Acceptance of Art

Even though this is not photography related I felt it fitted in well with the subject and the route in which art like music and photography is going.


Starting in phonar we heard the route in which we compare the present to the past, we also heard throughout that context is key and we have to immerse ourselves in the subject.

In photography we have to immerse ourselves otherwise our images don’t hold the depth and emotional connection that we need, the best way to do that is to go through the route of photographing what we know about and what we experience.

Bringing about the main article from Bob Geldof and Adele, Geldof is known for his support to help those who are less fortunate but has got backlash from people both Africans and western country famous and none so for this latest release of Band Aid’s single Do They Know It’s Christmas.

This version is almost identical except for the odd word to the original about supporting the African countries were struggling most decades ago. Here the song was new and accepted as it got to the point in which people could agree with and which Geldof had experienced him-self. Later on though the second version of the original song still had support as it still raised the same point and bought about the fact poverty was still happening.


2014 Version

However, in the latest version, backlash happened as the latest song was still the same as the original (a familiar song associated with poverty) even though words had been changed but as Geldof had less connection to the subject, it didn’t had the depth and instead the media reported backlash that happened. This I found interesting to see as a popular song made to be useful went from being popular being tarnished by backlash and insults within moments. This although hearing about it put the point across of how important the context and depth of knowledge and connection is to the subject.

Alongside this within a close time frame Iggy Pop spoke about the future in which music is going so that it is hard to make a living from it as a musician as the money is all going to advertising pockets like social media so they cant afford to support themselves in the career and as I hear of more and more bands I love splitting, I as a fan of music see and agree with his insight in this. Yet while this is seen in Iggy Pop’s point of view the up and coming future of music, the idea of giving away music is seen to be not accepted either as was shown with U2 and Apple.


Here U2 gave away their latest album for free through iTunes as a way of supporting apple releasing a new product. Here the album was used to help advertise the new product and as a kind gesture people who used iTunes got a gift yet instead of this being the case people felt they had the music forced upon them even though they could easily delete it without problems.


This idea of giving away music reminded me of the idea of creative commons where items like music, photography etc is made available for anyone to use as the original creator sees fit. However, the idea of then passing it on without being word of mouth or just clicking across a search that may link seems unacceptable so raises questions in general for any art…


How do you share your art without getting a backlash?

What is more important the context or the connection?

What is the future of art so that we can take part in what we want to do so to make it a career and afford to be able to do it but still share what we want to say with others at the same time?



Session 7

In this lecture that was tweeted we heard from Marcus Bleasdale and Aaron Huey. From this the points raised were:


  • Teach people but entertainment is key
  • Need a personal level to engage
  • Have to be passionate

HUEY: Both Huey and Bleasdale feel that if you want to capture strong imagery you need to be passionate about the subject. So that you can enforce your feeling into the imagery.

KHAMISSERand RITCHIN: Khamisser believes in passing on the knowledge as a storyteller and that photography allows for this to happen. Which is similar to Bleasdale who wants to pass on the knowledge of wrongdoing so that the behavior stops happening through public involvement. Bringing about Ritchin’s idea of revolution by using imagery to be useful.

CAMPBELL: Feels that an image needs to convey information to the viewer while Bleasdale’s imagery is used to teach, inform and bring activities to peoples attention. Campbell also feels that it’s harder to immerse ourselves which Bleasdale agrees with so looks to have his work entertain so to capture the interest.

RITCHIN: Campbell and Bleasdale’s thought also bring around the idea of Ritchin’s point for “change the world by describe it differently” this though is in a different way as Ritchin feels you have to look for a different point of view where as Bleasdale’s point is more literal of turning the world to a cartoon, magazine, PlayStation game etc. but what ever gets peoples attention is the form the imagery needs to be shown in.

I was interested in this lecture by the way that Marcus Bleasdale uses many different forms so to show his work. Something of which I am interested in myself and like to do with my imagery but keeping it relevant can sometimes be tricky but Bleasdale’s work shows how it can be a successful outcome. I also felt that the work being entertaining is key as for someone who finds it hard to sit and focus on one thing I do like to have the process be entertaining so that I can take it in or to be able to do multiple tasks in the process.


  •   You have to have risk
  • Tool to reach new communities. No editing say what want
  • Confront those who don’t consider. Magazine subscribers already see same point

ALAM: Both Alam and Huey feel that your imagery has to be based on passion and enriched by it so to get the message across. They both also agree that photography is a tool to help reach others although Alam sees it as more of a way to communicate with other, Huey feels the best options is to confront.

KHAMISSEY: Khamissey you know them best this is the opposite of Huey who feels that it doesn’t matter if it’s local or not so long as you have the passion on the subject and understanding. He does though believe you can get some of your best images local to you and don’t need to travel to get the ones you want.

From this talk there wasn’t much that interested me other than the idea of risk is something I find entertaining but something I don’t incorporate in my work. Yet I feel I should actually push my boundaries more as I enjoy practicing new things and trying unusual activities.

Session 6

This week I listened to the views of Sarah Davidmann and Shahidul Alam,  where I collaborated in compiling these notes on the two speakers.

Afterwards I also visited the Herbert Gallery for the talk and exhibition by Niall McDermaid and Jason Scott-Tilly.


Key Points….


  •  Photography is not a practice it’s a tool
  •  If you can’t get to go to something, bring them to you
  •  Considered the lives of the ones not heard


RITCHIN: Both Alam and Ritchin feel that the purpose of photography is to be useful so that the image can make a different.  They also feel that the best way to do this is to change the world you have to describe it differently. However, Alam doesn’t feel that Photography is the means to do this it is just a tool in the process.


MAYES/ BROOK: Mayes and Brook feel that an image is based on an experience and photography is a tool so to express this. Which too an extent Alam also feels but instead sees the tool as a way of reaching out to others.


I found these points to be quite interesting to hear as through Alam’s talk he spoke about what he had done so when he raised ways of saying photography is a tool, he was able to say how he had put it into practice for the good and it had worked. This was also the case with hearing those who don’t have a voice that’s heard which was familiar to me as recently there have been many cry outs through twitter for attacks with police causing riots in America and ones of students protesting turning ugly in London from excessive force being used. While in both situations media or outsiders are not allowed in and the only way to get the message out is multiple people expressing the thoughts of what they see.


While on a personal note I found the point of if you can go to something, get it to com to you to be interesting as with majority of the world we are controlled by what we can afford but if we look from a different angle, we may be able to change the outcome so to be able to put this into practice even though it will be a task, Alam shows this to work.



  •  Photographer and participant looking at each other
  •  Parallel between image and perspective/opinion decided
  •  Participant in control
  •  Collaboration is key

ALAM: Feels that collaboration is key, as you need more people to use the tool to help it reach out to others. Importance is to hear the silent voice. This is like Davidman, who want to express the voice of transgender people who are stereotyped and judged for how they feel.


RICHIN: Says that if you want to change the world you must describe it differently, while Davidman shows different points of view through imagery and gets people to look at the imagery so to enlighten the viewer.


KHAMISSER: This is the same and also different to Davidman’s work as Davidman at the time had no connection she knew of to transgender people until after creating the work so it was a new subject for her. Yet at the same time the ones she collaborated with and allowed to take control were the people themselves who lived there loves this way so was the primary source of the subject.  


This I felt was a unique way of working as the collaboration meant that control was handed over to the participants so they had more say in the work. I was also interested by the opinion given of the participant and photographer looking at each other as this for me is my main weakness as I tend to rush myself as I don’t like the participant waiting around for me however with this opinion being expressed it makes me see the role of a model from a different light so kind of relaxes me a bit in the process. So that I am more focused on capturing images and less on taking up people’s time.



  • Don’t be shy
  • You can go anywhere if you work out the means
  • 2 people present at once. Keeps it interesting
  • Get to know the story not just the stereotype
  • Research the photograph not just what’s related to it



Here Scott-Tilley says that the context is important in his work as when you see an image or a set happening then you jump to a conclusion mainly based on a stereotype but this might not be the reasoning behind it happening unless you find out. Something that Mayes and Hetherington support by feeling that an image is strongest when you know the context.

DAVIDMANN and MANSOUR: Get to know your participant

In both pieces Davidmann and Mansour say that you need to know your participant, especially in the case so to document them or in the case that if you collaborate with them you need to know their thoughts. Yet if you’re documenting them you cant just get a picture and put your own interpretation to it, you need their thoughts on it as it represents them and forms your context.


This talk was interesting as to start with I was intrigued by the way in which two photographers worked together to present from one to the other with their work but it still stayed relevant to the other and ran smoothly. This also kept me interested as, as soon as you heard about one then the other participant spoke and told you about a different project. The point of speaking to people was also key throughout, this is something of unless I make myself then I tend to avoid talking to strangers but with that I can miss some interesting images but both photographers have managed to capture interesting images by using something I dislike doing and make me want to over come it.


Personally though I was interested by McDermaid’s project being based throughout the country, yet even though would have been costly could also be done through research. This is something I myself am interested in doing but get put off by the price so just go for as soon as I have a car. Seeing it be put into practice and work though means that is doable and that you ca go further than just your area.