Thursday, 29 June 2017

Blended Learning task for Week commencing 4th Sept 2017 - Year 2

This weeks Blended Learning task will be researching the work of Xavier Ribas.

Remember the work should be laid out in a particular way and you are advised to produce the work in an A3 display folder. Your first assignment/Unit is 'Location Photography' so when researching the work continually discuss it in terms of how it relates to 'Location Photography'.

'Barcelona' the book.     Video of the book and images contained - this book is available in The Forum library - use it and reference it in your bibliography. 

Barcelona explanation   of the work - rationale/reason/idea

When you're producing your response to the research you do please use the following approach...

Remember as you are now second year students you do need to up your game - you need to approach your work with increased maturity, depth, commitment and effort. As with last year, you should strike a balance between the use of images and written content e.g. a 50/50 split.

You should use the prompts in the side bar here to generate the written content, remembering the essence of this unit is 'Location Photography' so use the prompts that relate to commenting on the work with regards to...
(1). Light and how it used, its qualities and characteristics and the problems that arise from using daylight and artificial light.
(2). The equipment used - camera format, lens focal length, field of view, depth of field, discuss in your analysis what bearing these might have on the images.
(3). Media - are the images shot on film or digital, what difference might that make and how are the images used at the end of the process - are they exhibited if so research to see where the images are sold and what materials/media they are produced on (MTP's).
(4). The location - accessibility issues, privacy, private land, public spaces and the public. Country, region, laws, H&S.
(5). Image design and construction - elements of the image - foreground and background relationships; rules of thirds, composition.
(6). Context - who is the photographer inspired/influenced by - Use images to show similarities.
(7). Operational context - what kind of photography is it, how is it used, where is it seen, who is its audience?

Other work that you might like and consider if you really want a challenge...
Greenhouse   and Greenhouse the interview
This is optional.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Blended learning both years BTEC and UAL


Here's this weeks Blended learning task - this is applicable to both years...

Both UAL and BTEC students are working with MTP's at the moment. So this weeks task is to learn and then summarise details relating to digital file types.

JPEG's versus Raw Files

Writing this up - as much as you can before you watch the video below, write down what you already know about the difference between JPEG's and RAW files. Having done that, then watch the video below, make notes about the key points that he raises in the video and then write up a coherent summary of the point made.

Double click on the video.
To take the work further to increase the chances of attaining the higher grades...
  • Look into TIFF and PSD's.
  • Get a small JPEG file and in Photoshop crop the image (A face) and then open and save it as a new file again and again and you'll start to see how the image degrades every time you save it as a new file. Produce a before and after version showing how the JPEG file degrades. 

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

BTEC Unit 2 Michael Landy 'Compulsory Obsolescence'


This image is difficult to find on the internet, but it's embedded in the assignment in your digital copy. But here it is in the short term leading up to Tuesday's exam.

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

BTEC consumerism - Unit 2 guidance


This may help with your consumerism article for Unit 2

You might want to structure it in this way and include some of the suggested ideas when researching and compiling the work.

Remember to choose your own artist that works with the theme consumerism as well as Landy or Perry. You will need a high quality colour image from each artist.


(1). What is consumerism a general definition; also consider looking at what wider society says about consumerism - look at different views of consumerism
Consider looking at Marxist or economic arguments for consumerism.

(2). What does either Landy or Perry say about consumerism - why are they tackling it as a subject and how do they do this through their art? Are they for consumerism or are they against it - how do you know... (a) From what they say in interviews (b) How the message is conveyed visually through their art.

(3). Using their image - Visually deconstruct the image explaining how the visual language of the image is used to convey meaning and message.

(4). Your own chosen artist  - repeat the same process sections 2 and 3 with your chosen artist.

(5). Who/what are they influenced by and how? In your research explain who or what the artists that you've chosen are influenced by, aim to identify the artist primarily, but consider politics, popular culture and society as a whole. What do these other people say about consumerism, how does your chosen artists work connect to their influences?

(6). Write a conclusion - what do you now feel about consumerism - whose views do you now share and why?

Y02 Blended learning task - planning

Over the coming 8 days we'll be shooting using the Mamiya C330 and the 10"x8" view camera.

For your blended learning you'll need to write up a plan for both of these shoots identifying what it is you want to get from the shoot and what you need to do in preparation for the shoots.

Use the opportunity to identify the use of an array of different materials, techniques and processes, identify this opportunity in your plan. Look at the weather over the coming days including tomorrow and identify theoretical problems relating to the light. Include weather charts as part of your planning (Remember to make this visual).

Things to include in your plan...

  • Films and papers you're going to use. With the films try and use films you've not previously used and look up their properties and characteristics on the manufacturers websites 'Product data sheets.
  • Who you're going to photograph.
  • Why these shoots are useful - what are you going to gain from it and whether there is potential for you to then use either of these cameras in conjunction with your own self-directed shoots. What will be the benefits of using either camera on your own shoots?
  • Plan of poses.
  • Expectations of the light - what you expect the light will be doing regarding the mood - discuss the light in terms of mood and effect on contrast.
  • Light ratios - use of reflectors or black reflectors to increase contrast.
  • Plans for post production - e.g. your 10x8 negative images on the photo-paper - how will you convert these to high quality usable digital positives.
  • Plan to make paper-negatives using traditional darkroom contact sheet approach.
  • Props/clothes?
Once shooting make sure you photography the set up and draw floor plans.

Use both these up-coming opportunities to create loads of images and pages of practical work. Consider printing the 6x6 negatives...

  • With David Bailey-esque borders
  • With the fake post production borders in darkroom
  • With the fake digital post production borders (After scanning prints)
  • On a range of different papers (See Steve Gibbs).
  • On matt finish paper and hand-tine using mixed media approaches - different pens, pencils, paints and other mark-making tools.
  • On liquid emulsion - consider adding colour or damaging the paper (Decay).
Again all the above can be high-lighted in your plan.

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

BTEC Y01 blended learning task


Your task for this week due on 9th May.

For the Fine Art Materials, techniques and processes brief...

You're required to produce a set of digital images referencing a photographer.

For this digital section you're to investigate Rania Matar looking at the series "A Girl and here room". The key thing you need to do is meet the criteria AP.1...

Explain how digital materials, techniques and processes have been used to produce fine art pieces.

Use your own experiences and knowledge and the two links here below to write up your response to the criteria above.

Monday, 24 April 2017

Specialilst papers

This is for both years BTEC and UAL

At this point in conjunction with your projects you're strongly advised to shoot film (Different types) and print in the dark rooms using a range of different papers. You were all sent an email with the details relating to the use of these papers and the new arrangements for buying it. If you take up the idea, your blended learning will be to do the research identifying the properties and characteristics of the paper. As always do not plagiarise - read the material and write up in your own words.

You need to do this by 2nd May.

Here's the email sent 24/4/17 (Slightly different for the 1st years)...


 Steve Gibbs and Alex have come up with a multi-pack of different papers for use in your FMP. Used in conjunction with your test shoots this will allow for massive displays or knowledge and awareness of material, techniques and processes, especially if you research further via the manufacturers websites and compare and contrast the manufacturers claims against your own experience of their use. (Distinction potential).

 These are high-end papers for use with professional applications – two of them are especially worthy of your attention and it would be great to see some of this paper being used in your finals. One of them combined with drawing or painting or some other mark making approach would be exceptionally well received by anyone marking the work showing exceptionally high knowledge and advanced use of MTP’s. (Providing the written support was evident).

 A ‘Multipack’ of specialist papers includes the following – (£3.95)

Ilford MG 300 Art paper

Ilford Classic MG Fibre based Matt finish.

Ilford Cooltone MG IV RC with glossy finish

Ilford Warmtone MG IV RC with pearl finish

 There’s one sheet of each allowing for a few test strips and a half sheet print.

 If you like what you see and the paper suits your purposes or you want to work with it more, you can buy the papers individually in packs of 5 from Alex. A price will be issued as soon as Alex and Steve have worked it out.

Thursday, 2 March 2017

BTEC 1st year - Blended learning - Painters Pool - Jem Southam

This task is associated with your Unit 1 - Labyrinthine project

Painter Pool - Jem Southam

This series of images by the British Photographer Jem Southam feature a series of woodland images that could be interpreted as being 'Labyrinthine'.

Have a look on-line for further images using the search "Jem Southam painters pool". Select the one that you feel is the most 'Labyrinthine' and analyse and deconstruct it as this weeks Blended learning task.

Remember to offer your initial response to the image and then research the images and the story behind the images. (See the 2nd year post for links to the prompts).

Make sure you write about the context of the images - what kind of work is this, where would it be seen, who is its audience, who would buy this - how would it be sold?

Does it look like any artists or photography you are already aware of. Does it look like the scene from any movies you may have seen or are aware of? How does it make you feel, what is your emotional response to the work?

"Painters Pool" Jem Southam

UAL Y02 Extended Diploma Blended learning - due 9th March

This links with your FMP. There's two options as with last week...

(1). If you've got a basic idea for your FMP and you know your theme, find your own artist/photographer or associated piece of information and produce your required two pages A3 or 4 pages if you're working using an  A4 sketchbook.

(2). If you've still yet to make a decision on your theme, research Richard Avedon. Avedon is famous for both his fashion photography and his work "In the American West". Choose one or the other depending on whether you prefer fashion or portraiture/documentary.

Remember to compile a bibliography as you research your information and images. If you've got the recommended books you should have bought for the course you'll find Avedon in the book allowing you to add 'Hard-copy' sources to your bibliography.

Remember if you do internet research try and use high quality websites e.g. national newspapers, museums and art galleries. Use quotes and cross reference your quotes with your bibliography.

Lay it out like this -
Start the written work by offering your initial response to the key (Single) image, for example use the prompts here...

(1).Do you recognise any similarities between this image and the work of other photographers/artists or perhaps programs on the television – how are they connected, how might this work be influenced.

(2).What mood is conveyed in the image, is it conveyed through the use of light, colour or something else… body language/facial expression.

(3). What do you think the images are about, what is the message – what are they trying convey to us – why do you think this?
Click here for further prompts (look in side bar).

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

UAL Y02 Blended learning


This week you have a choice.

1. If you have some idea of what your basic theme is for your FMP, choose your own artist/photographer and conduct your own research in the way that you've been taught since September.

* Try at this stage to use books and journals, you're going to lessen your chances of attaining a higher grade if you rely entirely on internet based research. (Applies to both tasks).

2. If you're still struggling for an idea at this point choose your photographer on the basis of their technique or use of materials techniques or processes. So this week look at Irving Penn - specifically focusing on the 'Corner' portraits.

Remember though it is more important than ever to now compile a bibliography, use quotes and cross reference your quotes with your bibliography.

BTEC 1st year blended learning task

Hello,                                                            Note - Do not copy the text, do not use Wikipedia.

This one is associated with your Unit 01 'Labyrinthine' work.

You need to research Idris Khan. What you need to produce is...

2 Full pages of work if produce as A3 in the format that you're already aware of or...
4 Full pages of work if produced as A4 - 2 pages of images and 2 pages of commentary/analysis.

With regards to the analysis you need to focus on showing that you're aware of the context in which this work is produced (Operational context) and also the historical context e.g. who's work is it inspired by, who and what are Idris Khan's influences?

The images you need to focus on and discuss/analyse are of the type see here (Double click the image below)

For more examples see links below...

Also look at the Artists Gary Hume who does something similar in a non-photographic manner.

Monday, 13 February 2017

Old blended learning - Derek Ridgers 'Kylie' Y01

First years (BTEC)

This is your blended learning work for this week. It's important to remember this work has to be completed and brought in for assessment each week. Your work will be assessed in the session Monday 13.00hrs. You Must bring the work into college completed.

Look at the 4 links below. Watch the videos, read the articles, make notes print off images. You can also print off the articles if need be, but you must not copy the content unless you are quoting.

Make sure you save the links from the articles you use for your research and add them to a word file as you go along forming a bibliography. This also includes links for your image sources.


The subject/theme         
Derek Ridgers - Kylie Minogue/Portraits.

Derek Ridgers - Press reviews use the CTRL + to zoom in to the content.

Derek Ridgers discussing equipment (Materials) and technique


Kylie image


The main emphasis of your work will be to look at and explain the use of materials, techniques and processes. Prompts to respond to should include...

  • Why was the lighting used?
  • What type of camera was used and why?
  • How does the use of the equipment affect the image (Creative intention)?
You'll be introduced to one of Ridgers images in Dave T's lesson where the image will be examined and analysed in detail. Make sure you make notes and gather as much information from that lesson.

One page should be made up of primarily images with annotations and the other page, the 'key' image that you write about in more depth. see here

Deadline for this work Monday 19th sept 13.00hrs. You MUST bring the completed work in to be assessed.

Old Blended learning - Y02 - Stephen Gill

As second years you know the drill. If you've forgotten, have a look at the link here for a reminder.

This week you will need to produce research material on the Photographer Stephen Gill. Use the links below. Remember it's useful to initially write up your opinion of the images and then...

Watch the videos and read the texts and summarise and write up your response having then learned about the work and the photographer. Use the prompts to write up an analytical response to the work. See the side bar for the prompts or use the list of prompts on the wall in the 'Prep Room'.

Lastly, as you do the research save the links for your bibliography and put them straight into a word filed and do this as you go along.


The links...



Do not forget the work must be completed and submitted in the first lesson with Dave Thompson the following week.

Old Blended - Y02 Hans Van Der Meer

This weeks theme/subject is Dutch Photographer Hans Van Der Meer and his work "European Fields".

Use the links supplied, have a read through the articles and write up your research work by next Monday. Remember to save the links if you visit other websites to find additional research or images. Keep on top of the Bibliography links and save them as you go along in a word file. When you've completed a page of links for the bibliography print the page out and keep it at the back of your folder.

The emphasis of the current unit is Context, so make sure you have within your written work...

Operational Context - e.g explanations and evidence of the type of work this is - what makes it what it is, use quotes or evidence from the text.

Historical Context - e.g. who is Van Der Meer influenced by, who does his work look like (Painters and recent photographers). Find examples of such work.

This weeks links...

European Fields. * Note the video isn't about European Fields, but gives you an additional insight into the photographers work/Holland and his approach.

Old Blended Y01 - Objectivity in Photography

Read the instructions carefully.

The work here will need to be completed by 26th Sept and assessed on that day (Monday).

The work needs to be produced on A3 paper in the way demonstrated and shown in your classes in the last week. (If in doubt ask).

This week the theme your work will be exploring is 'Objectivity' in Photography.


When you do your research using the links below, make sure the written work that you produce focuses on Materials, techniques and processes. When you read the articles the information you're looking for primarily is information relating to MTP's...

What materials are used - how and why and how does it help to convey meaning/message.
What techniques are used - how and why and how does it help to convey meaning/message.
What processes are used - how and why and how does it help to convey meaning/message.
What equipment is used - how and why and how does it help to convey meaning/message.

Here's this weeks links (Get started ASAP)!

Old Blended learning Y01 - The Bechers

Hello here's this weeks Blended learning task.

The work needs to completed by this coming Monday (October 3rd) ready for the peer review lesson and assessment. Please ensure the work is finished and presented in your A3 folder in that lesson. It should comprise of 2 sides of A3. One side primarily images (Up to 8) featuring other associated images from the same series/period, images of the equipment used, the photographs in situ e.g. in a gallery and images of work that may have influenced the work. On the opposite page you should use one single A5 'Main image' that you write about and analyse in more depth using the prompts.

This week you need to start an additional page which is the start of your bibliography that you'll need to compile and add to on a weekly basis. This will need to be updated and printed off every two weeks or so. It is recommended that you copy the web-links as you do you research directly into a word file. It's also recommended that you prefix the web-link with a one word description of the type of research you've used as demonstrated and explained in class today.


As below...


This weeks theme 'The Becher's'  and Typologies




Of the two photographers here 'The Bechers' are the ones you need to look at and write about in depth. Mollison has been included to show how photographers have been influenced by the work of 'The Bechers' you could comment on the similarities and included examples of Mollisons images (Further research). 

The main things you need to write about (Use headings) to differentiate...

  • What equipment is used?
  • What materials are used?
  • What techniques are used?
  • What processes are used?

For additional prompts to generate written content see the sidebar here on the blog or refer to the list on the wall in the classroom at college.

The work must be completed in full and presented on Monday 3rd October in Dave Thompson's session. 

Old blended - David Noton Y02 commissioned photography

Hello here's this weeks Blended learning task.

The work needs to completed by this coming Monday (October 3rd) ready for the peer review lesson and assessment. Please ensure the work is finished and presented in your A3 folder in that lesson. It should comprise of 2 sides of A3. One side primarily images (Up to 8) featuring other associated images from the same series/period, images of the equipment used, the photographs in situ e.g. in a gallery and images of work that may have influenced the work. On the opposite page you should use one single A5 'Main image' that you write about and analyse in more depth using the prompts.

This week you need to start an additional page which is the start of your bibliography that you'll need to compile and add to on a weekly basis. This will need to be updated and printed off every two weeks or so. It is recommended that you copy the web-links as you do you research directly into a word file. It's also recommended that you prefix the web-link with a one word description of the type of research you've used as demonstrated and explained in class today.


As below...


Article -


As your work includes the necessity to identify different types of context in which photography exists looking at the differences in a range of approaches to photography, this week I want you to look at and analyse commissioned photography. You need to compare and contrast it with Art Photography and contemporary approaches to Landscape photography (Gursky) and discuss the influences of the David Noton work above. 

The main focus of this work is the David Noton work.

The main things you need to write about (Use headings) to differentiate...

  • Who or what is the work inspired by/similar to?
  • What techniques and equipment are used?
  • Also look for and discuss whether this photographer has been reviewed by National Newspapers, galleries, critics or academics, how many examples can you find?
  • Also discuss whether and why his approach/equipment is appropriate?
  • Discuss the work in comparison of that of Andreas Gursky (Use Gursky images).

For additional prompts to generate written content see the sidebar here on the blog or refer to the list on the wall in the classroom at college.

The work must be completed in full and presented on Monday 3rd October in Dave Thompson's session. 

Old Blended learning - Y02 - David Bailey

David Bailey and the 1960's this week. The work needs to be written up, images all collated and stuck in your folders by Monday next week 10th Oct.

The emphasis of your work this week is looking at the context of David Bailey's rise from East End boy to one of the most famous and influential photographers in the world. What was happening around him - politics, society, economy, culture that enabled his rise to fame.




Be careful when selecting your images, remember one of the things you'll be working with when producing your own images based on Bailey and the 1960's is the inclusion of the border in the print and the square format - refer to video (1) as he talks to Kirsty Wark of Newsnight, note how many of the images are square format and include the black border.

Old blended Y01 - Ed Burtynsky

This weeks subject is the Photographer Ed Burtynsky.

The work will need to completed and presented in class for assessment and peer assessment on October 10th (Monday)

Remember, what you need to be focusing on and commenting on in your research is the use of Materials, Techniques and Processes. (Unit 4).




Link (3) is the most useful in that it's a detailed interview with the photographer. Whenever you're producing research, one of the most effective ways of finding high quality content when using the internet is to search using the pre-fix Interview. So in this case I simply searched...

"Ed Burtynsky Pentimento Interview ".

And it came up as the 1st option. One of the other important aspects of this search is that I knew which images I was looking for, knowing what images you're researching is a key part of effective research and the best means to introduce yourself to quality images and photographers is to use Journals such as the British Journal of Photography (BJP). These are to be found in the Learning Resources Centre on the 1st floor of the college.

The interview is fairly long and rather than read the whole thing you can speed the process up and find what you're looking for by using CTRL + F. This brings up a search box/field and you simply type in the word you're looking for, in this case Pentemento. Try it.

Burtynsky goes into a lot of detail about these images discussing the materials, techniques and processes, which should lead to you doing additional research into the materials themselves. Remember the use of the prefix MSDS when you're searching for details about the equipment.

(MSDS - material safety data sheet).

Try searching MSDS Type 55 Polaroid, print off the data sheet and use some of the safety info in your work.

Old blended Y01 - Hockney

This week you'll be researching David Hockney focusing on the idea of 3D in photography.

You need to discuss in your analysis -  can we depict 3 dimensions using a photography which generally is seen as two dimensional... width and height?

David Hockney our greatest living artist here in the UK has frequently used cameras in his work with a phase in the 1980's when a lot of his work was produced using photography. During this period he produce images using a method he called 'Joiners' ... Photographic montages, in which Hockney explores different viewpoints in a two dimensional image.

Use the 'Pearl Blossom Highway' image as the main image to discuss, analyse and deconstruct.

Use a range of Hockney's other Joiners and possibly 'Screen grabs' from the video to illustrate Hockney's use of materials, techniques and processes. Also look out for any reference to historic art in the video and articles.

The deadline is next Monday 17th Oct. Bring in the completed work and your folder for assessment and review.

Old blended Y02 - Medium format camera

This week you need to research Medium Format 6x6 cameras.

Use the C330 as the main image and write about the C330 primarily as this will be the camera you'll have access to and use.  Mamiya C330  Hasselblad 500cm Mamiya 6 Rolleiflex

Look at any additional research (Non video) - make sure you save your bibliography links.

*Make sure you include examples of Bailey Images which use the film edge (Rebate).
Also use images of other types of 6x6 square format cameras in the image section of your work.

Lubitel, Bronica SQA,

Deadline for this work 17th Oct - when the work will be reviewed and assessed.

Blended learning 17th Oct - Y01

The deadline for this work is Monday 31st Oct

This week you need to research the camera that you've been using. In photography when we're asked to describe or analyse the use of materials, this also includes the cameras you use. So when we say materials techniques and processes, also think Equipment, Techniques and processes.

The Ken Rockwell link is probably the one you need to read thoroughly as he tells it like it is with this camera and the use of film v digital. - click the 2 PDF links above the camera image at the bottom of this web page.

The link here is for the light meter as seen through the view-finder

Additional images can be found using Google search "Pentax K1000 controls".


(1). Make the main A5 image on the text page an image of the Pentax K1000 camera.

Prompts that you might use to form your written work/paragraphs on the main written page...

(2). Focusing.
(3). Shutter speed control/settings.
(4). ISO setting.
(5). Aperture settings/control.
(6). Light metering.
(7). Removing the lens.
(8). Loading the film.

All the above can have associated images on the adjacent image page.

Note. If you're looking at any of the phrases and not understanding them, you need to be looking them up in your reference book below, these should all be familiar to you at this stage. If you've not got this book - you need to buy it.

Old blended learning Y02 - sub-culture 'Mods'

Old blended learning Y02 - 1st Nov

This weeks theme for your research is the legend Corinne Day.

You need to focus on her personal work 'Diary' and demonstrate that you have an awareness of the context of her work...

(1). Operational context - What type of work was 'Diary'.
(2). Historical and social context - what was happening around Corinne Day at the time, what was happening in mainstream fashion, what was happening culturally - music, art etc?

Use the links below -

Make sure you copy the links you use to collate your information - images and text and maintain you bibliography as you go along.

Remember the key things you need to be writing about are the characteristics and context of the photography. We only need to see images from the 'Diary' series in this first section.

Deadline - Next Tuesday. 8th Nov.

Old blended learning Y01 - 1st Nov

The emphasis of your research now needs to shift towards being very specific over the next 3 weeks...

Over the coming weeks in conjunction with your assessed work on which you'll be graded you need to produce some detailed research into Materials.

This week...Film

Focus on the film that you have already used and have some experience of... Ilford HP5+ 135/36

Use this image for your Main image.

Use the links below to conduct your research. The emphasis of the research needs to be on Ilford HP5 + , but you should identify a number of other films that we'd like to see you use over the coming months these include...

Ilford FP4 +
Ilford XP2
Kodak TMAX 400
Kodak Tri-X-pan 400

What makes each film different? Why are there so many different types of films? What sizes do the films come in and what type of cameras are the different sized films used in?

This week in addition to the usual links you're expected to use, you'll be given hard-copy materials  with basic information on film.

Deadline for this to be completed - 8th Nov 2016.

Old Blended learning Y01 7th Nov


This week in-line with the need to focus on your identification of MTP's including equipment, you're set the task to research your own DSLR camera and other similar cameras. I would suggest that on one page (made up of primarily images) you write about DSLR's in a general way and on the other page... Use an image of your own camera as the main single image and write about your camera around it.

Use your manual or find a digital version on-line of your camera. Other options would be to watch Youtube videos about your camera or find your camera on the websites below... - this is for a Nikon D3100, just type your cameras name in the search field.

When you write the other page and discuss generic DSLR camera features use your book 'Starting photography'.

Deadline 15th Nov

Old blended learning - Y02 Corinne Day

This week you need to research Corinne Day specifically looking at the set of images from the famous vogue set 'Under-exposure'

Make sure you include the series of images from the set 'Under-exposure' and choose the image of Moss surrounded by the fairly lights to analyse and deconstruct.


Deadline 15th Nov


Old blended learning 21st Nov Y01

Your blended learning task for this week is...

To research one of the photographers/artists from the list on your assignment...

Lauren E Simonutti.

Francesca Woodman.

Arnau Blanch ‘Fantasmas’

David Lynch (Plus films & TV – Twin Peaks).

Gareth McConnell – Ibiza/Drugs.

Sally Mann – Body Farm.

Tierney Gearon – Mother project.

Giacomo Brunelli – The animals.

Britta Jaschinski- Zoo.

Polixeni Papapetrou.

Ralph E Meatyard.

Christopher Shy (illustrator).
When you write up your response to the research you do, arrange it into 3 key sections.
(a) Visual language analysis and deconstruction - a combination of your initial response to the images and then a more informed response having read about the work/artist.
(b) Materials, techniques, processes and equipment - what's used, how it's used, why it's used.
(c) How do the choices of MTP's affect and impact on the perception of the image, do they help to tell the story or create mood - analyse and explain.
Ideally this work will be added to your VLC folder and kept separate from the sketchbook.
The deadline for this work is Monday 28th when you'll have to bring the work in completed for assessment.

Old Blended learning Y02 - Shoes

Your next assignment looks at 'The Audience' and is concerned therefore with the people looking at images and responding to them appropriately. You'll be looking at advertising and exploring how it works and engages its audience, who the audience is and the demographics involved.

The theme is shoes, so as a starting point you're to look at shoes as a cultural phenomenon and their use and appearance in art and photography.

Choose one of the following photographers

Jan Van Eyck
Hector Mediavilla
Helmet Newton
Anna Fox
Melanie Pullen - Crime scenes
Guy Bourdin

Analyse your chosen photographers/artists work looking at the use of shoes in the images, why are they there, what are they telling us, what is being suggested by their inclusion in the images. Look at all of the artists before making a decision as to which photographer you respond to. Remember one page of several images - perhaps with your initial response and then on the main page use a 'Key' images to analyse and deconstruct and write about in more depth.

Maintain your bibliography - cross reference other artists listed here with your chosen artist.

You're strongly advised to produce the research in a separate folder.

The work needs to be completed for review week 28th Nov. 10.00hrs deadline Monday.