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The Blog of an Alevel Photography Student Part 6


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The Blog of an Alevel Photography Student Part 6

14 Jan 2013 8:00PM   Views : 931 Unique : 623

Well i'm getting use to this blogging stuff! Today my big final prints arrived!!!


Quite exciting only two weeks left of this unit before i get my exam paper.

The other day my lecture handed me this photograph and told me to study its, historical, process, aesthetics and content all in able, for me to learn in better detail to analyse a photograph better.
Before reading my next text just look at the photograph for maybe a minute or two and try and some up how you think it has been created and what it means.


This Photograph is called "Rays a laugh" - It was taken by Richard Billingham, and Ray is his dad. This photograph was first seen in the "Sensations" Exhibition in 1997 (When i would of only been 1 years old!) According to my lecture this was the photograph that changed the way modern art exists.
The process used to create this process was the fact it was printed on cibachrome print not digital. The photograph is famous because because it was done on film and to be precise was probably negative on aluminium. Richard Billinghams favourite camera was a Olympus Omlo so i would say this was probably taken by it.
Time to use big words... this photograph is a neurotic realistic introspective photograph. What that means is we all like to nosey (Voyeurs), this photograph makes us want to be nosey and know what the photograph is about. The original print was only A4 size with in this case makes it especially good for creating detail for the viewer to find. If you work it out the photograph uses the rule of thirds, whether this was done or purpose or be accident we will never know, but if you notice the cats legs are directly where the middle line would be.
The content of the photograph, we clearly we can all see ray and the flying cat ? We should assume when the photograph was taken that both the cat and man where alive, i would say this photograph was taken around 16 years ago, and the man looks in his 80 there so therefore would assume he his also no longer with us.
The cat in this photograph is something completely different and new, the apogee of a cat's dejetory is at its highest peak it turns, which makes us wonder which way the cat is going? Could it be someone else has thrown the cat? Looking in the background of the photograph, it seems to be an old fashioned house, however there seems to be modern art work. Has the photographer intended for you to feel sorry for the cat?

Now that I've explained the photograph, do you think it might have just lost some shock value?

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