Informing contexts, Week 6 – a sea of images

The presentations this week deal, I think, with two discrete questions: first, as is apparent from the title, the proliferation of images to the point of saturation and, secondly, how the creators or purveyors of those images use them to impose a particular world view, an egregious example being the National Geographic magazine. This has … Continue reading Informing contexts, Week 6 – a sea of images

Informing contexts, Week 5 – Gazing at photographs

Having a granddaughter who was severely brain damaged at birth, the presentation on disability had a particular poignancy. For the record, in terms of the effectiveness of the publicity material shown, I would rate most highly, and consider most effective, the positive messages in the Scope video tackling the awkwardness which many people feel when … Continue reading Informing contexts, Week 5 – Gazing at photographs

Informing contexts, Week 4 – into the image world

The presentations, mostly concerning images found in advertisements, were fascinating although I have struggled to situate my photographic practice in the context of the themes discussed. As for intent, I see my work as a landscape photographer largely in documentary terms although, by the use of abstraction, I do aim to “tease” the viewer into … Continue reading Informing contexts, Week 4 – into the image world

Informing contexts, week 3 – constructed realities

Although one may argue that all photographs are constructions (depending as they do on choice of lens, vantage point, depth of field etc.), the deliberate distortion or - depending on one’s point of view - enhancement of reality is particularly evident in in the work of the many photographers who seek to use the medium … Continue reading Informing contexts, week 3 – constructed realities

Informing contexts, week 2 – the index and the icon

The issues raised in this week’s presentations and reading are challenging, complex and diverse – the authentic nature of the photographic image, its relationship with other art forms and photography seen through the lens of semiotic theory. As a landscape photographer, my essential role is a documentary one – i.e. recording the reality of physical … Continue reading Informing contexts, week 2 – the index and the icon

Informing contexts, week 1 – the shape-shifter

In an attempt to gain a better grasp of the concepts underlying this term’s module, I took advantage of a trip to London to visit three exhibitions – the Andreas Gursky retrospective at the Hayward Gallery and, at the Photographer’s Gallery in Soho, Wim Wenders’ Polaroids – Instant Stories -  and Paul Hart’s Landscapes: Poetry … Continue reading Informing contexts, week 1 – the shape-shifter