Category: Part 1

Oct 16

Feedback from 1st assignment

I have received feedback from my tutor on the first assignment. Generally speaking the feedback was very positive about what I had tried to achieve although maybe I could have adopted a simpler approach to the topic. He commented that series 1 photos were the weaker of the two which I agree with. In series …

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Jul 31

Reflections on Part 1 of the course

I am pleased now that I chose this course as the third one I have undertaken at this level. The exercises have been challenging and made me think a lot more about the image and how it comes to fruition. I think this is complementing my Art of Photography course very well and helping me …

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Jul 31

Assignment 1: Two sides of the same story

The assignment requires you to produce two sets of photographs telling different versions of the same story with 5-7 images in each set. The images have to be “candid and taken from real life”. The two sets of images are shown below , a 300 word introduction to what I was trying to do can …

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Jul 29

Exercise: The Real and the Digital

Images taken by a camera have always been manipulated; I remember going to see an exhibition of photographs of the royal family by Cecil Beaton. He described the care that would be taken in developing the films and how the prints would always be made to show royalty at their best, removing any imperfection. Images …

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Jul 28

Exercise: Composite image

This exercise involved using “digital software such as Photoshop to create a composite image which visually appears to be a documentary photograph but which could never actually be.” I had the idea of superimposing a picture of a train or a lorry on to a river scene so that it looked as if the vehicle …

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Jul 14

Exercise: Sarah Pickering

At the beginning of the series the images are convincing as scenes of urban life. The streets are realistic if grey and monotonous from the same breeze -block construction. As you go through the series you begin to wonder – why are there no people/animals/plants or trees or indeed any sign of life whatsoever. As …

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Jul 13

Research Point: Paul Seawright

This exercise concerned Paul Seawright’s work in particular Sectarian Murder My full response to the questions in the exercise is here Paul Seawright. I was very interested in Paul Seawright’s work. His interpretation of the sectarian murder theme really makes you think about the images. the video shown in the exercise was also very good, …

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Jul 12

Exercise: Photos in Street Photography Style

This exercise required 30 colour 8images and 30 black and white images in a street photography style. I had already planned a trip to London to visit an exhibition, so I went to Covent Garden to try to complete this exercise. The photographs that I took on the day are shown below. It is interesting …

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Jul 12

Research Point: Street Photography

I found the book ‘Street Photography Now’ by Sophie Howarth and Stephen McLaren (Thames and Hudson, 2010) particularly useful for this exercise. It showcases the work of 46 contemporary street photographers from around the world and gives a good variety of style and content.. You can read the introduction to it here and there are …

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Jul 12

Research Point: Debates around photojournalism

There are interesting parallels between the debate around socially driven photographers and also images of conflict and a similar debate twenty years ago as to whether pictures of starving children in drought hit parts of Africa were exploitative or a necessary way to raise awareness and assistance. Pictures of starving children are rarely used by …

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