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A5 Research: The Myth of the Countryside Idyll

Our perspective of the English countryside is as a rural idyll; a place of tended pastures, thriving crops, cottage-fringed village greens hosting fetes and flower shows whilst bearded men with pipes, and pints watch cricket from dark beamed pubs. A viewpoint that could … Continue reading

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Michael Kenna: The Evidence of Humanity

In her essay Something and Nothing (1) Charlotte Cotton considers a number of contemporary photographers who have investigated the evidence of humanity through uninhabited city and landscapes. This is an area of photography that is rich in examples, I have already discussed … Continue reading

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A3 Research – W. Eugene Smith: Spanish Village

Assignment 3 will be based on a small Italian village and as research towards this project I have looked at Eugene Smith’s Spanish village, which was published by Life Magazine in 1951 (1). I have previously reviewed two of Gene Smith’s … Continue reading

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The Living Room as Studio

In 1691 Charles Augustin d’Aviler, a French architect, became the first writer to refer to a new type of room to be included in the design of a grand house, rooms that were “le plus habité”, the most lived in. … Continue reading

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Seeking Influences in Portraiture – Art and Documentary

The ubiquitous nature of the photographic portrait brings unique challenges to the study of identity and place. It is a broad genre with seemingly endless sub-genres ranging from self portrait, street and documentary to fashion and studio photography. As a result I continue to … Continue reading

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Rework of Individual Spaces

Each time I look back at the three pictures I posted for the Individual Spaces Exercise I like them less. These three are brighter versions; the moral of this story is not to spend too much time looking at Bill Brandt before … Continue reading

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Individual Spaces

Each of these portraits was taken in a place of significance to the subject and are linked together by the nature of the individuals; all three are grandparents but they remain highly active filling their time with a multitude of different pastimes including … Continue reading

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