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.




Cy Twombly


Cy Twombly was an American Painter, Sculptor and Photographer. His work is mostly made large scale and uses a variety of different colours. Twombly’ work has quite a care free look to it, he uses a mixture of techniques like calligraphy and freely-scribbled movements on his work to give it quite a graffitied look. He also uses dripping effects in some pieces of his work. What I quite like about some of his work is how some of the patterns are layered on top of each other, quite like the writing pieces I have been making of my thoughts. I think that this layered effect gives his pieces more detail in some areas and gives his pieces quite an unusual look.


Twombly’ photography also has quite a simple yet elegant look to it. He uses a Polaroid camera to capture his subjects which are usually flowers, objects and interiors. Looking at Twombly’ photography, you are able to tell straight away that it was taken from an instant camera not only because of the white border but also the filtered look Polaroid film gives the photographs. With my Polaroid camera I have taken a few photos of friends and my nan and they both have the aged look to them that Twombly’ photography also has. What I really like about this kind of photography is that it is not edited and I think you can really see what the photographer was seeing at that point in time.