Welcome to #phonar2017

This is where the 2017 cohort of students blogged their tasks as they make their responses to Playbook assignments.   For individual task responses to The Photographers Playbook assignments, students have to: Provide a synopsis of the assignment, in no more than four tweets Make a portrait of the author of the assignment, which reflects the research they have conducted into them/their work. This is posted to Instagram. Make an image in the style of the assignment author. This is also posted to Instagram. Complete the assignment set in the book Write a brief critical rationale, focusing on how the assignment has been completed, and what … Continue reading

Adam Broomberg, Oliver Chanarin and Linda Fleming + RACHEL SAID



STEP 1 – Write an artist biography as the photographer.


Oliver Broom is a documentary photographer, who is interested in recreating the past in his photographs. He was born on the 12th of March 2045, he is currently 30 years old and married to photographer Kelsey Georgi, they have two children together; called Lyla and Joshua Broom. He is putting all of his efforts into inventing a new camera to match the interesting turn photography is taking. This new coming of age in photography has ensured that photographers are able to photograph, edit and choose an image from a 2D display and have it appear in a 3D life-size form, that is projected into an invisible fog from six laser projectors mounted in the walls. This has happened as a result of Oliver Broom’s father’s creations, who was a famous inventor called Daniel Broom, he has recently passed away; due to natural causes. The new camera that Broom is currently creating is meant to have capabilities that allow the holder to see what they’re photographing n 3D and when the photograph is taken, the 3D vision is meant to become a physical reality in that moment.  Using digital cameras, Oliver Broom photographs a lot of structures, symmetrical lines and unusual colours as he has an interest in photographing the time he lives in as analogue has died. He also is fascinated by the idea of reflections and showing the opposite as well what is evident to the audience in the photograph. This is because he has seen everything as he is living in the time of the 2070s and therefore thinks it is more interesting to uncover truths in a photograph. To allow what is not usually seen to be seen. By displaying two sides of a photograph, instead of one. Therefore, making his photographs more visually interesting.

STEP 2 – Make an artist portrait of the fictional photographer.

The reason I have manipulated this image slightly is because Oliver Broom is a photographer from the future and the future is unknown to me and everyone for that matter, it is blank in my head. Therefore, the engulfing white in the photograph is to display what we cannot know; as it is not here yet.

STEP 3 – Make a series of photographs as if you were the fictional person described on the page.

STEP 4 – Write a critical statement about the body of work that has been created.

Critical Rationale

‘Echo’ By Oliver Broom

My initial idea for this body of work was to try and display the ‘future’ in my photographs in a way I imagine it to be. I tried to imply this by photographing monochrome geometric structures, sharp edges and reflections.  In my process of my body of work, before creating any photographs; I began by exploring the city of London. I did this to decide a location that I thought would match my vision for this project; a place which would be aesthetically corresponding with my concept. The second step in my process consisted on going to this location and creating my photographs. My journey first began at the shard and ended at the office and retail development ‘one new change’. In which my body of work consists of.

Inspiration for this project came from the photographers Maz Hewitt and Lee Friedlander as they mainly focus on reflections, both within people and structures. Fortunately, it was an overcast day, this resulted in my photographs to look monochrome and black and white, without any editing being done to the images. A complication that came to play during my shoot was that the new camera that I had been inventing stopped working. This was to be expected as it was only a prototype. Therefore, I overcame this problem by packing another digital camera with me, just in case a situation like this arose.  As a result of this, the outcome of my photographs changed. This is because the capabilities of the new coming of age camera would have ensured that my photographs were in 3D. However, after undertaking the shoot with my ordinary camera, I decided that my concept fits the 2D format better. Since one of the main focuses of the images are the reflections I have captured, I would not want to take the attention away from them. As by making the images 3D, I feel that the main focus would move to the unfamiliar structures that have been made 3D.


Nicole Jean Hill + RACHEL SAID

TASK 2   STEP 1 – Tweet a synopsis of the assignment. Nicole Jean Hill – ‘Scavenger Hunt’ STEP 2 – Investigate the author, and make a portrait of them. STEP 3 – Analyse the work of the author and make a portrait in their ‘style’. STEP 4 – Complete the assignment. STEP 5 – Write a 250 word critical analysis. Critical Analysis Following the assignment of Nicole Jean Hill, I decided to complete it using this method because I did not have access to a classroom full of students, I completed the assignment using a different approach. In which I … Continue reading

James Estrin + RACHEL SAID

TASK 3   STEP 1 – Choose one of the assignments from Nadav Kandar, Sharon Harper or James Estrin. STEP 2 – Complete the assignment. STEP 3 – Write a brief critical rationale focused on substantiating the choices you have made. Critical Rationale I first went about completing James Estrin’s task named ‘the basics’ by evaluating the brief thoroughly. Deeply thinking about what the composition of my photographs will be; by taking into account the location I will photograph, the position I will be stood when taking the photograph, the time of day, the colours in the photograph, the focus, depth of … Continue reading

Tierney Gearon + RACHEL SAID

TASK 4   STEP 1 – Make a decision about which assignment you will follow. I have decided to follow Tierney Gearon’s assignment. STEP 2 – Tweet a synopsis of the assignment you choose. STEP 3 – Follow the steps of your preferred assignment. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MzcTe7ivjY&feature=youtu.be STEP 4 –  Write a brief introduction of the assignment you choose. On the 21st of April, an eventful night went down in history. It began 2pm on Saturday afternoon and ended at 8:00 Sunday morning. The party lasted 18 hours in total. It was held in 5 locations in total. The reason for this … Continue reading

Pg. 169 Nadav Kander & Jessica Barratt

Task 3 Step 1 – Complete the assignment Create a series of photos, concentrating on what makes a landscape vs. a travel snapshot. Looking at why you chose to photograph a particular part of the landscape and how you interact within it. #Phonar2018 #NadavKandar #photographersPlaybook — Jessie✌ (@JessicaBarratt_) May 1, 2018 This needs to be made not taken, consider what is in front of you and the world around you. #Phonar2018 #NadavKandar #photographersPlaybook — Jessie✌ (@JessicaBarratt_) May 1, 2018   Step 2 – Critical Rationale I chose to approach Nadav Kander’s task by exploring how I take photos of a … Continue reading

P.283 Shawn Records and Joshua Curtis

PhoNar task 2: go explore! use dice to give u a direction and distance @CU_phonar #phonar2017 #ShawnRecords — Joshua Curtis (@jdcurtisphotog2) May 26, 2017 My instructions were as follows: roll one d6 to give a measure of distance, another to give a quantity and a d4 to give a direction (North, South, East or West) I did this 8 times consecutively to produce a journey, taking a picture at each stop. These were the results: Critical Rationale The workshop I decided to base the body of work on for this task was Shawn Records “out of your head”. The task … Continue reading

P.50 Keith Carter and Joshua Curtis

Tweet: PhoNar task 1: explore how do you deal with disappointment @CU_phonar #phonar2017 #KeithCarter #PhotographersPlaybook — Joshua Curtis (@jdcurtisphotog2) May 26, 2017 Portrait of the photographer: Image in the style of the photographer: Task results: Critical Rationale: The task given to me was more of a statement than an instruction, I was told about the artists (Keith Carter) favourite method of coping with disappointment and how a friend of his buys and plants new flowers for their garden every time they are faced with failure until what they call their “garden of disappointment” developed. The piece I created is named … Continue reading

P.140 Melissa Harris and Niall O’Connor

Step 1: Heads, shoulders, knees & toes! 4 people make a collaborative portrait #ExquisiteCorpse #phonar2017 #MelissaHarris #PhotographersPlaybook — #phonar2017 (@CU_phonar) March 10, 2017   Step 2: Step 3: Step 4: Being given the task to expand on a group interpretation on Melissa Harris’ Exquisite Corpse, to create form, content and concept was interesting. And exquisite corpse is more than the game I played as a child, taking it in turns to draw an area of the body and then passing it onto a friend to draw the rest, and so on. Creating a corpse using an idea to have multiple … Continue reading

Lucas Foglia and Niall O’Connor

Step 1: Consider how light (quantity/ratio, direction, quality & colour) changes emotion of image #phonar2017 #PhotographersPlaybook #LucasFoglia pic.twitter.com/wL23CIPZOW — #phonar2017 (@CU_phonar) March 24, 2017   Step 2: Step 3:   Step 4: Using an image that I had already made within class, I needed to follow the steps of Eva Suttons’ Synesthesia. This has the aim to make me think about other ways I can translate the photograph I have already taken into a new medium, or even a new concept. The photo I chose to expand upon was a photo that had something I love very much, and that’s … Continue reading

P. 57 John Chiara and Shannon Dillon

Task 1- Taking Stock Step 1: Synopsis. Step 2: Artist portrait. John Chiara focuses his work on landscapes, mainly in America. I decided to create his Artist portrait using his silhouette to alter the image, much like he does when he physically dodges and burns his images using his hands. I took a photo of London which is mainly where I photograph to create a connection. Step 3: Photograph in the style of the Artist. Step 4: Complete task. “Only photography has been able to divide human life into a series of moments, each of them has the value of complete existence” This quote … Continue reading