Urban Exploration to Fine Art: a Photographic Journey
This presentation encompasses my photographic development over the past three years, which has progressed at a fairly rapid rate following an albeit slightly slower but life-long love and practise of photography. I discovered Urban Exploration in 2009, and this led to a series of visits to abandoned mental asylums and hospitals. In 2010 I was awarded a Licentiateship Distinction, and in June 2011 was successful in attaining an Associateship Distinction following a unanimous vote from the judges. Since then my work has moved towards a very artistic and painterly style, which is why I now refer to what I do as Fine Art Photography. This presentation is not so much about attaining Distinctions from the RPS, although I do touch on the process briefly during the talk, but more about how I have developed in terms of style and maturity of vision over the past three years. There will be plenty of photographs, tales of Urban Exploration and the attendant thrills and spills that are a part of this activity, and even something which may or may not be a ghost!
From iPhoneography to Photo Illustrations: My Continuing Journey
My second presentation follows on from my first, in which I will discuss my use of an iPhone to take photographs. The use of camera phones is on the rise, as the quality of cameras integrated into these devices improves exponentially, and this happened to coincide with my quest to find a new way to express myself from a photographic perspective. During this time I experimented with the phone camera, almost to the exclusion of my DSLR, and shot many photographs in the square format that I have always loved but using lo-fi/creative camera apps. This led up to the separate challenge of illustrating a book of poetry and prose entitled ‘Star Blossom’, in which my images become more abstract and in some cases a little surreal, utilising multiple layers, textures and double exposures, whilst using the written words as inspiration. The second half of the talk talk will feature all 51 images from the book and I will describe their inspiration and method of creation.
About Viveca Koh ARPS
I am a self-taught Fine Art photographer, with a special fascination for small details, for lost, abandoned, poignant and generally broken objects, and also for darkness contrasting with light, both in a physical and emotional sense. Many of my illustrative images simply evolve as I am working on them - I start off with a quite straightforward idea of what I want to achieve but am always willing to venture wherever the photograph wants me to go, as I overlay multiple images together or add textures, scanned documents as new layers, and subtle shading. Two photographs may blend together in a way that I could not have previously imagined, and this is one of the things that I find so exciting and all-consuming when I work, to produce a final image that perhaps a little bit different, that invokes emotion in the viewer and makes them question their sense of the world as they know it. I am a member of the RPS Visual Art Group and Digital Imaging Group, Honorary Secretary of the former and in 2014 became joint Editor of the Visual Art Group magazine. To view my web site and find more of my work please click this link >>>Viveca's Web Site