Friday, 29 April 2016

Tenterden Artists in Rye - an art exhibition for the bank holiday weekend

That includes me.

On Monday morning I will be demonstrating between 10.30 and 12.30, so feel free to come and ask me any questions about my photography.

I will be fully unveiling Transition 2.......... a 100cm print on dibond.

Transition 2 © Caroline Fraser

There will be some new work alongside some old favourites.

Some from New Zealand

Rakiura reflections © Caroline Fraser

and some from Camber Sands

Indian Summer, Camber Sands © Caroline Fraser
And of course Iceland and Scotland.

It promises to be a great show.

Come and say 'hello'.

You will find us here

Friday, 22 April 2016

I'm on the train...... urban panoramas with my iphone

I am taking a while to re-adjust to suburban life after the green fields of New Zealand.

I saw her majesty on TV last night on a farm in South Island. My heart jumped momentarily.

South London is just not the same.

I am preparing for an exhibition in Rye next weekend, and have a room filled with wrapped frames, ready to go.

But this week my photography has all been urban, on journeys back and forward to London.

Phone panoramas give a flavour of the journey.

Buildings and trees compressed depending on the speed of the train.

Victorian houses and urban scrubland with a car park or two thrown in along the way.

And at the other end my heart wasn't really in it.

So I distracted myself looking for orangy-red things.

And captured my shadow on the pavement in the evening sun.

lost in the city 1

lost in the city 2

So come and see me in Rye with the lovely Tenterden Artists next weekend and say 'hello' and I'll be happy as Larry to see you.

And I'll be able to show you some photos from places that I love, full of colour and joy.


Monday, 11 April 2016

do I have any original photos? and do I really look like Harry Styles? which I discover Google reverse image search

 While doing my morning research in bed today I came across the photography of Alessandro Calabrese.

He has created a body of work using Google Reverse Image Search, creating  'an image of photographs' that is constructed using his own work along with images found using his work within the reverse image search tool.

I can't explain it well in words. I recommend that you take a peek at an interview with him that explains the process fully.

 Now I had never heard of reverse image search before today, and as I am currently having a minor existential cricis about where I go with my photography from here, I decided to have a play, to see whether I was creating any vaguely original work.

I started with a photo of myself, taken a year or two ago... as I was interested to see if I have a doppelganger.

I am looking super happy, as it was taken on the occasion of giving up my regular job to allow more time for travel and photography.

(OH please note this photo is already 'out there', so I am not giving up any deep secrets....)

Image reverse search tells me that I look like these people.....

Harry Styles.....


Alan Rickman....

it could be worse.......

Not too convincing so far...

Next up, the navigation tower at Dungeness


Again, nothing vaguely similar, and certainly nothing from Dungeness.


Then the red hut at Rye harbour; surely there must be millions of those...

it seems that my multiple exposure has tricked the search engine fairly well

legs and holiday houses....
Add caption

So lets try a regular photo of the red hut

red hut, rye harbour

hay bales and cornfields...
not the red hut rye harbour

I am not convinced.

How about an iconic architectural image from Canberra

Canberra architecture

it seems that shape is more important than colour

not Canberra architecture

and finally that slowly moving water in the Abisko river

Abisko revisited
Waves and surf come up.

not the Abisko river

So it seems that all of my work is totally unique......

........if you believe Google Reverse Image Search

..........which I don't.

I also came across these words from Chang Chao-Tang this morning.

'Photography is not for the satisfaction of others. Neither is it some kind of responsibility or mission. It is a means to fill a personal void'.

And to quote Amy Tan on the 'what is my work about?' subject

"what is it about? If you look too hard it will only be about 'the about''

In other words, don't worry about why or how or who for;

 Just keep taking the pictures.