Dad - The Video.

As well as portraiture I also enjoy photo-journalism/documentary photography.
Last year I began a photographic project of my Dad, Malcolm Penrose.
In April 1999, he was diagnosed with a brain tumour. At the time he was given only 2 months to live, now 11 years on he is still fighting strong.

You can see/follow the images, as I add them here.

As part of the first term hand-in last year we had to create a video. Im not a great fan of making video so I used mainly my own photography and old home videos. There is a small amount of my own footage.
The music is a piece written and performed by my little brother Ross.

Do you remember your first kiss?

Here is my newest self-portrait :-)
I cant decide whether I prefer the colour or b&w one.

I should really be taking pictures for my uni work but at the moment im a little fed up with one of my projects, not because I dont have ideas, but because my tutor doesnt seem to like anything I do!
It can be very deflating going into a tutorial full of enthusiasm only to be shot down because its not to his taste.
I cant wait till I finish & have the freedom to do whatever I like!

p.s. Mine was at an International Guide & Scout camp, somewhere in Liverpool, with an Austrian Scout called Manuel. Or Mani as his friends called him :-)

Martin Usborne - "MUTE The Silence of Dogs in Cars."

I have been fairly rubbish at blogging here is one about an exhibition I am going to today.
I plan to visit 3 but this is the one im looking forward to most, because, well, its DOGS!

The exhibition is called "MUTE: The Silence of Dogs in Cars" by Martin Usborne. It is currently on at the theprintspace gallery in London, but sadly only until tomorrow.

My main reason for wanting to see this exhibition, apart from it being of a photographic nature, is because it is images of dogs.
I am a real dog person, I love how expressionate and loving they are and that relationship we humans can have with them, not just as pet/owner but as best-friend.
My dog is like a family member to me, I tell her things and I sense her understanding towards emotions within the family. She always cheers me up. As smelly as she may get, I would miss our cuddles :-)

Martin Usborne's images are very powerful and full of that emotion. Those expressionate faces loning for their loved ones return.

And here is a picture of my beautiful doggy, Poppy & I, on one of our summer walks, we have had her since she was a tiny puppy. Shes nearly 12years old now!

Woodland Walk.

Annie Leibovitz - "Killers Kill, Dead Men Die."

The Crime Scene
The Club
The Interrogation
I think Annie Leibovitz's photography is always so astounding! I looked at her alot in one of my modules last year, for her use of narrative, props & beautiful use of lighting.
When I brought my work round to a Noir theme I looked in to her photographs from the 2007 Hollywood Portfolio: Killers Kill, Dead Men Die.
In particular her image "The Club", was a big inspiration for my image "The Card Game". I would have loved the access to props and costumes that she will have had (well, her wardrobe/stylist people), but I guess her budget will have been something abit higher than mine!

The Making of Nuit Blanche...

The video becomes so much more magical when you see just how much work went in to making it!

Nuit Blanche by Spy Films.

Sticking with the Noir theme for now heres an amazing video that I saw posted on someones profile and fell in love. Its so slow & beautiful. Pure brilliance.

The Card Game.

The Card Game
I added a few images from this Noir/Self/Cloning project a few months ago. There was alot more overall but this was definately my favourite! I was so pleased with how this turned out, I had a C-print made of this image for my final hand in, but noticed recently that there was a few bits that needed retouching. When I have my own house I want this printed huge & hung up in pride of place :-)

For a  bigger view.

Packing my Life Away.

Packing my Life Away

I was inspired to do this photograph after a friend pointed out to me that I am "always packing". I'd never really thought about it myself until I began getting my stuff together to go back to uni for my third year. I am never in one place for more than a month, whether it be a trip home, a visit to see my boyfriend in London or a trip somewhere to see a family member. I always have a suitcase attached to my hand!
Although I dont travel anywhere exotic I am forever going somewhere, I guess it comes from living on an Island. That extra few miles you have to go to get anywhere, always having to get a boat or plane.
Ever since moving to the UK for university its almost like being given all this freedom!
Maybe in the future ill be doing all this travelling but to more exciting places... :-)

Early Evening.

That Early Evening Thinking Place.
I love watching the sky change. Especially in the winter if the sun has been shining. That shift of colour from bright blue, to blue with streaks of orange to light purple before black.

This image is from the top floor of Andrew's London house, theres no curtain so you can always see the sky, with the rooftops & chimneys. In the dark you can see little squares of light from the houses behind.
A lovely place to just sit, and think.

Zed Nelson - "Once there was a boy..."

My first inspiration post :-)

I just came across this article on the Guardian website about Zed Nelson and his project called "Once there was a boy..." which is a series of photographs, taken by Nelson of a couple and their son. The first taken shortly after the birth, and then every single one that follows was taken on the same day, a year later. He has been doing this for nearly 20years. It is fascinating to see how the son grows, and how the parents change over the years. Particularly the woman, and her multiple hairstyles!

10 of the images

This is a similar idea to that of Diego Goldberg and his family - who has taken photographs of each of his family members, on the same day for 34years (to date).

Screen Print Example
On March 28th 2010, I decided to begin my own version with my boyfriend Andrew. That date was our 2year Anniversary :-)

And here is the ours so far...

28th March 2010

Why Self Portraiture?


“A self-portrait is a representation of an artist, drawn, painted, photographed, or sculpted by the artist.”

On Tuesday I had my first tutorial with a tutor that I have yet to really have during my time at university. I went in with a vague idea of what I wanted to do this year, though I hadn’t firmly set a project brief for myself. As far as I was concerned I was experimenting/toying with a number of possibilities.

I knew that I wanted to take self-portraits again, pushing myself further with them, taking more time to plan, execute & edit. I showed him some images I took over the summer as well as examples of my work from last year. I was feeling quite confident when he turned round and asked me, “why?”

I had never really put much thought into why I take self-portraits, I’d always looked at it as a convenience – I am always available, I know what I’m aiming for, etc. But these reasons were not what he was looking for, he didn’t want processes.

At one point he asked if it was an ego thing, a sort of want for recognition and celebrity status. This I found to be quite offensive. It was almost as though that’s how he feels I work as a photographer, and as I said at the start, this was my first time dealing with him – not the first impression I was hoping for.

I must admit, quite often I just have an idea, an image in my head of something I would like to create. I can honestly say that occasionally the meaning may come after. I respect his feedback, and the fact that he has really made me think about myself as a self-portrait photographer, but does there really need to be a deep meaning to EVERY photograph I ever take? Sometimes I just “liked” the light, or had a prop I wanted to use. Maybe the location was something different, or I just had that urge to take a photograph.

I am still going to continue taking self-portraits as and when I like, how I like, but I will also be pushing myself to look deeper inside myself, to find those images full of meaning; images that reflect my stories, my passions, my feelings. Watch this space!

Follow up Birthday Post.

So its been 6 months since I turned 21. Time is flying by so quickly! Before I know it I will be turning 22! Getting closer & closer to the big 3.0!! :-S
I never got round to doing a follow up post with some pictures from my birthday, it was truely the best birthday ever! Center Parcs is an amazing place, theres so much to see & do, so much fresh air & nature. Unfortunately my Mum forgot to bring my Nikon D40 from home, and picked up the bag with just the lenses so I wasnt able to get any great pictures.

Anyway, here are pictures of the amazing birthday cake & the special ring that I received. I semi-designed it myself from a wonderful shop back home, Celtic Gold.
Then just a cheeky swimming pool shot :-)

My Camera Cake
Birthday Ring

In the Pool

Back again!

I'm giving this blog thing another go. So how better to start than with a new header, and a bit of an update to the old layout :-)
I've also made a footer, and here is the image I used...

The D90
Who knows, maybe this time great things will happen! lol

Home for Summer.

I'm home for Summer now, I have been for the last 2 weeks. This might mean I blog more but who knows!

BIG adventure tomorrow!

I have a big day ahead of me tomorrow. For the first time ever on my own, I am driving back to Leicester. A journey that could take me about 8hours - 3 and a half to 4 hours on the boat to Heysham followed by 4+ hours driving.
On the IOM we can learn to drive at 16, so by the end of this year I will have been driving for 5 years. However, the IOM is only 33 miles long and we dont have any motorways or big roundabouts...our roads are mainly country roads. We do however have no speed limits on most of our main roads so keeping the speed isnt a problem.
I have driven in the UK before, but with my Mum in the passenger seat, helping out.
I'm not too worried about it, hopefully I wont get lost (im borrowing a SatNav...).
This will be the longest time I have ever driven for! I think a McDonalds will be in order on the one break I might get! haha

Profile Picture April.

Long Hair & Wallpaper.

...And my profile picture at the moment :-)

My Header Image.

Blood Red Lips. Waterfall Hair.

I thought i'd post the original of the image i've used as my header. This is one of my favourite self-portraits to date, I have had a lot of great feedback from this image.

As you will notice over time, I mainly shoot self-portraits. Not because I want to but because its easier. I have noone else to model for me, whereby I am always available when I need a model and I quite like having my picture its a win win I guess :-)

Noir & Cloning.

For one of my Uni projects I have been looking at self-portraits, cloning and characters which has eventually brought me to Noir...
Here are a few of my Noir Clones so far.

Regina Spektor - "Dance Anthem of the 80's" [OFFICIAL VIDEO]

I ADORE Regina Spektor!
This is one of my many faves.
I will always remember seeing her live.
Her songs can cause so many different emotions, depending on the current mood they either make me super happy or like I want to cry. I love that. God I love her!

Can't Wait.

Pill Box Glow
I can't wait for summer, when I don't have Uni work to do. I plan to take a self portrait atleast once a week!


I made a blog ages ago for uni but decided to stick to good old fashioned log books, stacks of prints and hours of cutting, sticking and writing. But iv decided to make myself a more personal one, for general everything; from photos taken, inspiration found and anything happening from day to day thats worth a mention.

Well, my name is Victoria Penrose and I am currently coming towards the end of my 2nd year at De Montfort University where I study Photography & Video. I am originally from the Isle of Man and I miss it so much when in Leicester - mainly due to the lack of countryside and sea. Its so urbanised, everything is concrete. I crave the fresh air and freedom you get from living on an Island. That said, I plan to live in London after I graduate :-)