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Taylor, Jean - Time Sits Still (2018)

PART 4/PHOTOGRAPHY/PROJECT 2/EXERCISE 2

In Exercise 2 we are reminded of the argument that the ‘mechanical’ nature of photography precludes it from being considered an art.  We are then asked to make notes in respect of the following:

  • Does this make photography a medium uniquely suited to portraying time and the passage of time?
  • Can other creative art forms deal with the concept of time to the same extent?

Firstly, I would point out that in my view photography is art and is not dependent on the mechanics involved in making a picture.  It is possible to take the most amazing, interesting, artistic shot, using a basic camera, dependent on the person taking it, how they took it and the story behind it.  After all what is art?  Going back to a question we were asked at the very beginning of this course.  I still believe it be something that makes you think, it can make you laugh, smile, be sad or happy, it is a passionate feeling, opens your eyes to love, hate, beauty and ugliness.  Overall it is about feelings, one person may see something totally different in a painting, photograph, play, film or book, each individual is entitled to see things differently just as an artist may paint, write, photograph or act differently, which is what makes Art so wonderful and intriguing and visually challenging.

Photography is not uniquely suited to portraying time and the passage of time.  You only have to look at the drawings found in caves and paintings by the Great Masters to see the relevance to Time and the passage of time.  Greek statues of emperors and soldiers are indications of time as no such warriors exist today.  Books written by hand in leather-bound notebooks, prior to printing are testament to great writers who laboriously wrote thousands of words by hand (Hebel, Shakespeare).  Soldiers who wrote letters home of the horrors of world war I, are typical example of Time being portrayed in the written word describing in detail what they saw, felt, hated, possibly outlining a portrayal of war that no photo or painting could ever be made to transcribe.

In today’s society paintings are able to portray time just as previous painters were able to do, war today is much more advanced than men in trenches and horses charging towards the enemy.  It is more sophisticated with planes, technology, ships and social media.  All of which show the difference in time. I have seen paintings showing the devastation in the Arab world, along with books and films, all conveying the horrors of war over time, like the Syrian and Yemen wars.

I do believe, all forms of art are able to deal with the concept of time in the same extent.  Just differently.  Photography is able to capture the moment at the exact time and place.  However, so can a writer and an artist, each can capture the moment in time, each can portray historically what is happening at that moment, whether it is a man in the street looking in a shop window at a baby’s cot.  A sad expression on his face.  A photographer can capture that moment, it may just be he has that look on his face regardless, a writer may write it’s because his baby died and the cot reminds him of this, a painter may see it as a beautiful scene on a London street and the man is just part of the overall painting.  It is a matter of time and place, and what the artist is seeing at that time.  All three scenarios could be seen by each of the artists in different ways.

On reflection of this exercise I am not sure I have understood the meaning of the questioning but if carried on thinking about what to write i wouldn’t have started to write anything as I felt I was over thinking it all.  I have read the essay by Walter Benjamin on ‘The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction’ and can see the argument of how the mechanics of progression can change things, but that’s life and progression, people change and we will see things differently as we progress.  Films have progressed, sometimes the mechanical side of things have not enhanced films where you know ‘it’s not real’.  I have enjoyed reading more on Henri Cartier-Bresson’s ‘Decisive Moment’ which is the concept of taking a photograph in a real life scenario, that captures a decisive moment, a moment in history, a time and place, perhaps this is the argument whereby a writer can’t physically write the whole image in one second or an artist cannot paint that same picture in that second, so perhaps photography does have the ability to be the art form that can capture the unique moment in time.  I am looking forward to learning more about this concept specifically in photography but also in the written word and visual communications as I realise I have completely changed my mind from when I first started writing my notes.

 

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PART 3/VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS/PROJECT 4/EXERCISE 4

In this exercise we are asked to explore a range of websites or other forms of new media and identify examples of what we would consider cutting edge or inventive forms of visual communication.  The search can be conducted in terms of the aesthetics used, the functionality of the site, or simply the ideas being explored.  We are asked to pick examples that we find intriguing, exciting or novel and reflect on what make them interesting to ourselves.  We are then asked to think back to Project 1 and see if these examples still conform to messages that persuade, inform, or entertain.

There were examples given in the exercise which I was disappointed to find were either not functional for one reason or another or were outdated:

http://futurefarmers.com/

accessed January 14, 2019 – I felt this was a little outdated and not quite cutting edge or inventive

http://www.communiculture.org/

accessed January 14, 2019 – page didn’t open

http://www.theyrule.net/

accessed January 14, 2019 – technical problems

I decided to research websites to do with Writing and Photography websites as I know this is what excites me am passionate about, I thought it would be interesting to see what stood out as cutting edge, informative and persuasive.  I found some better than others, lots were outdated or too complicated to navigate round.  The ones that stood out for me me I considered to be professional, informative, stood out, colourful or at least attractive, up to date and really interesting with excellent writing and/photographic skills along with a great web design and layout.

WRITING

ABC Tales – accessed January 14, 2019

This site is specifically for writers to ‘share, discuss and develop their work’.  It is a very simple, but bright and cheerful website, easy to navigate and somewhere to have your work displayed and even edited by other writers.  Looks like there is a lively forum for giving and seeking advise.  Looks to be inventive and looking forward to signing up.  I would say it persuades you to want to share your work and is informative in as much as it informs you of other writers works and forums to join.  It  does provide weekly poems and stories to read which I would class as entertaining.

https://www.abctales.com/

BBC – Writers Room – accessed January 14, 2019

The BBC has a website that is specifically for writers to submit scripts and to obtain information about the writing opportunities within the BBC.  I found the website to be extremely colourful and attractive, also easy to navigate and very well presented.  It is possible to submit scripts in both Comedy and Drama and includes a section where you can read a variety of scripts from archived tv programmes.  It is a great website for those wishing to follow script writing as a form of writing.  It is persuasive in the way it encourages you to enter scripts and gives deadlines and how to submit forms and is therefore very informative.  I’m not sure of entertainment value but most definitely an exciting one to be a part of.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/writersroom/scripts

The British Library accessed January 15, 2019

A very informative website that is up-to-date, modern, eye-catching and very persuasive in its visual content.  It provides a variety of exciting avenues to learn, like discovering the longest epic poem in Old English, there are blogs, catalogues to read and events to attend.  Everything is vibrant and clear, photos are exceptional quality and the layout and navigation are excellent.  I am very excited at the prospect of becoming a member and joining their mailing list.

https://www.bl.uk/

Writers Online Accessed online January 15, 2019

This is a very clear and concise website, providing a lot of information on courses to attend, books to buy and competitions to enter, it is also linked to a magazine called Writing Magazine provided on a monthly basis.  It markets the brand well and is quite persuasive in encouraging you to enter the competitions and buy the magazine and books, there is no entertainment value however it is a great website for resources and encouragement for writers.

https://www.writers-online.co.uk/

PHOTOGRAPHY

British Journal of Photography accessed on January 15, 2019

I love the simplicity of this website, it is truly about the photographs.  There are a variety of cultural, contemporary and artistic photos that stretch the imagination.  A select number of photos provide further information to the history of the photo and/or photographer and links will take you to limited competitions, featured articles, galleries and photo books.  If looking at a photo is entertainment to you, then this site is worth investigating and exploring the unusual and unexpected.

https://www.bjp-online.com/

iPhone Photography School accessed January 16, 2019

Another Simple but eye-catching website created in black, white and red colours.  Slick, informative, fun and persuasive in making you want to learn more from their free tutorials, hints and tips, news/updates and interviews with competitions to enter too.  It’s a great site but is for iphone users as the title suggests .  I take many photos with my iphone, and don’t use any of the tools that I realize it now has, am looking forward to learning more.

https://iphonephotographyschool.com/

Fstoppers accessed January 16, 2019

An extremely up to date, informative, exciting and colourful website.  It is exceptional.  The home page has a blog containing current articles written by a team of Fstopper writers/photographers showing their passion and knowledge for photography.  Articles feature, lighting techniques, how to become a professional photographer and camera reviews, to name but a few.  The tutorials are run by professionals and do cost, this doesn’t surprise me as it is clear who the website is aimed at, serious photographers.  There are contests and a community for discussions and sharing of knowledge, perhaps one to investigate further when not quite a beginner.

https://fstoppers.com/

The Spruce Crafts – Photography  accessed January 16, 2019

A beautiful and refreshing website, one that you will want to spend endless hours in your favorite corner having a good read, discovering different hobbies and crafts ranging from jewellery making, needlework, papercrafts and of course photography.  The style of the website is a very soft, warm and welcoming feel with pastel colours and square photos, the articles are  written in a friendly manner, not too technical.  Information provided is easy to find and I have enjoyed the photography section giving an assortment of guidance from curing ‘red eye’, what photo editor to use and how to take the perfect ocean picture.  It has a great entertainment value in providing so much information on games such as learning chess and certain card games.    Extremely persuasive in its style as it is hard to just concentrate on just the photography section, the choice of new hobbies and crafts is very persuasive in making you want to try something different.   It is modern and very beautifully put together.

https://www.thesprucecrafts.com/photography-4162939

On reflection of this exercise, I thoroughly enjoyed finding new and exciting websites that provide informative and exciting ideas for writing and photography.  I can’t wait for some spare time to investigate further as they have certainly persuaded me to try new photography skills and to enter new competions and blogs with my writing.

 

Bibliography

Future Farmers:

http://futurefarmers.com/ accessed January 14, 2019

Communication Culture

http://www.communiculture.org/ accessed January 14, 2019

ABC Tales – accessed January 14, 2019

BBC – Writers Room – accessed January 14, 2019

The British Library accessed January 15, 2019

Writers Online Accessed online January 15, 2019

British Journal of Photography accessed on January 15, 2019

iPhone Photography School accessed January 16, 2019

Fstoppers accessed January 16, 2019

The Spruce Crafts – Photography  accessed January 16, 2019