Travle

For this assignment we were asked to take a bus or a train to a place we haven’t been before, with me being me I didn’t do this. Instead I took a train to Manchester a city I know reasonably well and then a bus from Oxford Road to Fallowfield to meet a friend I was going out with latter that night. I arrived In Manchester relatively early giving me most of the day to wander the city with my camera before moving on to Fallowfield. I took numerous Photographs of the city from various viewpoints such as platform 13 at Piccadilly Station, the top floor of the multi-storey car park in the northern quarter, and various street corners. I tried to take photographs of sights I had previously seen in the city and thought would make a good photograph.

Platform 13

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Buildings outside the station

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Piccadilly Gardens

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Sculpture In The Northern Quarter

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Views From the Top floor Car park

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The Palace theatre on Oxford Road

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This Photo shoot became split in to two parts as I continued to take photographs on the bus to Fallowfield, by this time it had gone dark allowing me to capture the city in a new light.

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On The Bus

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As I took pictures through the window of the bus I noticed I could also capture the reflection of the other side of the road and the people behind me, adding a surrealist aspect to my Images.

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This Image of a musician crossing the road with his guitar on his back is my favourite picture from the shoot. I’m unsure why, it just seems to appeal to me.

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After Looking back across these picture I felt the night time images, especially those taken on the bus, better portrayed the madness the city. I then took 3 of these images and enhanced their surrealism using various Photoshop techniques.

Here are my edited images.

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Reflection

Over all I think this assignment went well, I feel I captured the essence of the city and although I didn’t do exactly what I was asked, I believe I made this task my own covering the city in different lights from different view points. If the point of going some where we had never been was to discover, then I guess the point of my shoot was to rediscover.

Here Is some more travel Photography taken my me In Marrakech and the Atlas Mountains.

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As I was stood on a roof top coffee garden taking photographs of the views out across the market place, a fight suddenly broke out between locals in the busy court yard below me. Luckily I had my camera at the ready.

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Location

For this assignment we were asked to take two photographs one of which the subject was supposed to fit the location, and the other was not, creating a contrast between the two images.

Here are my Images.

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Reflection

As you can see In my first image I tried to recreate an office environment and had my subject wearing a suit. Unfortunately the lighting was poor and I think I could have benefitted from using a extendable flash. For my second Image we recreated an office environment in the woods to create a contrast in location. As you can see the subject is wearing a different suit, as we managed to misplace the original in between the two shoots. Despite this I think I managed to create a strong contrast between the locations. I’m not sure why but regrettably my images have become less sharp when I uploaded them on to my blog.

Semiotics

For this assignment we were asked to take 5 pictures that represent university lifestyle and talk about the signs and signifiers within are photographs. Here are my five pictures.

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With my first picture my aim was to represent student night life. I took pictures of the empty bottles left around my room in order to portray the side of university that revolves heavily around alcohol and going out with your friends. The signifiers in this image are the empty bottles and therefore the signified would be that students often like a drink.

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For this image I was trying to portray the untidy conditions that many students live in. The signifiers in this image would be the stack of dirty pots and pans, therefore the signified would be that students are often untidy. Again the denotations in this image would be the pile of dirty pans. Connotations that relay to this could be that students can be lazy and unhygienic.

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For this image I photographed one of the buildings on Headingly campus, the building its self would be both the signifier and the denotation found within this image. The signified would be the university its self, depending on the views knowledge of what they see. For example students at Headingly campus would most likely know this building and there for relay the image to the university. People that may not have this knowledge might draw something else from the image, for example an institution of some kind. Connotations taken from this image could include academia, progression, self improvement and higher learning.

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This image was taken in the library as I was trying to portray the hard work element to university lifestyle, for example late nights in the library and rushing to meet deadlines. The signifiers in this image would be the books on the shelves the signified would be academia, studying, revising and hard work.

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Again with this image I was trying to portray the untidy conditions many students life in. The signifiers in this image would be the overflowing bin and rubbish bags on the floor. The signified could again be that students may be untidy, lazy or unhygienic.

Reflection

This assignment helped me to think about what I was trying to portray before taking my pictures, it also helped me to breakdown my own photos using semiotics and see weather what I was trying to represent can be identified within the image.

Introduction

For this task we were asked to choose the theme for are photo story assignment, as well as find a photographer we feel has succeeded in telling the story of the subject we have chosen.

For my assignment I have chosen the theme Raw.

After looking at various photographers and their work I came across a photographer named Steven Siegel and his Flickr album simply titled New York in the 80s.

“These photographs present a candid view of children at play, the elderly, the homeless, nuns and street preachers, and a variety of human subjects the likes of which could only be found in New York City. However, Siegel’s focus on the “pre-Disney-fication” of Times Square (with sleazy peep shows and porno theaters still intact)  makes the set largely reminiscent of the work of another famous 70s film director– Martin Scorcese’s Taxi Driver (1976)”

http://prjctr.wordpress.com/2012/02/17/steven-siegel-nyc-1980s-photography/

These gritty images portray the raw truth of the city at this time and portray the reality of inter city living in the big apple.

Siegel points out the following in his artist’s statement :

“The New York of the 1980s differed in two fundamental ways from the New York of today.

First, 1980s-era New York was an edgier, riskier, dirtier, tenser, more dangerous and chaotic place. I think that fairly comes through in my images.

Second, 1980s-era New York had a sense of wide-openness and freedom that was lost following 9/11 … and likely never will be regained.”

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As you can see Siegel definitely succeeds in telling the raw and gritty story of New of New York in this decade. His images portray a broken city, a limbo not only for its inhabitants but for the city it’s self.

References

http://prjctr.wordpress.com/2012/02/17/steven-siegel-nyc-1980s-photography/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/stevensiegel/sets/72157626376913418/

http://english.mashkulture.net/2012/01/25/steven-siegels-photos-of-1980s-new-york/

Reflection

This has given me not only a great insight into New York during the 80’s but also inspiration for my own photo story based in Leeds, as well as this I have come across another photographer I would have otherwise never known existed.

 

 

 

Semiotics

For this task we were asked to look at this photograph by Anastasia Rudenko and answer the following questions.

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Identify the signifiers in this picture?

The painting in the back ground of a Russian castle, Military uniforms, Shaven heads and young white Men.

What do they signify?

The painting in the picture can relate to patriotism as it is of a Russian land mark, it may also relate to the soviet union and is likely to be up on the wall in order to pay homage to these ideals. Military uniforms suggest an army or militant group. The shaven heads could relate to both the military and also fascists groups such as Neo fascists that can be found in Russia, the fact all the men in the image are white also suggests this.

What does the signifier and it’s signified form when combined?

They form an understanding of an image that may vary between viewers due to their knowledge, experience and understanding of a code or signifier. For me this image portray either a soviet military meeting or a Neo fascist gathering. This is drawn from both my knowledge surrounding the subject of the image, as well as my interpretation of what I am viewing.

What codes are you using to interpret the signifiers in the picture?

When looking at an image we often use connotations, relaying what we see i.e. a military uniform to what we know or understand, for example an army or war, Creating a relationship between what we are viewing and are understanding of it. These symbolic codes such as the shaven heads of the men in the image create an understanding of an image formed by an individuals interpretation.

Reflection

This task has firstly introduced me to a photographer I have not yet come across, as well as allowed me to look in depth at their work. It also helped me to analyse an images deeper meaning through the use of semiotics and signifiers.

Clich’e

For this assignment we were asked to look at clichés that appear in social media. Here I have sourced 8 examples of possibly the worst and most cringe worthy cliché that can be seen to appear constantly on the social media site Facebook.

For some unknown reason, a hand full of men think it is necessary to take photos of them selves topless in the mirror and them post them on their Facebook pages for the world to see………. This I find worrying, what has the world come to?

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Common visual signifiers of this cliché include the subject being topless and taking the photo of their upper body. They are often tensing their muscles to appear as big or as toned as possible. The photograph is staged with questionable pose’s and taken of a reflection in the mirror using a smart phone or digital camera……… WHY, WHY, WHY.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Social Media sites such as Facebook.

Disadvantages of Social Media.

* Sites such as Facebook provide an unnecessary platform for absolute tools like those seen above to make utter idiots of themselves by posing topless in the mirror.

* The site gave birth to the Facebook celebrity and now often young people are ruining their lives by doing utterly appalling things for 15 minuets of fame on Facebook

* It is arguable that sites such as this are isolating todays society as more and more people spend their time indoors, glued to the computers living through a virtual reality rather than outside in the real world.

* Facebook has a very poor content filter, therefore a young child could view content through the site that they may not be old enough to see.

* People tend not to think to much about the things they post on Facebook and this has led to the loss of jobs, and relationships, as people have the ability to post what’s on their minds instantly, and this is not always a good thing.

Advantages

* Facebook is great for keeping in touch with friends and family.

* Facebook has provided a platform for businesses to promote and advertise products and services, allowing them to reach a larger audience than ever before.

* It is a free and easy way to contact people on the move, for example using Facebook chat via a smart phone.

* People are constantly posting links to both interesting and entertaining news feeds allowing for quick access to todays media.

* Facebook can be a great place for musicians, artists, righters and more to post their work, receive instant feed back and reach a large audience.

Reflection

This task has helped me to identify clichés in modern social media sites as well as analyse both the positive and negative sides to sites such as Facebook.

Semiotics

For this task we have been asked to look at four photographs of are choice and describe what we think the photographer was trying portray and what the photographs mean to us. Using Semiotics to analyse the photographs looking at the signifiers and the signified i.e. Either an object or a subject in an image and the meaning or concept behind it. As well as denotations and connotations, meaning the common sense meaning of a sign or subject  and then additional concepts we may add to what we see.

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This image is a piece of war time photography taken by Don McCullin 1964

http://filmcamera999.wordpress.com/2012/05/13/don-mccullin-who-in-the-name-is-that/

I think the photographer was trying to portray Fear and mourning in this image. As you can see the main focus of this image is the woman crying whilst staring of into the distance, whilst the people around her seem to be trying to support her. The image seems to suggest the woman is looking at something that is deeply upsetting her, maybe the death of a loved one. Or maybe someone close leaving for war, or possibly being taken away.

In the back ground you can also see another woman with the same frightened, saddening look on her face.

To me this images portrays not only what I think was intended by the photographer but also the true consequences of war, not only to the people fighting them but also to the people that get left behind.

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Photograph taken by Eugene Richards 1994

http://diehardskater15.hubpages.com/hub/America-Suffers-One-Mans-Patriotism

As you can see in this image the photographer is trying to represent addiction capturing the woman on the right hand side of the image, smoking what I’m assuming is crack cocaine, Although the main focus of the image seems to be the baby crying in the foreground. I think the photographer took the image from this angle purposefully as if he was trying to represent the knock on effects this drug addiction is likely to have on persons child.

I think the most interesting thing about this image is that the baby is crying. Probably not because its mother is smoking crack as the child to young to understand what’s going on. Although the baby is crying with its hand over its face as if it knows exactly what is happening.

For me this photograph portrays both addiction and the aftermath that can follow it.

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Photograph taken by Ernest Withers of a solidarity march in 1968

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/17/arts/design/17withers.html

The image shows a group of black men lined up holding signs that read “I am a man”. This suggests both racism, discrimination and a stand against unjust and unequal treatment. I Think it is the men standing up against discrimination as apposed to the discrimination its self that this photograph is trying to portray. With the men lined up across the frame like soldiers on a battle field fighting for their rights.

For me this image represents a fight for equality.

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Photograph taken by Garry Winogrand American Legion convention 1964

http://www.masters-of-photography.com/W/winogrand/winogrand_american_legion.html

Again, in this image I think the photographer was trying to portray the consequences of war and the unfortunate casualties it brings. As you can see the image captures people standing around and a legless man sat in the middle. It is this man that I think the photographer was capturing in order to portray this connotation.

To me this Image represents patriotism and what an individual can be willing to give for their country.

Reflection

This task has helped me analyse images in depth, and get a deeper understanding of the images I have looked at. As well as this it caused me to stumble across photographers that I was not yet familiar with, and get a greater understanding of their work.