Assignment 6 – Final Project

Behind this laughing mask of mine 2020 – 2021 ‘Every profound spirit needs a mask’ Nietzsche, Beyond Good an Evil, 1888. In the politics of self we put up a front to others, and this is worn as a type of mask that projects as well as it guards. For identity we wear many masksContinue reading “Assignment 6 – Final Project”

Assignment 5 – Written Report

Overall Comments A useful start based on decent preparatory research. Feedback on assignment Demonstration of technical and Visual Skills, Quality of Outcome, Demonstration of Creativity Notes on, and in addition to, video tutorial [my notes in italics] You have recommended that I research Ralph Eugene Meatyard and Gillian Wearing as to what their original intentionsContinue reading “Assignment 5 – Written Report”

Assignment 5: Self Directed Project. (Work in Progress)

The Politics of Self & Other My idea for a theme is a critical look at how we regard ourselves and others from a political angle. I want to explore ideas of ‘self and other based upon a form of political ideology and to be more specific consider how portraits are viewed from the anglesContinue reading “Assignment 5: Self Directed Project. (Work in Progress)”

The Suit and the Photograph (1979) by John Berger

Young Farmers, 1914, August Sander. Country Band, Seigerland, 1913, August Sander. Stadtmissionare, 1931, August Sander. In John Berger’s essay, The Suit and the Photograph, Berger examines Sanders famous photograph The Young Farmers (1914). Berger suggests that the status of these three individuals can be deduced from their clothes. He begins by explaining that the darkContinue reading “The Suit and the Photograph (1979) by John Berger”

Planning and Preparation for Assignment 3

Shaun Mullins (Untitled) 2020, Different Selves My brief The readings, research and exercises should have led you to think about self portraiture in a variety of ways. Some practitioners deliberately play with ideas of fluidity and multiple selves, whilst still being anchored to a nominal self. Selfies, often used as self promotion, are intimately linkedContinue reading “Planning and Preparation for Assignment 3”

Summary for Part 3, “Look at Me!” – The Representation of Self.

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.”

Preparing, producing and editing Assignment 2

For this assignment, the social theme was based around a current social issue that is affecting millions of people, myself included, being furloughed from work as a result of the COVID pandemic. I therefor used myself as the subject and my home as this is the location of my furlough. I used a Nikon withContinue reading “Preparing, producing and editing Assignment 2”

Thomas Ruff

Portrait 1986 (Stoya) Photo by Thomas Ruff, Tate Collection. Reference: P78091 Display Caption – Tate Ruff believes that photography can only capture the surface of things, conveying what he describes as ‘the authenticity of a manipulated and prearranged reality’. In 1981, he began a series of colour portraits of his friends and fellow students atContinue reading “Thomas Ruff”

Natasha Caruana

Caruana has found images of wedding photographs on-line for selling secondhand wedding dresses and used them for her project, Fairytale for sale, (2015) the owners of the wedding dresses have tried to disguise the people in the images by obscuring the faces by blanking them out, covering them over, scratching them off, etc. https://www.natashacaruana.com FromContinue reading “Natasha Caruana”

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