The time has come to start the #phonar module! This has been something I have been looking forward to for a while now for a few reasons. First of all, I love how it is the chance to play round with photography and new techniques directed by photographers tasks featured in the Photographers Playbook. The fact that these responses will be collated into a book at the end and fed back to the publishers is even more exciting! I also love how interactive it is, allowing anyone, anywhere, to join in the fun. It is proving to be such an engaging project on social media and encouraging me to really use my social media accounts to their full ability, really taking advantage of them and their rewards (hence starting this new blog!). Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for the #phonar2016 and #photographersplaybook tags on Instagram and Twitter!
My first task came to me last week, my artist Reid Callanan (see below for task). Before jumping headfirst into the tasks, I wanted to spend some time getting to know Callanan and his work, as I have to be honest, this is the first time I have heard about him. Although I have found it difficult to find any of his photographs online (with the exception of his Instagram @reidcallanan which I rather like, featuring some of his travel photography), it was easy to find out about him, his approach and practice. I found out that he, in some respects, stumbled across his love of photography while studying in London. Particularly street style photography, mentioning a a few times about his relationship with places such as Primrose Hill, Kew Gardens, and Speakers Corner. I also learnt that his is the director of Santa Fe Photographic Workshops. These workshops are intensive and immersive, and are designed to appeal to all levels of photographers from amateur enthusiasts to the more professional photographers. These workshops are immersive and focus on getting people in touch with the world and their surrounds creating a connection via photography.
1) The Camera is blind and does not understand mood. Make an image with your camera of a mood.
2) Make a portrait of something you love. Make a portrait of something you hate.
3) Recreate a dream sequence of ten images.
4) Create an image you don't understand and create an image that asks a question.
5) Make image where the subject is on the edge of the frame. Make images where the subject is outside the frame.
What I am drawn to most about Callanans practice is his methodology and approach. It is immersive, he considers photography in a deeper way. Thinking about where photographs come from beyond the camera. He discusses immersive practice, really tuning into your surroundings and capturing more than just what you see. What you feel, smell, taste. Without distractions - such as our constant connection and fascination with social media. Initially this was in some ways revelatory to me. Then after thinking about it, it became painfully obvious. Of course if you immerse yourself in your surroundings you will get a better image and create more of a narrative and connection as the image will come from somewhere deeper than the camera.
Wanting to jump into this immersive way of creating photographs and follow in the footsteps of Callanan, I headed straight for London. Having never been to Primrose Hill or Speakers Corner before I saw this as the perfect opportunity. I immersed myself in my surrounds, listened and learnt from what was going on around me and responded myself, and used the camera to freeze these moments. I loved this new approach, and felt my resultant images really reflect not only what was going on around me but my positioning and distance to these events. Below are some of the images I took. Let me know your thoughts in the comments or via twitter!