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The Language of Photography

Introduction In 1977, thirteen years before the dawn of the digital age of photography (i), Sue Davies, the founder of the Photographers’ Gallery (2), presented Reading Photographs, an exhibition of urban photographs with the intent of “helping people to a better … Continue reading

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Assignment 2 – Times Change and We With Time are Changing (Rework)

Notes on Rework Following my initial submission of assignment 2 my tutor suggested that the words used in the original were tending to overwhelm the images and detracted from the objective of hiding my subjectivity in layers of objective information. He … Continue reading

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Assignment 2 Aesthetics, Selection and Presentation

Criteria The assignment is very open in terms of subject but quite specific regarding the final presentation. We are asked to submit a “tightly edited and visually consistent series of 7 to 10 images”. My final selection is very much … Continue reading

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Mark Power: 26 Different Endings

When I set out to look at Mark Power’s 26 Different Endings (1) following my tutors comments reading my assignment 1 I was mostly interested in his compositional style  However, I was drawn into the subject matter and intrigued by the … Continue reading

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Shooting Space

Most rough sleepers live in urban centres so urban spaces and architecture were an inevitable component of assignment 1. Too many of my initial photographs for that assignment were poorly composed and, as assignment 2, is taking me back to … Continue reading

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The Deadpan Aesthetic

History and Origins According to Artbook (1) the origins of the word “Deadpan”  can be traced to 1927 when Vanity Fair Magazine compounded the words dead and pan, a slang word for a face, and used it as a noun. … Continue reading

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Assignment 1 – Self Assessment

Demonstration of Technical and Visual Skills It was important to create a bland, ordinary atmosphere around the series, I wanted to encourage contemplation of the landscape from an objective, documentary viewpoint. To achieve this I chose a “dead-pan” approach to both composition … Continue reading

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