Research point – Gregory Crewdson (P116)

Watch this YouTube video about Gregory Crewdson and his work and consider the questions below. [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 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)