Editing ...

Meeting with Bruer Tidman today and going through edit on The Great Yarmouth Project as tomorrow meeting with Mark to discuss the design. From three thousand images to four hundred prints and on to the final edit. Mapping the prints is seeking a pattern, a colour, a shape, content, composition, the shifts from vertical to horizontal, finding an overall sensibility that is multifarious as a dream and all the while combines the lightest touch to a series of fleeting moments. It's all a bit raw so staying at the circus this week! Mark Cator, 2018, the Hippodrome Circus, Great Yarmouth Mark Cator, 2018, the Hippodrome Circus, Great Yarmouth Mark Cator, 2018, the Hippodrome Circus, Great Yarmouth

250 years of Circus and 115 years of Great Yarmouth's Hippodrome

Two hundred and fifty years ago, on an abandoned patch of land near London’s Waterloo, showman, entrepreneur and equestrian rider Philip Astley drew out a circle in the ground and filled it with astounding physical acts. This spectacle was the world’s very first circus and Astley set alive his 42 foot ring with a dazzling combination of jugglers, acrobats, clowns, strong men and bareback riders… Every circus, anywhere, began at this moment in 1768. At the Hippodrome Circus in Great Yarmouth the 'spectacle' lives on and the show has been dubbed one of the seven wonders of the British seaside. The Hippodrome is unique in being Britain’s only surviving total circus building. Built in 1903 by th

Out There in Great Yarmouth

The Out There Festival this weekend in Great Yarmouth was sensational. Huge creit and thank you to all the performers, organisers and volunteers for bringing the circus and a massive smile to the streets. Loved it all, especially as this year marks the 250th anniversary of the circus. Amer & Africa, The Out There Festival, Great Yarmouth, Mark Cator, 2018 Fraser Hooper, The Out There Festival, Great Yarmouth, Mark Cator, 2018 Tom Gaskin, The Out There Festival, Great Yarmouth, Mark Cator, 2018 Pete Gunson, The Out There Festival, Great Yarmouth, Mark Cator, 2018 Mark Cator 2018, The Out There Festival, Great Yarmouth Mark Cator 2018, The Out There Festival, Great Yarmouth

Josef Albers and colour

"Colour is a deception. Colour is always fooling us", so proclaimed Josef Albers, going on to radically trawl the perceptual and imaginery nature of colour during his teaching at Black Mountain College and Yale University in the 1940's & '50's. A major source of inspiration for Albers was Goethe's 1810 Farbenlehre [Study of Colour], the colour phenomenon known by its scientific name as "simultaneous contrast", the colour observations of the French chemist Michel Eugene Chevreul, and Wilhelm von Bezold's, The Theory of Colour and its Relation to Art and Art-History. With photography, colour is essentially a distraction. The purpose is to limiit that distraction and instil an aesthetic witho

Tribes, rituals and customs

I spent a spellbinding afternoon photographing the Hippodrome Circus in Great Yarmouth. Afterwards Ben Jay [his family run the circus] showed me the excellent work of two other photographers recording the life of the Hippodrome, David Morris and Graham Brandon. I checked out their websites and Graham has recently been out to the Omo Valley in Ethiopia to photograph the diversity of tribes in the area. As one thing leads to another I picked up on a Guardian article on the question of turning the people of the Omo Valley in to a cultural zoo. It's always been a strange paradox for me in that the more 'cultured' we become in our sophisticated society, the less we want to be associated with cul