So last night i visited Salisbury’s and looked through the magazines i made my decision from that point when i opened up the food magazines. It just won me over how appealing the images were and i wanted to try a re-create that for this assignment. With a head full of ideas whizzing round i decided to go to B&Q to look at wallpaper to see if there would be any that i could use for my assignment as a background,i found a few sample size would be enough to use as a background so i took 4 as i didn’t want to be too cheeky!
I’ve decided as its Easter coming up i am going to base it around that. with little egg decorations and so on to dress up the images.
I thought that id do a collage and put together some images to inspire me.
Tomorrow i am going to head down to the shops and collect some bits and bobs for the assignment.
Ikon presents the first solo exhibition of Jamal Penjweny, including photography and video works reflecting on life in Iraq today. Born in Sulaimaniya, Iraqi Kurdistan, in 1981, Penjweny started his artistic career as a sculptor and painter, moving into photography whilst supporting himself by working as a shepherd and, latterly, a café proprietor. His work has been the subject of international attention following its inclusion in Welcome to Iraq, the Iraqi pavilion at the 2013 Venice Biennale, curated by Ikon Director Jonathan Watkins.Key to this exhibition is the photographic series Saddam is Here (2009–2010), consisting of twelve images of Iraqi people in familiar surroundings, each holding a life-size picture of Saddam Hussein’s face in front of their own. Saddam’s likeness becomes a mask obscuring any expression of emotion, any gaze, or possibility of sure identification and individuality. It is ludicrous, hilarious and at the same time absolutely ominous, pointing up the insidious influence of a dictator. Of the work, Penjweny has said “Saddam is here. Iraqi society cannot forget him even after his death because some of us still love him and the rest are still afraid of him … His shadow is still following Iraqi society everywhere.”
Penjweny’s short film Another Life (2010), follows some days in the lives of Iraqis smuggling alcohol from Iraq into Iran. It has the grainy appeal of covert mobile phone footage, and is very matter of-fact in its editing. There is no melodrama, but the last moments are striking when, instead of rolling credits, we see a short text explaining how two of the men just introduced to us were killed by customs police a few days after filming.
Another photographic series, Without Soul (2011), shows everyday scenes – Iraqis at work and prayer,Western soldiers in ranks and on patrol – each with a single red line drawn across the neck. The mark references the Islamic custom dictating that images of living creatures should be avoided, their creation considered the rightful domain of God rather than that of humanity. By separating body and head, Penjweny ‘invalidates’ the image, disclaiming his role of creator. For Iraq is Flying (2006–2010) Penjweny requested that his subjects jump whilst being photographed and so it seems that they are jumping for joy, perhaps in reminiscence of lost childhood games, in the face of the great hardship they experience in everyday life. http://ikon-gallery.org/event/jamal-penjweny/
I hope to visit this exhibit some time next week. I have wanted to visit this for a while as the photographs of Saddams head being put of different people in different situations sparked an interest for me. I think that he also documents life around Iraq which could be helpful too in this current section as they may have illustration and narrative qualities .
From Penjweny’s series Saddam is Here (2009-10)
Thought i would take a look at magazine covers on Worcestershire and to see how they approach the cover and i also looked a food magazine covers too later i will pop to the shops so i am going to look at some magazines to see how they approach there subjects and layouts.
Local magazine to my area.
I also looked at country life as they do articles on stately homes and places like Whitley court if i decided to do my assignment on i thought it would be good to look at this kind of magazine too as every little helps towards inspiration and knowledge.
I love looking at food photography, its so inviting! I have a lot of jamies cookbooks and other various ones in my collection so these will help getting inspiration to if needed so will have a look through them to get my ideas flowing.
Decided that today i best start preparing for the nest coming assignment: applying the techniques of illustration and narrative. I am actually really looking forward to this assignment i have actually tuned out to enjoy narrative and illustration as i didn’t think i would. I have enjoyed being able to get creative with making magazines covers and a bit more freedom to get creative.
I looked at the brief for the assignment and it says any theme with a narrative element could be a subtitle subject for this project. I liked the idea of the suggestion of light as you could take this anywhere but if i had more time as I am coming to the deadline of the course i don’t think that i would have enough time to dedicate to this as i would want to explore the wonders of light and i think this would take some time.
I could go along the route of shooting a cooking section for a magazine like in my narrative section that i did as i did thoroughly enjoy the whole process of doing that exercise and found the results very pleasing, maybe this would be a bit repetitive, but not necessarily as i could cook something completely different and alter the layout and set up. This could be something that would be a possibility for me.
Easter weekend is coming up maybe images of what its about, food, eggs,local goings on. Easter weekend is next weekend so id need to get my butt in to gear if i want to do this for my assignment.
A trip to a local place such as arley that is a popular destination for the Severn valley railway it also has a host of walks along the river Severn, tea shops, A pub and pretty scenery. Whitley court in Worcestershire is a good spot too with gardens, the Whitley household itself or whats left of it from the fire, the church next too it, the fountains and the local tea shop and gift shop .
I think at the moment id like to do either a cooking segment or a trip and document that.
Michael Kenna is a British photographer and is best known for his black and white landscape photography. He focuses on unusual landscapes with ethereal light which is achieved by shooting at dawn or night with exposures of up to 10 hours!
He uses holga, which gives the square format to his photographs which i really like as i have an interest in this type of photography as i have a Diana. His work has been shown in galleries and museum exhibitions in Asia, Australia, Europe and the United States.
some examples of his work below
Abbey Trees, Vezelay, Bourgogne, France. 1998 http://www.michaelkenna.net/gallery2.php?id=11
Cathedral of Christ the Savior, Moscow, Russia, 2008 http://www.michaelkenna.net/gallery2.php?id=11
Chateau Lafite, Study 5, Bordeaux, France, 2012 http://www.michaelkenna.net/gallery2.php?id=11
Chateau Lafite, Study 6, Bordeaux, France, 2012 http://www.michaelkenna.net/gallery2.php?id=11
Eiffel Tower, Study 7, Paris, France. 1987 http://www.michaelkenna.net/gallery2.php?id=11
Falaise d’Aval et Nuages, Etretat, Haute-Normandie, France. 2000 http://www.michaelkenna.net/gallery2.php?id=11
I have finally made a start on reading Liz wells book photography: a critical introduction ( 2nd edition).
I am currently on chapter one – Thinking about photography
This chapter is separated into 4 sections
- Aesthetics and technologies - the impact of new technologies, the modern and post modern and the photograph as document photography.
- contemporary debates - what is theory? , photography theory and reflections on realism.
- Histories of photography - the founding father
- Photography and social history
I will continue reading and post an update once i have completed the book and give a review of my thoughts and feelings on this book.
find symbols for a number of concepts. complete it by listing more than one symbol for each of the following subject.
growth,excess,crime,silence and poverty.
Growth- seeds,shoots,trees in the sky,skyscrapers, little and large,babies, graphs, pregnancy
Excess- obesity,drugs,drunks,lots of jewelry and fancy things,
Crime- handcuffs,guns,police, mugshots, blood,being arrested, police time, forensics,bodies,knives
silence- fingers on lips, headphones,hands over ears, still calm scenery,mouth sown up.
poverty- big issue, rummaging through rubbish,homeless people, war, 3rd world,ribs,