Category: Exercises

Exercise 5.7: Artist’s Statement

I researched a number of artist’s statements and advice given on how to write them. Many people seem to agree that it is not easy to write one “I hate artist statements. Really, I do. As an artist, they are almost always awkward and painful to write, and as a viewer they are similarly painful …

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Exercise 5.6: Context and meaning

Walker’s essay ‘Context as a Determinant of Photographic Meaning’ starts with the consideration of a wedding photograph and lists a large number of contexts within which it could be seen; from a family album, to a magazine to an art gallery. The argument being that what one sees in, and how one assesses the image …

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Exercise 5.5: Create a slideshow

I watched a number of slideshows and noted how varied they could be. For example: New York Times 1 in 8 million – a black and white slide show (in fact 54 slide shows) each telling the story of one of the 8 million residents of the area. The people, and their stories are very …

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Exercise 5.4; Online exhibitions

I found the Looking at the Land exhibition very interesting. I paritcularly liked the way that the images had been put together with patterns repeating from one image to the next, e.g Clinging Vine and Independence Rock; or Imperial Sand Dunes and Plane. Very different subjects but related to each other by patterns. The exhibition had three ways …

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Exercise 5.3: Print-on-demand mock-up

I did this exercise before I had completed taking and preparing all the photos for Assignment 5, so if I had decided to produce a book for this assignment much more time would have been spent on selecting and preparing the final images for inclusion. Nevertheless the exercise itself was an illuminating one. I had …

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Exercise 5.2: Print Quotes

I researched the three companies quoted in the course material; Metro, theprintspace and Spectrum. I decided to seek prices for an A3 print as this is the size required for assessment. It wasn’t straightforward in that Metro only offered standard format sizes, not A3 size. In addition Metro and Spectrum offered two levels of printing …

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Exercise 5.1: Origins of the White Cube

The essay starts with the statement that in this century we “investigate things in relation to their context, come to see the context as formative of the thing, and, finally, see the context as as thing itself”. It goes on to describe the modern gallery space which, it says is constructed to rules that are …

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