Taxonomies: creating order out of complexity

I’ll be showing some work at a group show called ‘Taxonomies: creating order out of complexity‘ at the Land Gallery in Portland, Oregon, USA. The show opens on 22 May and runs through until 8 June 2014.

Taxonomies show at Land Gallery

Taxonomies - Land Gallery, May 22 2014: invite

Creative Review – Music Graphics Showcase

Creative Review cover - Jamie Dobson

Creative Review, Music Graphics Showcase – cover

Creative Review spread - Jamie Dobson

Creative Review, Music Graphics Showcase – page 27 (Record Trace Machine)

Picture caption reads:
This is an image of the song A Quiet Place by Horace Andy and John Holt. It was generated using a machine built by Jamie Dobson who graduated from the MA Communication Design course at Central Saint Martins this year. The machine “interprets a track as a visual waveform written in light.” says Dobson. “The result is photographed, the length of exposure determined by the length of the record. The images are created entirely in camera, they are single exposures with no Photoshop manipulation.”

Creative Review, June 2005.

Photography

Photography by John Ingledew - Jamie Dobson

Photography by John Ingledew – cover

Photography by John Ingledew - Jamie Dobson

Photography by John Ingledew – page 119 (Inaudible Frequency and Record Trace Machine)

Picture caption reads:
Jamie Dobson is fascinated with the ways in which photography can be used to portray sound. His experiments include building machines that interpret music into waves written in light than can be photographed, and picturing frequencies inaudible to the human ear as they cause liquid to vibrate – he then photographs the pattern formed by a spinning laser that projects a circle of light onto the surface of the fluid. Dobson uses cameras steadied on tripods and long exposures in order to create his work.

Here’s a synopsis of the book taken from Amazon:
This book provides an inspirational education in photography for art, design and photography students as well as young and new photographers. An accessible, original guide, it explores the subjects and themes that have always obsessed photographers and explains technique in a clear and simple way. Embracing the whole spectrum of photography from traditional to digital, it introduces the work of the masters of the art as well as showing fresh, dynamic images created by young photographers from all over the world. An essential resource, the book also provides a valuable overview of careers in photography and a comprehensive reference section.

Photography by John Ingledew, published by Laurence King, 2005.

A-Z of Visual Ideas

A to Z of Visual Ideas by John Ingledew - Jamie Dobson

The A-Z of Visual Ideas by John Ingledew – cover

A to Z of Visual Ideas by John Ingledew - Jamie Dobson

The A-Z of Visual Ideas by John Ingledew – page 37 (Record Colour Order)

Picture caption reads:
Designer and photographer Dobson was inspired to rearrange his entire record album collection in colours rather than the more usual musical genres. The resulting reshuffle of wafer-thin spines create a harmonious installation.

A to Z of Visual Ideas by John Ingledew - Jamie Dobson

The A-Z of Visual Ideas by John Ingledew – page 126 (Record Trace Machine)

Picture caption reads:
Inspired by music, designer and photographer Jamie Dobson created a ‘record trace’ machine that interprets and entire album or single as a wave form written in light.

Here’s a synopsis of the book taken from Amazon:
A sourcebook of visual ideas and strategies for visual communication An A-Z of Ideas explains the key ideas, sources of inspiration and visual techniques that have been used throughout design history. Aimed principally at the student market, the book shows where ideas and inspiration come from and helps unlock the readers creativity, providing numerous strategies to help solve creative briefs and design problems. Using an upbeat, dynamic and easy-to-understand A-Z format, the book reveals techniques that can be exploited to deliver ideas with greater impact, with each entry offering a different starting point. Entries include everything from Intuition and Instinct to Happy Accidents and Hidden Messages, and feature a section explaining how to use the idea or technique, providing readers with an infallible tool kit of inspiration. Including hundreds of inspirational quotes from creative people and packed with great examples of advertising campaigns, posters, book and magazine covers, illustrations and editorial images, this indispensable creative primer also includes previously unpublished photographic work.

The A-Z of Visual Ideas by John Ingledew, published by Laurence King, 2011.

Next Level – Edition 01, Volume 04

Next Level - Jamie Dobson

Next Level – cover

Next Level - Jamie Dobson

Next Level – page 62/63 (Record Colour Order)

Next Level, Edition 01, Volume 04, 2005.