This blog was created as an online sketchbook for the Tower of London Photographer in Residence Project, so now that my time in this role is over and the exhibition has come down it really is time to finish the blog.
(If you have just discovered this blog you can go to the first page by clicking here and then navigate through the posts in order via the link at the bottom of each page)
I’d like to thank all those involved, from the organizers in the Towers excellent education department who showed so much faith in my work, to the people at the Tower who gave me access and information that made my time so interesting and enjoyable, to the professionals who helped me create the final photographs and of course to all the people that followed the project through the varied elements of its creation.
I think that through this residency (and its blog) I have learned more about my own photography than any other time since I left university. I have had to examine my process and the way that I communicate through my imagery, I have also become aware of what interests me and why I am drawn to photograph it in the way that I do. Thanks to the excellent feedback I have received through the blog and from talking about the work I have also regained a stronger confidence and belief in my own work.
I hope that the blog has been of interest and given an insight to the creative process involved in such a project.
If this blog has aroused some interest in the broad church that is contemporary photography I thought I would leave you with some other blogs to keep you informed:
If you want to keep up with my future work please have an occasional look at my website : www.christopherking.org. Im planning to overhaul it over the next month or so to include news and more information. Also, please feel free to contact me via email.
(update Feb 2010: I will be running a new blog on tumblr – http://brokencamera.tumblr.com )
Thanks for your time.
A much younger me photographed by my earliest influence: Nigel Hall
‘..you venture to seek what is underneath but the surface is inexhaustible’
– Italo Calvino
Over the next day or two I shall be winding up the blog, as the project is pretty much complete.
Before I slip off into the non-digital night I thought I would write a follow up to the post I wrote about making an online published book of the ‘Other Histories’ project.
The reason I wanted to make a book of the work was mainly due to the amount of pictures I made during the residency that I simply couldn’t put into the exhibition. Also I am of the mind that, like Parr and Badger, the best way to deliver photographs to an audience is via a book. It changes the way we read the work and gives the artist another way of assembling the images so they can create new relationships between the photographs.
Online publishing via sites like Blurb.com have made it very easy to create and publish low cost books of your own photography, in an age where most people view their photographs on the home computer I think some of the popularity of these books harks back to the enjoyment of ‘snaps’ that can be handed around and shared.
I did create a small dummy copy of the book on Blurb but when I got the book back from the printer the images were darker than I wanted and also had lost a great deal of the shadow detail. I know that the main reason for this is that fact that the images are black and white. Digital printers do not like black and white, even high end printers struggle. Usually the image will have a colour cast, blue or magenta when printed from an inkjet ordye jet printer. More expensive inkjet printers now come with a range of black/grey inks specifically to create proper B&W images (Ive seen some pretty good stuff through epsons) but Im afraid that when it comes to low cost online printing it looks like trying to get decent results with black and white may be a frustrating experience.
I decided that the quality was not good enough and that the time needed to get a passable version made did not make the book a possible project in time for the exhibition, but I still think that Blurb, and the way you can sell affordable books online, does hold some interesting areas for exploration for future projects.
Beth Dow’s book ‘In the Garden‘ seems to be the exception that proves the rule, but I wonder if they gave her some assistance as she is a well known photographic artist.
There is a online pdf document here which explains correct colour management for sites such as Blurb which may be of use.
I will eventually try again to see if I can get a passable book and I will post any new findings/tricks as a comment on this post in the future