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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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A5 Research: John Darwell – Dark Days

The Emperor Nero is rumoured to have fiddled (i) as Rome burned, some suggest it was an act of disinterest, others argue that he set the fires to clear the site for his new palace or as an excuse to persecute the Christians. Whatever the … Continue reading

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It’s Not Happening Here But It’s Happening Now – Part 2

In an earlier essay I considered Dawn Woolley’s (1) analysis of the Walker Agency’s 2006 Amnesty International advertising campaign Not Here But Now (here) and was interested to see that she positioned her conclusions in the context of Susan Sontag’s argument, expressed over … Continue reading

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It’s Not Happening Here But It’s Happening Now – Part 1

Dawn Woolley (1) analysed the approach of the Walker Agency’s 2006 Amnesty International advertising campaign and positioned her conclusions in the context of Susan Sontag’s argument that a proliferation of images of suffering has led to our being desensitised. Sontag used the example in 1977 that, because … 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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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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