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Hi my name's Jason Carden and I'm a recently graduated photographic student from the Hereford College of Arts and this is me...well not literally! come in but take your shoes off first. Oh and by the way it's a mixture of my own work and practice and some research into the praxis of other photographers.

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Great Malvern, Worcestershire

The Chippy - A short film by Jason carden

Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, England

Hereford Photography Month - October 27th to November 28th 2014

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Presentation of The Little Town of the Fishes for the Apple Store Gallery 

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Hereford Photography Month - October 27th to November 28th 2014

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Exhibition Edit Order for Little Town of the Fishes Project

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For my submission edit to the Hereford Photography Month I have chosen my recent project, Little Town of the Fishes as I feel that it fits, closely with the festival’s overarching theme of community and photography’s role in examining and presenting ways in which they function.

Above is my final selection and edit order from the total of Twenty Five possible images. These images will be exhibited at the Apple store Gallery in Hereford from Tuesday the 28th of October until Saturday 22nd of November 2014.

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Watford, Hertfordshire, England

Watford, Hertfordshire, England

Watford, Hertfordshire, England

Hereford, Herefordshire

Small things writ large

They were everyday notes from his wife, but when artist Keith Arnatt pictured and enlarged them after her death they were transformed, writes Martin Parr

Keith Arnatt was a well-known conceptual artist in the early 70s - his films, installations and photo records were exhibited at the Tate in London and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. One show, at the Tate in 1972, became notorious: he displayed the enrolment cards of all the staff members - they then had to be taken down because security guards objected to their photographs being displayed without permission. It was the kind of fuss Arnatt enjoyed; he liked the unpredictable and acts of provocation. Then, in 1973, he was introduced to the work of Walker Evans, August Sander and Diane Arbus, and never looked back. His colleague, David Hurn, at Newport College of Art - where Arnatt was teaching sculpture - had opened a department of documentary photography. Arnatt was intrigued and inspired by the images. For the next 30 years he worked as a photographer, first in black and white, then changing to colour in the mid-80s. He was prolific - making some 20 series of photographs - until forced to give up in 2004, dogged by illness. All the while he continued to earn his living by teaching, as he sold his work only rarely.

It is difficult to categorise Arnatt or place him in recent photographic history; he approached projects with the curiosity of one immersed in the art practice of an earlier generation. Yet his images appear very modern.

Notes From My Wife is a case in point. They are jottings and reminders written by his wife, Jo, in the early 90s. Soon after, she was struck down by a brain tumour and Arnatt nursed her until her death in 1996. He decided to collect the most poignant of the notes and photographed 18 of them. Taken out of context and blown up, they become surreal. This was Arnatt’s strength as a photographer: he understood how the smallest detail or observation could be transformed by the act of isolation.

All his series of photographs were taken within striking distance of his home near Tintern in Wales (including The Visitors, 1974-6, of tourists at Tintern Abbey) or, like the notes, actually in the house. He found pleasure in everyday objects - notably in exploring his local rubbish tip. He went on to make simple still lives of cardboard boxes, abandoned paint tins and other objects he found there.

Hurn recalls how, when Arnatt and Jo first moved to the area, they didn’t have a television because they could not get any reception. So, five nights a week, they’d go round to Hurn’s house some time after six o’clock and they’d all watch TV together until 9.10pm, when Arnatt would go to the pub for a couple of drinks, returning at 11.20pm precisely to pick up Jo and return home. They eventually moved house and got their own television, but Arnatt continued his regular pub visits. He was a great believer in routine, and his arrival and departure times were set in stone. It was after Arnatt’s trips to the pub, or on his return home from teaching or exhibiting, that he would find the notes.

Arnatt’s driving force has been more conceptual than documentary, and a decade or so later his artistic strategies are flourishing. Even so, his photographic work has remained largely unrecognised. He has not enjoyed the benefits of gallery representation or high-profile exhibitions since his days as a conceptual artist - the only exception being the British Council, which regularly toured and displayed his photographs. What a pleasure it is, then, to see I’m A Real Photographer, Arnatt’s new exhibition at the Photographers’ Gallery. It provides a timely opportunity to explore and understand what an important artist and photographer Arnatt is, and how his ideas have changed from outsider practice to mainstream thinking.

Article first appeared in The Guardian, Saturday 19 May 2007

Stephanie - September 2014

Hereford Photography Month - October 27th to November 28th 2014

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Exhibition Edit Order for Little Town of the Fishes Project

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For my submission edit to the Hereford Photography Month I have chosen my recent project, Little Town of the Fishes as I feel that it fits, closely with the festival’s overarching theme of community and photography’s role in examining and presenting ways in which they function.

I have chosen a series of ten images from a total of 25 possible photographs and am in the process of finalising the order and the method of display.

Below is the entire collection of images that appear in the Little Town of the Fishes Book.

Little Town of the Fishes

The book can be purchased on amazon.com and you can visit my website to view this and other projects at jgcphotographic.com.

All photography and text © Jason Carden 2014

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