Framing The World Through My Photographs
My peers and myself were asked that on the first day of the module we were asked to wear a white t-shirt to class. This was some- what a mystery and remained that until the afternoon.
In the afternoon we were asked to partner up and complete these tasks:
Each new exercise should have a new pose from the sitter.
You do not have to draw everything – you may choose to focus on the torso or the arms,
hands – try diﬀerent things for diﬀerent exercises but remember we are still looking at the
Try not to be precious
First exercise (1 minute)
Picture your subject using one continuos line. The pen or pencil should not leave the
(This is to get you a little relaxed and less precious about the work)
Second exercise (1 minute)
This time you are to do the same but look only at your subject, do not get distracted by
(Think about how this has changed the intensity of this relationship, think ho it feels as
artist and as sitter)
This is one to try yourself with cameras, they should be an extension of you, not
something you constantly need to ﬁddle with.
Third exercise (1 minute)
Concentrate only on light and shadow, you are no longer looking at skin and hair and
edges, you are only looking at the light
(Think about the authenticity of what you have produced, photography as a medium is
known for it’s accuracy and authenticity but it does not have to be. Have you excluded
entire body parts, lines and features? Does this make a representation less authentic,
does it matter?)
Fourth exercise (1minute)
This time concentrate only on weight, look where the weight of the body rests on itself or
a chair. If someone is standing, how can you show the weigh their feet and legs bear?(swap)
The next few we will take two minutes over
Fifth exercise (2 minutes)
Use only straight lines to picture your subject.
Think about angles and directions of the body as well as of light
Sixth exercise (2 minutes)
This time use only shapes – they can be what you like – squares, circles, triangles,
(Look at your image – try to identify why you have chosen diﬀerent shapes in diﬀerent
Seventh exercise (2 minutes)
For this one, sitters you will need to gradually move over the two minutes into diﬀerent
poses, artists, you should focus not on trying to record individual moments and poses –
as we are taught photography should be about, but instead you should capture the
complete 2 minutes of movement and pose.
(Some of you might have felt an urgency there – or annoyance at not being quick enough
to see and represent your sitter but as much as you can you shouldn’t be concerned by
that and should try to picture it as one moment)
Eighth exercise (5 minutes)
Lastly, here we are going to think about what Paul Wright says, about soaking up your
subject. Sitters, you should pose for 3 minutes. Artists, in this time you should not make a
mark on your paper, only look. After 3 minutes I will ask sitters to move away and artists,
you are to draw from memory.
These tasks have helped me understand the body and how to interact with the subjects I worked with and will potentially be working with throughout this module.
I don’t have any of the results from the workshops as I am fairly embarrasses by the results.