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The Blog of an Alevel Photography Student Part 93!


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The Blog of an Alevel Photography Student Part 93!

24 Apr 2014 2:17PM   Views : 1023 Unique : 703

Slowly working my way towards my 100th blog! Today has been a day for doing theory photography work in particular writing about photographs using - The theory; The Four Domains of Visual Analysis.

What is the Four Domains?
It is an in depth analysis of the visual narrative of a piece of art or photograph. Using the Four Domains, an emotional, practical, technical and aesthetic conceptual response can be formed.
The Four Domains have 4 main parts to it:
Content (Narrative)

Personally when evaluating my own work i only use Aesthetics , Process and Content.

What is its style? E.g. Renaissance, Surrealist
Composition: Rule of thirds, symmetry, golden section, square, rectangle, progressive, rhythm
How big is it? Scale and size.
Soft focus, dreamy.., see through, light, luminosity, shadow, light and dark,
What orientation is used? Landscape/Portrait.
How does it relate to its environment?

Is it a silver print, a negative, a digital print, a bromide print, a pinhole exposure etc.
What camera was used?
Are you looking at a copy of it or the original?
What Condition is it in?
If it is damaged, why and when was it damaged, and by whom?
Is there evidence of restoration?

Content (Narrative)
What is it about?
What does it say?
Who or what are the characters portrayed?
Is it a scene, landscape, portrait?
Is the content emotional?
Is it political, propagandist, documentary, accurate, technical, mythical, semantic, secular, abstract, passive, peaceful, aggressive, shocking, rude, immoral, picturesque, colorful, dark, evil, explicit, sexual, pornographic, mundane, religious.
What did the photographer want us to consider when it was made?
What do we feel now and why?
How has our response to it changed through out time?
Is there anything missing or hidden?
What information does it portray that can be brought to our understanding of it?

When was it photographed?
Where was it photographed?
Who photographed it?
Where is the negative now?
Where has it been and where is it now?
Does it still exist or is this just a visual record of it?
Why was it photographed?

Its a lot to remember when looking at a photograph, I've found though one I've considered these points when looking at another photographers work i understand better and actually don't look at the photograph in the same way. However i find it harder to analysis my own work using this theory.

I have only been to college tuesday this week and that was for my mock media exam, due to it being mock week none of the lectures are running due to the lecturers having to inviolate the mock exams. So I've been able to help at my new opening store which is great fun!

My mock media exam went well, however there was 3 other classes in that exam room doing mock exams and their exams finished at different times so it was a bit annoying that 1 hour into my exam people left, then 1.30h another lot left and then 2 hours some more - my exam was 2 and half hours long.

Anyway because its such gorgeous weather I'm off on a bike ride!

Blog Soon!

Tags: Photography Film Student Theory Exam A level


pablophotographer 9 1.9k 407
25 Apr 2014 11:45PM
Greetings to you AliceLuise;
Your text very well answers my question ''what's behind a frame?'' I was going to pose to the forum.
Just to see what others would answer.

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