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My blog for the second course – Photography 1:Context and Narrative

Reflections on ‘Making it up’

My main feeling about the result of this assignment is that I feel that it needs more ‘frames’ between the ones that I have created. The death of the soldier in, particular, needs something of the soldier himself rather than just the shot of the machine gun. The original concept was for eight images, including two to end the sequence. They would be of the grand-daughter finding a case after her grandmother’s death, then opening the case to find the original letters and handkerchief. I have not been able to shoot these, but it might be possible to add them prior to assessment. Continue reading Reflections on ‘Making it up’

Assignment 5 – Making it up

Construct a stand-alone image of your choice. Alternatively, you may choose to make a series, elaborating on the same theme.

I had several ideas for this assignment, mainly based around the exercises I had done earlier in the course.

My first idea related back to the alternative scenario that I imagined for Assignment Two: Using props.

This involved the idea of a handkerchief being given to a soldier as a memento of his lover as he went to war. The soldier dies on the battlefield and the handkerchief is returned to his lover after his death. The handkerchief is then found many years later by the soldier’s granddaughter.

This idea I had put on hold, due to lack of models and costumes, so initially I decided to re-shoot my photograph for Childhood Memory and make it look like a genuine old photograph. Having created the new image, I was about to submit it as assignment five, but I was not totally happy that it was enough. Continue reading Assignment 5 – Making it up

Childhood Memory – Take 2

When I took my photograph for the Childhood Memory exercise, it was back in February. Having requested a critique I was quite rightly criticised for the fact that my boots were cut off at the bottom, and one person commented on the robin in the picture, stating that it was probably produced in Photoshop, and that it resulted in the loss of reality in the image. Consequently I decided to retake it, but I was rather beaten by the weather. Continue reading Childhood Memory – Take 2

Cindy Sherman

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Cindy Sherman

Cindy Sherman is an American photographer whose works concentrate on images of female characters, many of whom are stereotypes of characters from film and older types of art.

Her 1978 work Untitled film stills show images of women as they are often portrayed in the movies; the type of female character seen in such films as Hitchcock thrillers, photographed in Black and White.

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Assignment 4 – “A picture is worth a thousand words”

Write an essay of 1,000 words on an image of your choice.

For this assignment I have chosen a photograph taken by my father. This is just one of the photographs in an album which I found in my mother’s house after she died. Unfortunately my father died when I was still a teenager, so there is nobody alive now who could offer any first hand information on the content of these photographs. Continue reading Assignment 4 – “A picture is worth a thousand words”