Project 1 – Photography: art or science?

Research Point: Notes from Talbot's introduction to "The Pencil of Nature" The notion of Nature's pencil is interesting, as it does seem to "remove" the human hand from the rendering of images (even though humans had to do a lot of thinking and experimenting in order to "invent" the "new art" Introduces the "first" publicly-available… Continue reading Project 1 – Photography: art or science?


Introduction to Photography

Initial reflection on Part Four - Photography I'm looking forward to this section as I really enjoy photography. In particular, I have recently been inspired by the work of: Sally Mann Jan Brykczynski Isabelle Levistre Annie Liebovitz (as a portraitist) National Geographic photos, generally I also have a lot of friends and family members who… Continue reading Introduction to Photography

“Drawn to Greatness” at the Morgan Library and Museum

I recently checked out the "Drawn to Greatness: Master Drawings from the Thaw Collection" at the Morgan Library and Museum, in Manhattan. The exhibition is (incompletely) viewable online [accessed 08/11/17] I really enjoyed this show, which is focused on the drawing (defined loosely) of major (European) painters from the Renaissance to the modern era. What… Continue reading “Drawn to Greatness” at the Morgan Library and Museum

Assignment Three: Reflection on Feedback

I am happy with Dr. Rees' feedback on my latest assignment; in addition to recognizing my strengths and areas of interest, she also pointed out some areas for further inquiry and noted two areas to really focus on in Part Four (Photography) of this course. The two main issues Dr. Rees rightly identified are as… Continue reading Assignment Three: Reflection on Feedback

Part Three – Learning Outcome

I recently submitted my third assignment, thus completing the Visual Communications section of this course. It was a meaty section with lots of work and research and, in keeping with a little ritual I've set for myself, I wanted to reflect on my progress across the course learning outcomes at this point. Can I demonstrate… Continue reading Part Three – Learning Outcome

Assignment 3 – Preparation & notes

We were asked to identify an example of re-appropriation within visual communication.  I chose to look at the work of visual artist (painter/sculptor) Kehinde Wiley. His work really resonated me the first time I saw it in Paris at Musee d'Orsay's "Masculine / Masculine. The Nude Man in Art from 1800 to the Present Day"… Continue reading Assignment 3 – Preparation & notes

Project 4 – Time & Place

Notes: The Global Village Marshall McLuhan coined the term "global village" in 1964, with reference to the way media and electronic communication connected people across time and geography. This sense of interconnectedness is far more pronounced today with the development of the Internet, mobile technologies, etc. Notion of "one" global village has been been both… Continue reading Project 4 – Time & Place

Project 4 – Time and place

Exercise 3 - Visual conventions for time and place A research project for identifying visual conventions used to convey time and/or place/space (frame-by-frame storytelling, handling of perspective, speech bubbles, etc) from different historical periods. i) What I already know To get started, I wrote down a list of words/things I associate with the term "visual… Continue reading Project 4 – Time and place

Project 4 – Time and place

Notes: Representing time and place Text asks us to consider how our experience of time an place are represented visually. Visual communicators may try to weave questions of experience, time and place (narrative?) into what's called "visual storytelling": taking the viewer on a visual journey in which ideas of time and place are presented through… Continue reading Project 4 – Time and place

Project 4 – Time and place

Notes - Reusing the old Good to stay in the present/imagine the future, but also acknowledge the influence of historical trends on contemporary visual culture Retro designs (not all, but some) are almost permanently in fashion Similarly, stuff that seems new often has roots in much earlier, perhaps less popular, ideas and design Reminds me… Continue reading Project 4 – Time and place