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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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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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Assignment 2 Research: The Portrayal of Farming

Initially I envisioned assignment 2 to be a series strongly referencing Julian Germain’s Every Minute …. (reviewed here), Kaylynn Deveney’s The Day-to-Life of Albert Hastings (reviewed here) and Nigel Shafran’s various portrait series of his wife Ruth (reviewed here) but … 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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The Unaware, Some Strategies

In Camera Lucida (1) Roland Barthes discusses his reaction to being photographed. He describes how once he feels himself “observed by the lens, everything changes. I constitute myself in the process of posing, I transform myself into an image”. Some photographers … Continue reading

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Street Photography and the Tourist

In 1841 William Henry Fox Talbot predicted that travel and photography were destined for each other. “How many travellers are almost ignorant of drawing, and either attempt nothing or bring home rude intelligible sketches! They may now fill their portfolios with … 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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