My first image deconstruction .

I have not done this before so I thought I would try it on one of my favourite images  by gary winogrand after researching how to deconstruct (reduce (something) to its constituent parts in order to reinterpret it )  online . 

On the street Gary winogrand .

Before

My initial thoughts on this image is : Firstly I notice the man in the wheelchair and how he is being noticed by the woman on the right and the little boy on the bench which is contrasting between three different generations and social classes  . I love how you can see the swagger of the women but , to me , the child looks meek and non– judgemental . The positive and negative areas light and dark forms make the image stand out and eccentuate the women making them seem more powerful ( as does the old motherly figure standing next to the boy sitting on the bench ) in the centre of the image . This image makes me think of how society can be very judgemental . How different people with different attitudes act accordingly in there educated and not so educated reactions to different social problems .

New assignment

Thursday September the 18 th

In our main technical studio session today with Dave Gregory we were given another assignment . We have to pick 6 words from an available 9 of which I will write a short dictionary definition below to get me started

Modernity

The quality or condition of being modern .

Nostalgia

A sentimental longing or wistful affection for a period in the past .

Elegance

The quality of being graceful and stylish in appearance or manner .

Opulance

Great wealth or luxuriousness .

Austerity

Plainness and simplicity in appearance .

Joy

A feeling of great pleasure and happiness .

Reflection

1 . An image seen in a mirror or shiny surface .

2 . A thing bringing discredit to someone or something .

it was a sad reflection on society that because of his affliction he was made an outcast .

 Culture

The arts and other manifestations of human intellectual achievement regarded collectively . The ideas, customs, and social behaviour of a particular people or society

 Gender

The state of being male or female (typically used with reference to social and cultural differences rather than biological ones) .

 

  Then make 6 separate images Based on each of the words we picked . We need to actively research and think deeply into each words meaning to discover original creative ways of expressing them in our images .

  Dave was talking to us about ways of seeing things and expressing them . He used a pen as a talking point around this and explained objective and interpretive meanings in an image eg the objective pen is just about its form as an object ( click , oh look a pic of a pen ha ) but the interpretive ( Look and think what the object means ) pen is how we explain what the pen is and what it has done for us or can do . For example , the pen has been the most important invented tool the human race has known because it enables us to put our thoughts on paper and communicate with one another .

  Then he went on to explain some of the meanings of a few of the words eg opulence means lavish  excessively dressed people draped in jewellery with a lavish lifestyle and we looked up the dictionary definition of culture which was “ the arts and other manifestations of collective human achievement  “ .

Diana Arbus .

1 . Diana Arbus 1923 – 1971 Suicide .

Diana Arbus one of my Favourite Photographers , worked a successful career in fashion with her husband . She started to pursue her own line of photography in the late 1950s where she would visit parks , seedy areas , morgues and graveyards to photograph people and going to great lengths to get the shots she required . Diane Arbus is a photographer best known for her photographs of marginalized people in society — including transgender people, dwarfs, nudists and circus people.

Key Works for me : The grenade Kid . The Twins . Tattoed man at a carnival .

My favourite work . The grenade kid . 

The grenade kid

  As soon as I saw this shot by Diana Arbus it became my personal favourite . I love the fact that it’s a young child holding a hand grenade ( I like the way the other hand is clawed as it really gives the image even more appropriate feeling ) with a psychotic and crazed expression and the photo was taken in 1962 when the world was on the brink of nuclear destruction with the Cuban missile crisis ( Coincidence ? Probably . Or subconscious reflection ? ) . I also like the image because I personally think different aspects of our own personality , lives and environment show up in each persons work wether they realise it or not .

  This photo gives the viewer a totally different perspective as to what was really going on when she took the photo . When in reality she was just annoying the hell out of him trying to get a better angle for the shot ( or was she ? ) . Purposeful or not , we can never know what was going through her mind , although I would love to .