CRITICAL RESEARCH JOURNAL

Informing Contexts

Week 8 – Speaking Photographically

Being an observer who captures stories can definitely produce a good work. However, there is something special about images with a subject, that photographer spent time with.  “Forbidden war” – that’s the name for war in Yemen. Why forbidden? This war enormously lacks...

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Project Photoshoot

Iran has beautiful nature, but it is important to maintain it and keep it clean. As I mentioned previously in CRJ, my photoshoots in Iraq were moved to other dates since I became the official photographer for specifically sponsored activities. However, I was exploring...

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Week 7 – Responses and Responsibilities

'Shock tactics' are effective in advertisements, where they make the audience to stop and think. This can be considered as a 'real-life advertisement' on the Iraqi roads. "I have been a witness, and these pictures are my testimony. The events I have recorded should...

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Week 6 – A Sea of Images

What do you imagine when you hear 'Iraq'? Probably destroyed cities, internally displaced Arabic people who lives in refugee camps. Would you imagine normal city full of life and shops? Cafeterias, museums or parks? This is amusement park in Sulaymaniyah, Kurdish...

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Week 5 – Gazing at Photographs

One of my pictures from Iraq used as a poster for an event in Slovakia. The purpose of the event was to educate people about refugees from Iraq. I think this particular photograph works well for this event, since the girl is very happy and welcoming. I remember...

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Week 4 – Into the Image World

Image 1 - Young boys walking down the street covered with scarfs and hoods due to cold weather. Misinterpretation of the images is very common. One of the biggest (and sad) misinterpretation of the documentary image was by Ukip – the UK Independence Party – in 2016....

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Falmouth Symposium 2018

I found Falmouth as a pretty peaceful place. Especially when walking by the sea in the monrning. Another great symposium full of activities and networking. The more I visit this kind of conferences and/or exhibitions, the more I know how to prepare myself to answer my...

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Week 3 – Constructed Realities

Image 1 - Portrait of young family. Technically excellent photographs were always attractive for me. The perfection in the image is something that made me stop, explore and think about the photograph. That’s also the reason, why photographers Joey Lawrence and Joe...

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Week 2 – The Index and the Icon

Photo manipulation in my recent project Faroe Islands. Some objects were removed, aesthetic of the image was improved and narrative didn't change. Did it? When I was starting with photography, post-production and colour correction was one of the steps I had to undergo...

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Week 1 – Photography – The Shape-shifter

Photograph of destroyed Santa Claus in the city of Qaraqosh, which was occupied by ISIS. What is photograph to me? Photograph is a proof of history. Annie Leibovitz, portrait photographer, says: “When you photograph people, it’s about history. It’s about looking at...

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Sustainable Prospects

Week 11 – Art and commerce

You can experience all seasons during one day at Faroe Islands. The hand-in date is approaching and as I was pretty late with my research as well as picture production, it’s getting busy for me. I’m still working on redesigning my website and I don’t really know how...

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Week 10 – Photography and its Fine art markets

Many locals living in small villages have hard time to make business from tourism. Unfortunately, most of the business is kept in east part of Faroe Islands. Even if we wanted, we couldn't find any restaurant in this cozy small town. Back from Faroe Islands and hard...

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Week 9 – Who buys photography? pt. 2

One out of many fishing farms at Faroe Islands Days before departure to Faroe Islands was the right time to research the area, terrain, roads and different options for photographing this landscape. My biggest inspiration were photographers like Chris Burkard, Eventyr...

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Week 8 – Who buys photography? pt. 1

Embraer 190. Cropped image from spherical panorama where ditrubtive background is minimized. I’m getting finalised the purpose of Faroe Islands project. I have decided to focus on project itself, not on the group that performs the project. As mentioned before, we will...

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Week 7 – The current commercial practice

One of my old images I shot in Norway. I expect to expereience similar landscape conditions at Faroe Islands as well. Steep hills, high humidity, cold wind and waterfalls. Tickets are purchased and I’m getting ready for photo project at Faroe Islands. I’m thinking...

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Week 6 – Oral presentations

Basic structure of oral presentation explains how my strategies support different projects.  My current project situation makes it a little bit complicated for me to explain it on the oral presentation, so it is well understood. Unfortunately, I could not attend this...

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Week 5 – Stronger together

Picture of young pilot using newly developed solution, Virtual 360 Editor, for training. The picture demonstrates transition between old paper mockups and new technology used in aviation training industry.  Current political situation in Iraq has huge unpleasant...

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Week 4 – Show and tell

Set of images from archive, April/July 2017. Going back through archive makes me think whether there are any possibilities to re-use my unpublished pictures and create a new work out of it.  Objectives are very important in the journey of reaching a goal. I remember...

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Week 3 – The digital-new possibilities

Picture from archive. Doctor is talking to a translator in Kabertoo camp, February 2016. The situation between Iraq and Kurdistan is getting tight. There is a risk, that non-profit organisations will have to move out from the areas.  As a photographer, I’m using...

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Week 2 – You are a business

World Press Photo exhibition in Copenhagen displays one of the best images of visual journalism.  This week was about business in a photography industry. I have educational background from marketing at a business school. I thought it will be very similar to what I...

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Week 1 – From here to there

UNSEEN Magazine gives lot of inspiration and references to the others work.  First week of the 3rd module has started. I managed to see the topics at the end of the week and it looks very interesting, something I’ve been waiting for. It’s just a beginning and I...

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UNSEEN Amsterdam

Scooters represents quite a big issue on bicycle roads, as drivers don't need to have driving license and helmet is not a requirement.  I spent another week with Falmouth Flex members. This time it was in Amsterdam where we visited FOAM and UNSEEN events. After last...

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Surfaces and Strategies

Week 12 – Showtime

I think this is the picture that represents my work over this module. This picture has a little story. We were planning to bring electric generators and coffee machine to this place. And we did. But when there was time for a coffee, we realised, that we forgot holder...

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Week 11 – Production 3

Images that advertise dark tourism are also important. They show what we have to learn from past. As I already mentioned in the previous CRJ’s posts, I’m not sure how to share my publication. I was planning to print a photobook, but I don’t know what will be the next...

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Week 10 – Production 2

A "Messi" happy to see himself in the picture during exhibition in Dawoodia camp. I had another exhibition on 3rd of August in Dawoodia camp. This time I had much larger audience. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to participate at this exhibition, but STEP-IN team...

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Week 9 – Production

Myself, presenting my images at the exhibition to the audience. Still thinking about the exhibition last week and writing down a useful feedback that I’ve received. It seems that non of the visitors realized that there are panoramas in these pictures. They were simply...

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Week 8 – Workshop Guidance

Panoramic view of the exhibition in Dawoodia camp. This week, l've managed to travel to Iraqi Kurdistan spending another week exploring and photographing STEP-IN humanitarian workers and doctors in their everyday challenge. We've synchronized my trip with the visit of...

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Week 7 – Publication Guidance

Photo example of the first print from Iraq. Picture is printed on foam material and the size is 65 centimetres on long side.  This week we had detailed presentation on publications. I feel I have lack of printed material in my life. I have very little experience with...

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Week 6 – Exhibition Guidance

There is plenty of space in the waiting room outside of the clinic and walls are protected with roof. It seems like a good place for small exhibition.  I’m trying to recall all my memories from places in Iraq, where STEP-IN operates. Clinics, terraces, waiting rooms,...

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Week 5 – Three ‘Surfaces’

Getting to Iraq is not simple, but getting good images out of there is very important. My commercial practice ensures that I will be technically ready to photograph images in Iraq in a short time. This week I was photographing helicopter giant in Norway.  After going...

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Week 4 – Strategies of Freedom

Quick preview of panorama photographed on Wednesday. It is cockpit of Embraer 190. While photographing this aircraft, I was thinking about the value I add to this image as an photographer. Or, will all my aircraft panoramas look the same, so they meet client's...

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Week 3 – Strategies of Sharing

For past 5 years me and my wife are photographing our feet anywhere we are. We have huge library from many places. On this picture (from left to right, top down): Tenerife, Sweden, Toronto, Canada, Portugal, Denmark, Helsinki.  When photographing, my usual working...

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Week 1 – Strategies of looking

I have photographed cockpit of the same aircraft, Airbus A330, twice. Photographs were taken under different lightning conditions that resulted in two completely different images.  Week 1 -  Strategies of looking I have never been thinking about differences between...

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Positions and Practice

Week 9 – Introducing Critical Theory

Selfie picture with Louise Cole on the Photography Show in Birmingham. I've appreciated only three presentations during the Photography Show: Louis Cole, Nadav Kander and Joe McNally. Since I started to study MA Photography, it is harder for me to find a good...

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Week 8 – Exploring Context

Spherical projection of aircraft Piper 28 flying above the forest. I photographed this picture for commercial purposes, but this particular projection is my own idea of expressing the feelings of flying in a small aircraft.  Week 8 – Exploring Context. During this...

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Week 6 – Live presentations

Week 6 – Oral presentations. This week we had first optional presentation for getting a feedback. I’m glad I could participate. I realized, that I’m quite off the way I should follow. Due to my previous studies and my current practice, I’m used to do presentations...

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