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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Exhibition, Photography, Anti-Bodies, Antibodies,  Autoimmune, Positive, Macro

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

Exhibition, Photography, Anti-Bodies, Antibodies,  Autoimmune, Positive, Macro

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

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.

Lupus, Striated Voluntary (Skeletal) Muscle Tissue, Muscle, Damage, Autoimmune, Invisible Illness, Illness, Hidden, Antigens, Chronic, Liechen, Antibodies, Anti-Bodies, Lupus UK, South Wales Lupus Group, Wales, Abstract, Macro, Photography, Amniguous, Ambiguity, Metaphor, Landscape as a Metaphor, Metaphoric, Embody, Embodiment, Red, Plants, Moss, Mold, Orange, Anger, Aggression, Intense, Intensity, Natural, Manipulated, Botanics, Landscape, Illness in the Landscape, Disease

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Lupus, Artery, Antigens, Antibodies, Autoimmune, Invisible Illness, Invisible, Hidden, Chronic, Illness, Anti-Bodies, Lupus UK, South Wales Lupus Group, Wales, Abstract, Macro, Photography, Amniguous, Ambiguity, Metaphor, Landscape as a Metaphor, Metaphoric, Embody, Embodiment, Red, Orange, Anger, Aggression, Intense, Intensity, Natural, Manipulated, Botanics, Trees, Bark, Decay, Illness in the Landscape, Disease, Landscape

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Lupus, Immune System, Immune, Antibodies, Antigens, Autoimmune, Invisible Illness, Invisible, Hidden, Chronic, Illness, Anti-Bodies, Lupus UK, South Wales Lupus Group, Wales, Abstract, Macro, Photography, Amniguous, Ambiguity, Metaphor, Landscape as a Metaphor, Metaphoric, Embody, Embodiment, Red, Orange, Anger, Aggression, Intense, Intensity, Natural, Manipulated, Botanics, Trees, Bark, Decay, Landscape, Illness in the Landscape, Disease

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

Finding Lupus in the Landscape

In 2012 I was diagnosed with the Autoimmune Disease, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE). Since then, as a person, I have developed the desire to raise awareness of Lupus and those that suffer with it. However, as a photographer I am drawn to the landscape. I am drawn to the forms and smaller elements that define it, and how it can be used as a metaphor in a wide variety of ways.

Since my diagnosis it has caught my attention that knowledge and awareness of this disease is extremely limited.

Lupus is an Autoimmune Disease that causes inflammation of the connective tissue. In SLE many parts of the body are affected including the skin, muscles and organs.

As Lupus is a Systemic disease, this indicates that it affects the body internally, where it affects the white and red cells. This causes inflammation within the body and causes extreme pain in the muscles and joints.

Artists Statement

In 2011 I was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE). Since my diagnosis it has caught my attention that knowlegde and awareness of this disease is extremely limited.

Within this project I aimed to look at the many ways in which lupus can be portrayed in the landscape.
Lupus is an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation of the connective tissue. In SLE many parts of the body are affected, including the skin, muscles and organs. These are my initial attempts at finding lupus in the landscape.
Lupus, Neurons, Botanics, Landscape

Neurons
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Lupus, Decay, Platelet, Botanics, Tree, All Womens Art Competition, Landscape

Decay
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Lupus, Activated, Platelet, Botanics, Tree, All Womens Art Competition, Landscape

Activated
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Finally the Catch up… Oops

I think I need to start paying a bit more attention to my blog, it’s been awfully neglected this year… It seems that every time I promise an update soon, it takes me weeks.. maybe months to actually get around to it. So I think I’m going to try harder to keep things updated.

Lets start with a quick recap on my last post, I’ve finished my second year of uni, finally, I had firsts all around (which I’m still feeling slightly high about XD), my constant war with Lupus and Rheumatoid had come to calm (however now the Rheumatoid is playing up.. Yipee! Slowly I’m losing my knuckle… Not good), I’m still going to attempt full time for my last year in uni =D and finally I actually got to go to EGYPT!!!!!! Ah it was absolutely fabulous! Now for a bit more detail, I think.

So from the last post about my uni work, which was part one of the cinematics project, I developed and finished part two, where I took the skills from part one and created my own theme. I decided to approach the landscape but at first I didn’t quite know where to go from there, so here’s how I came to my final decision, through 21 years of my life I have always remembered the top of Llwydcoed being smothered in trees, however one day on a drive (after a long span of illness) a massive settlement of trees had just gone, I was baffled and slightly upset by this, so I instantly thought, there’s my project, and after a discussion with my tutors, obtaining their approval, I was off and by the end of the day I already had a rough idea for a story board. Next I needed my locations and location shots, living in Methyr, being surrounded by nature, it didn’t take me long to decided where I wanted to go, some parts of the project based at the Neuadd reservoir and some at Llwydcoed. 

Top of Llwydcoed, Bryncarnau Farm.

Top of Llwydcoed, Bryncarnau Farm.

Bryncarnau Farm from Ty Gwnn Farm.

Bryncarnau Farm from Ty Gwnn Farm.

Neuadd Forestry 2

Neuadd Forestry 2

Neuadd Forestry 1

Neuadd Forestry 1

After deciding on my locations I plodded along to my final set of six. It took a while to get them, after the problems with the lighting, I used artificial lighting in most of the images I had for the project, they are not easy to work with when they don’t want to work… But never mind I got there and here they are;

The Beginning

The Beginning

First Steps

First Steps

The On Looker

The On Looker

Clinging to Life

Clinging to Life

Contemplation

Contemplation

Times Up

Time’s Up

So what do you think? Do these images get the message across? If you’ve got time I’d appreciate some feedback.

Next up, it’s Egypt!!! So excited I got to go, was an amazing holiday and I got to see the Pyramids! Even went in one (which was a bit of a let down) but they were outstanding on the outside, they are a baffling creation and the word huge doesn’t come close to describing how massive they were! Just so you get an idea of how big they were;

DSC_3336 Look at how small the people look, just one block is the same hight as the person standing next to it!!! Can you imagine 2.3 MILLION! of those blocks stacked on top of each other to create this!!

The Great Pyramid at Giza

The Great Pyramid at Giza

I’m still blown away by the pyramids there!

And here I am with Scott holding the pyramid!! XD

And here I am with Scott holding the pyramid!! XD The Egyptologist might be good when it comes to information about Egypt, but he can’t work my camera…

Along with the amazing pyramids I had the opportunity to go to the Egyptian museum which again was amazing =] and to top it off the Egyptologist was impressed with my knowledge OoO, during the quiz XD, so gutted you couldn’t take your cameras in T__T. Oh and how could I forget the Sphinx!! (I deserve a slap for that I think).

Well I never thought the Sphinx was so close to the Pyramids! I always thought they were a fair distance apart!

Well I never thought the Sphinx was so close to the Pyramids! I always thought they were a fair distance apart!

What it with Egypt and having all of these amazing structures!

We also visited the Citadel of Salah Al-Din, can you believe that this building is constructed completely out of marble!!

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Citadel of Salah Al-Din and burial chamber of Muhammed Ali

Again another amazing structure! The inside was pretty inspiring too! However I didn’t get many of the inside.. There’s just not enough time in the day… There were a few other visits on the trip but there’s not many photos of these, just a place to eat (wasn’t too bad) a static boat on the nile, looked quite posh on the inside if they hadn’t been decorating while we were there… All I could smell was paint, not nice, and then there was the papyrus factory which was rather interesting, bought myself a lovely painting of a scarab beetle which is proudly hung on my wall =D.

Also during the holiday we went on a VIP snorkeling cruise, ooooo I got to use my underwater housing!!!!! It was seriously nerve wracking!! But so exciting at the same time! Being able to use it in the Red Sea made it even better! Can you imagine all of the fish, all of the colours and different formations under the sea!! Under the sea, under the sea, darling it’s better, down where its wetter, under the seeeaaaa!! Oh wait sorry, I got a little carried away there, can you tell I like disney XD. But I have to admit Sebastian knows what he’s talking about, let me convince you a little..

My first underwater shot with fish!!!! So exciting!!!

My first underwater shot with fish(Red Sea Goatfish)!!!! So exciting!!!

On the cruise we had three stops, on the first one I was a tad bit precautious, with taking my camera in, I thought I'd take the easy way in and climbed down the ladder, I put my mask on and adjusted the snorkel, suck my head under and what was the first thing I seen, this terrifying looking creature, a Smooth Cronetfish, it looked horrible! It took until i got back out of the water to realise that there were actually two there!! Made my skin crawl!!

On the cruise we had three stops, on the first one I was a tad bit precautious, with taking my camera in, I thought I’d take the easy way in and climbed down the ladder, I put my mask on and adjusted the snorkel, suck my head under and what was the first thing I seen, this terrifying looking creature, a Smooth Cronetfish, it looked horrible! It took until i got back out of the water to realise that there were actually two there!! Made my skin crawl!!

Oh lots of little blue fish, look at the colour on them and on the coral behind, so amazing!!!

Oh lots of little blue fish, look at the colour on them and on the coral behind, so amazing!!!

On the second stop we were greated by these little critters! Look how many there are! I'm sure there was at least a thousand of them!!

On the second stop we were greated by these little critters! Look how many there are! I’m sure there was at least a thousand of them!!

Now this scene almost reminded me of a metropolis city with the traffic (the fish Red Sea Fusilier) running down the motorway that flows along the city edge (the coral reef).

Now this scene almost reminded me of a metropolis city with the traffic (the fish, Red Sea Fusilier) running down the motorway that flows along the city edge (the coral reef).

Now look how colourful this scene is! Isn't it so calming, and tranquil?

Now look how colourful this scene is! Isn’t it so calming, and tranquil?

No matter how gray or bland the sand is there's always something to perk up the scene! Thanks to the Klunzinger`s wrasse

No matter how gray or bland the sand is there’s always something to perk up the scene! Thanks to the Klunzinger`s wrasse

How gorgeous is this guy? I think the Bridled Parrotfish has outstanding colours on him!

How gorgeous is this guy? I think the Bridled Parrotfish has outstanding colours on him!

Last one now, how lovely is the coral here? Its so colourful and again I find it quite tranquil.

Last one now, how lovely is the coral here? Its so colourful and again I find it quite tranquil. Although if you look at this one upside down, it could almost seem as though its a jungle?

And that’s Egypt! As for my health my Lupus seems to be under control and has been since the new tablets, but the Rheumatoid is a slightly different story at the moment… Sunken knuckles, sore hips and bad feet! Doctors are hoping it’s tendonitis but I don’t think so.. Since the injections of prednisolone haven’t done a thing!!

Well I think that’s a wrap for now! I’ll be back soon (I hope).

Just a little catch up(maybe a long one… :)) it’s been a while…

Well after a long year of degree work, which I had me first set of firsts in!!!! \^__^/, myself and my partner took a well deserved break to Egypt. Right now I’ve been dreaming of going to Egypt since I was about 13/14, my bedroom is absolutely smothered in ornaments replicating Egyptian artefacts, one of which is a 6’3″ sarcophagus(which is a dvd/cd unit)!!! So you can only guess how excited I was!
So I’ve just found out that I’ve had a first in the three projects for this year of my course, my run of ill health(granted my health will never be perfect) has taken a massive turn for the better, so much so I’m actually going full time for my third and final year at Coleg Sir Gar(think I might be insane), and finally I have been on my dream holiday to Egypt!!!!!! Well I’m not going into too much detail about it at the moment as I am still in Egypt, with a long wait ahead of me(as my flight isn’t until 9 UK time) and then a tiresome night and day worth of travel, I want to enjoy this last day as much as I can, and just to keep you updated slightly so you know what I’m going off about in my next post, which will be a doozy!!!! Got a lot to cover in that one :).
Speak to you soon!!!

This Term so far… and the last three weeks…

Right, I can’t remember what my last post was about, but I do remember telling you all that I would be updating my blog more often… However, this hasn’t been the case… My excuses being, Lupus has been rearing it’s ugly head yet again! Along with it’s partner in crime Rheumatoid Arthritis! I’m pretty sure I mentioned this in the last post, I’ve been so ill since September again, I’ve hardly managed to do anything again! It’s been so frustrating, I didn’t make much of the first term (September to December). When January came I refused to miss anymore, so me, being as silly as I am, decided to try and drive from Merthyr to Carmarthen on my own… As my lunch break approached I realised that I had no chance in getting myself home! So what do you do when you’re in a sticky situation… Yell MAMMY!!!!… Ended up having my dad come down and drive my car back… For weeks after that I had to have lift after lift so I could get to Carmarthen, only two weeks in and I concluded that I had enough and managed to get a last minute appointment with the Rheumatologist! Wasn’t the easiest thing to do, but I got there \^_^/ ‘triumph dance’!!! As soon as I told him how bad things were, ha made to adjustments and additions to my meds, four days later (when I actually got the new stuff) I began the new meds and in the morning, there was an instant difference! I couldn’t get over it! I still can’t even now, and that’s about 6-7 weeks ago now! I’m still feeling great (minus a few niggles in the hands, feet and hip, but the hips another story..) so after all that suffering it was just the need of one new thing, why didn’t the just do that in the first place! Oh well must not dwell on those things, either way I feel GREAT!!!!!!!!! Even been getting myself to uni for the past 4/5 weeks =] and I’ve managed a 13 mile bike ride which I did not think I’d be able to do and I’ve taken Stormie out!

But that’s enough of that now, think I rambled a bit too much on that as it is! Now for the degree work thus far! =]

This terms module, Cinematics! Sounds fun yeh? Well, it is! I’m more or less half way through it now and it’s great! Really enjoying it, it is a challenge, I’ll tell you that, regardless I’m enjoying it!

So the project is split in two part, the first part, you have to pick a film you like and chose three stills from that one film, that show the narrative of the film, I would say quite clearly so that you can figure out what on earth is going on in that shot, a good ambiance so that you can get an understanding of the mood, atmosphere and general feel, and then the aesthetics, so that the image flows as well as a film.

My film choice was, The Call.

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I thought it was a great film, which led me to think it’ll be a good candidate for my cinematics module. So watching the film, which probably took me 2 hours more than what it should have to actually watch it, I screen shot every scene I though was interesting and managed to narrow it down to my final three and with those I got my images too. =]

Just for you to have a peek and possibly give some feedback on, here they are.

Still from the film.
Screen Shot 2My image.The Car Boot Scene for Upload

Image from film.Screen Shot 1My ImageScreen Shot 2014-02-19 at 14.25.50

Still from film.Screen Shot 3 My image.Screen Shot 2014-02-19 at 19.57.23Every change in my images when compared to the original have been intentional, to aid the singular image, giving you a better idea of the story or the characters in the image. Through the series I have experimented with different lighting techniques and methods, in order to achieve my outcomes.

I know that little bit by there is a little vague, but I have moved on from it now, and I am focusing on my next project, which I think I might just keep under wraps until it’s finished… Hmm yeh, I think I’ll do that for now, so I’m going to leave this as it is and get back to sorting my story board out =].

Toodles!

Random reading

This is only a short moan and question for you all:
I was just having a nose through my Facebook, and seen this comment on someone’s post:
Disabled people can’t use Photoshop, Photoshop is for young people!
What about young people who are disabled? Are we not supposed to live like normal people? How could that be a valid comment? I’m a 22 (well almost 22, 21 until next Thursday) year old, photographer, yes I use Photoshop, yes I am disabled, I know I don’t look it, but I am. That comment has seriously just got to me, disabilities are not just for old people, there are many debilitating illnesses around that effect anyone! Aaarrrgghh!!!!!!!!!!!!

There might be another post later that’s a bit more positive haha!