Today was our first day of commune,it was Poppy's day where overall we walked and covered most of Amsterdam. The initial excitement of being in a new country really meant that we were all able to achieve and make the most of the day, at the end of the day when we checked our steps we had walked 21, 962 steps.
This morning we woke up at 9am and were out walking trying to find somewhere for breakfast by 10,n we went to a quaint cafe which had high wide windows which curved around our table, we were here for about an hour doing observational drawing. I found this exercise a gentle introduction to the day and really helped to set us up for the day. We then walked around and then went to foam the gallery. We spent quite a while in the gallery doing more observational drawing. This was a good way to breakdown clear components of the work which I was particularly attracted and inspired by. It was interesting when looking back onto the drawings from the gallery, most of my responses were close up sections of artwork layered on top of other pieces of work creating an amalgamation of responses and perspectives. I think that initially its interesting to look at the restored perspective of things and to see how we can manipulate and interpret different view points and connotations.
The day continued with walking to the front of the Hermitage museum, however we didn't go to any exhibitions as we didn't have enough time before it closed to have a good look so we decided to come back tomorrow. Instead we sat infront of the museum on a platoon and did some drawings of the architecture. I found this really enjoyable appreciating the different and historical architecture, it was really rewarding experience just taking in the elegant structures. After this we got some dinner then returned to our hostels.
After today I found it very enjoyable being so present and not having the distractions of mobile phones and appreciating the soft and relaxed energy of Amsterdam and the culture. For the rest of the trip I would like to take more photos as I felt almost distracted by the location and new scenery that I didn't take as much as I would have liked. Also, the fluid nature of the day and how we all interacted with one another meant that everything was a much more positive experience.
Sophie Calle Inspired Photography
The use of colour film really helps to draw out the defining features of this image. The colour green helps to create a vivid and incising image. I think that the clouded filter across the window adds an enigma to the image as you can't see the content of whats actually inside the house, but the filter captures the outlines of defining lines from within the house. This injects this sense of wanting to know whats going on inside which I find really interesting.