Tag Archives: Roland Barthes

Assignment 5 – Making it up

My girlfriend and I have been planning a year long, round-world trip, having secured career breaks from our respective employers. The trip is something we’ve talked about doing for many years. Now that we are on the brink of its realization, I’m regularly reminded by a concerned, yet cajoling colleague, of various scenarios which could […]

Assignment 4 – Feedback

The feedback from my tutor on the fourth assignment was very encouraging, “this reads well.., I found both the picture and your write up fascinating”. For the third assignment, I used ancestral research to help inform my submission. Finding more enjoyment and motivation in a personal approach to that assignment, I again turned to photographs […]

Assignment 4 – A picture is worth a thousand words

Write an essay of 1,000 words on an image of your choice. The image can be anything you like, from a famous art photograph to a family snapshot, but please make sure that your chosen image has scope for you to make a rigorous and critical analysis. A PDF version of my essay is available […]

Assignment 4 – Preparation

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words Write an essay of 1,000 words on an image of your choice. The image can be anything you like, from a famous art photograph to a family snapshot, but please make sure that your chosen image has scope for you to make a rigorous and critical analysis. Early […]

Assignment 3 – Feedback

The feedback from my tutor on the third assignment was both positive and encouraging, “A succinct and rather profound response for Assignment 3. Good stuff”. My aim for the assignment had been to link four generations of my family, from my great-grandfather, Jack Murphy, down to me, using photographs. My problem was that a photographic […]

Insomnia – Jeff Wall

This exercise asks that students read and reflect upon Sharon Boothroyd’s blog post entitled, Beneath the Surface. In the blog post, Boothroyd applies photographic theory to the image, Insomnia, by Jeff Wall, in an effort to deconstruct and decipher the image’s meaning. Having already studied Liz Jobey’s comprehensive essay, A young Brooklyn family going for a Sunday […]

Rhetoric of the Image – Roland Barthes

A challenging and enduring study, this post is both summary of, and my understanding of Roland Barthes’, Rhetoric of the Image. In his essay, Barthes, through deconstruction and analysis, explores the functionality of photographs in the communication of specific messages. Barthes opts for an advertising image for his study because “in advertising the signification of […]