The Informing Context Module (PHO702) is a 30 credit module that is approximately 15 weeks in duration. 

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

 Figure 1. Baptiste  2017.  Yasumasa Morimura, Paris Photo Fair Exhibition Grand Pais. 

Yasumasa Morimura is Japanese born established contemporary conceptual photographer who uses detailed and elaborate costumes, props and digital editing to transform himself into historical and famous people.  Morimura has recreated images from paintings by Johannes Vermeer, Van Gogh and Frida Kohl.   While his recreations...

Monday, July 17, 2017

                                                    Figure 1: Vigee Le Brun  before 1800. Rose Bertin.

Rose Bertin was Marie Antoinette’s favourite dressmaker (milliner) and friend, and the first celebrity fashion designer.  Rose Bertin used fashion as a means to empower women, she in many...

Monday, July 10, 2017

When the poorest of France’s Third Estate were forced to spend close to 97% of their wages on bread, politicians at Court (royal), looking for a scapegoat, circulated pornographic material aimed at solidifying Antoinette as the reason for France's problems.  Depictions of the Queen with animal heads devouring everything in sight soon reached the public who were too hungry and uneducated to understand they were being played. An...

Monday, July 10, 2017

                               Figure 1: Le Brun  1782. Self-portrait in a Straw Hat. Oil.

Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun (1755-1842), was beautiful, charming, intelligent and a superbly talented and prolific French artist.   During her career, she painted a staggering 660 portraits and 200 landscapes.

Le Brun's portrayal of women were often int...

Friday, July 7, 2017

 Figure 1: Baptiste  2016. Heels to Tears.

                            Figure 2: Baptiste  2017. Untitled.

Who is she?

What does she represent?

Why is she so frequently naked, battered and bruised?

Why is she often sexualised and objectified?

Her glorified, fashioned image, held up, to represent her tribe

Her self-indulgent dalliances with the f...

Friday, June 30, 2017

 Figure 1: Baptiste   2017. Staged Meals

updated July 8, 2017

Marie Antoinette married Louis XVI at the tender age of 14. The young Hapsburg Princess was promised to the French Prince soon after her birth. Their pledged union was political, at the heart of it, was the necessity to forge long-lasting peace between the once enemy rival countries. Austria and France were experiencing a time of understanding and...

Sunday, April 30, 2017

This gallery offers a glimpse into some of the rehearsal shots, remixes  and the Work in Progress Portfolio: Historical Women, Narratives - Marie Antoinette Series.

updated: Thursday, June 8, 2017

Saturday, April 8, 2017

When l made the decision to address the subject of female objectification in my practice for my project, I realised rather quickly it would be the most challenging subject to address.  Society has become complacent and detached; we have cleansed our hands of decades long objectification the female model has endured in fashion and consumer photography.  We have sanitised our minds of its history and existence, we have allowed o...

Saturday, March 25, 2017

The Image World

We live in a world where every aspect of our lives is documented, our birth, our death, our happiness, sorrow, accomplishments and failures, our hope and our despair. Everything from what we eat, wear, the car we drive and the home we own or rent is documented in photographs.

Like it or not, we live in an Image World – a world otherwise known as Photography.  And in this image world of photography, there is an es...

Friday, March 17, 2017

                               Figure 1: Baptiste  2016. Paris Photo Fair 2016 at the Grand Palais.

Falmouth University Flexible Learning week 8 section of Informing Context highlighted art critic Jonathan Jones and some of his views about photography, views highlighted by the record breaking cost of Peter Lik's"Phantom"

Jones posits that phot...

Monday, February 27, 2017

Merry Aplern’s Dirty Windows, 1994, chronicles her surveillance-like photos of a bathroom window at a men's club, should have been aptly titled: Dirty Windows, Dirty Camera. 

Merry Aplern had by chance, stumble upon a window view of her window subjects from a friend’s apartment. Armed with this new ‘privileged’ view, she made the decision to immortalise these forbidden moments of her unwitting subjects’ lives - forever cementin...

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

                      Figure 1: Arnold Newman  1963. Alfried Krupp.

Updated 17 July 2017

THE PORTRAIT OF ALFRIED KRUPP

The 1963 environmental portrait of Alfried Krupp taken for Newsweek by Arnold Newman, provides one of the best examples of allegories in photography. To better understand the context of the portrait, we must first, have some knowledge of both the subject and...

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