Nature Versus Grace

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There’s beauty in the break upand love within the tauntsyears of life are dredged to landfrom all their ancient hauntsBlame has acid on its tonguebut sweetness in intentwords of all the words unspokenin loving hours spentClothes unfolded cast to airlike wings upon the starlingdon’t say words you may regretand don’t throw plates my darlingSuch highly human poetryis uttered through the doorwhen she names he a piece of shitand he names she a whore

-KH

There’s beauty in the break up
and love within the taunts
years of life are dredged to land
from all their ancient haunts

Blame has acid on its tongue
but sweetness in intent
words of all the words unspoken
in loving hours spent

Clothes unfolded cast to air
like wings upon the starling
don’t say words you may regret
and don’t throw plates my darling

Such highly human poetry
is uttered through the door
when she names he a piece of shit
and he names she a whore

-KH

How I hated the atmosphere of the first class on that ship. One couldn’t escape the “nouveau riches."…

On the third day out I finally couldn’t stand it any longer. I had to get away from that company. I went as far forward on the deck as I could….

On the upper deck, looking over the railing, there was a young man with a straw hat. The shape of the hat was round. He was watching the men and women and children on the lower steerage deck. Only men were on the upper deck. The whole scene fascinated me. I longed to escape from my surroundings and join these people.

A round straw hat, the funnel leading out, the stairway leaning right, the white drawbridge with its railings made of circular chains – white suspenders crossing on the back of a man in the steerage below, round shapes of iron machinery, a mast cutting into the sky, making a triangular shape. I stood spellbound for a while, looking and looking. Could I photograph what I felt, looking and looking and still looking? I saw shapes related to each other. I saw a picture of shapes and underlying that the feeling I had about life. … 

Spontaneously I raced to the main stairway of the steamer, chased down to my cabin, got my Graflex, raced back again all out of breath, wondering whether the man with the straw hat had moved or not. If he had, the picture I had seen would no longer be. The relationship of shapes as I wanted them would have been disturbed and the picture lost.

But there was the man with the straw hat. He hadn’t moved. The man with the crossed white suspenders showing his back, he too, talking to a man, hadn’t moved. And the woman with a child on her lap, sitting on the floor, hadn’t moved. Seemingly, no one had changed position. 

… [It] would be a picture based on related shapes and on the deepest human feeling, a step in my own evolution, a spontaneous discovery.

My interview with Jonathan from mull it over!

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mullitover:

JONATHAN CHERRY: What did you want to be growing up?

GEORGIA AMY: To begin with, I planned on being a princess, shortly followed by a Spice Girl. Later on in my childhood I wanted to be a writer, reading and writing provided a form of magical escapism, which I was always searching for. I never imagined I would be on the path I am today; I find that the reasons behind my dreams growing up are still the same now. I wanted to be able to escape from the mundane every day and also express myself.

JC: Who or what is inspiring you at the moment?

GA: In my latest photographic project I looked at how women were portrayed throughout art history to be able to produce my own portrait work on the female. I found inspiration in painters such as Vermeer. Also the words of Keaton Henson, beautiful sounds and beautiful faces are constantly inspiring me.

JC: What are you up to right now?

GA: I have recently finished studying my photography degree at Cleveland College of Art and Design. My work was displayed on the campus as part of the degree show; this was followed by an exhibition at London’s Old Truman’s Brewery for the Free Range event from 19-23 of June. In August I relocated to London to study an MA in Photography at Sotheby’s Institute of Art the following month. I feel like I have begun a new chapter and time is moving very fast.

JC: Have you had mentors along the way?

GA: My two tutors Jamie Macdonald and Antony Chambers have been exceptional mentors and I feel that I owe them a lot. I have never before met two lecturers that put the amount of inspiring passion in their teaching and offer such great help and support. I feel incredibly grateful to have had them as mentors; they helped shape who I am as an artist today. My partner Thomas, also a photographer and videographer, has been a constant mentor. I have been very lucky.

JC: Where are you based right now and how is it shaping you?

GA: I am based in the North East of England in a seaside town named Hartlepool. Its banality has helped shape my way of seeing. It encouraged me to look close and search for glimmers of beauty in the grey.

JC: One piece of advice to photography graduates?

GA: My advice would be to always do what you love, strive for the best and have confidence in yourself. Don’t be afraid of not knowing exactly what you’re doing, you’re not alone and time has a way of helping you figure things out. I would also say to prepare to work hard and push yourself. I think it’s also important to look back on all that you have achieved at university and allow yourself to appreciate this.

JC: If all else fails - what is your plan B?

GA: I don’t have a plan B… maybe I should, but I would rather try optimism for a change.

JC: Is it important to you to be a part of a creative community?

GA: I think it is important to surround yourself with likeminded people who share similar artistic passions. You can bounce off each other, inspire and be inspired. I think starting a blog was one of the best things I have done.

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film by Sophie Harris-Taylor and Misha Newby

This video by Sophie Harris-Taylor and Misha Newby for Keaton Henson is stunning. It has to be one of the most beautiful music videos I have ever seen and represents his music so well. I particularly feel a connection with this as when the movement starts and becomes more erratic I feel like it represents something that I, myself have been through.  Having depression and anxiety, I have never been able to describe exactly how episodes like this felt other than a squirming in my body and mind, and this shows it completely to a T. My own connections aside, I find the movement of the body captured so beautifully.