Yan & Stella’s Group Seminar

I shot my blue hypo work the day before Yan & Stella’s seminar, so I just took my three best shots, along with my older work as Yan had only seen select images and Stella had not seen any previously. It was great to get a new perspective and outlook on my work from them both. Here are the notes I took from the seminar:

  • Think about collaborating with the artist that is behind the stickers you photographed.
  • There is a shift from the still studio work to the blue hypo work.
  • You’ve gone from visually interesting to more movement and motion.
  • You definitely have a clear still life, commercial approach to the older work.
  • Shoot commercially, try diabetic stuff in a normal setting?
  • go back to ground zero – Yan
  • The studio stuff is very literal, but it’s very hard not to be.
  • The studio images require the information/statement to be alongside.
  • They like the idea of showing the different stages in the small series.
  • If you are just now facing your own condition, that’s one thing. But if you’re trying to communicate this then it is another thing. Think about both options.
  • Consciously or unconsciously you need to make connections in the work.
  • People will care if you tell the story well, if not why would people care about diabetes.
  • Think about hand written notes within the images?
  • I could see your previous work as dealing with diabetic problems, whereas now it’s a more artistic problem?
  • When the work is move visual, more people will look at it.
  • The still life is you moving away from the diabetes, but just using diabetic objects to photograph.
  • Add notes on the feelings of how you felt that day?
  • Yan was thinking about the movement, showing a process of how you feel with a hypo.
  • Let the world see how you see, show the ups and downs.
  • Artist shows work as how people see the world when they’re short sighted, all the images were blurry (find the name).
  • Incorporate the numbers of the mmol into the imagery.
  • You need to direct the viewer to see what you want them to see!
  • Noise, colour chart, song?
  • Could you move away from the physical diabetic item?
  • Use the numbers, for example 6 is a lovely calm see, 4 is stormy and 3 is black?
  • The subject of the work is not visual.
  • Try to find a way to show people what diabetes and the everyday is.
  • You are the communicator; you have to find a way to tell the problem well.
  • The black work is not as literal as you think.
  • Photographers are burdened with their memories, just because you take 3 days taking a photograph, doesn’t mean it is good!
  • Find something in the imagery, what is it other than memory, what was the main visual that worked?
  • Leave the studio work as a commercial.
  • Whatever you choose to do, if it’s done well, it will work!
  • Visually, you need to let the viewer get that feeling.