Thoughts…

At this moment in time I find myself struggling with my creative thoughts, when thinking about my personal projects… I’m unsure of the reason why, although I am aware that on the completion of my degree, after reaching the climax of it, I feel lost… I’ve cannot seem to find the motivation to go and photograph the nature that surrounds us; the one thing I love most. 

I know I have the ability and skills to take my practice further, but without the motivation, without my creativity… 

How do I find my creative spark? How do I get that back? 

Currently I’m working towards my PGCE, to teach photography. It’s something that I’m passionate about. I thrive on the students dedication to their practice and motivation. Their ideas, concepts, their lust to move forward. 

I envy their motivation: their dedication, but not in a negative way. I need that energy. I want that energy again. 

 Where has this creativity and passion gone?

    
   
I know it will come to me again. I have the desire to be creative.

“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” (Paulo Coelho) 

Striated Voluntary (Skeletal) Muscle Tissue

Striated Voluntary (Skeletal) Muscle Tissue

The striated muscle tissue, which is under the control of the somatic nervous system; meaning it is voluntarily controlled. As their name suggests, most skeletal muscles are attached to bones by groups of collagen fibers known as tendons. In lupus sufferers the striated muscle tissues are weakened that results in the loss of control of the tendons that they are attached to.

In this image I have used a combination of red and orange gels to replicate the colours of the muscle sample and to produce the emotional effects the illness has on that particular part of the body. The red tones that have been cast onto the subject represent the aggression and intensity the condition has on the muscles, while the orange represents the amount of energy that is drained from the damage done to the muscle. However the yellow tones provided by the lichen represents the hope that each sufferer has, that their ailments will subside in time.

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Major Apologies!!!

Just a short post!!

Hey all I am terribly sorry for the quietness over the last two weeks, last week was my graduation! I officially hold a BA in Photography with Honours!! I rented the robe, hood and cap for a week after the event and took my fair share of family photos, funny and serious XD, even Rolo (Cat) and Strom (Dog) wanted to get in on it!

Then this week I’ve been sorting out a exhibition, I’m supporting a selection of work by the College Methyr Tydfil’s FD Photography students, a selection of my pieces from the series ‘Anti-Bodies’ will be on display in the Business Lounge at the Orbit Centre in Merthyr.

So I have been quite busy and I promise that next week I will continue my weekly posts!

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My work from Anti-Bodies will support the Work by College Merthyr Tydfil FD Photography students.

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My work from Anti-Bodies will support the Work by College Merthyr Tydfil FD Photography students.

The Immune System

The Immune System

The immune system is a system of many biological structures and processes within an organism that protects against disease. To function properly, an immune system must detect a wide variety of agents, known as pathogens, from viruses to parasitic worms, and distinguish them from the organism’s own healthy tissue. I have decided to use the image that represents the immune system as a final image because it is the immune system that is initially affected by lupus. In lupus the white blood cells of the immune system malfunctions and begins to attack the healthy cells of the body, which results in the inflammation and pain that is experienced with the condition.

In this image I have used the forms produced by the fungus and tree bark to reproduce the visual aesthetics of the immune system. I have used the different depths of the tree bark to represent the area that the immune system is attacking, while relying on the lichen and fungal growths to symbolise the white blood cells that generate the immune system.

The combination of red and orange gels have been used to replicate the colours of the blood stream and cellular structures that carry the immune system through the body and to produce the emotional effects the illness has on a person suffering with the illness. The red tones that have been cast onto the subject represent the aggression and intensity that the immune system attacks it host with, causing all of the issues experienced with lupus.

Lupus UK
South Wales Lupus Group – SWLG
‪#‎Autoimmune‬ ‪#‎ChronicIllness‬

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Artery

Arteries are the blood vessels that carry blood away from the heart. While most arteries carry oxygenated blood, there are two exceptions to this, the pulmonary and the umbilical arteries. The effective arterial blood volume is that extracellular fluid which fills the arterial system. This gives an example of how the illness is spread around the human body and how the effects of the illness are so vast, and how it can affect so many different areas of the body. The arteries are what carry the illness throughout the body.

In this image I have used the forms produced in tree bark to create the visual texture of an arterial wall. Using the fungal growths in the sunken sections of bark to replicate the appearance of red and white blood cells that pass through the arteries, using the red coloured gel to highlight certain aspects of the fungus, to embody the red platelets, while using the natural collections of fungus to signify the white blood cells.

The red and orange gels to replicate the colours of the blood stream and arterial walls and to produce the emotional effects the illness has on a person suffering with the illness. The red tones that have been cast onto the subject represent the aggression and intensity the condition has in the blood, while the orange represents the red platelets.

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I hope you like my work so far, please comment and share your opinions of my practice, do you think my photographs will help raise awareness for #Lupus? Please let me know! Also if there’s anyway that you could help spread my project around that would be amazing!

I plan on posting one of these a week as long as my health doesn’t put a block on it, although I will do my best not to let it stop me!

Hope you like them!!

Activated Platelet

‘Activated Platelets’ is an image taken from my series ‘Anti-Bodies’.

This image depicts one of the effects lupus has on the blood stream.

Lupus causes complications with multiple sections of the body, a part that is affected are the platelets.
The platelets are the clotting agents of the body and stop bleeding from a wound, in Lupus the platelet count is sometime lower than that of someone of good health.

This image uses the landscape to depict the platelet in its activated form for when the clotting process is occurring. The use of coloured lighting expresses the struggle of the activity and how aggressive the cells have to react within the body of a Lupus sufferer.

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#Lupus #AntiBodies #Autoimmune

Anti-Bodies

The series ‘Anti-Bodies’ explores invisible illness as a conceptual theme.  As with the landscape, there are many elements of invisible illness, which are ignored, over-looked or misunderstood. ‘Anti-Bodies’ explores the way in which people view the landscape and echoes our relationship with it; we often observe the obvious and fail to notice intricate characteristics.

The intention is to captivate the individual to acknowledge the subtle and concealed attributes of the landscape and everyday life.  By using the landscape as a metaphor for the emotions and the affected internal human cells of someone that suffers from Lupus, the intention is to raise awareness for the illness.

Lupus is an autoimmune disease, which affects the internal features of the human body that are not visible to the human eye, adding the label of ‘Invisible Illness’. The artist has lived with Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis since 2011, this has led to the realisation that many people overlook the fact that she is ill, because there is no visible difference in her appearance, however closer attention allows signs and symptoms of the illness to become more obvious to others.

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Other work from this series is available at emzpowellphotography.weebly.com