Monday 30 September 2019

Welcome to the New Academic Year 2019-20!

Welcome to the new academic year! I am really looking forward to the work that you will all produce and also the work that I will create on the projects that we will be embarking upon.  To begin I would like to talk about someone who is inspiring to me in the field of photography and vegetarianism.
Linda McCartney (1941-1998) got her break into photography whilst working on Town and Country Magazine using an invitation to a Rolling Stones party she photographed them and took them back to the magazine who were very impressed by her 'candid, intimate and relaxed photographs of the Rolling Stones that they published her images' (

Linda McCartney gained access to the centre of the music scene in the swinging sixties and her images were used by Rolling Stones Magazine.  She photographed Eric Clapton, The Beatles (and married Paul McCartney), The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, The Grateful Dead, Frank Zappa and many more..

McCartney's images were iconic in that they captured the stars relaxing, not posing.  These unguarded moments made for beautiful, natural shots that punctuated her work throughout her career.  There is a sensitivity to the work that really trys to capture the essence.

Apar from her photography Linda McCartney Vegetarian food range is something I still use today however at the time it was quite revolutionary for me to buy vegetarian food in the supermarket - this was in 1991,  I had been vegetarian since 1983/4 and it really was the first vegetarian ready-made food that was easily accessible. McCartney was a pioneer but she did quietly and with grace and my admiration for her gentle work throughout her life is something to truly admire. 

Paul McCartney stated of her photographs;

'She would just see things. Many of her photos, it’s just that one click. You’ve got to recognise when a great photo is happening in front of you. And then you’ve got to snap it at exactly the right moment… And she did that so many times that it always impressed me.' (McCartney P. 28.09.19)


The Independent (28.09.19) Taschen: Linda McCartney's Polaroids [Online] Available from: (Accessed 30/09/19)

Linda [Online] Available from: Accessed 30/09/19)

Rolling Stone Magazine (24th April 2008) Linda McCartney's Photographs [Online] Available from: (Accessed 30/09/19)

Sunday 15 September 2019

Army of Dolls: Reflection

 I have always been fascinated by the plasticity juxtaposed with the human qualities of dolls, therefore, this project was a chance to explore this a little more through digital art.  I would have liked to have explored this project in a more physical way actually using the dolls and creating sculptures and scenarios in a human world rather than a virtual one. What is often lacking now in society is that sense of human touch, all day long people are virtually connecting however physically they may never speak or touch anyone.  This new generation will have touched and physically played less than any other generation before them as they have known only this.  

My concern for this lack of materiality in everyday life demonstrates that I need to explore this area and find that physicality in my artwork.  

In terms of the success or failure of this work, I believe that in the time given it was fairly successful, some of the images could have been more finessed in places and I wished I had more time to make further pieces so I could have explored what really worked and what did not within these images.  As a concept, it worked well however it still could have been more interesting in terms of narrative and this may be something I will come back to in the future.   

Now, I am looking forward to my next adventure.....