Seminar Task 4 – Still Life

This task focuses on the concept of still life, items obtained through means of finding or borrowing in day to day life and placing them in new environments which creates an original visualisation. This task had me rattling my brain for ideas as to what I could recreate through everyday objects. Looking around Lincoln, I wasn’t sure as to what objects I could use for this project. After coming home (to North Yorkshire) I settled upon the idea of rough objects in a homely setting. After rummaging through my fathers’ workshop, I managed to find oddly shaped pieces of driftwood/logs. I then connected the old/rough wood to the idea of structure and created a (somewhat) organised pile. Placing this in front of some homely curtains provides a weird contrast and meets the briefs’ “Original Image using Pre-existing Objects”.

Below are the images which were first attempts:






It didn’t take me long to take a photograph which I believe is the best for a number of reasons.




I am pleased with the way this final image turned out. There are a few aspects about this one image which I think makes it stand out compared to the others. The lighting of this image is a high key form which coats the foreground whilst lightly covering the background providing a positive contrast between the rough textures and the homely setting. The image somewhat follows the grid format in that the object focused takes up two thirds of the whole shot – giving the whole shot a more appealing aspect.

Seminar Task – Task 2

The Task set for week 2 details the analysis of a particular image (Found on the blackboard website). We were provided with upwards of 17 images of which we could have received for this analytical task. At random, the images were distributed amongst us. We did have a brief opportunity to look over and discuss the images in question during our seminar session with both each other and our lecturer. We were also provided with a list of questions ready for analysis and the later posting of the article on our blogs. The Image which I was provided is of a meat parlour/market (As seen below):



What time period, decade or year do you think this photograph was created in? What visual cues support your choice?

I would place the time for this image around the year 2000 or late 90’s. I say this because the image does not appear to be in HD quality suggesting it is pre-HD imagery. Another point to be made is the use of weighted scales (Separate cast iron weights)  instead of digital scales (on the left) which suggests the image was taken pre-2000’s.

Where in the world was this photograph taken? Again, please detail your reasons for asserting your choice.

I would suggest this image is based in Russia. I make this presumption because of the foreign writing found on the bags hanging above the stall. Equally the clothing styles suggests a colder climate –  similar to that found in places like Russia.

In a short paragraph, how would you describe the key visual elements of the photograph? What is contained within the frame?

This image was taken inside some type of meat parlour/market. The photographer appears to be taking an image of this one stall in particular and the stall owner appears to know of the camera and the shot being taken. Everyone else in the image appears oblivious to the photo being taken.

How is/are the human subject(s) of the photograph engaging with the camera/photographer?

The only person, within the photograph who appears to be engaging with the photographer is the stall owner. She appears well presented and it clearly facing towards the front of the stall. The stance she takes and her surroundings suggests she is trying to look professional to give her small business a good standing.

What, if any directions do you think the photographer may have given to the subject(s) of the photograph?

I believe the photographer did not give the subject any directions, however the subject realised the photographers intentions and took measures to look presentable for the photograph. The people around the market seem oblivious to the photographers presence and so they clearly have not been given any direction or influence.

What do you believe the photographer wants, you, the viewer to take from the image?

I believe the photographer was trying to give the audience the feeling of being in this situation – seeing the market stall and the surrounding customers as they would otherwise be seen naturally. I believe this is the case because the shot is at eye level, the customers aren’t aware of the cameras presence and the shot does appear to be artificially lit in any way – leading me to assume it’s natural lighting. The photographer could also have been trying to imply the monotony of this lady’s occupation.

Images In The Wild – Task 1

During the course of the past week I have been taking photographs of advertisements found on a regular day to day basis. The idea behind this task was to gain an insight into how we interpret constant advertising through creative imagery. I have posted 3 images on Instagram of my favourite advertisements, two of which were album covers and one of the “Sloth-Dolphin” found in the Three UK advertisements. These images stand out in my opinion because of the vibrant and solid colours as well as the contrast used on the album covers. The shear absurdity of the images makes the adverts appealing and stand out. The appropriation of these images is the method I used when taking the image. I would take the shot on an angle to try and see the same picture in a different way.

There are several other images on the #UNImagesinthewild page which I have grown fond of. A couple in particular are the Black and White filtered female and the Three advert “Sloth-Dolphin”:

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I’m uncertain as to what advert the female portrays but the tone it sets reminds me of an early generation of photos. All of the images on the tag have good appeal with different tones/filters and camera angles to show off the appropriation guideline.