Critical reflection

For my final project I wanted to explore the idea of the politics of self. My idea was to employ masks to act as a form of metaphor for the ‘front’ that we put up, like a mask, to both disguise and project our identity to others. My original idea was to provide my subjectsContinue reading “Critical reflection”

The Self-Portrait A Cultural History

The Self-Portrait A Cultural History, 2015, by James Hall, London: Thames & Hudson. ISBN: 978-0-500-29211-2 This book examines the history of the self-portrait, unfortunately I purchased a Kindle edition which unhelpfully doesn’t provide page numbers, this option is greyed out in the menu; so I am only able to quote location numbers (Loc) as providedContinue reading “The Self-Portrait A Cultural History”

100 Ideas That Changed Photography

100 Ideas That Changed Photography, 2012, by Mary Warner Marien, London: King Publishing Ltd. ISBN: 978-1-85669-796-5. This is a very good – go to – book for anyone keen on photography and looking for ideas for projects, or just for a better understanding of its history and the various technical and artistic practices linked toContinue reading “100 Ideas That Changed Photography”

Summary for Part 5 – Self Directed Project.

Shaun Mullins, Untitled, test shots, 2020. Part five was the preparation for my fifth assignment, this assignment is a pathway to my final body of work, a self directed project which will be assignment six. My inspiration lead from my essay for assignment four, and through my reading, In Our Own Image, Third Edition, 2010,Continue reading “Summary for Part 5 – Self Directed Project.”

Gillian Wearing

Gillian Wearing is an artist who has used masks in her projects. Gillian Wearing, Confess All On Video. Don’t Worry You Will Be In Disguise. Intrigued? Call Gillian…, 1994. In this project, Wearing advertised in the London magazine, Time Out using the above words from her title as part of her advertisement. She providing masksContinue reading “Gillian Wearing”

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)”

Notes from my video link with my Tutor

My Tutor made four recommendations for my essay. One was simply a typo error the second was to refer to the various types of handmade drawings and the third and forth was to add some quotes to reinforce my statements. From: – The idea that the camera ‘never lies’ started at the very beginning ofContinue reading “Notes from my video link with my Tutor”

Assignment 4 – Essay

Other Than You. By Shaun Mullins (512659) Assignment 4, PH5SAO – The Self and The Other. Word count without quotations and footnotes: 2563.  Including quotations and footnotes Total: 3931. Sources: Barthes, 2000; 1977; Kelly, Self Image, Personal is Political, 1979; Kuhn, Remembrance, The child I never was, 1991; Ritchin, 2010; Spence, Facing Up To Myself,Continue reading “Assignment 4 – Essay”

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.”

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