have promised to let him know where it finishes up.  The photograph was taken in a dark room at 3200 ISO and as a result any detail in the window has been over exposed. Day 3 I went to Chessington to collect a rescue puppy that we have decided to adopt. The photograph was taken in my garden.

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/9/term-4-week-1---the-late-post Thu, 28 Sep 2017 16:19:04 GMT
The (Photographer) Assistant https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/9/the-photographer-assist I have just returned from The Belfry where I was assisting Mark Newcombe the Vision in Golf photographer at the American Golf Finals.  This work experience was organised by Medi8.  This started on Thursday 7 Sep when I spent the whole day with Mark on the first tee. His brief was to get a photograph of every competitor. So I did the same.  I learnt a lot from this and took some excellent photographs. That evening I went with Mark to the Awards Dinner and took photographs of the Awards.

On the second day he left me to cover the On Course Foundation (OCF) event whilst he continued to cover the main competitions. OCF is American Golf UK's charity of the year and allows wounded, injured and sick servicemen and veterans use golf to aid their recovery. I again initially stayed on the first tee to get a photograph of each competitor. I then went out on to the course to get some action shots and then I came back to the 18th green to get a photograph of each group finishing.  Then finally I took photographs of the presentations.  The best images are available from this website.

On the last day I covered the semi-finals for Mark on the first tee.  For the finals I went to the 11th green and 12th tee and took photographs as the groups of players went through.  Mark seemed pleased with my work and. asked that I send him my best images.

And the best news of all whilst away I found out I had passed with a score of 53.4% the third term of the MA course.

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/9/the-photographer-assist Mon, 11 Sep 2017 20:39:58 GMT
Semester 3 Week 13 - Exhibition https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/8/semester-3-week-13---exhibition Below is a Help for Heroes advert for my exhibition.

H4H beneficiary needs your help!

Don Hodgson, an ex-army Major will be in Café Hero at Tedworth House all week (14th-18th) exhibiting his photography to show his work in progress towards his Photography MA with Falmouth University.

If you are in Tedworth House this week, please go and look at his project titled ‘The use of sport

to aid the recovery of WIS veteran’.

Don is looking for feedback on his work and if you can add a comment in his book or speak with him this will really help with his studies.

After suffering a stroke seven years ago, Don says “It really affected my balance. Three years

back I was involved in a serious car accident which has affected my mobility too after breaking


bones in my back and neck. Photography is great for me as I can take my time and it’s not too strenuous.”

Don has also completed the Horticultural Course and the beekeeping course at Help for Heroes Recovery Centre Tedworth House, citing that both have improved his wellbeing.

Steve Sinclair-Day, Careers Adviser at Help for Heroes Recovery Centre Tedworth House said: "Don has attended our Business Experience programme and from this has developed his skills,

which helped him further his photography business."

Don is passionate about telling the stories of wounded, injured and sick service personnel and veterans through photography and would really love your feedback.




(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/8/semester-3-week-13---exhibition Tue, 22 Aug 2017 08:54:12 GMT
Oral Presentation https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/8/oral-presentation

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/8/oral-presentation Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:02:22 GMT
Semester 3 Week 12 -Exhibition 3 https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/8/semester-3-week-12--exhibition-3 Bak to Tedworth House today for the 4th day of my Exhibition. Words of praise were non-stop like amazing and brilliant and no negative feedback.  This is a problem, albeit nice, but it means I have not learnt a great deal perhaps.  However I have now been asked to display my photographs in three other places: the Wings and Wheels Festival at Dunston Airfield the last weekend in Aug, in the public sports centre in Tidworth and at the Hero Awards on 20 Oct 17. Those will be to the general public so I should learn more.


(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/8/semester-3-week-12--exhibition-3 Thu, 17 Aug 2017 14:04:19 GMT
Semester 3 Week 12 - Golf shoot https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/8/semester-3-week-12---golf-shoot Today I did not attend the exhibition but the photographs remained so that people could look at them and comment if they wanted.

I did another shoot today at Bowood Golf Club of injured servicemen playing golf. The day was all about the last 120 yards and they learnt about hitting and judging distance, chipping and putting, I will no doubt use some of the images in the future. I also found out today that I will spend three days working with Visions in Golf at the American Golf Finals at the Belfrey from 7 to 9 Sep.  That should be a great opportunity.

Tomorrow back to the exhibition for Thu and Fri..

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/8/semester-3-week-12---golf-shoot Wed, 16 Aug 2017 18:12:06 GMT
Semester 3 Week 12 - Exhibition Part 2 https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/8/semester-3-week-12---exhibition-part-2 At Tedworth House again today.  More good cooments including somebody thought the photographs should stay where they were being displayed permanently. Another comment was written in the photo book as follows:

"Well done on such an inspiring collection of images. They truly capture the beauty of recovery - and the captions are such a wonderful addition. Both tell the story and together they show the inspiring journey - keep it up!"

in all no negstive comments but it probably is an easy crowd to please. On reflection I probably should have used less images but at A2 rather than A3.  I thought A3 would have large enough but now I think not.  Below is a photograph of the Cafe Hero with my exhibition.

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/8/semester-3-week-12---exhibition-part-2 Tue, 15 Aug 2017 19:34:48 GMT
Semester3 Week 12 - Exhibition https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/8/semester3-week-12---exhibition I started my exhibition in the Cafe of the Recovery Centre, Tedworth House in Tidworth.

I surprisingly really enjoyed it and I got some excellent comments. Including somebody wanted to buy a copy of my publication. I got one written comment in my publication with Mick's golf image as follows:

*This is a great photo and caption Don. What an amazing project. Thank you for telling their stories through your photography".

A number thought they were very good sharp images.  I could probably of sold some of them if I had wanted to.

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/8/semester3-week-12---exhibition Mon, 14 Aug 2017 19:45:39 GMT
Semester 3 Week 12 - WIP update https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/8/semest First this is a photograph of my students for the MA workshop on Saturday.

Today I have done some more work fro vey WIP concentrating on close up portraits. This is new for me and think they work well.

I have also prepared for the exhibition starting tomorrow.

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/8/semest Sun, 13 Aug 2017 19:31:39 GMT
Semester 3 Week 12 - Workshop https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/8/semester-3-week-12---workshop The workshop today was a great success and enjoyed by all. Four people attended and we all met at 0930hrs. They were all experienced amateurs with good cameras and a selection of lenses. They all already used their cameras on manual.

I first took them to the pits and they took photographs of the boats being pushed down onto the beach before practice. We also took some general ambience shots. We then went onto the beach where I explained the requirement to have very short exposure at the expense of aperture and ISO. 

This was then practiced on the beach for three races where they practiced they photography. I wandered around checking how they were doing.

I them went on to talk about the types of shot and the importance of getting the photographs that others don't.  We then move on to the pier where we could take photographs of the race starts and pictures of the racing from the pier. This included having longer exposure and scanning the subject to get the subject in focus and the background blurred which increases the sense of speed and movement.  This did take some practice to get the right speed of scan.

We finally wet to the other end of the beach where we used a vantage point to take photographs of the two finals.

We then retired to a local hostelry where we had a look at everyones images and talked about them. Everyone left at 1530hrs.

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/8/semester-3-week-12---workshop Sat, 12 Aug 2017 18:57:48 GMT
Semester 3 Week 11 update more https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/8/semester-3-week-11-update-more Now busy with workshop prep for Saturday and sorting photographs for my exhibition starting Monday.  I am going to use what I think are my best 12 for the exhibition.

I really like Bryan Adams's Wounded work and I think my images are very similar.  I have also used text tp complete the images story like he has.

My images are very documentary in style and although portraits they may not have eye contact of formal portraits but they work.

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/8/semester-3-week-11-update-more Thu, 10 Aug 2017 18:51:23 GMT
Semester 3 Week 11 update https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/8/semester-3-week-11-update i am now back having spent the weekend unpacking.

i had a meeting at Tedworth House this morning which went well.  It was mostly about the nitty gritty of the exhibition next week.  It has been agreed that it will be held in the Hero Cafe and my prints will go on a part of the wall reserved for beneficiary art or photographs. My prints are card mounted without a border so I will need to go and find some way of fixing them to the screws that   are there. I will display from Mon to Fri next week and I plan to be there each morning for a couple of hours. I will also have my book there for people to write in if they want.  I will also have normal paper if people don't want to write in the book. I will also leave my business card.

i will not be holding the exhibition this weekend because I am holding my workshop on Saturday and doing a shoot on Sunday.

i now need to do some work on my workshop.

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/8/semester-3-week-11-update Mon, 07 Aug 2017 14:16:50 GMT
Semester 3 Week 10 Production https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/8/semester-3-week-10-production Very busy at the moment and studies will have to take a backseat for a couple days as I am moving house tomorrow. Therefore I will not be participating in the WIP review tonight. 

Other than that I now have my book and prints for the exhibition.  I must say they all look brilliant or is that because I have never done anything like this before. The photobook looks better than I thought it would.  Fro the prints they are mounted on 2mm card but have decided  not to do anything fancy like borders. I  want people who visit the exhibition to understand this is an interim stage and is definitely work in progress.

I have also done just over half of the oral presentation.

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/8/semester-3-week-10-production Thu, 03 Aug 2017 17:27:49 GMT
Semester 3 Week 9 Independent Reflection https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/7/semester-3-week-9-independent-reflection It has been a busy week, starting  the oral presentation before Thu night, my publication, and exhibition. I still have work to do for the workshop but I guess that's to be expected. Unfortunately  I missed the webinar for some reason and I will not be able to attend the WIP review on Thu night as i will be in the middle of moving house and will have no internet access.

I am trying to think about my project. I feel I need to be more confident when taking portraits and  try to ensure that subjects have eye contact with the camera but I still want to maintain a documentary feel. So I think I need to improve the portraits.

There is a possibility that I could develop some of my subjects into a mini-series. I am definitely strongly influenced by Bryan Adams. You can see this in my publication.

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/7/semester-3-week-9-independent-reflection Mon, 31 Jul 2017 18:42:18 GMT
Semester 3 Week 9 - Production https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/7/semester-3-week-9---production I have now produced my photobook and it has gone to be printed. A PDF of it is available here:


I have only produced one for now so that I can see it before making more copies. I will leave this in the exhibition for  people to write their comments in.

I have also sent the images for the exhibition away for printing and will take view on which ones I will use for the exhibition when I get them back.

All I have to do now is to write a plan for my workshop as well as record my 10 minute video for the assignment.

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/7/semester-3-week-9---production Thu, 27 Jul 2017 17:48:32 GMT
Semester 3 Week 9 - Where am I? https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/7/semester-3-week-9---where-am-i Having been away for a long weekend and wedding i am now trying to sort out what I need to do for the course.

For some reason I did not appear on the website created I assume that will be sorted shortly unless they are still waiting for something from me.

For my work:

Exhibition: No change here I am going to get  about 20 images printed tomorrow and I will display 10 to 12 in my exhibition. These will be displaced in the Forces Recovery Centre in Tidworth, Wiltshire for the week 11-18 Aug.

Publication:  This is now complete. I have used Bookwright in Blurb.  The book will contain 20 or  so images. I will also get this printed tomorrow. I have used an A4 portrait format. I will leave a copy of the book with the exhibition and encourage people to write their comments in the book.

Workshop:  Having said on the webinar on Thu that I had not had any interest it was suggested that I use Meetup which I had never  heard of. Having done do i have about 12 people interested. i intend to email them today to see  who is actually going to turn up. I will charge a nominal £5 each payed to Help for Heroes. Link below.


(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/7/semester-3-week-9---where-am-i Mon, 24 Jul 2017 18:26:02 GMT
Semester 3 Week 7 Final Draft Publication https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/7/semester-3-week-7-final-draft-publication Attached is a PDF of my publication for the exercise in this semester.


I have now set the image as full page with no border. I have about 20 images in the book which mey not be many but the learning is in getting phonebook published not how many images are in it. 

I will now get this printed and i will have it available at the exhibition and allow people to write whatever they want in the book in the way of comments.

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/7/semester-3-week-7-final-draft-publication Wed, 19 Jul 2017 08:34:09 GMT
Semester 3 Week 7 - Publication https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/7/semester-3-week-7---publication Fro my publication I have decided to use Blurb Bookwright and produce a portrait A4 size publication. I have decided to use it at my exhibition for somewhere for people to write their comments. Following the webinar I have decided have full page images with no border. I have attached my first draft but there is more work to do.


(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/7/semester-3-week-7---publication Sat, 15 Jul 2017 19:28:06 GMT
Semester 3 Week 7 Exhibition and Publication https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/7/semester-3-week-7-exhibition-and-publication I have now got something to say about my exhibition.  I had a  meeting on Monday and now have permission to display my exhibition in a room in  Tedworth House. Tedworth House is the main recovery centre for UK servicemen.  I wanted to do this work in  progress exhibition here as it would allow my subjects to comment on the photographs. This is very important to me as I want their blessing and advice given the ethical concerns.  

Because my audience is generally not used to going to art exhibition I am doing a relatively standard exhibition. i will put approx 18 A3 sized photographs around the room group by sport. They will not be framed but will have white cardboard frames. I will leave a book in the room for people to write their comments which means I will not be present all the time as I may influence what they write. I do intend to be there for a couple of hours each day.

Their marketing team has offered to do some marketing of the exhibition so hopefully that will get more people in to see it.

For my publication I am going to do an A4 photobook using premium paper. I intend to write some text including quotes from the individuals to assist in telling the story on the left hand pages in addition to the pictures no the right hand  pages.  I have started  putting one together using blurb and this has resulted in a number of questions having to be answered i had not even considered. The design of the front cover, the title of the book, what image to use on the front cover, what to write in terms of a foreword, etc.  I have learnt it is a lot more than sticking some photographs in.

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/7/semester-3-week-7-exhibition-and-publication Wed, 12 Jul 2017 14:31:33 GMT
Semester 3 Week 6 Interview https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/7/semester-3-week-6-interview I have just watched the interview with Jan and Chris form the Caravan Gallery. I am definitely going to buy their Britain is Great books as their work really appeals to me and my sense of humour. I see a lot of humour in their photographs so Gary thank you for arranging that and seeing as I live very near to Portsmouth i am going to look them  up and send them an email. 

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/7/semester-3-week-6-interview Tue, 04 Jul 2017 16:18:47 GMT
Semester 3 Week 6 Activity: Installation Plans https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/7/semester-3-week-6-activity-installation-plans My first option is to display the images in  A3 size with a white border and let people view them in any order they  want, I plan on doing this either in the Hero Cafe, in the main recovery centre of Tedworth House on one of the walls. This would be the best to let my key audience (the servicemen) see the photographs and give feedback. I do not yet have permission to do this and if I am allowed the dates may be different. My other potential location is to use somewhere like the church hall near where I live.  I am going to approach the Hero Cafe first this week and see what they say.

The move is my preference but if forced to try another option I would consider doing it online.  

The exhibition also clashes with the first opportunity to do my workshop as there are no Thundercats events until the 12 and 13 Aug. I  intend to have a one day sports photography workshop on  the 12 Aug and I have already got permission from Thundercats UK to do this.

Attached is one new image of the entire Team Endeavour thundercat race team.


(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/7/semester-3-week-6-activity-installation-plans Mon, 03 Jul 2017 18:45:28 GMT
Semester 5 Week 5 Forum https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/6/semester-5-week-5-forum I am back in student-land having be away a  lot in the last two weeks doing two weekend long shoots for my project.   No surprise I did not get the vote for curator or deputy but this is something I know nothing about and I though it may be a good opportunity to learn. No problem. Mind you curating a worldwide exhibition with the diverse nature of our projects will be tough.  I was trying to think where my project sits. It could obviously be in charities or people/protraits. My photography is also by my nature documentary and not artistic. 

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/6/semester-5-week-5-forum Tue, 27 Jun 2017 14:36:11 GMT
Semester 3 Week 4 Independent Reflection https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/6/semester-3-week-4-independent-reflection i enjoyed the activities this week and I found from the peer review my photographs using a gimbal and iPhone although not probably innovative did allow me to set the scene for my project. However it was the first time I had used the camera on my iPhone remotely so that in itself is useful.

these activities have not changed my approach to the project but they have helped me to think more widely about what I am doing.





(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/6/semester-3-week-4-independent-reflection Sat, 24 Jun 2017 03:41:31 GMT
Semester 3 Week 4 Presentation 3 https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/6/semester-3-week-4-presentation-3 No I do not think I  am forcing the camera but i am trying to force viewers to see the subjects differently.  As a result I feel I am free of my apparatus.

I am interested in new techniques and i particularly like the Nick Veasy x-ray images. I am not doing anything unusual with a  digital camera but I recognise the seismic shift in what can be done and is being done with digital imagery.


(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/6/semester-3-week-4-presentation-3 Tue, 20 Jun 2017 12:12:25 GMT
Semester 4 Week 4 Presentation 2 - Smuggle https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/6/semester-4-week-4-presentation-2---smuggle I don't think anything is smuggled into my practice/project. However,my intention  is that the viewer understands that the subjects  want to be treated the same as anyone else is.  Their disability is inconsequential to what they are doing.

From the presentation I have a real a desire to use google street view to do something interesting and I like the Arcade Fire going back in time scenario. i just need to  find out hoe  to do it and combine various sources.

There is an issue in my project of being very careful about the subjects desire for viewers to see them in images and the ethics of the whole thing.

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/6/semester-4-week-4-presentation-2---smuggle Tue, 20 Jun 2017 11:55:38 GMT
Semester 3 Week 4 Introduction https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/6/semester-3-week-4-introduction As I have said often before in terms of my practice and not necessarily my project I am trying to capture moments in time which will not and cannot be repeated. In the project it is the opposite I am trying to tell the individuals story in a picture and they can sit and pose as often as their, and my, patience allows.

In my project i have the freedom to try any number of types of apparatus bu tI chose to do it digitally.  I am open to giving anything a go.

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/6/semester-3-week-4-introduction Mon, 19 Jun 2017 11:34:07 GMT
Semester 3 Week 3 Independent Reflection https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/6/semester-3-week-3-independent-reflection I have enjoyed this weeks study and it has definitely made me consider the use of collaboration in my project.  I am thinking about collating soldiers pictures from Aghanistan and Iraq to be used perhaps as a background or backdrop to my main images. 

The difficulties I think I will come across are mainly ethical. I can only use legal images and I need to be careful I don't upset my subjects many who were injured in Afghanistan and Iraq. Probably the biggest issue may  be getting hold  of images. I will need to work out the best way to achieve that. There is also a question of availability of images but I hope that is not a problem.

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/6/semester-3-week-3-independent-reflection Wed, 14 Jun 2017 19:58:18 GMT
Semester 3 Week 3 Presentation 3 https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/6/semester-3-week-3-presentation-3 I was thinking about crowdsourcing for my project and I could get photographs taking by the soldiers in Afghanistan and use them potentially as a background for the presentation of my final project.

In doing this it could be seen how the soldier on the ground sees the operation they are involved in and I suspect you will find from their photographs that it is all about the mates they are in immediate contact with rather than any greater aim envisaged by  those above.

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/6/semester-3-week-3-presentation-3 Wed, 14 Jun 2017 06:54:37 GMT
Semester 3 Week 3 Presentation 2 https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/6/semester-3-week-3-presentation-2 In my project I don't think my subjects have any say  in terms of creative decision. I try to photograph them with them not knowing in order to capture them naturally rather than posed.  Susan Lipper, on the other hand, became well known by her subjects so that they posed themselves when she was taking photographs.

My primary audience is the subjects themselves.  My secondary audience is members of the general public who are interested.

When showing the photographs to a secondary audience i have thought about having some of the subjects there in the audience which will allow the audience to ask  questions directly to them.

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/6/semester-3-week-3-presentation-2 Mon, 12 Jun 2017 18:41:42 GMT
Semester 3 Week 3 Presentation 1 https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/6/semester-3-week-3-presentation-1 My project is all about the subject. I need to make them feel comfortable so that they are happy to  talk about their injuries. I also often  take their pictures whilst they are doing whatever they are doing rather than posing but they know i am there.

Yes, I could certainly by influencing the subject particularly if the images are constructed or posed. It is something to be avoided because I want them to appear as natural as possible.

Subjects can influence me.  For example it is much easy to tell the subjects story if they have a visible injury. What is a lot more difficult is those that don't and I must be careful to ensure they have had life-changing wounds, injuries or sickness and I get that information correct.

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/6/semester-3-week-3-presentation-1 Mon, 12 Jun 2017 08:29:49 GMT
Semester 3 Week 3 Introduction https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/6/semester-3-week-3-introduction My photography is partly collaborative in that the subjects know and have signed something to say that they are happy to be photographed but they don't know exactly at what point that will happen and by who. When taking photographs I am also collaborating with the viewer and producer of the photograph.

Definitely I am trying to tell their story with my photographs.  This is quite difficult with those that don't have visible injuries. I am also trying to do it ethically and only use what they are abosolutely happy with.

Yes, of course this could be seen as an unwelcome distraction but I could not do the project without their complicity.

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/6/semester-3-week-3-introduction Sun, 11 Jun 2017 17:44:14 GMT
Semester 3 Week 2 Presentation 2 https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/6/semester-3-week-2-presentation-2 Remixing.

I do not think that my work is original in that what I have produced is portraits of wounded, injured and sick UK servicemen.  Of which there are already plenty of photographs. What I am trying to do different is show them in a sports environment where they are often competing against able-bodied competitors. They are doing this to be be seen and accepted as no different to anyone else. I probably am remixing images without realising it.

The remixing i would do is probably used as a means to completing a project rather than anything deeper.

Certainly in the digital era I am not technically proficient enough to do anything more that combining images or parts of images.

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/6/semester-3-week-2-presentation-2 Tue, 06 Jun 2017 08:20:26 GMT
Semester 3 Week 2 Presentation 1 https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/6/semester-3-week-2-presentation-1 Appropriation

In answer to the question posed at the of the presentation I have the following responses:

Whether I am explicitly referencing or purposely not acknowledge them is a good question which i have not considered.  My project has changed from being sport focussed to being people focussed so I now have a collection of portraits. I have taken these without considering my inspiration or visual materials. i have just tried to take good photographs.

The photographs I am using for the project are in a private area of my website so nobody can see them without my permission. This is largely because of the ethical responsibility I have in only showing these portraits in a way the subjects are happy with. I certainly think that charities could use the images but only with the subjects permission. I can also control their use by continuing to restrict access. 

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/6/semester-3-week-2-presentation-1 Mon, 05 Jun 2017 18:23:18 GMT
Week 2 introduction https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/6/week-2-introduction In answer to the questons. I believe that the digital camera I use is used as a tool and is therefore transparent. The photographs I generally produce could really have been produced by a wet film camera. It is what's in the image is important not how it was taken.

In the same way I err towards immediacy. It is what 's in the image is important.

My work is explicit. I use a digital camera because images are available immediately, can be transferred in an instant and easily manipulated or edited.

I am trying to tell the story as I am part of it.

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/6/week-2-introduction Mon, 05 Jun 2017 10:20:52 GMT
Repeat Photography https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/5/repeat-photography In response to the four questions asked:

I think that how the context is communicated to prevent an agenda being misunderstood great care needs to be taken and keep the message simple.

I think this could be useful but it is difficult to know how to use it. I could take a series of portraits of someone on a particular day and then record how they change as the day unfolds and results become known.

I can learn what changes and what remains constant and that different people react better or worse to unfolding situations.

Yes I'm sure I do.  Everyone does if it is not realised. 

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/5/repeat-photography Wed, 31 May 2017 18:40:22 GMT
SEMESTER 3 Here we go again https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/5/semester-3-here-we-go-again The first week was started by  a visit to Krakow Photomonth.  I thought the three days were excellent and some very good photographs seen.  I particularly enjoyed the Andy Warhol exhibition and most importantly sat on his sofa. I thought the Susan Lipper photographs were really strong but there is an element of the subjects posing in these. I also liked the We Also Dance exhibition. At two of the exhibitions we were fortunate to be shown around them by the curator. Gordon McDonald and we also went to a talk by Gerry Badger about collecting photographs. We also did a collaborative micro project in which the group had to do a presentation on the word given.  Our word was 'collision'. We started by having brainstorm and produced a mindmap. We then decided to go  away and each take photographs and then come together for the final edit. Fortunately we all had photographs that produced a coherent group display. it would have been better to have had a review half way through.

I have also included here my supermarkets book like Ruscha;s full station one.



(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/5/semester-3-here-we-go-again Wed, 31 May 2017 18:26:53 GMT
Photo Competition Result https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/5/photo-competition-result A bit of self-praise if I may.  I have just found out that three  of my images where placed 15th,  20th and 27th in the Open category of the UIM (International Powerboat Union) Photography Competition 2016. I have never entered a competition before so a good result.UIM 2016 Photography Competition

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/5/photo-competition-result Sun, 07 May 2017 14:41:54 GMT
More Research https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/4/more-research One of the things I wanted to do  is to combine landscapes with the sporting action. In  some way to counter the competitors desire to win can be  all encompassing but in reality what does it really matter. I have done some photographs like Hans Van Der Meer'sof lower league football around Europe.

 I am not sure how my images, one below, could fit in the project.


(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/4/more-research Wed, 19 Apr 2017 10:26:05 GMT
Further Research https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/4/further-research Out of interest I have had a look at Roger Fenton's, probably the first war photographer, photographs from the Crimean War. Generally his photographs are portrait of the ordinary people involved. Although Fenton gave up photography and died penniless historians unanimously recognize Fenton's remarkable accomplishments not only for his keen artistic eye and seminal role in establish photography as an artistic endeavour, but also honor him as one of the first professional war photographers.

I have  also looked at Ernst Friedrich's, often horrible pictures of the wounded from the First World War.  These focus on the injuries which is exactly what I do not want to do.


(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/4/further-research Wed, 19 Apr 2017 10:02:47 GMT
Practice and Preparation https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/4/practice-and-preparation I have been looking at suitable work to contextualise my project. I have looked at the images of injured US servicemen by Michael Stokes and the photogrraphs shown at Somerset House of UK injured servicemen by Bryan Adams. Both these focus on the injuries whilst I am to tell the story of the servicemen by showing even with horrendous injuries ar just like everyone else and enjoy playing sports, having a laugh and just being treated normally. 

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/4/practice-and-preparation Thu, 13 Apr 2017 18:02:58 GMT
Week 11 Another Shoot https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/4/week-11-another-shoot I have just finished two days of cycling and athletics trials with UK Team Invictus. Team Invictus, for those that don't know, are all injured servicing or veteran servicemen. The two days were to pick, from the 306 who turned up, the approx 100 who will go to Toronto in Sep 17 to compete against injured servicemen form a number of other countries including Canada and the USA.

Nothing particularly exciting with the exception of the glorious weather and the opportunity to take some great shots except HRH Prince Harry came to the athletics on Friday.  As a result there was a large media presence, including TV from ITV and BFBS, which I was a part of. This was the first time for me and it was interesting just to listen to the photographers talking amongst themselves.  The majority were only interested in Harry though and not the sporting action.  

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/4/week-11-another-shoot Fri, 07 Apr 2017 14:35:12 GMT
Week 11 Presentation https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/4/week-11-presentation I am sure I can. Richard appears to like images within frames. In his early years photographing his family they were always indoors. He then went to talk about Zoo. He has always had a liking for wild animals but preferred to shoot them in a zoo and often indoors. When he did go and do landscapes he couldn't see what Constable had seen in real life until he looked at his images which perhaps provide a frame for the scene.

Definitely. Even his photographs and videos of zoo animals focussed on the bad habits caused by being kept in a cage. He definitely likes being kept in a  frame.

He said that everyone should have a go at everything as a young student and not to get pigeon-hold. 

He does establish a photographic aesthetic but in many ways it is a tool of convenience. He has worked with video and he said if there had been an iPhone when he took his father's photographs they may well have been videos.  He also talked about his use of old cameras with plastic lenses picked up for pennies in jumble sales.

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/4/week-11-presentation Tue, 04 Apr 2017 18:53:33 GMT
Week 11 Introduction https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/4/week-11-introduction Professor Richard Billingham calls himself an artist which in the context of what he talked about in this first part was the photographs and videos he took in his own home. I would describe them as journalistic rather than art. He started taking photographs as part of the process he used in painting which is what he studied at university. He calls himself an artist which is his description. I think Artist covers a very broad  spectrum and it means different thinks to different people. I, like Marc Wilson who Jesse interviewed in Semester 1,  would not describe myself as an artist. I, like Marc, can't draw, paint, sing or play an instrument and consider myself to be non-artistic. I have been an engineer in the Army for 39 years and that is reflective of the person I have become.

In this interview his key theme is his family and showing them in their own home and unconstructed in almost anyway. I doubt if he   could have taken those photographs without the parental relationship.  He wants the viewer to see the subjects as if they were looking through his eyes. I think his upbringing with an alcoholic father ids very much a part of his practice.

In a number gf ways I am similar.  I am primarily a sports photographer so the photographs I take are largely iunconstructed and usually the subject does not know they are being photographed. I do take some portraits but they although constructed are not formal. I also do some landscape and animal photography which generally does not involve other people.

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/4/week-11-introduction Mon, 03 Apr 2017 12:45:10 GMT
Week 10 Interim Feedback https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/4/week-10-interim-feedback I  have really enjoyed this week's work and thank you to all who provided me with their feedback on my video presentation. I did not agree with all the comments but the ones I do agree with I will act upon.  I do need to contextualise my work and I have looked at Michael Stokes and Bryan Adams's photographs.  I particularly like Bryan's work with British ex-servicemen. I have also had a look at No Limbits, which is ex-Royal Marines Mark Ormrod film about his life. Mark was the first triple amputee as a result of action in Afghanistan. I have also had a look at Roger Keller's work as someone who has been involved with Help for Heroes in the past.

In terms of my own photography I showed a couple of my latest project images to the webinar last night and they were very well received so more like that to come.  I also enjoyed the opportunity of seeing all the presentations submitted.

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/4/week-10-interim-feedback Sat, 01 Apr 2017 05:35:14 GMT
Week 10 Activity https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/3/week-10-activity Good evening, I am now back from doing a two day shoot at Breadsall Priory, Derby Golf Club as part of my project. Having had the discussion last week I have decided to use portraits in my project but I still want them in situ and in their normal rig for the sport. I think that this is the best way to make people, who many have had serious injuries, feel comfortable. So that's what i  did this week  and  I think the results are pretty good and it works.


I have started to watch and comment on everyones presentations. I have watched three and  commented on two.  More to follow tomorrow. I find it really interesting how the projects evolve and grow.

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/3/week-10-activity Tue, 28 Mar 2017 17:43:17 GMT
Week 9 Presentation - The Environment and the Eye https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/3/week-9-presentation---the-environment-and-the-eye I like Salgado's images but I prefer Nick Brandt's images because they are using shock tactics to show what are doing to the finite resource that is our planet.

Of Nick Brandt's photos the ones I prefer are those that have the life-size replica exactly mimicking the background of the photograph. In particular the Zebra, the  Lion and the Rhinoceros ones. I think shock tactics can be used subtly otherwise people are so shocked they ignore or avoid the images. Aesthetics are in this way important but what is more important is getting the images into to the public domain.  

This has a large part to play in my  project. I am trying to show ex-servicemen who have had life changing injuries and sicknesses can still contribute and contribute, therefore, they are no different to anyone else.  In  my images the best way to get the story told is in showing photographs of amputees doing sports. I want to do more than that and in particular those people who have no obvious injuries like those suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/3/week-9-presentation---the-environment-and-the-eye Fri, 24 Mar 2017 06:37:56 GMT
Week 9 Independent Reading https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/3/week-9-independent-reading i think Ingrid Sischy doesn't like Salgado. I think she has been over critical about Salgado's work. I agree with Sontag that he can at times be concerned about the aesthetics rather than perhaps caring about the actual incident. However he is there risking his own life to get it photographed he is not sat in an office af home complaining about others. In my practice I try to be true to what is happening but if there is scope in taking a great picture why not. What I didn't like was the image of about 10 photographers taking photographs of a woman refugee with a small child struggling to cross a river and not one of them helped instead of taking the photograph.


(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/3/week-9-independent-reading Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:13:09 GMT
Week 9 "An agent for change" https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/3/week-9-an-agent-for-change As it happens I have just been in Prague to an exhibition of Jan Sibik's photography. Jan is a news photographer who has been all over the world to do his work. In recent years he has been to Haiti, Manila, Lesbos, North Korea, the Middle East, Turkey and Slovakia.  I certainly think that photographs can be used to create change but not always. I do not think pictures themselves do it but backed up with some context works.

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/3/week-9-an-agent-for-change Mon, 20 Mar 2017 16:07:40 GMT
Week 8 Activity In Conversation https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/3/week-8-activity-in-conversation Today as in the activity I visited a local gallery. I visited The Aspex Gallery, Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth, Although the curator  was not available I had a good chat with the msarketing manager. The galley is in an old Royal Navy storehouse and even though it now has new fittings it is still very much as it was. In the exhibition space the floor were a light stone colour and the walls are largely white although they do have large green triangles randomly spaced. The green is the galleries brand colour and the triangles are there to guide you through the exhibition. I did not think the did and i thought their randomness was confusing. The exhibits were  mostly pictures on the walls of different sizes and at different  heights. A small number central to the room on white pedestals. Each exhibit had a printed card which contained what the exhibit was called, the artist. a bit about the artist and a small picture showing some element of work not shown. This  material is for the viewer.  All the  exhibits were from artists who had support the gallery over the previous 35 years an this exhibition was to celebrate this anniversary.

I also had the opportunity to go into the Tight Modern exhibit which was in a 6ft by 8ft enclosure like a garden shed and on the walls were 42 small pictures. There was little information  with these on a typed piece of paper with the title of the piece and the artists name. 

The two strangest were: a standard tripod on a circular corn yellow rug and a dirty rag.

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/3/week-8-activity-in-conversation Thu, 16 Mar 2017 19:37:19 GMT
Week 8 Independent Reading https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/3/week-8-independent-reading In answer to the questions asked: I think because a lot of these are very subjective that photographs acquire value and meaning, which are of course different things, by firstly being 'good' photographs, being original and not easily being reproducible but at the same time being available to all.  A  pricelist from Beetles & Huxley supports this. All these photographs are old and not easily copied. 

You can not and should not separate art from society. It would impossible to do so in the first place. Art is in the eye of the beholder, as long as someone sees something as art, it will remain as such. 

Vastly different digital technology allows anyone to take a good photograph with a little luck. The multitude of phtoographs also makes it difficult to see what stands out as real photography.

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/3/week-8-independent-reading Wed, 15 Mar 2017 11:13:12 GMT
Week 8 Introduction https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/3/week-8-introduction This presentation left more questions than answers. What is art is a very good question and who decides what is good art is very subjective. i do not  consider photographs as art in the same way as paintings because they are different. Photographs can be considered to be art in the realm of photography. I don't agree that photography can be reduced to being just a plastic replica as there is lots of original work produce photographically but then I don't think producing copies of somebody else's work no matter how interesting can be considered to be art. 

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/3/week-8-introduction Sun, 12 Mar 2017 16:41:00 GMT
Independent Reflection https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/3/independent-reflection I read the Allan Sekula chapter today and I immediately thought about the old saying "a picture paints a thousand words' and in  Sekula's view this isn't the case at all as photographs need additions to make them readable. At best 'the thousand words" is different for every person dependent on the context the photograph is seen, the individuals culture, their political leanings etc. So  without some reference every photograph is viewed differently by almost each and every person.

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/3/independent-reflection Wed, 08 Mar 2017 18:39:39 GMT
Last Nights TV https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/3/last-nights-tv Something different from the usual blog entries. Last night I watched the first part of a three part series on BBC4 called Britain in Focus: A Photographic History. I  thought it was very interesting and covered the earliest days with Fox-Talbot first camera and Daguerre's French one. I was very interested to hear the bit about Roger Fenton probably the first war photographer and I have now looked more closely at his work form the Crimean War and the majority are portraits. It was also quite interesting that a number of descendent of the earliest photographers are also professional photographers. Is it in the genes.  I look forward to the next two episodes.

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/3/last-nights-tv Tue, 07 Mar 2017 15:17:21 GMT
Week 7 Presentation https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/3/week-7-presentation An interesting examination into the work of Cramer's work. In answer to the questions in the presentation

As far as my research project I am trying to link portraits of wounded, injured and sick (WIS) servicemen and veterans to an array of sports and then hopefully tell the story about how much sport is part of their recovery pathway. Interestingly ,when I interviewed participants the charities gave an opportunity allowing them to do sports that would have been inaccessible normally. Overwhelming it was not really the sport but that created an opportunity to bring people together who have a similar cultural outlook and sense of humour. I also noticed that ever sport had a uniform.

As an-ex-serviceman myself who has suffered  a stroke  and a serious car accident I identify with what they are going through and the importance of still in  some way being part of a military-like culture. I am trying to show how people with life-changing injuries and sickness can still compete and get real enjoyment out of doing sport.  I want the reader to understand that these people matter and love to do sport just like able-bodied people.

I came to sport photography as in the past I have competed in a number of sports at a decent level and being a keen photographer I combined the two when I became too old to compete. I started by being good at knowing what could happen next and being in the right position.  That was my original intention with the project  but this has changed to being about the people against a background of sport. So I now have to take a lot of portraits which is a challenge for me. I think that I can portray my ideas visually.  For my project I currently plan to have large quality images with a booklet helping to tell the story of the people.

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/3/week-7-presentation Sun, 05 Mar 2017 20:04:52 GMT
Week 6 Presentation 2 https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/3/week-6-presentation-2 In answering the questions I've tried to think about the questions posed in terms of my own practice.

Mental images of indigenous/non Western include that they are not as advanced as the West with less Health and Safety and more weapons.  The visual attributes I most readily think of are brightly coloured clothing and artefacts. I think of them often with weapons such as knives and guns.  I also think of strange haircuts and jewellery. 

I have learned this from my culture and the media. The media likes to present them as savage and wild and somehow lesser beings because they haven't got all the things we have. Of course, this is a generalisation and most now are on different to us. I think satellite TV and the internet has massively narrowed the gap.

I do not think there are any power relations per se in my work but in my project I know the people that have visible injuries tell the story I want to so much easier. So I try to avoid placing too much emphasis on them. 

I have to admit that a pretty girl wins every time andI find them easy to take photographs of.

My photographs are unstaged real photographs even my portraits which are slightly staged are taken in their natural environment because some of the people do not really like having their photographs taken so it is easier where they feel comfortable. 

I think we all reproduce something that has been done before. In my research for my project I have found lots of images of injured servicemen. The only difference is I am not focussing on their injuries but showing that regardless of the injury they can still do something challenging and exciting.


(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/3/week-6-presentation-2 Wed, 01 Mar 2017 18:45:26 GMT
Week 6 Introduction https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/2/week-6-introduction In answering the questions in the introduction: 

Yes, I do ordinary pictures that commemorate, usually, family occasions such as Christmas and holidays. These images are primarily for myself, family and close friends. I use my digital camera and mobile phone. 

I think 'mass existence' cheapens what is a 'unique existence'.  I have been to the Louvre and seen the Mona Lisa and no copy compares. However reproductions are everywhere in many different forms.  These are usually cheap rubbish.  I recognise that not everyone can see the original but if not why use a copy rather than something different.

Digital changed everything. Everyone carries a decent camera with which they can take decent photographs. Their images, mostly mundane, are everywhere and many people do not see a requirement for photographers. Digital imagery is everywhere such that it is not even identified as a photograph.

Because of my age I  learnt to take photographs using a 35mm film camera and I still take photographs that way. i spend too long frame the perfect shot and always shoot one at a time.  We all recycle and  reproduce our cultural myths and most of the time we do not know we are doing it. i don't think there si much originality any more so I try to take pictures that are seen as good.

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/2/week-6-introduction Sun, 26 Feb 2017 20:59:28 GMT
Week 5 Reflection https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/2/week-5-reflection My 'look' is undoubtedly as a voyeur. I like to take shots of sports action whilst is in full flow and the participants do not even think about being photographed. However for my project i am going to require a number of protraits of injured servicemen and these will be posed so I am having to go out of my comfort zone. These portrait will be seen by the individuals and the general public and I want them to see there are real people with often horrendous injuries. These people do not want to be defined by the injury and they still want to achieve personal goals.

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/2/week-5-reflection Sat, 25 Feb 2017 19:01:04 GMT
Week 5 Presentation 2 https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/2/week-5-presentation-2 In answer to the questions set at the end of the presentation I think the times are changing and disabled people are generally seen as people not disabled. As my project is about wounded, injured and sick soldiers I have spent a lot of time with amputees and other physical and mental injuries. I now absolutely do not even notice someone who is an  amputee but I do find it a  lot more difficult dealing with someone with a mental injury.  Which I suppose is strange as I had a large stroke seven years ago but it is difficult to interact with someone with a mental disability. 

I think the images are normalising and the more we see images of disabled people the more normal it will become. I think the most successful and inclusive are those that show disabled people doing normal things like working. For me the ones that worked best were the 'See ability not disability', the 'We can do it ' and the disabled snowboarder and the car advert.



(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/2/week-5-presentation-2 Wed, 22 Feb 2017 19:23:09 GMT
Week 5 Presentation 1 https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/2/week-5-presentation-1 I Have never considered the land to be either female or male and I differentiate the land from mother nature which is about something else and a figure of speech. I think we are over-analysing things when we call landscapes either male or female.  Landscapes show us how insignificant we individually are and I certainly identify with Burtynsky when he shows the damage we are doing to our world.

I am now going to find 3-5 photographs for Thursday morning.

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/2/week-5-presentation-1 Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:34:32 GMT
Week 4 Reflection https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/2/week-4-reflection The intent of my work is to present sport in a good light. It is competitive, there may be danger in some sports but it is  always fun. I  always try to capture the right split second to record for prosperity a moment in time that will never be repeated. It is all about timing ,being ready and understanding the sport so you can predict what will happen next. I think that I am good at this as I was always a keen sportsman.   Photographic ambiguity is right in the right context it doesn't really work in my practice.

I have had a look at Hans Vans Der Meer work on dutch football and without having heard of him one of the things I like to do is take landscape photographs which include sport. This is done in a way of showing for a sportsman what seems like the world is actually insignificant in the grand scheme of things.

This has been a busy weekend and I was awarded the Thundercats UK 2016 Photographer of the Year award. It's not anything special but it is a reward for all the time spent travelling round the country covering Thundercats (RiB) and P1 powerboat racing.

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/2/week-4-reflection Sun, 19 Feb 2017 19:53:18 GMT
Week 4 Presentation 2 https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/2/week-4-presentation-2 Yes they are because this is emphasising that the brand makes male and female watches and each parent will hand the watch down to the child when the time comes. I do wonder what is the significance of the images being monochrome.

I find this advert interesting:

It implies that to go on a beach as a female you must look like this. You must have long blond hair, a tiny waste and be wearing a bikini.  The absence of a male in the image suggest that it is not important for the man to be in a great shape like a woman has to be. The yellow is prominent in all Protein World literature and media. 

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/2/week-4-presentation-2 Wed, 15 Feb 2017 15:55:11 GMT
Week 4 Forum https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/2/week-4-forum I found the discussion about the three ways to view images when they are use in adverts very interesting. I tend to go for the obvious (dominant) view I think as they are normally intended and I find that oppositional views are created by viewers and not the advertisers. As a middle aged man pretty girls in nice clothes could sell me anything but at the same time i know these young girls would just consider me to be their Dad or similar and not a lover.

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/2/week-4-forum Mon, 13 Feb 2017 21:43:56 GMT
Week 4 Introduction https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/2/week-4-introduction I  think images that exist only for me are those that draw me in and get me emotionally involved. They then are more interesting to me

The relationship can be different from one viewer to another but advertiser uses images that will please the sector of the market that they want to buy the product. 

Particular adverts work bests if they match a person's likes and dislikes however sometimes advertisers get this wrong and either don't appeal to their target market or appeal to a unintended other sector.

It easy to slip into a world that confuses the actual and the simulated.

I think the three adverts were different. The first was about selling a product to a couple with the US flag drawing on a US market, The second was aimed at married family woman and the third is aimed at the single independent lady who has its of admirers.

To sell the interpretation and therefore the perfume. 

Yes, but I am sure there are many different ways of reading them.

No I don't use perfume or after shave.

I read the Southern Comfort advert as the need for the man to get away from the humdrum and relax and have a drink.

Dominant, It is clearly telling men that they do not have to live with a proverbially ball and chain holding them back.

Yes, the best adverts always have multiple interpretations.

I, of course, feel I am being stereotypically positioned that surely is the reason for the imaqes. It worked best when i recognised and am drawn into the image. I thought the Southern Comfort image seemed the most attractive to me.

I think some were dominant and others were negotiated readings. The image alone is normally not enough and the text confirms what the image is trying to say.

I think in sports photography there is a shared understanding.

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/2/week-4-introduction Sun, 12 Feb 2017 16:16:46 GMT
Week 3 Reflection https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/2/week-3-reflection I do not do construction. 

My photographs are almost entirely real and are produced in a documentary fashion.   Three pictures I have chosen care below 

Daisy is posing on the beach she was asked to wear her sunglasses and you can see reflections of the beach in them.  The background is out of focus so that Daisy stands out as the subject of the photograph. The second image is of a  Thundercat crew. I got in really close and got the background out of focus.  The last one is of a boat lift of Daisy's boat which I set up in Gosport Marina. 

So actually we all do construction in a small way and therefore I suppose everybody does even if it is not intended. All photographers chose was is in focus and what in the frame at least.

P1 powerboat No 3

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/2/week-3-reflection Sat, 11 Feb 2017 20:41:36 GMT
Week 3 Hunter or Farmer https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/2/week-3-hunter-or-farmer Primarily I  am a sports photographer and I always try to capture never to be repeated split seconds in time.  I try to give a sense of movement, fill the frame with the subject and use my judgement to try to work out what is going to happen next. 

I suppose I am a hunter. There is usually a pack of us all trying to capture the image (all hunter the words) without the explicit knowledge of the subject even though they know I am around they do not now what I am photographing.  The photographers although in a pack are also striving to photograph something that noone else does.

In the Shrek the Third trailer I spotted many references. The ones most easily identified were those from popular culture. The effect was to search out each of the audiences particular preferences with the hope that something would be recognised by everyone.  This meant that everyone saw their own connections in the movie.

With Sugimoto's Dioramus the first two are convincing but the last of the cavemen is obviously constructed. Despite the last photograph these images are more believable that Wall, Levene and Hunter.  The first think is that they are black and white which removes some of the unreality of  the  others and their work is more obviously constructed.

I prefer Wall's work as they are clever reconstructions of real  events.

As i have said before I do not believe any image as being wholly real.

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/2/week-3-hunter-or-farmer Tue, 07 Feb 2017 20:19:07 GMT
Week 3 Presentation https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/2/week-3-presentation The image I think of as tricksters are those that look or pretend to be real.

Part of that is the context in which they are presented. For example, The Kiss by the Hotel de Ville (Doisneau 1950) if this was seen in a newspaper you would expect it to be real, however, if it was in a gallery would you care whether it is real or not.

I try to take real photographs of sport of never to be repeated small moments in time and are truthful. I am not a trickster.

I construct images by choosing my position by framing what I want in the picture.

The balance I use is that I may remove small inconsequential items digitally and I still think the image is real it's just been tidied up.

I want people to read them as real because the key element is retained as photographed.

Context is important. My images are viewed on social media and in print and so they are beloved to be real. My photographs dod not get viewed in an artistic way.

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/2/week-3-presentation Mon, 06 Feb 2017 20:53:58 GMT
Week 2 Reflection https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/2/week-2-reflection I am very interested in the way digital photography has completely changed how I view photographs. I now doubt anything that is stated as being real because anyone can produce complex constructions using a computer in which none of the elements in the image were actually ever there.  

This has made me think about how I present my work. I try to take truthful images of sporting events but I now realise that I must ensure people see them as real and not constructions. 

I do not think my practice is peculiar but I am trying to make images of actual moments in time that are a true representation. I think when people view my work I think they believe it to be real. I need however to be careful if I want people to see the images as real that I do not do too much post-production editing. 

I do think that the works considered in the module were written before the digital era and I am currently reading David Bate's Key Concepts of Photography (Bate 2016) which is focused on the digital.

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/2/week-2-reflection Mon, 06 Feb 2017 20:05:29 GMT
Week 3 Introduction https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/2/week-3-introduction We see photographs everywhere. They have become ubiquitous. 

We see photographs in many contexts and many are constructed. Advertising photographs are always constructed. Photographs  in the news are meant to be real but even here there is some manipulation which can border on deception in the same way as interviews are misquoted or taken out of context to make the point required.

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/2/week-3-introduction Sun, 05 Feb 2017 14:32:59 GMT
Progress with my practice https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/2/progress-with-my-practice I have just entered eight photographs into the 2016 UIM (Union Internationale Motonautique) Photography competition. I entered 3 into the Open category, 2 into the Circuit Racing category and 2 into the AquaX Pro category. This is my first entry into an international competition so good luck.

I have also had six photographs accepted into the ABF (Army Benevolent Fund) 'Images on Parade' exhibition. The exhibition will be held  on 24 and 25 Mar at Braxted Park. First time in an exhibition.

Doing the MA course have given me  the confidence to do these things.  After the last couple of weeks I am constantly thinking about w t how I can improve and give more depth to my photographs.

Unfortunately I was on a course on Weds, Thu and Fri so I was not able to take part in the webinar. I reserved and then unreserved all four sessions  because I was trying my best to do one of them but it did not happen.

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/2/progress-with-my-practice Sat, 04 Feb 2017 06:26:24 GMT
Week 2 Presentation (cont..) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/2/week-2-presentation-cont Baldeessari's image did not look particularly like a bomb and I have some experience. The image was confusing and uncertain. I am not really sure what it was.

I thought the subject matter was a pencil rubber or a toy in long grass.

It was trying to fool  us into seeing it differently but I was not convinced.

Yes there is certainty in my work. Most of my images are sports and I am a documentary type of photographer. My  aim is to record the action, getting the timing right but trying to convey a sense of movement.

My photography is indexical as it documents what happened at a particular moment in time but I recognise  that all photography is not so truthful.

In a way all photograph are a construction because the photographer still make a choice of where he takes the photograph from. The photograph has an edge and he makes a choice about what is inside and outside of the frame. Of course in many types of photography subjects are posed.

I tend to chose what I include with in the frame by zooming in or out during pre-production and cropping post-production. Also because I can I easily make small changes to exposure and tone.

Snyder and Allen's comments about photographic vision are absolutely right, Photography is still a mechanical process.  This is different to all other art which is a product of humans.

I think that photographic veracity has gone with digital manipulation. 

There are still photographs that are truthful and that is what I try to do. I also recognise that photography is broad and different types are not reliant on truthfulness.  It is those that purport to be truthful but aren't are an issue.

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/2/week-2-presentation-cont Fri, 03 Feb 2017 19:43:19 GMT
Week 2 Presentation 2 https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/2/week-2-presentation-2 This week has made me think a lot about what is Photography and I believe that the digital era has introduced a step change in how Photography is viewed artistically.

in answer th the question in the presentation I offer the following: 

Yes without a doubt and certainly before the digital era a photograph is an image of something that was there at that moment in time and therefore has more veracity.

 I think the the one by Witkin (1987) is much more authentic that the one painted by Picasso.

i believe the context in which a photograph is scene makes a great of difference of how it is viewed. A picture in newspaper is viewed as fact whereas the same picture shown in a gallery will be viewed differently and with no thought about is authenticity.

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/2/week-2-presentation-2 Wed, 01 Feb 2017 20:05:41 GMT
Week 2 Introduction https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/1/week-2-introduction I have a concern that because digital images can be so manipulated it is trivialising how the general public see photography. in answer to the questions in the introduction I  ma trying to explain that.

1.     In the digital era I wholeheartedly support the view that an image of 'something' is that and it is not the real 'something'.

2.     Yes, it is much more difficult to carry out post-production edit sculpture, paintings and books.

3.     Yes, the first thing I always ask now is how much of the image is real and how much is the result of post-production editing.

4.     Yes, I think it is important because I want people to view my sports photographs as a copy of what actually happened. I try to do the minimum amount of  post-production editing.


(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/1/week-2-introduction Sun, 29 Jan 2017 15:50:41 GMT
Finish of Week 1 Presentation 2 https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/1/finish-of-week-1-presentation-2 In answering the questions at the end of the presentation:

Photography is about accurately recording a framed scene.

In terms of my own practice my photographs try to capture unique moments in time and showing a sense of movement. I try to tell a story.

I reject for my practice a constructed reality and I am not interested in posed or staged photographs.

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/1/finish-of-week-1-presentation-2 Thu, 26 Jan 2017 19:39:13 GMT
Week 1 Presentation 2 https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/1/week-1-presentation-2 I will first answer the questions posed after the Szarkowski part of the presentation.

Szarkowski's photographic characteristics are Time and Detail. 

In taking sporting pictures I am to a large extent trying to give a sense of movement in what is a still image and to capture a non-repeatable event Time and motion are vital. I also need to capture the Detail in the photograph to tell the story which is greater than the image itself.

Given that this was done in a pre-digital era I think there is a context that is based on the large number of images taking of the same scene from professionals to point and shoot amateurs. The ability to quickly examine these images is useful in defining the perfect photograph.

Next I want to discuss the question posed at thr end of Short's part of the presentation.

A photograph does not have to be a 'viewed scene'. It is easy to get people to pose and physically move or exclude items from photographs. In the digital era the changes possible to a photograph are almost infinite.

I personally do not like the use of constructed reality but I recognise its value. I personally go to great lengths to take natural photographs of people going about their business but I recognise that somebody who isn't usually there with a load of camera equipment does change how people act even if only subconsciously.

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/1/week-1-presentation-2 Wed, 25 Jan 2017 19:48:45 GMT
Presentation 1. Photography the Shapeshifter https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/1/presentation-1-photography-the-shapeshifter In an attempt to answer the questions I offer the following:

My photographs are normally viewed digitally on social media. This is mostly because after that photographs at a sporting event all the usual photographers have uploaded their images that evening. I feel under great pressure to do the same as it is like news photography if it is available instantly then a photographer has missed the opportunity.

Aside social media and my website I like to use large prints of my best photographs which are such that they capture something more than just an instant in time. I am going to produce a photobook for my project as this will allow the use of text to tell the story. It also allows me to show more photographs and then I will have on display the best of them.

I feel it is important to be more than an instant of  time news photographer and i am keen to produce  photographs that are timeless and tell more of a story.

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/1/presentation-1-photography-the-shapeshifter Wed, 25 Jan 2017 19:24:13 GMT
Where am I now https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/1/where-am-i-now The introduction to Week 1 asks for the answers to three questions. i will attempt to answer these below

1. Where am I now?  My photographic business is at the very beginnings. Having served a full  career as an electronics engineer in in the Army. I left after 37 years and I have decided to combine my loves of sport and photography and become a sports photographer. I have also done a couple of corporate shoots and it is one of these that was my first paid job.

What do I wish to communicate to the world? I do not think of myself as being an artist or doing anything artistic.  My photographs are all about capturing the instant that will never be repeated. My photography is also about having the sense of movement and competition.

How do I plan to achieve this?  I have access to an experienced sport photographer who is willing to provide some mentorship. I am also known amongst a small would of photographers who generally attend the same events as I do. I am taking as many photographs as possible and developing my ideas.

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/1/where-am-i-now Tue, 24 Jan 2017 15:28:25 GMT
Semester 2 https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/1/semester-2 Having had a really good break I am looking forward to starting again tonight.  I am happy to say I have passed all the first lot of assignments so onwards and upwards. Having looked at the assignments for this semester I note that this critical research journal takes on real importance.  

Happy New Year to everyone.

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/1/semester-2 Mon, 23 Jan 2017 15:38:39 GMT
Week 12 Reflection https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/12/week-12-reflection I thought that the presentation this week a Studio Visit with Mark Wilson was very interesting. When he spoke about how he became a photographer so much of that is exactly like me. He said he could not draw or paint and was not musical that is how I feel and photography i always say is my way of doing something remotely artistic. He also said he liked to work alone and again I do. However recognising that is fine for the photography but to make our business work we have to work with people all the time.

I also got my oral assignment mark which was 22 out of 40 (55%) I would have liked more but it is a pass and that's enough. I also noted the comment about the squeaky chain and although I have tried a number of solutions nothing has stopped the noise.

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/12/week-12-reflection Fri, 09 Dec 2016 20:35:32 GMT
Week 11 https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/12/week This has been a busy week getting my proposal and work in progress ready to submit. I have also taken part in a peer review of my proposal on Sunday night which I think went OK. I also picked up a couple of obvious things to include that I had not considered.  Then on Thu we had a webinar with Gary which fro some reason my microphone did not work but I watched the whole session and asked the questions I wanted to by typing them in the chatbox.

Having gone through the assignment prep I am concerned that in Francis Hodgson's terms my photography is more of than about. I will have to learn quickly to get my story across in my final project.

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/12/week Sun, 04 Dec 2016 16:24:14 GMT
Week 10 https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/11/o Good evening, I am now back from my weekend in  Cornwall as part of my research project I have some good photographs and I did short interviews with the boat crews. What occurred to me over the weekend is that although it is about recovery these are ex-soldiers competing against able-bodied competitors in a national championship. The weather actually was good especially on the Sunday. The other think I realised was working out how is the best way to show my work as photographs don't really tell the story without the viewer knowing the back story. I will put some photographs into my WiP folder.

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/11/o Tue, 22 Nov 2016 19:11:07 GMT
Week 9 Presentation 3 and Webinar https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/11/week-9-presentation-3-and-webin Of most importance to me is the realisation that my photographs are normally of something rather than about something in Francis Hodgson's terms. that could be because my love is sports photography where you are often trying to show movement in a still image but the photographs are largely of something. I have now realised that my project is about the people not the sport they are doing.  So I will have to change my approach  to my project. Interestingly my favourite photograph is the Afghan Girl by Steve McCurry. It is a portrait and at an emotional level she is a young girl with piercing green eyes. The photograph wasn't posed and Steve McCurry jut caught the right moment. The rust coloured head scarf against the green of the tent is also striking. On a cognitive level the picture take a completely different meaning. it is taken in a tent converted into a school in Pakistan and the girl is an afghan refugee. The eyes now look haunted.  I would say that this course has taught me to look  at photographs diffferently. Gersht's photographs even with the back story were lost on me as I could not see anything in them but I did like the Mirasch photographs because they were of something recognisable.

Balancing the emotive and the cognitive is hard as I tend to focus on images that I like. I don't think cognitively about them and the one I don't like are trivialised. When I am making images I always want to take pictures in some way different from other photographers. So even though I do think about them inevitably my emotional response usually  takes over. I have never been taught to look at photographs as I have had no formal training. It is something I need to work on as my practice develops.

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/11/week-9-presentation-3-and-webin Thu, 17 Nov 2016 20:10:52 GMT
Second Presentation Week 9 https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/11/second-presentation-week-9 I thought the Sally Mann article made sense and I was initially positive.  The photographs in black and white look very good and are her family over a number of years.  I was however more negative with Tiernon's interview and did not like the images. I thought there was something a bit strange about the children wearing masks. Having thought about it later I am not  convinced about the motives of either.  The adults must take responsibility for their children as young children learn what is right or wrong and if the children think nudity is normal for children that is not right.  However If the children were fully clothed the photographs would not have had the same appeal.  I therefore do not think children who do not know any different should have been photographed in that way.


(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/11/second-presentation-week-9 Wed, 16 Nov 2016 20:25:49 GMT
Week 9 First Presentation https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/11/week-9-first-presentation Having had a good trip to  Paris I am now back to serious study. I want firstly to answer the questions set in the first presentation 'Looking at Photographs' of Week 9.

I have just looked through about a thousand images on my computer looking for an image to do an answer to the forum. Of course the ones I remember are the ones I think are good and then those that matter to the task in  question.

How do i look at photographs? i tend to look for what I like and I am not good at differentiating what a picture is of and what it is about using Francis Hodgson's  terminology.  What has always matter to me is the types of photography I am interested in and I like photographs to be natural rather obviously posed or set up. 

To avoid triviality the photographer needs to do something different from the norm and take pictures that are about something rather than of something.  They also need  to matter to the viewer so the photographer has to segment his market.



(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/11/week-9-first-presentation Mon, 14 Nov 2016 20:03:41 GMT
Paris https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/11/paris I am now in Paris and will certainly will go out and about with my camera tomorrow. I cannot waste the opportunity.

last week was quite interesting. The peer commission could have been a challenge. The idea of not knowing what I would be asked to do. In the end the task I was set was fairly easily to achieve. 

I would like to thank Gary for his feedback and time in the 1 to 1.

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/11/paris Wed, 09 Nov 2016 18:36:05 GMT
Week 7 Peer commission https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/11/week-7-peer-commission My commission from Crash was to take a portrait of a stranger and to ask three simple questions; What was their greatest fear, the love of their life and what would they like to accomplish in 2017. The creative process I then went through was my usual one. I am always trying to take something different from the normal and I am very aware that it has all been done before. My first plan was to take a portrait of a homeless person in Southampton. I found a good subject but in the time it took me to approach her she had moved off.  I then tried to take a number of others and almost all strangers did not want to photographed by me. One even thought I had to have permission which is exactly why I was asking him but he thought I needed permission from some authority to even be allowed to ask.

Eventually I got a portrait of a workman who happened to be working in my street. I wanted to take where he was happy to be photographed. I like to take portraits in their natural environment where the subject is  most comfortable and the fact that his top is a little dirty adds to the image. Interestingly his responses to the questions posed were; big hairy spiders, Thailand and too take as much holiday as possible.

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/11/week-7-peer-commission Thu, 03 Nov 2016 11:57:20 GMT
Week 7 Chance and Serendipity https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/10/week-7-chance-and-serendipity In answer to the question posed at the end of the first presentation In think in sports photography line chance plays a  part in getting the killer image that all the other photographers, and there are always plenty, are also trying to get.  Of course, is not just chance, the photographer needs to have an idea about what will happen next and be ready for it, he needs the right equipment and good preparation.

In developing my work i am always trying to think of the image that no one else has. This is quite difficult because no doubt somebody has already thought if it before. In terms of new technology smaller more capable cameras would be less obtrusive especially when you want people to not modify their behaviour because they know they are being photographed.

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/10/week-7-chance-and-serendipity Sun, 30 Oct 2016 19:35:23 GMT
Presentations https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/10/presentations Some of us have done our run through with Gary on Tues lunchtime. I take it from Gary's comments he thought my project was a little narrow in it's aim. I am thinking about something like doing Recovery of Wounded Servicemen through Sport. This will allow me to use the Team Endeavour Racing stuff as one strand but have other strands such as the Invictus Games, Team Britannia's attempt to break the circumnavigation of the world record in a speedboat and maybe Help for Heroes.

I have send emails to Help for Heroes and Team Britannia.  Whilst I wait for responses I will start to amend my presentation assuming a favourable response.

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/10/presentations Wed, 26 Oct 2016 18:27:58 GMT
Week 5 Reflection https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/10/week-5-reflection I will try and answer the questions posed in the Week 5 Reflection topic.

What has challenged me?  Two things have surprised me, It is difficult to remember how much work is required for a Masters course. I completed an Executive MBA ten years ago and have not done much studying since. I have also found the online nature of the course a real challenge. It is not something I have done and have found it difficult to follow discussions and the course in general. 

What has surprised me most is the lack of flexibility of the course. I must admit I thought I would get more opportunity to study when i wanted but if you want to do the activities the timings are quite rigid.

I personally have learnt a lot about the history of photography having never studied an arts to photography course before.  I thought there would be more hands on with a camera but I recognise that it is all about our individual businesses so it is difficult to have set photographic activities.

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/10/week-5-reflection Sun, 23 Oct 2016 17:33:25 GMT
Exploring Impact https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/10/exploring-impact I want to try to answer the question posed at the end of the Alan Kurdi presentation. 

My memories at the time of publication were of horror. I was shocked that this little boy's image went worldwide. I do not think  there was any thought about it's affect on his family having to deal as it was with this tragic event. 

Of course the image was very powerful and a number of people had taken similar images so it was going to go worldwide whether we liked it or not and I hope the fact that it was a professional photographer's (Nelifur Demir) images that were used by the worlds media . Most chose the one  of the ones that showed him being carried. This, at least, showed some compassion. We cannot censor the world's media but we should try to keep it in check.

This image and others like it give an immediate hit but are soon forgotten so do they really achieve anything. I also think people  dressed like him lying on beaches and grafitti does nothing for the refugees and is just about the individuals doing the the acts.

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/10/exploring-impact Tue, 18 Oct 2016 19:44:08 GMT
Ethical Concerns https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/10/ethical-concerns In answer to the two questions posed in the first presentation of Week 5. I often wonder when I am taking photographs particular children. I admit this is more out of ignorance of the law and not knowing what I  can photograph and what I can't.  I also like to take pictures of people without them knowing I am doing it but now after taking the photographs  I make an effort to speak to  them and tell tham what I am doing and why. So i suppose I go through the process informally in my head.

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/10/ethical-concerns Sun, 16 Oct 2016 19:32:55 GMT
11 Oct UGC https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/10/11-oct-ugc I will try to answer the questions posed in the third presentation of Wk 4. I definitely see the rise of UGC as competition in the sports photography business. Surprisingly there are a lot of amateurs taking photographs with quality cameras in addition to the ubiquitous smartphone. The speed with which all this imagery is being transmitted around the world on the internet is incredible as a result in the era of now organisations see enough decent free resource not to have to pay a professional. The professional must now try and do something different. 

This process is enhanced with the readily  available digital filters and  apps.  

I have not yet tried to use UGC in my business but could I edit freely available imagery and make it professional? I don't know. They may also be Intellectual property and copyright issues.

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/10/11-oct-ugc Wed, 12 Oct 2016 19:58:06 GMT
9 Oct Films https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/10/9-oct-films I am going to try to answer the questions posed in the Introduction and the first presentation of Week 4.  The first question is in some ways similar to the question in thr Week 4 Forum.  A popular representation of a photographer is that h is male, in his thirty, only interested in pretty girls with or without clothes and taking photographs as e wants without planning or the need for post-production editing.

My favourite film about a photographer who is The Bridges of Madison County.  The photographer is doing a National Geographic shoot in Iowa when he gets lost and find himself on a farm. On the farm is the wife whose husband and children have gone to a fair and will be away for a few days. Despite the photographers and wife efforts they get romantically involved. After four days when her family the photographer has gone and she continues as if nothings happened. It is only after her funeral that the children find journals detailing the affair. 

This,of course, fits with the popular representation above. This is played very cleverly as the director want the viewer to see that was not thr photographers intention.

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/10/9-oct-films Sun, 09 Oct 2016 20:07:37 GMT
Blog Week 4 8 Oct https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/10/blog-week-4-8-oct I'm back from my sojourn.  I'm rather sorry to say I di not had a great collaborative experience I tired with a couple of groups and then gave up. I do apologise for being absent for the two webinars.  I have watched a video of the thursday night one and was blow away by the 'magazine' produced in the first.

So now moving on. I've just watched the introduction and I must say I want to establish a professional photography business and I'm not sure what it's role will be.  I go to lots of sports events besides mobile phones there are surprising a lt of amateurs with very  good cameras. As a result I am constantly thinking about  the shots I take to make them look different. 

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/10/blog-week-4-8-oct Sat, 08 Oct 2016 18:57:55 GMT
Collaboration https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/10/collaboration Having read the article which has been given to us the one thing that does not appear to be talked about in this digital networked era is the idea that one person can take a photograph and send it to other people anywhere to be 'photoshoped' the  edited photographs can then either be used individually or combined by the original photographer. 

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/10/collaboration Tue, 04 Oct 2016 16:40:13 GMT
Blog 29 Sep https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/9/blog-29-sep In this blog I want to answer the questions posed in the last presentation. Firstly, how has the relationship between photography, science and technology affected how we attribute ideas around knowledge and truth to the photographic image. The change to digital and photographs becoming strings of 1s and 0s has completely the sense of knowledge and truth. When you were presented with an analogue image you judged it on it's merit as a record of an event. Nowadays the changes that can be made to a digital image should make you question the validity of the image in the first instance. That is part of why photographers do still use old type cameras as their images are more likely to be judged as true.

Secondly, what aspects of technology have had the most profound impact on the development of photography. That easy, t is without doubt modern smartphones. They all have decent cameras,. the latest iPhone has a 12M camera. These allow anyone to take decent image and the images taken are seen as good enough to keep as a record of an event.  They also have apps that also allow some editing of the image on the phone.  Interestingly, and as discussed in one of the readings (Safety in Numbness by David Campany 2007) the still image has mainitained it's prominence of video records.


(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/9/blog-29-sep Thu, 29 Sep 2016 15:34:31 GMT
Blog 27 Sep 16 https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/9/blog-27-sep-16 I have spent the day considering the questions posed in the second presentation. I believe that the digital era has brought about a seismic shift in the use of images. Now almost everyone carries at least a decent camera often on their smartphone. Everyone is taken photos and using social media to send them around the world in seconds.  This is a far cry from using the original cameras that had long exposure times, took a while to set up and the results were often not good. These days modern cameras can have automatic focussing, shutter speed and aperture. It is almost impossible to take a poor photograph. 

I think the amount of images posted daily is incredible with the vast majority are snapshots by amateurs. Unfortunately it can take a  long time to sort the good from the bad. I also notice that when I go to a sports event if I don't put images out that evening at the latest then I'm too late somebody will have beaten me to it.  often a events photograph all wait in the same places and all take similar shots doing something different is important.

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/9/blog-27-sep-16 Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:54:19 GMT
Week 2 https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/9/week-2 So that's Week 2 started. I though it was interesting in the introduction about photography being viewed as a branch of media rather than art.I  think  photgraphy can be both depending on what the photographer is doing. I will now go and watch the first presentation.

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/9/week-2 Mon, 26 Sep 2016 19:19:37 GMT
First blog https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/9/first-blog I have now got back from holiday. So this is my first proper blog. I though this week was very interesting and confirmed what I already thought.  What is a global image? I tried to select some of my images that portrayed images that showed things that are known worldwide and may they can be called universal rather global. Others picked image that were news items that were flashed around the world at a moment in time. 

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/9/first-blog Sat, 24 Sep 2016 15:23:56 GMT
My first real entry https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/9/my-first-real-entry I have not written anything so far because I was in Italy on leave. I managed to  just keep up with the work but did not have time to do a blog. So what do I think so far. I think the term global images means different things to different people. I  took it to mean images that are recognisable for what they show worldwide. But what does worldwide mean? Whilst other had photographs that were equally global in that the were of newsworthy events that had gone round the world at that moment. Both are equally valid and I am sure there are others. 

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/9/my-first-real-entry Sat, 24 Sep 2016 13:39:00 GMT
Critical Review Journal (MA in Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/9/critical-review-journal-ma-in-photography This is my first blog For my CRJ.

(Aardvark Photography) https://www.aardvarkphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/9/critical-review-journal-ma-in-photography Sun, 18 Sep 2016 05:25:44 GMT