October 2014 archive

Oct 21

Assignment 2: The Sociology of Shopping

The concept for this assignment led on directly from the work I did in considering how to use props to tell a story. I thought that I could take photographs of shoppers outside very different shops to tell a story of social status and differences.   I wanted to build on the street photography work …

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Oct 20

Assignment 2 – Using Props – First Thoughts

How to create a series of photos that tells a story but that uses a white shirt or a handkerchief as a prop in each photo.   White Handkerchief A series of photos illustrating the countryside and the freedoms and restrictions imposed on people wishing to use it. For example the handkerchief could be used …

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Oct 20

Assignment 2 – First Thoughts – Unphotographable

What sort of things can be unphotographable – and how could you go about portraying them in photographs? Time – You can’t photograph time, but you can photograph representations of it Clock Sundial Metronome Ages or Ageing Energy – Difficult to photograph directly, but perhaps could photograph Athlete Drinks Muscle Children playing Feelings – How …

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Oct 17

Photographic interpretation of poems

When researching the exercise on choosing a poem and producing a photographic interpretation, I came across a book called Positives by Thom and Ander Gunn. The introduction of the book states “Thom Gumm is a poet, his brother Ander a photographer. In Positives they have joined forces to produce a book in which poetry and …

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Oct 17

Exercise: Poem

The aim of this exercise was to develop metaphorical and visceral interpretations rather than literal ones.   It requires me to select a poem and then interpret it through photographs, not a description of the poem but a response to it.   I chose the poem “The Child on the Stairs”by Moniza Alvi,   it …

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Oct 16

Research Point: Sophie Calle and Sophy Rickett

Sophie Calle received an email from a lover essentially breaking off their relationship, ending with the words ‘take care of yourself’   She used this message as the core of a work of art that she created as a response to the receipt of the message. She passed on the email to over a hundred …

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Oct 16

Exercise: How does The Dad Project compare with Country Doctor

While Smith took some compelling photographs and produced a great story with Country Doctor, to me he seems more removed from the story than Briony Campbell does in The Dad Project.   Smith seems more of an observer telling the story whereas Campbell is part of the story, just as much as her father.   …

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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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