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Talk by Fiona Crisp

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Although it was at short notice I managed to get to listen to Fiona Crisp who was doing a speech at the Graham Sutherland building at Coventry University.  Fiona as well as being a photographer also has a BA (Hons) in Sculpture.  The speech was very interesting and gave an insight into what was behind her images.  Many of her images were taken with the use of a pinhole camera but these had a almost professional camera look about them.  Some of the exposure times were as long as three hours and she stated that one image was achieved after seventeen attempts!

One of her pieces was taken at a Second World War underground military hospital in the Channel Islands.  This piece really seemed to draw me into the image and was superb.  My favourite piece by far however was Belvedere – London Fields.  The image looks as though it was taken in a room and the focal point was the greenery outside through the window.  However, Fiona explained that the image was taken inside a shoebox type set-up and the brickwork on the walls was actually children’s type building blocks.

Listening to Fiona speak was  very inspirational and her images have inspired me to be more creative and to experiment more with my own projects.

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Written by Dean O'Brien

November 4, 2009 at 12:14 am

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