PHO702: Week 0

PHO702: Week 0

This post is a work in progress. (And it still is)

So I approached this exercise as a response to four main points:

1) Reflect on the intent of your practice and the ‘human choices’ you have made to visually convey your ideas. Illustrate this with examples of your work (both successful and less successful).
2) Evaluate the success / weakness of this work.
3) Contextualise this with in depth research (eg at least three interviews, exhibition reviews etc) of three visual sources (photographers / film makers etc) ie using nine sources in total.
4) Outline your plans for further development within the module PHO702 – where are you going next?

1) So I thought of this as a series of words that express the still slightly nebulous ideas that I am trying to find the words to write down.

  • Reflection on my intent: Discovery, attraction, pin prick, what catch’s one’s eye, raising awareness, local issues, acting local.
  • Human choices: use of tech to illustrate ideas to be re-photographed through daily instagram reference images collected around the city. Use of google maps, coordinates and times/dates to allow the spectator to participate if they’re so inclined. From here I need to do more research on open source mapping.

Examples: previous maps which i didn’t like so much and the others. — maybe use open source maps?

Recently created instagram account @onlyensevilla:


Success – first map

Weakness – lack of clarity, lack of relationship with airbnb, lack of a well-defined good idea. I also was not very happy with how these maps turned out and need to search for a way to present them.

3) Context – atget / guidi / shore / baltz / Trevor Hernandez (landmurk).  Bibliography is included below:

4) I am going to continue documenting the city in a psychogeographic fashion, with my (hopefully) bi-weekly walks. My goals are to photograph the neighbourhoods and build up a large body of work and to research the creation of maps, and the different types of maps that exist/have existed. I will also be looking into building my own map based on open source software and the datapoints I collect through the daily Instagram posts.

POSSIBLE IDEAS for future avenues of research include:

  • Maps like old medieval ones, where you just follow the directions, get directions and have photographs to lead one on the journey. From here to there, etc. out to the pueblos.
  • An old mentor of mine suggested different open source routes for building maps, laying gps coordinates, etc.  He also mentioned some apps and gave me some leads on future areas of study.


So this mentor has got a great sense of humor and is the publisher of these daily art e-mails I’ve been receiving for years.  I reached out over the holidays and asked for help with maps and he sent me two links:

Emma Willards maps of time

and another wonderful map

I will be looking more closely at Willard’s work and of connecting the daily Instagram posts with my base of operations.  Creating some kind of map, both design wise and an interactive one based on openmaps and the GPS points harvested from the real photos I take with the dslr, the landline camera as another teacher calls it, and the images made with the phone and gps sourced from and posted to social.


I also set up an Instagram account to begin documenting the reference points, those scenes that prick my interest,  that I capture on a day to day basis when not actually performing psychogeographic surveys of the city.

Below are some images I took of the Cabalgata de los Reyes Magos.  I went with the family so couldn’t just wander around but I want to be thinking ahead for the upcoming Easter Week religious festival, and possibly Carnaval in nearby Cádiz.

Cabalgata de los Reyes Magos, Seville, 2020

Bibliography: (That needs to be cleaned up still, organized by artist)

_____ Stephen Shore:

Zamudio, R. (2006) ‘Stephen Shore’, Flash Art International, 39, pp. 109–110. Available at: (Accessed: 22 January 2020).

DANIEL HUBER. 2016. ‘Walker Evans and Stephen Shore at the Rencontres de La Photographie d’Arles 2015’. Miranda: Revue Pluridisciplinaire du Monde Anglophone 12, [online]. Available at:

ANONYMOUS. 2014. ‘A Life Less Ordinary’. Apollo 180(623), [online], 39–40. Available at:

How to See by the MoMa

At the museum

Photo and the limits of representation – 1.15h talk


_____Mark Power:

REXTER, LYLE and REXTER, LYLE. 2003. ‘Mark Power: “The Power of an Idea”’. Graphis (344), [online], 60–71. Available at:

Tedx talk

No public transport


David Goldblatt

Art21 Extended play, driving around

Life through the lens


Guido Guidi


Trevor Hernandez

Three interviews
possibly the book….


Situationist International


Mapsssss……. (still searching)