Category: Part 2

Exercise 2.6: Edgelands

I liked this concept of Edgelands, somewhere not quite of itself but on the edge of somewhere else – not interesting enough to be a town or city centre, not rural enough to be called countryside – the places where you find sewage treatment works, power stations, business or retail parks. The wording on the …

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Exercise 2.5: Text in art

For this exercise I took a short walk around the churchyard in the village of Stanhoe, Norfolk. I made a few observations as I walked around and took photos on my phone. Thinking about he exercise later I decided to transfer my observations in the form of Haikus, defined by Oxford Dictionaries as “A Japanese …

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Exercise 2.4: Is appropriation appropriate?

Geoff Dyer’s article was thought-provoking and I found the work of the artists he mentions reletively interesting. I was, however, left with the feeling ‘so what’s new?’ Lucie-Smith (2003 p17) defines appropriation as a “Term used when an artist takes over pre-existing images to re-employ them unchanged in a different context or with a different …

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Exercise 2.3: Typologies

Listening to Lewis Baltz talking about his work on the Tate video, three comments really struck me in what he said. Firstly he believes that ‘Photography is the only deductive art, every other medium begins with a blank sheet. Photography starts with a world that’s perhaps overfull and needs to sort out from that world …

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Exercise 2.2(2): Explore a road – review of a film

The Road I watched this film which is an adaptation of the novel by Cormack McCarthy. It is an unremittingly bleak film of life in a distopian future. It follows the fortunes (or rather misfortunes) of a father and son attempting to travel to the coast in a post-apocalyptic USA. We never know what has …

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Exercise 2.2(1): Explore a road – series of photographs

For this exercise I chose to photograph Cemetery Lane, a road that leads past the cemetery (unsurprisingly) and on to our local train station. I tried taking photographs that gave a sense of what it would be like to walk down the road. Not of the road itself, but of what lies either side of …

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Exercise 2.1: Territorial Photography

Snyder talks about the changing market for images “I am suggesting that they were produced to meet the demands of a growing middle-class audience” (p179). He goes on to state that this resulted in a change in photographic practice to in which the suggestiveness of images and the picturesque was replaced by real precision throughout …

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