Danny Treacy workshop - December 2018
Danny Treacy is like an archeologist, looking for remains of past lives, gathering scattered fragments to reconstitute a picture of our civilization.
-- ValErie MorisSon
Some initial reflections:
Think carefully about the following questions. Use the notes you made in Danny's talk to help you. Write a sensitive, reflective mini essay exploring your understanding of Danny's practice and your own response to the various activities. How has the experience shifted your understanding of photography and your own relationship to it?
- How did Danny's interest in photographing abandoned spaces begin? How might this have reflected his childhood experiences?
- How would you describe Danny's attitude to liminal spaces? Why do you think he is drawn to these places?
- Comment on Danny's use of materials and processes. What does he choose to photograph and how?
- Why is time an important theme in his work? Which other themes and ideas are significant?
- How did you cope with the various challenges and demands of the activity? What did you find difficult? What did you enjoy? What did you learn (about photography and about yourself)?
Documentation and Creation:
- Add the images that you took during the visit to the Thames foreshore to your book/website.
- Write a commentary about the experience of making cyanotypes of objects found on the foreshore, relating your experience to your understanding of Danny's artistic practice.
- What kind of photographic image is a cyanotype?
- Which of the cyanotypes are most/least successful and why?
- What connections can you find between the process of making cyanotypes and the location where they were made?
- Create a one page mini photozine of the project. Consider which images will work best, whether you need to create new images (of the objects we gathered or by re-visiting the site) and which format and size of zine might work best.
- Photograph/film your completed zine for your book/website.
Click the image below to access Mr Nicholls' photographs of the day: