REFLECTIVE JOURNAL -CONTEXTUAL STUDIES TASK 4

Reflective journal task 4.

1.tabbie_x

KEYWORDS:

  • uninhabited
  • exposed
  • simple
  • dated

SHORT DESCRIPTION:

This image by Martin Parr shows a photograph taken through a window from the inside to show another house on the outside. Within this image it almost looks like the house on the other side of the street is mirroring the one that is being shot from the inside. The two houses can relate through the objects of; hanging blinds, curtains and open windows show in both which makes the viewer assume both houses are the same capturing one view point from the interior and one showing the exterior associating them together. Another element that could address the notion of inside/outside is the floral wallpaper surrounding the window, flowers are known for being an outside object so bringing them as an interior relates the two.

2.eggleston_shoes_under_bed

KEYWORDS

  • unkempt
  • directed
  • shaded
  • vacant

SHORT DESCRIPTION

This image by William Eggleston shows a photograph taken at a low angle under a bed. The atmosphere of the photo is quite dull, dusty and brown toned however there is a highlighted sector which brings focus of attention to the collection of shoes present. The shoes are an object that would be connected to going outside, being situated inside it connects the notion of inside/outside. As the photo is a close up under a bed its quite a personal space here it could seem Eggleston is presenting an inside personal space and bringing it outside to the public

3.COMPARISION BETWEEN TWO IMAGES:

The two images above explore positions to include the notion of inside and outside, there are many similarities between how both Eggleston and Parr do this. Firstly, both images are inhabited, there is no use of people in either images to initiate any sense of inside/outside with people, instead both photos use objects to link the spaces; the first image by Parr used décor to connect the house from the inside to the opposite one and the image by Eggleston used shoes as an object to relate the movement of inside and outside. Even though both images don’t use people they are both environments you would expect to see people inhabit this makes the images incorporate a sense of looking inside someone’s personal living space (from the inside of a house to the inside of someone’s room) as stated in Egestion’s description this makes it seem like they are presenting an inside space to the outside, once more connecting the two.

4. EXPLORING IDEAS AROUND THE POSITION OF THE PHOTOGRAPHER AS EITHER LOOKING OUTSIDE OR INSIDE

To explore this question firstly I am going to look at the work previously analysed by Martin Parr and William Egglestons.I think the position of the photographer depends on what they’re photographing and the subject matter. In Egglestons photograph of shoes under the bed it feels like this image is intruding into someone’s personal living environment which could make the photographer here seem they are looking inside as its getting personal however it could also be seen as the photographer is an outsider looking in, depending if the photo taken is actually to do with them.Some photographers that use their personal life as a base to their photographs such as Nigel Shafran who photographs his personal spaces and his wife could be seen as looking inside as also including the audience to look inside having an insight in their life. In Parr’s photograph of the houses this could seem as he is photographing someone else’s space which in this case could be the photographer as an outsider looking in.

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