Exercise 3.3 – Masquerades (P.82) – updated

I re-shot the image to address the deficencies that I had identified in my previous attempt. The main changes were to move from a portrait to a landscape image and to re-position the elements within the frame, moving the sauce bottle to the left of the bowl and the spoon to the right. As I used the same sauce bottle as when I previously shot the images back in April, the sauce bottle is not full and it has the characteristic gunge around the top. To high-light this I removed the cap. I shot the image using a speedlight shot … Continue reading Exercise 3.3 – Masquerades (P.82) – updated

Exercise 5.2 – Questions for seller (P.120)

Question for Seller re-situates images in a different context and in so doing allows for a new dialogue to take place. Reflect on the following in your learning log: • Does their presence on a gallery wall give these images an elevated status? • Where does their meaning derive from? • When they are sold (again on eBay, via auction direct from the gallery) is their value increased by the fact that they’re now ‘art’? • Does their presence on a gallery wall give these images an elevated status? Objectively displaying these images on a gallery wall does not change … Continue reading Exercise 5.2 – Questions for seller (P.120)

Research point – Gregory Crewdson (P116)

Watch this YouTube video about Gregory Crewdson and his work and consider the questions below. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7CvoTtus34&feature=youtu.be [accessed 24/02/14] • What is your main goal when making pictures? Do you think there’s anything wrong with making beauty your main goal? Why or why not? • Do you think there is more to this work than aesthetic beauty? I was unable to watch the recommended video as it was not longer available, instead I watched the film Brief Encounters which is a documetary film featuring Crewson and looking at how he produced images for his Beneath the Roses collection. I think there … Continue reading Research point – Gregory Crewdson (P116)

Research point – reading pictures – (P.104)

Read and reflect upon the chapter on Diane Arbus in Singular Images: Essays on Remarkable Photographs by Sophie Howarth (2005, London: Tate Publishing). The collection, which is edited by Sophie Howarth, features an essay by Liz Jobey analysising Arbus’s photograph A young Brooklyn family going for a Sunday outing, N.Y.C. 1966. In writing about Diane Arbus’s photograph A young Brooklyn family going for a Sunday outing, N.Y.C.1966, Liz Jobey takes the reader on a journey which starts by looking at the family in the image and speculating on their lives, relationships and futures; goes on to look at the career … Continue reading Research point – reading pictures – (P.104)

Exercise 5.1 – Setting the scene (P.109)

Watch this famous scene from Goodfellas directed by Martin Scorsese in 1990: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJEEVtqXdK8 [accessed 24/02/14] Don’t read on until you’ve answered the following questions. • What does this scene tell you about the main character? • How does it do this? List the ‘clues’. Make some notes in your learning log. The scene is a single shot of Henry Hill, the lead character, taking Karen Friedman to the Copacobana nightclub. The scene tells us quite a lot about Henry: He is literally and metaphorically a man who knows his way around. He is determined to get what he wants and … Continue reading Exercise 5.1 – Setting the scene (P.109)

Exercise 4.2 – Reading pictures (P.101)

Rip out an advertising image from a newspaper supplement and circle and write on as many parts of the image as you can. Comment on what it is, what it says about the product and why you think it’s there. You could use this as the basis for your assignment if you feel it’s taking you somewhere interesting. Or you could adopt this method for your assignment preparation. Come back to this exercise when you’ve reached the end of Part Four and see if you can add anything to your analysis. The advert I have chose is for Manuel Canovas … Continue reading Exercise 4.2 – Reading pictures (P.101)

Exercise 4.1 – The language of photography (P.98)

Before you read any further, look carefully at Erwitt’s image and write some notes about how the subject matter is placed within the frame. How has Erwitt structured this image? What do you think the image is ‘saying’? How does the structure contribute to this meaning? The main compositional technique used by Erwin in this image is the rule of thirds. Below is the image with a rule of thirds grid applied. Erwin has placed the small dog, the primary subject, roughly on the right hand vertical third and the legs of the large dog on the left hand vertical … Continue reading Exercise 4.1 – The language of photography (P.98)

Exercise 3.4 – Self-absented portraiture – (P.87)

Go to the artist’s website and look at the other images in Shafran’s series. You may have noticed that Washing-up is the only piece of work in Part Three created by a man. It is also the only one with no human figures in it, although family members are referred to in the captions. Did it surprise you that this was taken by a man? Why? I am not suprised that these images were taken by a man, I’m more suprised in the implicit suggestion in the question that as the image represents a domestic chore, the implication is that … Continue reading Exercise 3.4 – Self-absented portraiture – (P.87)

Exercise 3.3 – Masquerades (P.82) – updated

I was looking at some of the images I initially discarded, because they were under exposed, and decided that I liked the simplicity and ambiguity of the layout. Like the other images I shot, to fully understand the narrative there needs to be some text to provide context, however, what I like about this image is that it is obviously not a lifestyle shot. The absence of the glass of orange squash, the exposure and the angle from which the photograph is taken simplify the image leaving the viewer to contemplate the relationship between the bowl of custard and the … Continue reading Exercise 3.3 – Masquerades (P.82) – updated

Exercise 3.3 – Masquerades (P.82)

Recreate a childhood memory in a photograph. Think carefully about the memory you choose and how you’ll recreate it. You’re free to approach this task in any way you wish. My memory is real, not imagined or metaphorical. I have tried to recreate it as well as I can, although it was from a long time ago! My brother liked tomato sauce, never ketchup in our house, which is strange as he didn’t, and to the best of my knowledge still does not, like tomatoes. My brother also liked custard, a staple pudding sometimes served on its own, or sometimes … Continue reading Exercise 3.3 – Masquerades (P.82)