Student: Cormac513273 — Online learning blog at: https://cormac513273.wordpress.com/
Submission: Photography 1 — Context and Narrative
Beginning Part Three (‘Putting yourself in the picture’) I commenced a diary as advised in the course material. This two-week diary contains a daily record of my thoughts and research on the subject of my creating a photographic self-portrait. The final entry in the diary records my decision to continue my reading and thinking while completing the Exercises in the associated three Projects: Project 1 (‘Autobiographical self-portraiture’),
Project 2 (‘Masquerades’)
and Project 3 (‘Self-absented portraiture’)
By the time these were completed and having reviewed several books on the subject (please see my diary entry for Saturday January 17th 2015 for list) along with other research, I had formulated a strong idea about my self-portrait: a mirror would form a large part of the composition — please see my Learning Log here: https://cormac513273.wordpress.com/2015/02/10/assignment-3-i/ for discussion.
In Laura Cumming’s book on self-portraiture the chapter entitled ‘Mirrors’ opens with a full page reproduction of the painting, by the 16th century Italian artist Parmigianino, ‘Self-portrait in a Convex Mirror’ (please see fig.1. in my Learning Log https://cormac513273.wordpress.com/2015/02/12/assignment-three-ii/). From my Log:
In this way Parmigianino mimics many photographic self-portraits that utilise mirrors to reproduce a likeness of the artist, that is, the mirror itself is an essential, intrusive participant, when viewing the picture there is no escaping it.
I liked this idea and was further encouraged in it when a paper by Carol Armstrong entitled ‘Reflections on the Mirror: Painting, Photography, and the Self-Portraits of Edgar Degas’ was referenced in one of the books I was consulting. This was of interest for two reasons, firstly because Degas was in some sense a bridge between the painter’s and photographer’s view of self-portraiture, and additionally it discussed an early use of a mirror in photographic self-portraiture (please see https://cormac513273.wordpress.com/2015/02/16/assignment-3-iii/ for discussion).
I feel that the finished self-portrait (please see https://cormac513273.wordpress.com/2015/02/23/assignment-3-v/) is a product of my reading and thinking on the subject much of which is recorded sequentially in my Learning Log entries for Assignment 3 i.e.