Welcome back to our forty second post in our new section ‘Tickle Your Fancy’. ‘Tickle Your Fancy’ includes a round-up of between three to five links to articles from around the internet that have specifically interested us during the course of the week. Ones that we feel are relevant to your interest in photography and art.
Just to explain the title for this section ‘Tickle Your Fancy’ is an English idiom and essentially means that something appeals to you and perhaps stimulates your imagination in an enthusiastic way, we felt it would make a great title for this new section of the site.
This week we look at a fascinating article by Diane Smyth (from BJP) looking at photographic books and explaining the theory behind them in a very simple way. We then look at a series of images from a woman who photographed her grief for the loss of her mother and finally we link to an article expressing the ethical questions a photographer may ask themselves.
Hope you enjoy these this weekend…
Photography theory: a beginner’s guide
Fascinating article by Diane Smyth (from BJP), taking a look at several great photographic books and explaining the gist in a very simple way.
The woman who turned her grief for her mother into pictures
‘When Beatriz Ruibal’s mother died, she began to obsessively photograph everything that was left behind – her jewellery, her lipsticks, her bed. The images make for a beautiful, moving study of mourning’.
This work is a tribute to the memory of the photographer’s mother, to the relationship between the daily life of women and the implications of motherhood. These images speak of nostalgia and loss, but also of survival. A bed, a chair, a lipstick, a perfume bottle or a pearl necklace draw us into the story behind the photographs. Phrases taken out of context, embroidered so that they will never unravel, complete this ray of emotion that Beatriz Ruibal manages to convey, which ultimately finds meaning in death through the evocative power of photography.
The project consists of colour photos in different formats and texts embroidered in gold and silver thread on cotton.
The ethical questions that photographers ask themselves
Beyond legal restrictions and professional guidelines, who you photograph – and what you do with the images – is largely up to you.