Field Artist – Nancy A Breslin



Nancy A Breslin is a pinhole photographer I looked at during my final field project week. I decided to look at her work as she creates a variety of self portrait and landscape pieces. In my group we mainly focused on the landscape side of photography as there are quite a few woodland areas around uni.

What I really liked about Breslin’s work was the lower angle of her landscape pieces. What I like about this is that it gives the view a look at the photo in a different perspective as we alway see things from higher up its interesting so see how it looks from a lower angle. With the low angle image above, it also captures strands of the grass which I find gives a very interesting textural effect.

We tried to recreate this for our own pinhole photos and result turned out to be quite different. The main focus in our photos was the grass only as that was the only subject that was captured clearly. What I enjoy about Breslin;s work is that she was able to capture the whole of her surroundings which makes it more clear to see what she as the artist was seeing at that point.

Breslin’s self portrait photos I think are also very interesting. I really like how she has captured movement in the photo above by drinking her coffee whilst exposing the photo paper instead of staying very still. This blurred movement effect is a lot like the effect we captured when taking our own photographs which resemble the sky.




Development on Thoughts


Above is a collection of images I have taken on some of the experimental pieces I have been doing for my Outside/Inside project. I have been basing this project around thoughts and have been documenting my thoughts on pieces of cartaliage paper. The reason I have thought to do this for my Outside/Inside project is because I was thinking of taking things that are Inside and displaying them on the outside. I thought that using my thoughts and also my feelings would be quite a good idea as your own personal thoughts are only shown when you either I say them or write them down. I thought that by displaying my thoughts would be quite a different take on the Outside/Inside theme.

Whilest experimenting with this I over lapped my writing to see what kind of effect it would have and I really liked the outcome of this. Doing this has given the text a layered and textured effect that I think looks very interesting. Whilst I was doing this I found that writing down everything I was thinking and feeling to be quite therapeutic and I felt as if I had unloaded everything I was feeling out onto my sheet of paper and it was quite a cleansing feeling. This idea could link to my past research on art therapy.