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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 […]

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 […]

Project 2.2: Recreate a childhood memory

This exercise asked that I recreate a childhood memory in a photograph. While I considered a number of ideas for this exercise, the memory I ultimately decided to recreate was actually a photograph that I used to happen upon every once in a while rummaging through the kitchen dresser in my parents house. The photograph […]

The Death of the Author – Roland Barthes

I finally got around to writing a few words on the 1967 essay, The Death of the Author by Roland Barthes. The essay explores the notion of authorship and argues against traditional literary criticism (structuralism). A text here is any medium, be it literary, photographic, painted or otherwise, that is created by a conscious mind […]