Exercise – Masquerades

Is there any sense in which Lee’s work could be considered voyeuristic or even exploitative? Is she commenting on her own identity, the group identity of the people she photographs, or both?

I must admit that Lee’s work makes me feel that it is similar to those programmes where a young person is dressed up to be old, or a thin person made up to be fat in order to experience what it is like to be in that situation. Continue reading Exercise – Masquerades

Exercise – Autobiographical self-portraiture

Looking at the images referenced here, I do find that some of them make me feel really uncomfortable. Gillian Wearing’s images of herself with masks on to hide her identity make me feel that she is hiding. The question which I ask is, is there anything of herself in that image?

A good example is the photograph of herself as Robert Mapplethorpe. This is a pastiche of one of his own images, and making a mask of his face to cover her face, really neither praises the original Mapplethorpe photograph, nor does it say anything about her. Continue reading Exercise – Autobiographical self-portraiture

Assignment 2 – Photographing the unseen

Start by doing some reflecting in your learning log. What kinds of subjects might be seen as un-photographable? How might you go about portraying them using photography? List a few examples of things you’re experiencing now or have recently been thinking about. This doesn’t have to be too in-depth or revealing, but it can be if you want. Equally, it might be something as apparently trivial as how you’re going to fit everything into your busy day. At first you may come up with literal examples, but the more you think about them the more those ideas will develop into specific and more original ones.

Make a list of at least seven ideas. Try and keep to things you have a personal interest in or curiosity about. Keep a notebook with you at all times and make notes when ideas strike you as interesting. (This is good practice for all stages of the degree and beyond. Ideas books are something to be revisited time and again for ideas and hints for the photographer you’re becoming.)
Now implement one of your ideas. Aim for a tightly edited and visually consistent series of 7–10 images. Continue reading Assignment 2 – Photographing the unseen

Introduction to Assignment 2

I think the most difficult thing to photograph is probably other peoples perceptions of the world.

We think that when we look at an item we all see the same thing, but this is by no means true. Firstly our colour perception may be totally different, different people like different colours, so do they look completely different? What if one person is colour blind?

We can try and create images which confuse the colours to simulate the effect, but the differences in what people see may be far greater. Some people have hallucinations, and see things which are not there, or cannot see things that are there. Continue reading Introduction to Assignment 2

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