Author Archives: Doug Bell

About Doug Bell

Having recently retired I am now undertaking some studies in photography through the OCA which, I hope will lead to a degree in photography.


Once more the starting point is an OCA e-Bulletin[1] from Sharon called Photography and Nostalgia.  It covers the work of Jodie Taylor, a 3rd year OCA student who revisits her childhood locations.  Sharon starts with, “The two go hand in … Continue reading

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Deutsche Börse photography prize

Sharon Boothroyd initiated my investigation into this topic through her OCA article[1] publicising a study visit in June.  Although she prompts a question “What is contemporary photography anyway?”  I was not so interested in this but rather what was being … Continue reading

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Judith Williamson

This weekend I have spent some time reading three articles by Judith Williamson on the interpretation of advertisements.  What is of interest to me as a photographer is the degree to which one can interpret the advertisement and how it … Continue reading

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I realised this weekend how little I am writing up in my blog.  I look at all sorts yet do not document this as I should.  So, having watched John Cleese discussing creativity, herewith my notes on that lecture: Creativity … Continue reading

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Assignment 3 – Colour

  This is the third assignment of TAOP and should demonstrate my command of the use of colour in photography through using different colour relationships. (Link to Full Assignment) I decided to base this assignment around the safety of ones … Continue reading

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Colour Exercises

I have now completed the third section of TAOP on colour and submitted my assignment to my Tutor.  This post points to the exercises and I will add another to link to the assignment per se. The exercises have helped … Continue reading

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Two Books I have Recently Read

I have recently read: On Photography by Susan Sontag and Ways of Seeing by John Berger I include a brief summary here with more detail in their separate pages which are linked to the titles above.  Although the texts are … Continue reading

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