Signs, Punk and Liminal Space. –

So, I’ve been pretty busy with work and constantly thinking and refining ideas for my project and my essay, but also I’ve been sort of lost on what I really want to say with my project, and also in life generally after a lot of tragedy in my life over the last couple of years. I guess that when you feel like that, you subconsciously start looking for signs, for some direction and grounding, which can become quite surreal at times. I eventually realised that this in itself is a good starting point for my project. Being in that head space, exploring the ideas associated with attached significance to objects and events when maybe they would have been completely overlooked before. Sometimes this can be a huge hindrance to progressing, but sometimes you can find moments and meaning in things that can turn out to be beautiful and life affirming.
So I visited UCA library and took out a book by Peter Granser called “Signs”

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I found this book very helpful as an initial waypoint, and was intrigued by the titles of the contents ” The Impossible Un-Ambiguity of Signs” and “Lone stars, Lost amongst the Big Bang”
I feel the seemingly unassuming images tell a lot when framed within this context.
At some moment in time, these scenes held a lot of meaning for someone.

I also rented a book called Punk in Print, I have always been interested in certain aspects of punk mentality and in a sense it ties in with the idea of being lost, as punk gave identity and voice to a generation of people who felt “lost” there are definitely ideas within the genre which I want to explore further, although I feel like it shouldn’t be a main aspect of the work I produce.

At this point, after going on a few walks and journeys, down roads I’ve never been down and to places i’ve never been to. I realised I had collected reference and subject material for locations, styles and compositions that intrigued me. I had an idea forming.
I needed to go about collecting things for the images I wanted to make. So I got to ebay, after paying an outstanding fee I had on there from when I used to sell antique coins.
So now I am waiting on some items, exploring the idea of being “lost” as an overarching theme, whilst exploring some more nuanced material that I want to try to capture in the images I will go on to produce.

From the tutorial I had about my essay, I described and discussed my themes and the challenges I have had settling on a title. It was very productive having a second opinion and some other input on making sense of these abstract ideas that I had been having.

– Liminal Spaces Search
Psychoanalysis of Liminal Spaces
Surreal Modern debate on Philosophy of Existentialism relevence

Library Catalogue on MyUCA
Google Scholar
Essay Day Thursday


  1. 1.
    relating to a transitional or initial stage of a process.
  2. 2.
    occupying a position at, or on both sides of, a boundary or threshold.

In anthropology, liminality is the quality of ambiguity or disorientation that occurs in the middle stage of rites, when participants no longer hold their pre-ritual status but have not yet begun the transition to the status they will hold when the rite is complete.

Direction flow – Ideas

So, the first few weeks of the course have been a little bit of a minefield of ill health and sorting out a lot of life stuff. My first lesson was a primer into critical thinking and how to extract information from a text effectively. The text we were focussing on was ‘An essay on abjection” by Kristeva a female philosopher and feminist. This initial class on critical thinking and research planning gave me some inspiration as to exploratory work I could engage in. Specifically In regard to our tutor mentioning the utilisation of psycho geography , and referencing my interest in temporal work and land art/ process art  (Richard Long, Christo etc.) I have been thinking about the use of the Zenza Bronica SQ-A medium format camera, and spent some time using it. The Ilford XP 400 film produces 12 shots. A number which is perfectly divisible into 360. Making it a perfect choice in my mind to use for a) daily cycles and b) cyclical walks that can be mapped to 30 degree intervals. I’m interested in utilising this method to maybe taking a photo at each of these points to create a series that defines an area. Maybe all pointing inward to a This was my preliminary thinking whilst using the Bronica camera. I then moved onto thinking about moving in social circles, as I really want to be capturing portraits and how that could be defined.  I like the idea of creating a project with a mixture of set pieces and natural shots.


Seeing in Circles: How to Compose a Circular Photograph

Key words : Process, Circular, Social, Portait, Temporal (Ethereal) Mental Health, Stuck,  Future, Elemental, Sex, Botanical, Digital, Everyday, Obstacles, Animal, Freedom, Music, Exotic, Raw, Vice, Passion, Pygmalion, Artist

Some Scans from the negatives taken with the Zenza Bronica – With the idea of Psycho Geography in mind.