From the series What’s your number, Baby?
by Katia Repina
16th December 2013
When I was 14, I ran my last two races. The second to last would have been around this time of year, where I ran cross country. For the 3 years previously whilst at middle school, you had to run round a specially made route on the school field during PE to determine who would represent the school. Now I was at high school and you just signed up. I was just about to give up on playing competitive sports, was no longer in the good shape that I used to be in, but decided to sign up. I told myself that I could never stop, just jog. I ended up coming 6th in my year, but who knows what in reality as we were running with those the year below us too as I believe we were so few.
My last ever race was the 1500m on sports day - the only one we would have in our 3 years at the school. I hadn’t ran long distance, or probably at all in the 6 months since cross country. No other girls signed up to represent their class, so I had to run with the boys. Luckily they mini-bused us there ahead of the walking rest of the year, so they only got to laugh at my last lap where all the boys had finished running. At least I came first…
I quit sports for a few reasons. Mainly because I was fed up of being on teams with people who were unteamly towards me and a bit because I thought that ‘rockers’ weren’t supposed to play sport.
Recently I have been working towards making work for my 14 year old self, but tonight I jogged for 35 minutes - as of Saturday my personal best of the 6 or so times that I have been running in the last month was 15 minutes. I think she would be proud of me.
(& it was raining… I don’t sweat that much
& I hope this doesn’t constitute as a ‘selfie’)
A few weeks ago I went to the Science Museum to see Only In England. I surprisingly enjoyed it more than I thought I would - there were some great Tony Ray-Jones images that I hadn’t seen before, including this one.
Ge Zhang: Toxoplasmosis
This project was amongst my favourite work of the latest graduates from the MA Photography at LCC
Making some space on my computer (trying to anyways).
Just found these which I took my hotel room in Thessaloniki, Greece in October 2011 - whilst I was there for the Biennale of Young Artists from Europe and the Mediterranean.
It was on my old point and shoot camera and I remember getting really annoyed as I had no tri-pod.
Nan Goldin - SELF-PORTRAIT ON THE ROCKS. LEVANZO, SICILY, 1999
I’m aware that I haven’t posted in a ‘while’. I’ve been busy with moving about and trying to figure out my uni work. This weekend I have been on a two day performance workshop. Last night our homework was to make a 5 minute performance.
I decided to do some freewriting. My first attempt was really just blocky and dull. Then just before going to the cinema (Don Jon - wasn’t really a fan) I did a second attempt that was a lot more to the point and poetic-ish. The tutor called it beautiful at the end of the day, which was nice. I’ve been interested in performance for a while, but never knew what to do. Now my mind is buzzing with ideas… Looking forward to the Christmas break where I can sit down and edit Your Mind & Body… II, do some reading, write a bit of my essay and figure out what I want to do with my work for the next year.
The Nan Goldin image is from flicking through some of the teacher’s books today and seeing this image for what feels like the first time. It’s beautiful.
It’s not long until I finish the first year of my MA in Photography (where has this year gone?!)
I’ve been working a lot in video and I’m trying to figure out how personal I want to be with the work that I’ve decided on as my subject matter. As a result I get very nervous showing it in class. When I had to show my first new one of this term to the whole group I couldn’t be in the same room, so I ran out.
The next time when I had 4 to show to a smaller group I just hid behind my computer screen and doodled furiously, whilst laughing at myself.
Tomorrow (Saturday 9th) I’ll be at the Phoenix Gallery in Brighton for the Miniclick Paper Fair. I’ll be there with my book (in all 7 colours).
At 3pm I’ll be involved with this:
3pm Panellists, including illustrator Sean King, photographers Andrew Youngson and Jocelyn Allen and publisher Al Palmer of Brown Owl Press will discuss their favourite piece of paper.
Check out their website for all stallholders and talk information: http://miniclickatthefringe.wordpress.com/2013/10/11/the-miniclick-paper-fair-sat-9th-nov/
Maybe see you there?
23rd May 2013
Still going through making an edit of YM&B…II.
Yesterday’s edit was 67, today was 69… I reckon it’ll be done by Christmas (ha). Going to ask some friends to go through the images and put a selection together.
Anyways, here is one that probably won’t make the cut for this project. It’s funny posting this… I wanted to post it as I thought it was funny, but it also makes me realise how much self portraiture has changed me in a better way. If I was ‘some important person’ walking down the street and they papped a picture like this I’d be called drunk or something. Nope I’m just blinking. The point is… the fact that I’m comfortable in this being on the internet is a good thing… right?
I’ve had a productive weekend - I made a few new videos and have put together some research images along with a ‘mindmap’ of thoughts for the progression of my CCP (critical context paper).
I’m spending the afternoon researching for my ‘critical context paper’. I’ve been finding some gems - especially this one!
I saw the work of Paul Nougé for the first time this weekend in Huis Marseille, Amsterdam. If anyone happens to know about a book of his photographic work - please let me know!
Went to Diemen/Amsterdam for a long weekend. We could hear the wind blowing on the 13th floor, but were unaware of the damage on the ground. Went outside to play football and we couldn’t get to one of the goal posts…