A2 COMPONENT B MY BEST BLOG POSTS 2016

WEEK 4:

  • 4c- Visual analysis of selected images

monet

(Mirzoeff, Nicholas. “The Changing World” How to See the World. London: Pelican, 2015. Print. ‘Figure 70 — Monet. “Unloading Coal”. 1875. April 2016.)

Questions about image-

Coalmen from Belgium and France are transferring coal from factories to ships to be transported overseas. The viewers eyes are being drawn to the people, the lines are diagonally leading down towards the boats, creating a sense of travel and destination of the coalmen, I believe the painter is aiming to make us recognise the people as the focus. The vantage point if where the painter is looking, his perspective in observing from afar. The bridge in the background above the workers allow to make the link between the landscape and the figures, as they are all based on industrial production. “Monet gives the composition a sombre, serious atmosphere, which accentuates the workers’ bleak plight”, using cooler colours to represent the gloomy feeling of the painting. The genre of this painting is impressionism, using colour and light to show the feeling of the landscape at the exact moment. His ability to blend colours into each other are very good, the sky and the land blend well to show the link of nature as a whole, and the black figures acting as a link to nature.

Questions about production-

Made in 1875, quays of the Seine River near the railway bridge of Asnières by Claude Monet. It was not intended for anyone, just to capture the modern day landscape of the time. Its production depends on the painter and what he aims to capture, using a cooler colour palette to form senses and feeling. The painter is an Impressionist styled painter “he was not for example, like Seurat, concerned with making political commentary”, the painting had no social criticism, the subjects of the image are workers from Belgium and France. The relation between the painter and the subjects are that he is watching them from a far, capturing the everyday production of coal, linking networking with hard labour. The genre of the image is “somewhat Japanesque and a balletic representation of work”, and has a gloomy feel which emphasises the dreary workers labouring away. The form of the image reconstitutes these identities and relationships of this production because of the arch of the bridge in the background and the silhouettes, the form is just framed enough to capture the happenings in this image, where people are seen loading coal to and from the boats.

Questions about audience-

The original audience for this image would have been for himself, as this was not to socially criticise anyone or anything, he simply wanted to capture how common this landscape was. Currently not being displayed, however recent audiences could be those wanting to learn about the Industrial Revolution or history of coal mining or production networking. We are looking through the eyes of the painter himself at the time, this relation allowing the audiences to be a part of the image, as if they are experiencing it first hand, watching from afar. The image probably could have done without a caption, this is due to the bridge in the background, allowing possible historians to trace back to the place, and also because the name of the painting ‘Les charbonniers’ (the coalmen), is French which indicate the origins of this image. There can be different views to this image, as it mainly just about the landscape and industrial accomplishments at the time, people can have different opinions about increasing human activity, both negative and positive, how human are destroying our planet, or improving it for the better. Some groups, depending on how industrially developed they are, can react differently to this image. If they are from a more developed country then it is easier for them to accept how far industrial production has improved and see these techniques as old, on the other hand, slower developing countries would believe that the processes are still current to them.

 

WEEK 5:

  • Task 3- Essay Topic Research

monet

(Mirzoeff, Nicholas. “The Changing World” How to See the World. London: Pelican, 2015. Print. ‘Figure 70 — Monet. “Unloading Coal”. 1875. April 2016.)

Coalmen from Belgium and France are transferring coal from factories to ships to be transported overseas. The viewers eyes are being drawn to the people, the lines are diagonally leading down towards the boats, creating a sense of travel and destination of the coalmen. The bridge in the background above the workers weighs down and almost confines the workers below, making the link between the landscape and the figures, as they are all based on industrial production. The genre of this painting is impressionism, using colour and light to show the feeling of the landscape at the exact moment. His ability to blend colours into each other are very good, the sky and the land blend well to show the link of nature as a whole, and the black figures acting as a link to nature. In building context, some main points would be how industrialisation occurred in Europe during the time, the conditions of workers and what networking systems they had transporting goods. The context of this work will allow me to better contrast shipping goods and labour then and now.

 

steam engine

(Cynthia Stokes Brown. “Fossil Fuels, Steam Power, and the Rise of Manufacturing”. https://www.khanacademy.org/partner-content/big-history-project/acceleration/bhp-acceleration/a/the-industrial-revolution. Khan Academy. 2011. April 2016. Website.)

This is an image of “The Sun and Planet” steam engine designed by James Watt. This visual text links to my ideas of the ‘Industrial Revolution’, global warming and conquest of nature. The idea of an engine that burns coal symbolises the beginning of a new era of machinery in both industrial and agricultural formation and development. The creation of this machine allowed people to pump water from coal mines much faster, but could also be put to other uses to quicken material productions, this being a good representation of our changing world. The steam engine also suggests the idea of global warming as more natural resources, such as coal, being taken meant more gas emissions through industry production and causing the rising temperature and damage of our planet and all species too, examples of smoke rising from factories, bigger cities and denser populations, railroads could be seen in many places in Britain. With continuous growth of developing machinery, humans have taken over almost all of nature and used its resources to help ourselves, our survival in expense of a doomed planet.

 

 

One idea I have taken from the presentation videos is how connected we are as beings, mentally and physically. How we have developed worldwide connections, how powerful humans have come to think of new ground breaking ideas and technology to industrially improve living on our planet. This idea of connectivity and development is a good link to my visual text “Sun and Planet Steam Engine” designed by James Watt. His design of forming a machine that uses steam from burning coal to power production, indicating human achievements and additionally transporting production through networking, connecting the world together for trade and survival.

 

(Ruskiewicz, John J., Daniel Anderson, and Christy Friend. “Reading Texts.” Beyond Words: Cultural Texts for Reading and Writing. 3rd ed. Boston: Pearson. C2012. P.10-15; 54-57. Print)

This process has helped me focus on my essay direction by allowing me to recognise what is missing, looking deeper into the larger image, “noting where you look first and then asking” (Ruskiewicz, p.11). As any painting was cropped to tell a story, this reading has taught me to look further and better comprehend what is ‘outside the box’, what is happening outside of the image, what is behind us from our perspective of the visual text. Also being able to look through different perspectives and think in various ways, instead of having one impression of the visual text, to help expand knowledge, become open to more possible ideas.

This process has helped me develop my understanding of contextual knowledge through reading about different types of genres and media used for individual visual texts. “Each medium makes its own demands on your imagination and senses” (Ruskiewicz, p.29), this makes me understand the necessity to research the background of a visual text, the history at the time to expand my contextual knowledge, allowing me to comprehend the reason for why the creator of the visual text has chosen to work on a certain medium to get his message across to us, his audience.

When making visual texts in design practice, the process of researching further into ideas I am interested in will allow me to express my feelings even more, the power of transcending a message will have deeper meaning once I know what I am aiming to tell people. The relevance of contextual knowledge is very important in making a visual text, this allows people to appreciate how it works or means.

 

EVALUATION-

My writings from weeks 4-6 have been very helpful in preparing me for this essay, the tasks where it focused on brainstorming my ideas and planning my essay have been very insightful, I feel very prepared and have a good idea of how I will tackle this essay.I can see that as the weeks have progressed, and my glossary expanding, my writing style has change a bit. I am able to better comprehend reading texts in detail and source materials from a wide range of places. My log posts have been incredibly helpful and I am now using them as research and sources to write my essay. In conclusion, this assessment has been the most interesting one so far, I can see improvements in my writing style and vocabulary too.

WEEK 6 REFLECTION ON LEARNING-

In conclusion, this assessment has been the most interesting one so far, I can see improvements in my writing style and vocabulary too. So far what has worked well for me are the readings and video presentations in lectures. I am highlighting lots of information and annotating which is good to read back on and summarise altogether, allowing me to further comprehend what I am going to be writing about. What hasn’t worked very well for me would probably be having to cite links and research, I find this very time consuming and sometimes I forget the order of things, however it all works out in the end. My ideas of global warming and colonialisation have been challenged, this is because further into my research I have realised that humans are really destroying our planet at a larger scale than I originally had thought. Some creative approaches I have taken when doing this paper is how I research and plan, I am a more visual learner, so I have made post it notes all over my books and on my wall so I am able to lay everything out at one go and create a checklist of what I have not yet completed, this approach will serve very useful in my other subjects in future. I am really enjoying this paper so far, I am learning a lot of fun things and find it very interesting to better comprehend the works of our world.

 Week 8, Task 1.

  • Planning and Preparation- reading through ‘Rose, Gillian’ chapters in book of readings, very insightful. Using a min map to lay everything out and continuously adding to it to expand knowledge. Highlighting and getting ideas down through sharing with peers, friends and family.
  • Writing Skills- reading through ‘Andrew Wallace’ and ‘Michael Clarke’ chapters in book of readings, thorough and detailed points. Understanding new words essential to writing the essay and adding to the glossary for future when I do not understand. Splitting out the work load through weekly blog posts, very handy when writing the essay at the end, combining paragraphs and ideas that have already been discussed previously.
  • Content and Visual Text Analysis Tools- reading through ‘Marita Sturken’ chapters in book of readings, understanding visual images and photographic myths. Exercises in the book of readings where they have questions at use where they break down the analysis of the image even deeper. The presentations and lectures were very useful for analysing a visual text, breaking it down with peers around us, getting us to think on the spot.
  • Research and Information Gathering Tools and Protocols- using the Massey Library as a main resource to find quotes and statistics. The book of readings was incredibly helpful allowing me to gather information about Photographic myth, ideology and worldviews, expanded my knowledge. The resources on the Massey Stream website was incredibly helpful, the videos were very informative and I was able to jot down a few notes.

Week 5, Task 1. Mind Map.

MIND MAP2NEW

237130­_A2_Wk7_Task#2_World Views_30/April/2016.

Worldview, ideology and the myth of photographic truth relate to each other as they all lead back to the life decisions and experiences of an individual being. These words depend on the way an individual thinks about others and their surroundings based on learning from the people they surround themselves with and the environment they have been brought up around, “…truth as always culturally inflected, never pure and uninfluenced by contextual factors” (Sturken and Cartwright, p18). When critically evaluating producers of visual texts, these words will be good to focus on as they will create a deeper comprehension of why their opinions are the way they are, they might also be considered as evidence of how the author has come to their conclusion on a certain issue. When critically evaluating the audience of a visual text, these ideas may be considered for a taster of the various perspectives collected, through differing views and arguments put forward showing a wide range of viewpoints. A visual text may promote a dominant worldview through advertising, this is a clear example of how businesses and politicians influence the media and population. A dominant worldview where consumerism and politics rule and have become centralised through constant worldly advertising, companies aiming to influence people into joining or buying certain goods to keep up with societal trends which are ongoing and forever changing.

(Sturken, Marita and Lisa Cartwright. “Images, Power and Politics”. Practices of Looking: An Introduction to Visual Culture. New York. Oxford University Press. 2009. Print. April 2016)

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