Part 4, Project 1 (Photography – art or science?) – Research point

Read Gareth Dent’s article 'Dealing with the flood...' Dent has cited a quote by Robert Frank that I've found really interesting: 'There are too many images, too many cameras now. We’re all being watched. It gets sillier and sillier. As if all action is meaningful. Nothing is really all that special. It’s just life. If… Continue reading Part 4, Project 1 (Photography – art or science?) – Research point

Part 4, Project 1 (Photography – art or science?) – Research point

Read ‘Context as a Determinant of Photographic Meaning’ by John A. Walker Notes & points of interest Infinite amount of interpretations vs. consensus about connotation and denotation Reception theory (ideal readers), reception history (actual readers over time) 'But if an image had so many meanings, did this not render it meaningless?' (Introduction) 'We cannot directly share… Continue reading Part 4, Project 1 (Photography – art or science?) – Research point

Reflection #2

The Importance of Context in Photography I must mention something I've just read from the course text: 'Today photography is by far the most widespread art form and that means we tend to lose sight of the photograph as object.' YESS!!! I agree so much with this. We have stopped focusing on photography as photography and instead pay more attention to the subject… Continue reading Reflection #2

Part 4, Project 1 (Photography – art or science?) – Exercise 2

‘Artistic’ photos, why? I decided to look through someone else's pictures rather than my own so that I would have to really discover more 'arty' images without already knowing what to look for. My mother has thousands of images in her computer, most of them family, food or work-related but speckled here and there I found some… Continue reading Part 4, Project 1 (Photography – art or science?) – Exercise 2

Part 4, Project 1 (Photography – art or science?) – Exercise 1

Photography as a unique art form, in relation to time, print vs. digital I think no other art form is able to capture reality so accurately and quickly as photography can. Like Talbot mentioned in The Pencil of Nature, photography excels in its 'completeness of detail and correctness of perspective'; there is no room for error in terms of its… Continue reading Part 4, Project 1 (Photography – art or science?) – Exercise 1

The Pencil of Nature (Brief Historical Sketch of the Invention of the Art)

The Pencil of Nature: Brief Historical Sketch of the Invention of the Art, p. 3-13 I found Talbot's book so interesting that I've decided to keep reading and making notes of it. I'll be using the version of the book with images found in Project Gutenberg. Notes & points of interest Camera Lucida '...the inimitable beauty of the… Continue reading The Pencil of Nature (Brief Historical Sketch of the Invention of the Art)

Part 4, Project 1 (Photography – art or science?) – Research point

The Pencil of Nature by William Henry Fox Talbot Photography, mechanical or creative, or both? It's so interesting to read about how photography was perceived in its early days. There is a lot of emphasis on how different it is from plates and drawings, which require the 'united skill of the Artist and the Engraver'. These Photogenic Drawings are described as impressed by… Continue reading Part 4, Project 1 (Photography – art or science?) – Research point

Part 3 (Visual communications) – Assignment three (Commentary)

Commentary on experience of Part Three (Visual communications) The exercises I enjoyed the most in this part of the course were those of semiotic analysis; denotation and connotation, signifier and signified, literal element vs. meaning. I feel I can apply this knowledge to many of my future analyses and also to my own works as an artist. I… Continue reading Part 3 (Visual communications) – Assignment three (Commentary)

Part 3 (Visual communications) – Assignment three (Self-assessment)

Assessment criteria • Demonstration of subject based knowledge and understanding – I feel that with every research-based exercise and assignment, my understanding and knowledge of content and context does improve. Most of this knowledge seems to come by "accident" as I carry out research; e.g. painting in Lombardy, Renaissance ideals, AIDS epidemic in the 1990's in NYC (not mentioned… Continue reading Part 3 (Visual communications) – Assignment three (Self-assessment)

Part 3 (Visual communications) – Assignment three

Re-appropriating images Left: Sick Bacchus, 1593, oil on canvas, 67 x 53 cm, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571-1610) / Galleria Borghese, Rome, Italy / Wikipedia Right: Untitled #224, 1990, chromogenic color print, 121.9 x 96.5 cm, Cindy Sherman (1954 - ) / Collection of Linda and Jerry Janger, Los Angeles. 2012 Cindy Sherman / MOMA _ In… Continue reading Part 3 (Visual communications) – Assignment three