Micro History

I recently switched to the new OCA website and took advantage of the free courses to help students navigate the new website and provide advice, suggestions and ideas for studying. When working my way through these courses I came across an interesting article about Micro Histories, these are recorded events of small insignificant moments mostlyContinue reading “Micro History”

Exercise 1.1c, Capturing Difference – work in progress

Strangers, (2020) By Shaun Mullins A local-man, Dennis, a car trader, 1# from Strangers (2020) by Shaun Mullins Fisherman, John, Retired, from Strangers (2020) By Shaun Mullins A dog-walker in the park, from Strangers (2020) By Shaun Mullins

Spanish Market 2014

In 2014, I took a small digital point-and-shoot camera to a local market, where I secretly took photographs of the people of the market. I had forgotten about this project that I made for ‘Context & Narrative’ until coming across it whilst looking for something else. Altea market, Costa Blanca, Spain (2014) by Shaun Mullins.Continue reading “Spanish Market 2014”

Reading Task – I.D. Photo.

The singular idea of the meaning of an I.D. photo is the passport head and shoulders, facing the camera composition; but this not the only method to establish a form of identification. When photographing people I will more often include more information this may be a full body shot or half to three quarters ofContinue reading “Reading Task – I.D. Photo.”

Exercise 1.4 ‘An hour in the day.’

A local-man, Dennis, a car trader, 1# (from Strangers) (2020) by Shaun Mullins In this exercise, one of my subjects (Dennis) I photographed for exercise 1.1 agreed to photograph a typical hour of his day. Below are the chosen photographs from the collection that he gave me, plus two photos that I took when IContinue reading “Exercise 1.4 ‘An hour in the day.’”

The ‘Other’ in the history of photography

Because photography was seen as the ideal tool for providing evidence due to its perceived indexicality, it was used to observe and record the face and head. In the 1850s and 1860s the British eugenicist Francis Galton obtained portrait photographs of criminals from the archive of Millbank Prison. He meticulously re-photographed theses pictures, exposing aContinue reading “The ‘Other’ in the history of photography”

Preliminary Exercise: The Clandestine Camera

For this exercise, I took photographs of people who were unaware of being subjects of photography. This exercise was (for me) not a comfortable project.  I therefore decided that I would try to respect my subject’s privacy, as best I could.  At the time I set out to accomplish this exercise it was at theContinue reading “Preliminary Exercise: The Clandestine Camera”

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