Framing The World Through My Photographs

Visual analysis of Billingham and Carucci

It was suggested to me that I use visual analysis within my presentation to allow the viewer to understand the images further. Below you can see what I included within my presentation.

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This particular photo in Billingham’s book, has captured Ray with another bloodied nose, either from a fight with Big Liz or another collision with a piece of furniture, both of which are documented throughout the body of work.

The photo awkwardly cropped, looks into the toilet where Ray is present, surrounded by the overpowering red and yellow patterned wallpaper in stark contrast to the brilliant white wall that frames Ray. These are signature characteristics that run through the series of images depicted in ray a laugh.

Rays a laugh, explores the relationship between members of Billinghams own family, depicting “painful, often humorous…[and] sometimes violent moments, providing the viewer with an introspective view into Billingham’s family, that usually only close family members are privy to.


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In her publication, is a double page spread that contrasts, what is expected to be seen in photographs of the family. The right image depicts the “Madonna and child” image, a mother embracing her child, the viewer expects to see these types of images, however, the photo on the left depicts Carucci and her child both nude. Although it is not unusual to see a child depicted nude within family albums, it is not common to see the parents fully undressed.


I felt that it was necessary to show some analysis of the image to make my statements more effective. I received great feedback from my peers on this section of my presentation.


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This entry was posted on February 22, 2015 by in 350MC - photography in context.
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