I was recently privileged to be asked to write an article for inclusion in the Royal Photographic Society Visual Art magazine.  This is an RPS members magazine and not available to buy so below are a few extracts from the article…

My Idea or Your Perception?

…as my work is developing I want to create images in a style I’m not seeing elsewhere.  I’ve always enjoyed learning new things and given that there is so much to learn in this field I should be busy for the foreseeable future.  A lot of my images begin life as a learning exercise but become images I enjoy enough to keep.

Russian Dolls (right) was originally an exercise in shooting correctly to minimise the amount of post processing work in a basic composite.  Making sure hands were actually holding something, ensuring the light worked across all shots and playing with perspective.  Unusually my face is visible in this image and it’s more playful than many of my images so it has become my social media profile picutre.

…When asked what I’m trying to achieve when I create images it didn’t take me long to realise this was a challenging question.  My creative process is less formal than many other artistic photographers I’ve studied, particularly others who use composite technques.  Many artists seem to work to a clear pre-visulaisation, some going as far as sketching ideas for direction.  I’ve tried to work this way but rarely feel happy with the end result…

…I hope when people view my work that they experience a deep level of engagement with an image.  I’d love for a viewer to want to stop and look a second time or to consider what an image means to them and how it resonates.  Speaking to people about my images I often find viewpoints vary considerably from the place the image was originally derived or how I think about a finished piece.  By considering my work after its creation from another person’s point of view is an eye opening experience.  This is of particular interest to me as my psychology research areas [in my previous career] focussed on various types of perception.  Viewers do not view an image with my psychological background but with their own jigsaw of knowledge and life history, which they use to interpret what they see; I love that and the slant it puts on the work.

The cover photo illustrates this point as it was created to represent the hold that mood disorders can have on their sufferers – I named the image The Grip but I’ve had several people refer to it as ‘the hug’ an altogether softer and warmer viewpoint than my own and no less valid…

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Royal Photographic Society Visual Art 152: 2017 issue 1 cover by Kirsteen Titchener

Russian Dolls

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