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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”

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”

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”

Typologies: Artisans

Eirini Grigoriadu reflects about the concept of distance in her essay about typologies published in the magazine “Ars Longa” in 2012 stating that the portraits of the German photographer Thomas Ruff offer a proximity to the individual where we can see each detail of another human being, although we are protect against a personal encounter. Continue reading “Typologies: Artisans”

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