The Surfaces & Strategies Module (PHO703) is a 30 credit module that is approximately 15 weeks in duration. I have labelled most posts relating to this module by the corresponding course week. Please note, several posts labelled by weeks are not  real time, they are reflections made at a later stage, sometimes weeks after, on what was taught and researched during that period of the module. 

Module III: SURFACES & STRATEGIES - Falmouth Flexible                  

August 12, 2017

August 7, 2017

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Our Module has ended and it's a bitter sweet ending, one that led me to scan external hard drives and share some images from the past.

During my time in Russia, I spent countless hours visiting museums and galleries... looking back, I have rediscovered thousands of images of paintings and sculptures... depicted are a selected few taken in 2009 at the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow. The sculptures are repli...

Thursday, August 17, 2017

                     Olivier Richon.  Nikon                            

"There are different forms of signification. I think all art is intentional even if it’s seeking a chance because that’s my intentions, to use chance… There is no art that is not intentional, in a very broad way."  - Olivier Rich...

Thursday, August 17, 2017

 Figure 1: Kreutzinger 1771. Archduchess Maria             Figure 2: Meytens  1767. Portrait of Maria Josepha.  

Antonia of Austria, the later Queen Marie                                                                                                             Antoinette of France, at the age of 16 years...

Thursday, August 17, 2017



across the pond, a pearl stands erect, 

behind it, Laki lurks, 

waiting its turn

a golden butterfly prances around, 

those perfect flowers

a slow wind grows, 

the brown leaves on the ground, 

are no more

blue skies are turning dark, 

her ribbons fall

the unholy three are present, 

the feast begins

hard bread, warm red wine, 

so many empty glasses, empty plates

rich fabrics caress her soul, 

covering marks of violenc...

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

                            Figure 1: Dali  1926. Basket of Bread

I said to everyone who cared to listen, ‘Bread, bread and more bread. Nothing but bread.” - Salvador Dali

One of the prominent subjects in my Work in Progress Portfolio, is naturally, bread. This daily food has remained part of our shared iconography food culture for thousands of years.  We have lov...

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Figure 1: Vermeer 1665. A Lady Writing.   

Like many artists and contemporary photographers, Johannes Vermeer's art has inspired and influenced my practice, and it’s easy to understand why.   Vermeer was a highly technical painter, a master of composition, realism, painting light, shadows and depicting the luminance and tonal values of colours. In photography terms, his camera technique was excellent in addition to hi...

Monday, August 7, 2017

Figure 1: Vigée Le Brun  1800. A posthumous portrait of Marie Antoinette.              Figure 2: Vigée Le Brun  c 1800. Rose Bertin. 

The history of women during the four stages of the French Revolution and the roles that they played, remain hotly debated and somewhat obscure to this day.  According to Yves Bessieres’ and Patricia Niedzwiecki’s journal "WOMEN IN T...

Monday, August 7, 2017


During one of Week 5 curating activities,  students were voted by peers to be the curators for our Group Exhibition at Falmouth Flexible Online Page - Landings.  I was elected as one of the curators along with Simon Fremont and Paul Peach.  Our curating duties was limited to naming three themed categories and the main/central theme.  Something that at first glance might appear not enormously challenging, at least compa...

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Figure 1: Henry Fox Talbot  1834-1836. Mousetrap camera. 

"The Lord sees everything you do. Wherever you go, he is watching.”  - Proverbs 5:21

The Power of the Camera

Growing up in an environment where the Christian doctrine was promoted, the phrase “God sees everything”, was often used. Particularly I might add, by old grandmother and grandfather like figures who wanted to protect the young from either similar ‘mistakes’ they ha...

Friday, July 7, 2017

Mandisa Baptiste  2017. Scanning for Antoinette.

Strategies of Freedom: Hands Off!

The realisation that my beloved DSLR was limiting me was not a question I entertained in its entirety. The questions I had regarding any limitations were often in the realms of whether it was practical to upgrade to the latest and unfortunately, outrageously priced digital cameras.  And the moments when I seriously considered returning t...

Friday, July 7, 2017

“Photography is usually practised in the presence and with the assistance of several individuals, but its history and theory have been written as the story of single heroes — the photographers —and the technology and instruments they use.” - Ariella Azoulay


This week’s collaboration was challenging as well as rewarding.  Our group was dynamic, open-minded, creative and considerate to our conflicting schedules and respo...

Friday, June 30, 2017

The tale of two worlds

In photography, there are two types of remixing and appropriation:  the visible and the invisible. As photographers, whether we consciously realise it or not, we’re always remixing, appropriating, collecting or sampling concepts, texts and images by others, however, it’s often guise under the word ‘inspiration’.  And that inspiration is by and large, visually invisible, and as such, poses no real threat t...

Monday, June 19, 2017

                   Figure 1: Talbot  1835. Oriel Window

Larry Schaaf and Geoffrey Batchen on Talbot's Oriel Window

The Repeat Photography Presentation briefly discussed Henry Fox Talbot’s (1800-1877) first negative image of the Oriel Window, South Gallery, Lacock Abbey [Gary McLeod]. McLeod’s presentation highlighted Talbot’s repeat photography of the Oriel window (1835 – 18...

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Figure 1: Baptiste  2017. Ghost of Antoinette. 

'Ghost of Antoinette' is inspired by Sergey Larenkov's Ghosts of World War II, I created this 'rephotographed' image of one of my reenactment photos of Antoinette along with a painting of Antoinette herself by Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun.  The image was created for Module III: Surfaces and Strategies Week 1 activity: In Another's Shoes. 



Thursday, June 1, 2017

The presentation by Professor Gary McLeod about Ed Ruscha’s gas stations book highlighted a different kind of photography. After some thought and weeks, I came up with: Nine Gaz Boxes and a Broken Gauge - a collection of images taken in Krakow, Poland. I decided to photograph the Gaz boxes in reaction to Ed Ruscha’s Nine Swimming Pools and a Broken Glass (1968), with some identification to Twentysix Gasoline Stations (1963), a...

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