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Exercise 5.1

This exercise asks for a series of still-life pictures showing traces of life without using people, so I ask permission to some relatives to allow me to take a picture of their beds just as they got up from them. Continue reading “Exercise 5.1”

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Assignment 4: Image and Text

Throughout history, man has questioned the reason for his existence, seeking an explanation for countless unanswered questions and trying to decipher puzzling paradoxes that were beyond the reach of his understanding. The desire for knowledge, to explore the unknown and have all the answers under control, is in the DNA of the human being, forming an intrinsic part of his identity, which lead him to seek these answers in art, religion, philosophy and science. Continue reading “Assignment 4: Image and Text”

Family Frames

This text reflects about the photography in the family context, using different approach related to the field of sociology, anthropology, psychology and psychoanalysis. Some chapters are very difficult to read, because they required a deep knowledge of these specific areas mentioned before.

The first chapter “Mourning and Postmemory” is fundamental to introduce the concept of post memory, perfectly illustrate by the comic book “Maus” by Spielgman. The author analyses the presence of photography within the narration of the events that take place during the Second World War to his own family. I found very interesting the idea of photography as an umbilical cord with those lieux of the memory, that otherwise would unavoidable fell into the oblivion.

Interesting the second chapter “Reframing the human family romance” which introduces the concept of the hierarchized view within the familial gaze: “The conventions of family photography, with its mutuality of confirming looks that construct a set of familial roles and hierarchies, reinforce the power of the notion of family”. Under this prism, the author explores the well-known exhibition “The Family of Main”, “conceived as a mirror of the universal elements and emotions in the everydayness of life –as a mirror of the essential oneness of mankind throughout the world”.

The intensity of the book grows in the third chapter “Masking the subject”, where the concept of affiliation appears to refer the way on which we perceive family photographs. I have to admit that from here the book is difficult to read, following the theoretical reasoning of the author requires a deep of understanding of a matter out of knowledge. Although the path of reading is harder, it’s worth to read to get some useful ideas.

Storyboard

Based on a short story by Mónica Muñoz, I drew a storyboard which tries to illustrate it. Because my drawing skills are quite limited, because the story includes elements that are quite difficult to represent, I tried to depict some abstract elements to its symbolic representation, building a visual narrative slightly different from the original text. Continue reading “Storyboard”

Captions and Titles

We are surrounded by information: images and text surround us since the day starts and when we went out to the street. I have planned this exercise very easily: I just get up in the morning and I want to check how the images and texts unfolded in front of me during the day. I have not developed the exercise extensively, but as a small approximation to the stated objective. Continue reading “Captions and Titles”

Looking at Adverts

Of all the Dawn Wooley articles on the interpretation of adverts that I have read, the only one that specifically explores the relationship between text and image is one that advertises a butter called “Lurpak” (Looking at adverts: 3). Continue reading “Looking at Adverts”

Assignment Three: Mirrors and Windows

Emigration has influenced the evolution of many Galician families during a substantial part of the 20th century, especially in the years following the Spanish Civil War: Latin America and many European countries hosted thousands of Galician people. Entire families departed from the ports of Vigo and La Coruña in the hope of a better future in distant lands. Continue reading “Assignment Three: Mirrors and Windows”

Memory and the gaze

This exercise ask for choosing a subject a take a series of picture where the gaze plays the role to establish a relationship between the subject, the viewer and the photographer, that in opinion that Jonathan Schroeder it’s a relationship of power: the gazer is superior to the object of the gaze. Continue reading “Memory and the gaze”

Individual Spaces

On this exercise we are asked for three different subjects suggesting a specific location where they would like to be portrayed. Their choice is based on personal or aesthetic reasons or maybe the chosen place has a special meaning for them. Continue reading “Individual Spaces”

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