Thursday, 9 October 2014

Lecture held by Aaron Guy at North of England Mining Institute, Newcastle.

On Thursday 2nd October, 2014, level 4 photography students were invited along to attend a lecture with level 5 photography students at North of England Mining Institute in Newcastle. The lecture was presented to us by Aaron Guy, who is commissioned in partnership with the North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineering (NEIMME). Aaron expressed in detail the importance of each and every one of his studies in, Psychogeography, Geopolitics, Chemistry, technological development and how that all directed his photography to go in the direction it did. Since Aaron’s dad works in the mining industry, he has been able to have exclusive access into the world of mineworkers.

Aaron’s work doesn’t associate with the type of photography I’m interested in, but I do admire how much thought he puts into his overall work. He talked about the metals that are in smartphones and that Thorium was a rare red. Furthermore he discussed the pixels that are in led screens, showing us a screen shot he captured from Google Earth of the sea. The topics Aaron covered throughout his lecture were things we use and see every day e.g. Laptops, Phones and such, but we don’t really think about the process and work that has gone into making our daily gadgets. Everything he talked about all seemed to relate to the mining industry in a particular way or another.

Aaron Guy Photography
I appreciate the advice Aaron had told us as photography students being, “Look for something that will articulate the subject” and think about ways in which I can change the subject. He talked about how photography is evidential evidence and narrative evidence of something existing, the example he gave from this was, Vogue. That in the Vogue magazines, it is proof that the dress a model is wearing is evidence that dress exists. He spoke about refraction and reciprocity failure being, long exposure, the film will become used to the light and start to agitate the film. We all received a newspaper copy titled ‘Working Void’, full of Aaron Guy’s photography, along with poems he has written.

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