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An Image of Sound

Documentary charting photographer Andrew Heptinstall's quest to represent sound within a photographic image, which takes him from the camera into the mind and back again.

Photographer Andrew Heptinstall is embarking on a quest to see whether a photograph can deliver information over and above a pure image; details of the sound of a place that only the photographer could have known at the time of its capture.

He spends a day on Hadrian's Wall in Northumberland with blind contemporary photographer Rosita McKenzie and meets Professor Fiona Macpherson, a philosopher from Glasgow University to gain an insight into human senses and perception.

His many attempts over 6 months to capture the quality of sound within his images take him on a journey as far as Australia; yet he is only at the beginning of his journey as he continues to search for An Image of Sound.

Presenter: Andrew Heptinstall
Producer: Andrew Dawes.

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15 minutes

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Fri 25 Mar 2016 15:30

Andrew Heptinstall

Andrew Heptinstall
Andrew Heptinstall has more than 30 years experience as a commercial photographer in both studio and live settings and has worked on assignments in different environments all over the world.

During his spare time Andrew creates images as he explores not only his native North of England but both nationwide and around the world as he seeks new and inventive ways of creating imagery, as demonstrated in his blog Wanderings of a Photographer.

He mentors young photographers in the Newcastle area where he lives and hosts regular ‘workshop sessions’, aimed at all levels of photographic knowledge and experience for both adults and children.

Twitter: @aheptinstall

Picture: Andrew Heptinstall

Rosita McKenzie

Rosita McKenzie

Rosita McKenzie is a blind photographer interested in the multiple qualities of light and its ability to transform and colour, shape, intensify and shadow our physical world, influenced by her experience as a blind person.

She is guided by her hearing, sense of touch, taste and smell and overwhelming curiosity, not merely physical sight.

She finds the sound of every movement is different. The sound of every environment is different, as well as people, objects and things of nature. She uses these sounds, along with other people’s verbal descriptions, to build up a vast store of memories and mental images. This way, she is able to simultaneously experience and document her life and engage with the unseen world around her.

Fiona Macpherson

Fiona Macpherson

Fiona Macpherson's research concerns the nature of consciousness, perception and perceptual experience, introspection, imagination and the metaphysics of mind.

Topics she has worked on include: cognitive penetration, the nature and individuation of the senses, cross-modal intersensory phenomena, sensory substitution and augmentation, hallucination, illusion, delusion, novel colours, inverted spectra, ambiguous and impossible figures, synaesthesia, the admissible contents of experience, disjunctivism and representational theories of phenomenal character.

Valeria Carullo

Valeria Carullo
Valeria Carullo is co-curator of the Robert Elwall Photographs Collection at the RIBA British Architectural Library. She has a Master’s Degree in Architecture and several years’ work experience with architectural photographer Richard Bryant.

Valeria has given numerous talks and written several articles on both architectural and photographic subjects. She has curated the exhibitions Art Deco Triumphant: The Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes, Paris 1925 at the RIBA, John Pantlin: Photographing the Mid-Century Home at the Geffrye Museum, and co-curated Framing Modernism: Architecture and Photography in Italy 1926-1965 at the Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art and Ordinary Beauty: The Photography of Edwin Smith at the RIBA.


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