What did I do? Due to the COVID 19 epidemic, my options were limited for subjects to photograph however, I managed to get some photos of strangers right at the beginning before the full effect of the idea of mask wearing a social distance became to problematic and I turned to my wife and myContinue reading “Learning Summary for Self and the Other”
Photography Today, 2014, by Mark Durden, London: Phaidon. ISBN: 978-0-7148-4563-0. This is an illustrated book examining the work of contemporary photographic artists from the 1960s to present day. The book is divided into subjects covering: The Copy: Authorship and Reproduction, The Face: The Pose and the Mask, Colour: Surface and Depth, The Street: Discord and Harmony,Continue reading “Photography Today”
Between The Eyes, Essays on Photography and Politics, (2005) by David Levi Strauss, New York: Aperture. ISBN: 978-1-59711-214-7. Strauss looks at how politics has influenced art taking examples of the Vietnam war, San Salvador, The Gulf war, Rwanda, 911, etc. Notes. Journalists working for the largest news media outlets in America operate under the institutionalContinue reading “Between The Eyes, Essays on Photography and politics.”
In section 3, “Look at Me!”, I studied the subject of ‘self’ and how it has and is used and interpreted in the portrait. I learned that the idea of the ‘selfie’ goes back beyond photography. Originally the early selfies where exclusively for the rich and powerful to express wealth and more importantly, power, examplesContinue reading “Summary for Part 3, “Look at Me!” – The Representation of Self.”
Untitled Film Still #3 (1977) by Cindy Sherman Accessed 24 July 2020. I am a fan of Cindy Sherman, my and I have done some stage acting and so I can Sherman’s work and artistry. I very much like her clever and carefully thought out construction of mise-en-scene as much as her performance.
The brief for this exercise is to produce five portraits of strangers from a variety of backgrounds. They must be classed as ‘Other’ so that they may differ by a significant respect from myself. This could be by age, gender, sexual orientation, ethnic background, social class, etc. I am also to keep notes of contactContinue reading “Exercise 1.1a – Planning & Preparation.”