Tag Archives: John Thomson

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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Fact or Fiction

At the beginning of the fifth and last chapter of the course we are challenged with a series of questions regarding our photographic practice; Do you tend towards fact or fiction? How could you blend your approach? And, Where is … Continue reading

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The Pose

Reading Susanne Holschbach’s’s essay The Pose: Its Troubles and Pleasures in Street and Studio (1) began a chain of thought about the evolution of the pose in portrait photography. In the nineteenth century photographic practices, especially in portraiture, were a continuation of the, … Continue reading

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Nineteenth Century Photographic Portraiture

Graham Clarke highlights the challenge ahead; “the portrait in photography is one of the most problematic areas of photographic practice. At virtually every level and within every context the portrait photograph is fraught with ambiguity.” (1) Even before we can … Continue reading

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