Inspired by the method that Price had been using for his series “The Entertainers” and using my Fisheye Lomography camera, I discovered an old film that had not yet been developed. Using this film I experimented with the idea of using a found object to create something new. I carried the camera around with me for a weekend in London, and shot whatever images interested me. The final prints were exposed over the top of the old film and compiled into a book, entitled “The Lomography Experiment”.

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Richard prince is an American born photographer. His series of photographs entitled ‘The Entertainers’, are a series based on re-photographing images of aspiring actors and models – “images that spoke of the tawdry realm of Times Square strip joints. The idea was that these would explore the Postmodern notion that any representation is the product of previous representations. Therefore found or appropriated images were used to do this. 

I followed up the book of text with another experiment with type and language, which consisted of selecting phrases from the book and creating a frame to Letterpress some posters. I chose to use wooden text to print with as I found it gave each letter and nice individual quality. Some of the words printed are highlighted by being capitalised and in bold, as I wanted to create emphasis on what I felt were certain key words. The rest of the sentence was created using lettering in different fonts, much like the newspaper cut out lettering of the Punk era, as this, and the artists that took part in the Punk movement, were also beginning to influence my way of working.

This is a book I created from a Facebook thread that ran from the years 2008 to 2010. It was written by myself and nine of my High School friends during the years we were apart at University. The thread was initially intended for us to be able to make plans together, in order to catch up over the Easter break of 2008, but continued to run over the following years. It now consists of over 31,000 posts. This book is an extract taken from the first month it was written, March to April 2008. The posts tell a story of the lives of 10 people, and gives you an insight into our weird, and quite frankly sometimes disgusting world, as we discuss the topics that are at the forefront of our minds.

Fiona Banner is a YBA and was shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 2002 with her piece entitled “Arsewoman in Wonderland”. Her early work took the form of “wordscapes” or “still films”—blow-by-blow accounts written in her own words of feature films including Point Break (1991) and The Desert (1994). Her work took the form of solid single blocks of text, often the same shape and size as a cinema screen. The wall of her show in the Turner Prize exhibtion at Tate Britain was dominated by a 6 x 4 metre advertising billboard, titled Arsewoman in Wonderland. The billboard presented a written description of a pornographic film.  It is printed in pink ink and in minute detail, it describes who does what to whom and what effect it has on them, as in “he cums in her face, she moans and rolls over.” When on display in 2002, the gallery blurb explained, “Banner uses pornographic film to explore sexuality and the extreme limits of written communication.”

Influenced by the Films of Nick Zedd and “Gordon’s Makes Us Drunk” by Gilbert and George, I was inspired to created my own film. Using footage I had gathered from a ‘Withnail and I’ inspired weekend away to the Lake District with some friends and, also that of a weekend dressing two men up in drag, I decided to create my own short four minute movie, that highlighted questional behaviour and conversations that occured over the course of the weekends.

Gilbert & George are two artists who work together as a collaborative duo. This is the pair’s 12-minute video installation made in 1972, in which they get gradually progressively more and more drunk. Gin and tonic became Gilbert and George’s drink of choice in 1971. They picked Gordon’s because it was ‘the best gin’. For this film, they have added their names to the bottle’s label, on either side of the Royal crest. The artists are shown seated at a table, getting drunk to a soundtrack of Elgar and Grieg. Their deadpan expressions and repeated declaration that ‘Gordon’s makes us very drunk’ creates an ab surd scene that ironically questions identity, nationality and ‘good behaviour’.

PHOTO ETCHING.

To do this project, it has cost me somewhere in the region of £200 so far, and on a student budget, that is not to be sniffed at! I actually found the whole process very interesting, as it works differently from normal etching. You have to expose the plate to UV light using an Aquatint screen and then expose the image using photo positives. So far I have acquired the positives and exposed the plates. They’re actually quite lovely objects to look at in their own right.