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Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Harvey Benge Has Great Tips.

 
Photographer, artist, book maker and kiwi Harvey Benge recently posted his guide/ pointer/things to consider list, when making a photograph. I think this list may be of some use to lots of photographers. Even with this list I know I could never take the kind of effortless (looking) pictures that Harvey takes. Anyway if you want to have a go at being a photographer/poet (and this is the Holy Grail) then take a look at the list below.
 
1. The content, have an idea and think about what the pictures say.

2. The form, think about what the pictures look like.

3. Consider the context of the pictures, enough or too much.

4. Consider the sweet spot or punctum.

5. Consider the value of signifiers.

6. Avoid making decoration.

7. Don't make boring pictures.

8. Don't make a picture that somebody else has made already.

9. Don't make obvious photographs.

10. Avoid making cliches.

11. Don't make silly juxtapositions.

12. Avoid the one trick pony type of photograph.

13. Make pictures that are intelligent not clever.

14. Avoid fashion for fashions sake.

15. Make the work for yourself, if a few other people like the work, that's a bonus not a given.

Saturday, 17 May 2014

Ten Ten Big Rubber Ducky Photo Fucky.


When I was about thirteen I had a friend called Ian who was a couple of years older than me. I say friend but in reality he just used to beat the fuck out of me. I'd put up with the beatings because he had a CB radio and for about two weeks in the summer of 1980 I was obsessed with CB radio's.

We would sit in a old Ford Escort at the end of his drive next to an old caravan that was even more beat up than me and talk complete bollocks into the handset. We seldom spoke to truckers who were trying to out run the police. No for some reason the demographic group that liked to use CB radio in North-West England at the time was fat sounding housewives with twenty Benson's voices.

They would have names or handle's like Angel  or Mother Bear, never just Debbie or Pauline. Over time you would get to hear the same names popping up again and again. A hierarchy emerged. When some people were "on air" there would be loads of other CBer's trying to talk to them, where as I would sit there lamely shouting "come back" till I was blue in the face and red in the arm where Ian had suddenly remembered to give me another dig.  Ultimately I got fed up with CB radio (and casual violence) and moved on to my next two week obsession, fishing.

What's this got to do with photography? Nothing, and everything. What with blogs, social media and photo festivals it takes me back to CB radio. "The online photo community" I keep hearing it called. Do me a favour "The online photo community" is often little better than a couple of little dicks sat in an old motor chatting shit.

This ones for SB.

Saturday, 10 May 2014

STILL LIVES: Still lifes for all...

 
 
 
 

PLASTIK GANGSTA 2013




POSH 2013




THIS MORNING 2013



 
AT NAN'S 2013


 

ODDS ON 2014




TO SELF-MEDICATE 2013




ROADSIDE SHRINE 2013



 
ANGST 2013



 
 THE GLORIOUS TWELFTH 2013




THIRTY SEVEN PENCE 2012




A YEAR IN PROVENCE 2013




FULL ENGLISH 2013




YOUR ROOM 2013




THE HOARDER NEXTDOOR 2013




HENS 2013




AN INDIAN 2013




BIRD 2013




A CHRISTMAS DO 2013
 
 
 

Friday, 2 May 2014

Fat Fuckers...


Jamie Oliver the patron saint of the middle classes as Grayson Perry calls him, was banging on again in the papers about us poor people being fat and it all being down to takeaways.
Anyway in view of this piece of wisdom I thought I would make a takeaway menu for the Michelin star restaurant that he trained in. No war only Class War as they say.

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Even A Play Museum needs A Gift Shop.


Exit through the gift shop and all of that. Every cultural institution worth it's salt needs to make a quid and MoTMA is no different. Go shop. www.takeawaymenumuseum.blogspot.com

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Grown men Playing silly buggers.


I love the fact that my old mate David Dunnico sent me a brilliant new flyer for MoTMA in an envelope addressed as such. You are never too old to play museums and galleries...

Thursday, 27 February 2014

The Rotary Dryer


New set of pictures over at my website www.markpagephotography.com
It's a landscape set and I like to think it's in the great British tradition of landscape.

Monday, 30 December 2013

HALAL SYMBOL SPOT PICTURE 2014 after Damien Hirst.

 
This picture has now been added to the collection over at www.takeawaymenumuseum.blogspot.com . There seems to be three strands of work emerging over at MoTMA . There is the archive of actual takeaway menus which now number several hundred and that will continue to be added to over the coming years. There are the photographs that explore cultural institutions and are helping to create the myth of MoTMA online.
The third strand is where the above picture fits in and that's  making art work from the menus. Trying to tie these three strands together in the future will be the challenge.
 
Oh yeah Happy New Year, My highlight of 2013? Got to be Mrs Thatcher dying albeit thirty years too late. The only good thing that bitch did was stopping kids school milk. I hated drinking that shit...
 
 
 

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Introducing MoTMA....

 
My attention has been else where. New blog www.takeawaymenumuseum.blogspot.com It's a spoof museum, although a real archive. It's as genuine as most museums, started with the same good intentions to collect, conserve and celebrate something or other. In this case takeaway menus. The MUSEUM OF TAKEAWAY MENU ART or MoTMA for short has a collection of several hundred menus dating from 2008 until the present day and will continue to collect.  The museum only exists as a website, a blog.  The blog is set up as though for a physical institution. It will be used as a vehicle to explore the world of cultural institutions. It may become a photo series or book, or both. This is art.

Monday, 7 October 2013

THE SALFORD & DISTRICT TAKEAWAY MENU MUSEUM.

Image copyright Mark Page and THE SALFORD & DISTRICT TAKEAWAY MENU MUSEUM.
 
The above image is a 2 metre by 1.5 metre digital collage which is made up from takeaway menus that have been posted through my front door over the last five years. I now have several hundred of these colourful little pamphlets which is why I have decided to form THE SALFORD & DISTRICT TAKEAWAY MENU MUSEUM.
It is a bit tongue in cheek but I do also think that they do or at least will form part of our social history. I believe that there is a pencil museum somewhere so come on! It's also a chance to take a look at the workings of institutions such as museums and galleries.
If you have menus to contribute and they are from Greater Manchester then please send me them, email me for an address.

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

'When Anish Kapoor Came Round For his Tea' by Mark Page.


This story starts in the spring of 2013. I was sat eating a Babybel cheese one night and as I was playing with the red wax I thought to myself, "bloody hell Mark, that wax looks like the stuff Anish Kapoor makes his sculptures out of". So that summer I spent much of my time imagining  what other things found in an everyday kitchen could have inspired Anish Kapoor. I liked the idea that a great artist of international standing would come round to your house for tea but just couldn't stop creating Art. 
Towards the end of summer I had a set of photographs. Earlier that same summer it had been announced that Anish Kapoor was to get a knighthood. I thought it would be nice of me to make a little book out of the pictures and send them to Anish  as a way of congratulating him. And so a book was made, a jiffy bag bought and off it went to Sir Anish's gallery in London.
I didn't have time to forget all about it, as within the week I got an email back from Anish saying how much he had enjoyed the book and how kind it was of me to invite him to tea. (He also wanted to order more copies of the book which is always nice),
and he was also interested in what else we could do together with the book and I am now in touch with his studio.
 And so the story continues..... Fact coming out of fiction. The moral of the story? Always eat cheese before bed.

Thursday, 27 June 2013

Not At Arles in Body but........

It's Arles next week, I've never been. My work's been there twice now. First Semi's went to a little fringe show in 2010 and next week Art is Godd is going as part of ROAST BEEF presents. If you are going and you get the chance please go and have a look. It's at 8 Rue Favorin, Place du Forum Arles. It's on between the 1st and 4th July. More details in the previous post.

I've never been to Arles but I have an image in my head and I made the above still life in honour of the inaugural ROAST BEEF presents. As with my other still lifes it's 80% made from images sourced from the web.

Saturday, 1 June 2013

ROAST BEEF presents....


I'm not a lazy bastard. I've been busy that's why I've not had time to waste on this blog. Besides making my own piccies I've been helping Ed Watts photo artist and our man at The Whitworth with the above, a show which is going on in Arles at the same time as the big photo festival. Although to be honest it's 99% Ed which is probably why it got off the ground in the first place. You can follow the progress at roastbeefphoto.tumblr.com and there is also a facebook page HERE so 'like it' and 'share it' and all of that.
                                             Good old line up, I think I'm on it because it's my ball so to speak. We hope ROAST BEEF presents will become an on going way to get British photographers work shown overseas. So Scotland if you go for Independence that's just one more opportunity you are going to fuck up.

Sunday, 14 April 2013

Rhodri Brooks


I only stop by this blog and post when something catches my eye these days. Rhodri Brooks pictures really made me smile, they are so fucking silly in a good way. I had to add to the photographers list at the side.

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Makes Me Scream.





I hung this picture by FRANCIS Bacon at work yesterday, Strange Coincidence. I bet it's why this fella picked the name Francis in honour of Bacon cos he knows how much Bacon loved his Popes.

The BBC News has become obsessed (or maybe it's possessed ?) with all this Popey stuff. Why? I'm not sure. It's not like we are this great devout nation. We decide we didn't like their type in 1534. Maybe the BBC has had a change of heart. After all the Catholic Church and the BBC do have lots in common... 



Google search for Francis 1 14/03/2013

Thursday, 28 February 2013

Brandon Juhasz.


The next step on from appropriation of Google images is the recycling of those images. Internet collage, turning them into 3D and rephotographing. It's all fun, can it be used to say something of substance? can it become something more than novelty? Could say documentary photographers use it in some way? Does anyone outside of the silly little photo puddle we swim in give a fuck?
 There's no getting away from the fact that Brandon Juhasz's images bear more than a passing resemblance to those of fellow American Daniel Gordon but I find them a bit more interesting maybe the next step on to finding a little bit more depth with this kind of thing. Keep making me smile though..

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Robert Longo.

 
I've not posted for a while. I've been busy doing my own stuff. It's all well and good pointing out the work of others but at the end of the day? So I've decided the blog can take a back seat again. Who reads blogs anymore anyway? There's a good strong list to the right of loads of good photographers. I reckon it may even be the most comprehensive in photo blog land, and I'll keep updating that. When I have something to say or something grabs my eye I'll post it up. Which brings me to the work of Robert Longo.  He's not a photographer, I bet you thought these two images were photo's? I bet you had heard of him? I hadn't, I can't believe why not. I bet there's people going " I can't believe you've not heard of him OMG like he's really famous man" (that's me trying to be an American) and Robert Longo is a very American artist. You can hear an interview with him HERE (if you can stand it coz he does comes over as a bit of a dick, I'm sure he's no more of a dick than most successful artists but still) As photographers we should all love this artist, he makes work about photographs, his drawings/paintings are inspired by photographs.I think that's fucking bonkers. Artists are so full of shit, listen to him try and justify the fact that he can make drawings that look just like photo's....
 
 
 
he's a good draughtsman. I'd like him to make a picture of my pet cat. I'd then get it printed big like on canvas and hang it above the telly....