Category: Part 4

Tutor Feedback and Review

I had been rather pleased with the Critical Review that I submitted for Assignment 4, so initially I was a little disappointed that my tutor found so much to comment on. Having read his report a few times now, and thinking about what he said, I think that I can learn a great deal from …

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Exercise 4.6: Proposal for the self-directed project

*****  Following comment from my tutor I have revised my proposal for the self-directed project. The revised proposal (Self-directed project – amended version) can be seen here .   Revisiting the Norwich School  Introduction The Norwich School of Artists is the name given to a group of artists, mainly landscape painters, who were active at …

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Exercise 4.5: Signifier – Signified

Barthes refers to three messages: The linguistic message The coded iconic message (this signs each comprising signifier and signified) Non-coded iconic message (the literal visual message)     I will use the Aptamil advert above to deconstruct the meaning according to Barthes’ analytical system. The literal visual message shows, on the left side, a woman …

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Exercise 4.4: ‘Of Mother Nature and Marlboro Men’

Deborah Bright’s esssay was an interesting read, despite having been written over 30 years ago, there are many points still valid today.Her essay looks at cultural meanings in landscape photography. Bright believes that, irrespective of aesthetic value, “every representation of a landscape is also a record of human values and actions imposed on the land …

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Exercise 4.3: A subjective voice

I grew up in a small town in the East Midlands close to the countryside and as a child I used to cycle around the local area. So far as I can remember, all the images of the countryside at that time were of country cottages and views of the countryside. These images were widespread …

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Exercise 4.2: The British landscape during World War II

Taylor describes how images of the landscape were used to rally support for the war effort, of portraying a country ‘worth fighting for’. The underlying message was quite subtle “Landscape was a route to levels of emotion which were acceptably patriotic without being too nationalistic”. The images reinforced the historical point that the country had …

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Exercise 4.1: Critical review proposal

I emailed my tutor along with Assignment 3 setting out the following topic for my critical review For the Critical Review in Assignment 4 I would like to look at the use of multiple images/photomontage in landscape photography. Perhaps I could look at the topic in general but then take a detailed look at two …

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