A2, Week 8, Task 1: Tool Kit

  Planning and Preparation: Develop a clear understanding of the essay question by pulling out keywords, breaking it down, rewriting it in your own words and looking at the both explicit and implicit requirements. Use Mind Maps to get all of your ideas out of your head onto paper – enabling you to organise, categorise…

A2 MindMap from Week 4, Task 3D

Link to MindMap This MindMap was from Week 4, Task 3D. It is a collection of my ideas, resources and information I have come across during my research and brainstorming for the written essay and blog posts.   Works Cited: Butler, Judith. “Your Behavior Creates Your Gender.” Big Think. The Big Think, 19 Feb. 2011….

Week 7, Task 4: Questions to Topic Sentence

Throughout history self-portraiture has been a means for women to confront their largely patriarchal society about notions of femininity and what it is to be a woman. Through self-portraiture, women could reshape their identity as individuals as well as the collective identity of women. Early female artists used self-portraiture to legitimise themselves, and other women, in a profession…

A2, Week 7, Task 3: Debate in Action

Link to MindMap with debate around whether selfies are positive or negative. The third point in my essay is based around selfies – a very controversial topic with regards to whether they are good or bad. Many dismiss them as narcissistic and self indulgent, whilst others see them as a means towards self empowerment or the…

A2, Week 7, Task 2: Seeing the World

The myth of photographic truth, ideology and worldview are all related and affect each other. Worldviews are the unique ways people perceive the world, shaped by the environment they grew up in. We develop a set of values, beliefs and individual truths based on our social and physical environment, “Truth as always culturally inflected, never pure…

A2, Week 7, Task 1: The Myth of Photographic Truth

The ‘photographic truth’ reflects the idea that photographs are an accurate depiction of reality. Unlike mediums such as painting, photographs are produced mechanically through the camera, and thus are assumed to be unaffected by the subjective artist. The ‘myth of photographic truth’ counters this idea and argues that photographs are inherently untruthful. According to Mark Osterman, photographs have…

A2, Week 6, Task 5: Reflection on Learning

I have enjoyed this assessment because we have a lot of freedom to explore what interests us. I’ve found my topic around identity and self representation fascinating – especially seeing the similarities in historical art and the modern selfie which show how humanity has developed so much, yet has stayed the same. It has challenged me to…

A2, Week 6, Task 4: Essay Topic Research

The most interesting video I watched from the selection was ‘Selfies – a visual analysis: Elizabeth Urbanski’. This video explores what a selfie is, its conventions, how selfies fit into history and why we take them. An interesting point it raised was whether the selfie is traditional or revolutionary? Traditionally portraits were painted by an artist,…

A2, Week 6, Task 3: Analysis Ideology

Ideology Glossary Definition Having an understanding of ideologies in regards to Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun’s ‘Self Portrait with Daughter Julie’ (1786) is imperative towards understanding the meaning behind her work. Vigée-Lebrun was a French bourgeois woman who painted from the late 18th century, and into the early 19th century. The bourgeois ideology around women’s roles hugely affected Vigée-Lebrun’s work. There…

A2, Week 6, Task 2: Who else is talking about ‘this stuff’

        Twitter Page:@TheMaleGazeFilm Live Journal Discussion Group: ONTD_Feminism Works Cited: Kleiman, Eden. 2016. Who else is talking.  Digital Image. LissonOfficial. “THE MALE GAZE.” YouTube. YouTube, 25 Nov. 2015. Web. 24 Apr. 2016. “ONTD Feminism.” ONTD Feminism. Live Journal Inc, n.d. Web. 24 Apr. 2016. OKTVUSA. “Celebrity ‘No Makeup’ Selfies.” YouTube. YouTube, 16…

A2, Week 6, Task 1: Library Research

I have located the following texts using Massey’s online library catalogue which may be useful towards my essay: Cracks in the Pedestal: Ideology and Gender in Hollywood – Philip Green Love thy selfie : girls, selfies and gendered spaces : an exegesis presented in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Fine…

A2, Week 5, Task 4: Visual Analysis

Cindy Sherman’s ‘Untitled Film Still’ (1978) is a self-portrait, which mimics the way female characters are portrayed in cinema. The photograph is black and white, showing a woman (Sherman), hemmed in by tall buildings, looking at something we can not see with her brows slightly furrowed and mouth parted – possibly with fear or disgust. The fact that…