Category: Exercises

Mar 02

Jeff Wall: Insomnia

I enjoyed reading Sharon’s interpretation of this image at http://weareoca.com/photography/beneath-the-surface/ She says “The cold colours of the cupboards and the starkness of the scene, the harsh lighting and the hotspots, give a kind of eerie feel. ┬áIt connotes a place of discomfort; of coldness and unease which we can sense even though we cannot actually …

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Feb 27

Diane Arbus

Two things stand out for me in the photograph and essay by Liz Jobey in Howarth (2005). Firstly the stance/pose of the family looks very uncomfortable, to me best summed up by Jobey calling it “a contemporary metaphor; the unhappy family snapshot”. At a time when most people smile or pose extravagantly for the camera, …

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