Petrifying objects

The waterfall at Mother Shipton’s Cave beside the River Nidd is a natural feature which was first opened to paying visitors in the 1600s, and is believed to be the oldest entrance-paying tourist attraction in England. For centuries this and other ‘petrifiying wells’ have been an attraction Read More »

Looking for clues: A Hayman Seleg Mendelssohn portrait

When visiting my parents in Cornwall recently I found a Victorian ‘cabinet card’ for sale for a few pence in amongst the bric-a-brac of a second hand shop. Coming from Cumbria, my first though was that it looked very much like a young Beatrix Potter and I brought it home to the Lakes to have a closer look.  Online, my search engine led me straight to the National Portrait Gallery where 69 portraits by Mendelssohn are kept.  Read More »

Lost and found

Peripheral Strangers by Julie Dawn Dennis

A day or two ago I lost a camera. A tiny, battered old film camera with little value.  I think it slipped out of my pocket while I was walking through a muddy field.  Luckily I had taken only a few frames on a roll of 35mm film.  Not much of a loss, really.

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Strangers ‘outside the white cube’

from the series Peripheral Strangers
from the series Peripheral Strangers

 

Images from Peripheral Strangers are part of ‘Outside the White Cube’ an international exhibition in the Phillipines created by The Multiple eXposure Project. The exhibition is to be projected across public spaces in Manila, 1-30 December 2015.

About The Multiple eXposure Project:

” … an inter-disciplinary artistic practice and research-based initiative that explores the many layers of image-making, participatory photography, visual ethnography, and performative encounter(s) between the image and the spectator; the subject and the viewer. As what the name of the project implies, this endeavor is profoundly interested in the notions of the “multiple” and the “exposure” both in their literal and symbolic sense.

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‘What type of photography do you do?’

‘What type of photography do you do?’ is a question I am quite often asked and one for which there is no straightforward response. I am always delighted when people do ask as it opens up a dialogue about photography and creativity, and there is a lot that can be talked about.  Often I don’t know why I have felt driven to take a photograph but some time afterwards I may connect the experience or events of that time with that shot; it all seems to make sense in hindsight.

When I first began studying photography full time, I wondered if over the course of three years I would settle upon a ‘style’, something that would identify me as a photographer.  Sometimes as students we would be advised that this was what we should aim to do.  I wasn’t sure where my rather random project work would fit in the neat world of photography that I was looking at but, that, to me, was good – good because I like to freely create things as I have done since being young; going with an idea that springs into my head; and finding much enjoyment in this.

For commercially driven photography and art of any genre, having a recognisable style must be a strength as consistency is important in a business sense – and I admire it – but for an individual practicing photography as an expressive process then I think it is natural for the ‘style’ to change as the individual changes.

For me, what happens happens.

Looking back on old work I now see connections; projects that may appear very different on the surface but that I know are all part of the same story, one that is in the process of being told.

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Building a new home online

 

Not only have I moved homes and jobs, but have moved my blog too (onto my website).  Thank you for staying with me.  New posts are on their way …

For earlier posts please see https://juliedawndennis.wordpress.com/