Informing Contexts PHO702 Week 10 Activity: Positioning Practice

Informing Contexts PHO702 Week 10 Activity: Positioning Practice

Jonathan Culler reminds us “Interpreters should ask about what the text does and how, how it relates to other texts, and to other practices, what it conceals or represses, what it advances or is complicitous with, what it forgets and what it takes for granted” (Culler, 1992: 111). Jeff Wall (2006) In Front of A Nightclub Tasks:  ...

Informing Contexts PHO702 Week 9 Independent Reading: Contemporary Cultures of Display

Informing Contexts PHO702 Week 9 Independent Reading: Contemporary Cultures of Display

                                      This weeks tasks involves looking at the value of art and its meaning, discussing how art is presented to the world and discussing how contemporary art has changed, the question asked is what constitutes art? In ...

Informing Contexts PHO702 Week 8 Activity: Aesthetic or Anaesthetic?

Informing Contexts PHO702 Week 8 Activity: Aesthetic or Anaesthetic?

  To represent is to aestheticise, that is, to transform. It involves a vast field of choices but it does not include not to transform, not to change or alter whatever is being represented’ (Levi Strauss, 2003: 9).   The body of work that I have decided to present is Jimmy Nelson’s before they pass ...

Informing Contexts PHO702 Week 8 Independent Reading: Good Intentions

   Sischy (1991: 92) is highly critical of Sebastião Salgado, accusing him of being ‘far too busy with the compositional aspects of his pictures—with finding the ‘grace’ and ‘beauty’ in the twisted forms of his anguished subjects. And this beautification of tragedy results in pictures that ultimately reinforce our passivity toward the experience they reveal’. ...

Informing Contexts PHO702 Week 8 Introduction: Responses & Responsibilities

In response to this weeks task introductory task I have posted three images that have changed my outlook and altered my perspective and highlighted conditions that I didn’t’t entirely understand before seeing these images. The first image that I decided upon was included in this weeks presentation, the image of a drowned Syrian child the ...

Informing Contexts PHO702 Week 6 Activity: And When I am Formulated, Sprawling on a Pin

Informing Contexts PHO702 Week 6 Activity: And When I am Formulated, Sprawling on a Pin

This week we looked at and discussed an Grundberg’s article on National Geographic and the manner in which the images were presented to people, Many comments from the article were true in my opinion. The media is dominated by a select group of people who share their world view with others. This is not a ...

Informing Contexts PHO702 Week 6 Independent Reading: Decoding National Geographic

  Tasks: Read the article A Quintessentially American View of the World (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site., published in The New York Times. This weeks task required us to read ‘A quintessentially American view of the world’ a New York times article written by Andy Grundberg in 1988; The article discusses the impact that the magazine ...

Informing Contexts PHO702 Week 5 Activity: Of Mother Nature and Marlboro Men

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  The above advert was used to advertise a handheld game console, the message communicated through the use of gaze is one of superiority and power. The advert, as you can imagine was considered to be somewhat offensive and bigoted the advert was used in the Netherlands by Sony who eventually withdrew the advert after ...

Informing Contexts PHO702 Week 5 Forum: Fascinating Looks

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Informing Contexts PHO702 Week 5 Forum: Fascinating Looks

My gaze is usually focused on people, I like to observe the way that they interact with one another, I also enjoy watching verbal and non forms of verbal communication between people. Whilst trying to understand the reasoning behind my photographic practice and attempting to find purpose outside of straightforward documentation of a moment, I ...