The Phobus on Twitter and Instagram

The Phobus is now on Twitter and Instagram and we have used these sites to feed directly into a stream on our website which now has a bit more content on it!

This is all about developing and online presence and generating a bit of traffic to our videos, at present we are not really interested in pushing this to the maximum but more inclined to keep as us simply just publishing our research for the public and the est of our class. Saying this, Oli and myself are already seeing the potential of this idea and we are really keen on making improvements for the new episodes!



#Phubu Week 2 Mentoring with Jon Levy

This week Jon Levy has asked us to:

The task this week is to summarise a story proposal and provide 5 bullet point directions to start the story.

Please prepare 200 words as a summary and 5 key images that you hope to achieve to get the story started.

Please ALSO send me a handful of images of your own from recent projects/on going projects or favourite singles.

Here’s what i sent over:

‘does not suggest that death within 6 months is likely to occur’

The ongoing

Photo Documentary project focusing on my Father Lee Carroll. Over the past Year

i have realised that the Catalyst for this project was the recent Welfare Reform Bill which saw

my Father having to prove his disabilities. The first response of Photographs came as a reaction

to the Injustice we both felt while going through this ordeal. A year later, after my Fathers Appeal

has been denied and he is adjusting to life as a Job Seeker, i have come to realise that this

project is also about what put him in this position nearly 17 years ago. His Subarachnoid Brain

Haemorrhage. I have come to think about how his condition has always just been the Normal as i

was growing up. This has lead me to reflect on my whole family, how this event shaped us and

set the foundations for how my sister and i would be brought up. I feel the need to approach

other members of my family and develop a conversation. I also have felt the need to reach out

and contact Other Subarachnoid Haemorrhage survivors in an attempt to gain knowledge of their


This Weekend just passed i Interviewed my Sister who has learning Difficulties, when asking her

i realised that she doesn’t really know what happened to our Dad, just that he has ‘half sight’ and

can’t drive anymore so can’t take us to places.

1. An Image of My Father and myself. a self portrait. Introduce myself into the Photograph. Even

if it is only one SIngle Image of myself in a set of 60 i feel i need to do this to continue and

overcome a boundary which i have yet to cross.

2. A Portrait of my Sister. In the house where she has grown up and always lived. It will have to

be previsualised

and constructed to communicate to the viewer that she struggles in her

Understanding of the world but she sees everything. She’s an Observer.

3. To tackle the issue of Photographing My Mother. She never gives the impression that she is

happy with her representation, she doesn’t seem to care about how she presents herself but i

know that her body image is one of the main things that gets her down. She works harder than

anyone i know into her own business which seems to be failing very slowly and thats at the

expense of her own personal up keep.

4. My Grandparents. A set of Images and an Interview with them would be beneficial to

Understand their perspective from the time when their Son, My Father had his SAH

5. A Meeting and a set of Images from another Subarachnoid Haemorrhage Survivor.

I also chose to send Jon the most recent Video and Photograph story i have produced which can be found here:

Jon Levy’s Feedback:

The main point i got from Jon Levy today was to make sure that collaboration between myself and my Father in producing any new work is high on the agenda. He suggested that i should consider myself as the Director or Producer of the story and regard my Father as the Author.

He suggested that if i gave my Father the Option of what he wanted to do next, giving him the option to dictate the direction in which the project travels. He said that i should leave the involvment of other family members down to his decision. Let him make the choice of whether they should be included or whether he wants to find out about their experience of it.

Jon mentioned that it is Increasingly Important for me not to move away or leave the project but to realise my limitations with it. My limitations professionally. He suggests that the techniques i develop with this project and the way i produce work for this project can be used to work with other subjects and in other areas. I get the Impression that he is willing me to step away from my Father and Experiment with a different Subject. I think he wants me to prove my Photography and my ability as a Photographer so i am not just pidgeon holed under one project banner. He also mentioned he doesnt want me to have to test this story on how what impressions and how important it becomes to the viewers. It’s a hard one he says to keep selling as ‘this is important to me, so therefore it should be important to you’.

The Revised Bullet point!

The main point i think i now need to raise before i can revise my other bullet points is:

Asking my Father What he wants to talk about next. What he wants to do. What Photograph does he want to take next. Starting the process of Acting as co-Authors.

The Audio File of my session with Jon Levy can be found here:

The First Phobus Episode

The First Phobus Episode is finally here after a hard working week editing it! we realised we have had to come up with a Jingle and also other music recording to make it sound like an authentic show! we have also had to create ourselves a seperate branding, epecially with a youtube account and a Twitter Account. We have started an Online Phobus presence and now its time to develop it with the first episode. We are sharing this with our class and will also be making it readily available online! This then will hopefully draw some traffic into what we are doing in regards to our degree show as well as providing the public with a legitimate, educational and informative Research Video.
Enjoy the First Ep!

The Phobus Trailer

To start to get people interested and now we have been out shooting our first episode we have made a Trailer for the first Phobus Episode featuring Ross Rawlings.

The Trip to Bristol to Interview Ross was long and really Hard work. I think i have underestimated how much work this type of venture could be. The Driving was not so bad but the act of having to film and record audio and stop off to get content for the episode made it very hard work. It is very rewarding though, it was great to see Ross again and after a coffee and the Interview footage was completed it made a perfect opportunity to ask him some more personal questions about his work which appeal more to me and my style of Photography. He gave me some advice on how it is important to take a break every once in awhile, step back from the project your so embedded in and learn to love it again. I have felt liek this a bit with focusing yet again on my Father as the subject. That i am running the risk of repeating myself or telling the same story and ifor my own creativity i need to keep it fresh and exciting.

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Questions for Ross Rawlings Phobus

Here are some Questions I have come up with for Ross Rawlings in the up coming and first Phobus Episode!


Could you introduce yourself and your work (‘just between us’)


How did the Camera become a part of the relationship?


Did you ever feel like the Relationship was a constant performance? Theatre?

How did this lead on to your Self portraiture?

What do you think is important about self portraiture?


Why do you only shoot on Film?

What camera do you mainly Use?


Current Work


Can you take us through the process of how you took this Photograph ( Charlotte with Matchsticks)


Your one Big tip to Emerging and Up and Coming Photographers?


Instagram : Fixing the Fluid Image

Jon Levy Mentoring #Phubu week 1

Jon Levy has set us this task for his First week Mentoring us:

Week 1.
What makes you tick and where do you want to be in 5 years?
Students are asked to build their “fantasy portfolio” by clipping and copying photographs taken by photographers other than themselves.
The portfolio should contain a minimum of 12 and a maximum of 18 images that reflect:
a) the kind of work that first inspired them to become photographers
b) the kind of work they hope to be making in the years after they graduate
c) the images that have always been the most formative and influential to their own style as a photographer
The portfolio can be made up of single stand alone photographs and also series of images from picture stories.
Note for picture stories it is advisable not to include more than three or four from any one story.
Portfolios do not have to include series but they should all include individual images that represent a genre of photography and instances of well known or lesser known works by established photographers.
Please try and collect images that are at least 800 pixels in size at 72dpi for display on a computer screen
Any source is permissible: screen grabs, jpg files, phone camera copies of books or newspapers or magazines or exhibition photographs.
Each student will email a link to a zip file to Jon levy so he can review their selection and discuss with each photographer their choices and the thoughts and feelings behind these choices.
I have chosen a selction of Images from these Photographers
Jim Mortram
Todd Hido
Tom Hunter
Robert Frank
Philip Lorca Dicorcia
Bruce Davidson
Dan Eldon
Phillip Toledano
Jeff Wall
Hannah Starkey
Ross Rawlings
These are a selection of Photographers that have inspired me or do inspire me and also these are some of the photographs that got me Photographing in the first place. Robert Frank is one of my main early influences, i was always facinated with the Narrative Structure in the Americans. I loved the Grainy, Black and white book, packed full of 80+ Images of ‘Photo-poetry’
This is the same for Bruce Davidson, there was always something about Davidson’s work which i couldn’t quite out my finger on but i knew that i liked it. It might be something similar to that of Frank, in that Composition and Black and white Photography play a big part in their work, especially my favourite pieces by them ‘The Americans and East 100th Street.
Dan Eldon has also been a big influence on me in terms of the ‘archive’ and the Diaristic approach to Artefacts. ‘The Journey is the Destination’ was always a book that i would spend hours looking through picking up little details. These were the published journals of Dan Eldon which were made into a book after his death.
Tom Hunter is someone who inspires me with single Images, the aesthetic and the composition. He is someone who beautifully displays the ‘What has happened, what will happen next, whats happening now’ questions, and suggestive narratives with just one single image. I also enjoy his reference to Painters in his work. It reminds me of the Paitings by Edward Hopper. Almost like an eeriness that you always leave expecting something to be more clarified, like you are waiting for an event or the event has just happened.
Todd Hido, Phillip lorca dicorcia and Jim Mortram and some examples of the work i’d like to be making in the future.

Richard Billingham Talk at Finham Park School Coventry

Yesterday i attended a talk given by Richard Billingham. He mainly talked of his work ‘Ray’s a Laugh’. I have written up my notes to share with the rest of the class. My notes can be found here on Google Docs:


I have also Shared them on the #Phubu google+ community

Starting up The Phobus

A Research Tool.

For my Research and for the development of my Final Project i have realised that i really need to develop a way to make my research not only relevant for myself but interesting to other people. Over the period of 3 years we have been pushed and taught to think of ourselves as trusted sources and to develop your online professional presence to be a legitimate source of information. Therefore I have come to the realisation that it seems irrelevant for me to waffle on and babble about my own opinions of other practitioners work. I could talk about other Photographers/Artists/Film Makers but if i am to think of myself as a publisher, i should make an attempt to develop ways in making this interesting ad interactive for anyone who could be looking at my Online Presence. 
Introducing The Phobus!

Fellow Classmate Oliver Sharpe and myself have decided to start making a travelling little interviewing Roadshow, where we will go and Interview practitioners for our research but then make this into a kind of Educational show to share with our class and then also the rest of the Online World. You dont see many Interviews with Photographers so this could also be quite a unique thing, providing a nice insight into bringing certain Photographers to talk about their work and give the Audience an honest account as well as at the same time providing myself with a chance of meeting and making contacts with the Photographers i Respect and wish to learn something from im regards to producing my own work.

I have been in Touch with Ross Rawlings and he is looking likely to be the first Guest in the first Phobus Episode. He is a Photographer whose work has really inspired my work in regards to slowing down the photographic process and by using 120mm Film and larger cameras. This Interview will give me the chance to ask him questions directly about his work instead of speculating over his work during a few written paragraphs. I have also sent an Email to Jim Mortram whose work has equally inspired me as it deals with similar issues to what i have dealt with in the past with the work on my Father.

We will be filming these Interviews so this is also going to provide me with the perfect opportunity to really develop my Editing Skills if i plan to make any kind of Moving Image for my Final Piece. I really need to develop these and learn a lot of new techniques in order to progress with my Video Making Skills, especially in the current Industry where more and more professional Photographers are picking up Moving Image to make themselves more employable. 

So far we have made a quick template of website and will be out shooting our first episode as soon as possible.



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