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Assignment 4: Self Assessment

Introduction This assignment series comprised two separate sets of photographs; a shoot undertaken on 23rd June 2016 of polling stations and a portrait shoot two weeks later. The weather on polling day was dull and grey with intermittent rain and the polling … Continue reading

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Assignment 4: The Architecture of Democracy

Introduction On June 23rd 2016 voters in Britain were asked “Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?”, in the lead up to the referendum the public was repeatedly told by the … Continue reading

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A4 Process: The Portraits – Twenty-Six Opinions

When Gillian Wearing asked strangers to write their thoughts on a card before being photographed it appears that she closed off the idea for other photographers. There are a small number of practitioners who have explored similar ideas (here) but its most … Continue reading

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A4 Research: The Handwritten Sign and Gillian Wearing’s Legacy

“When you are working with strangers there’s that chance element which is a way of finding things that you don’t think are there. It dislodges the perception of what is in front of your eyes.” (1: p.45) In 1992 Gillian … Continue reading

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The Handwritten Word

The image and text come together in many different forms and so frequently that we usually view photographs in the context of accompanying text. Most commonly the text is external to the frame, a caption, title or a longer piece of writing … 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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