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Student: Cormac513273 — Online learning blog at: https://cormac513273.wordpress.com/

Submission: Photography 1 — Context and Narrative

Assignment 3

Title: Self-portrait

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’),

https://cormac513273.wordpress.com/2015/01/07/project-1-1-francesca-woodman/

https://cormac513273.wordpress.com/2015/01/10/project-1-2-elina-brotherus/

https://cormac513273.wordpress.com/2015/01/13/project-1-3-gillian-wearing/

https://cormac513273.wordpress.com/2015/01/16/project-1-4-exercise-and-notes/

https://cormac513273.wordpress.com/2015/01/19/project-1-5-exercise-and-notes/

 

Project 2 (‘Masquerades’)

https://cormac513273.wordpress.com/2015/01/20/project-2-1-nikki-s-lee/

https://cormac513273.wordpress.com/2015/01/22/project-2-2-trish-morrissey/

https://cormac513273.wordpress.com/2015/01/23/project-2-2-trish-morrissey-cont/

https://cormac513273.wordpress.com/2015/01/26/project-2-3-exercise/

https://cormac513273.wordpress.com/2015/01/29/project-2-3-exercise-cont/

https://cormac513273.wordpress.com/2015/01/31/project-2-3-exercise-conclusion/

 

and Project 3 (‘Self-absented portraiture’)

https://cormac513273.wordpress.com/2015/02/01/project-3-exercise-i/

https://cormac513273.wordpress.com/2015/02/03/project-3-exercise-ii/

https://cormac513273.wordpress.com/2015/02/05/project-3-exercise-iii/

https://cormac513273.wordpress.com/2015/02/08/project-3-exercise-iv/

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.

https://cormac513273.wordpress.com/2015/02/10/assignment-3-i/

https://cormac513273.wordpress.com/2015/02/12/assignment-three-ii/

https://cormac513273.wordpress.com/2015/02/16/assignment-3-iii/

https://cormac513273.wordpress.com/2015/02/18/assignment-3-iv/

https://cormac513273.wordpress.com/2015/02/23/assignment-3-v/

 

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