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Adrienne Evans:

“We were then really lucky to be joined by Dr Adrienne Evans who spoke about the representation of the body, both as an outward choice, and returned representation via the media. She touched on recent and relateable examples of debates around sexuality, objectification and empowerment including Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’. “


-Does Miley Cyrus or Rihanna have any control how the media show them?

-What does it mean to find someone sexually desirable?

-Is this just a white representation?

-How are men implicated in the sexualisation of culture?

How we represent our own bodies:

What is the body? Is it just a bag of bones…

Bodies are constructed: aspects of our personality, restricted by historical and cultural norms.

Restricted by social position: homeless people cant show their personality so easily

 How is it represented?

Media shapes how we understand our bodies, bodies are all shown quite similarly in the media. White, slim, females, wearing very little clothing. Black female bodies are seen as dark and sensual. Latin male bodies stereotype in media is seen as sexually powerful.

How does it represent itself?

There are a range of technologies enabling us to re-present ourselves in different ways.

Participatory culture= promise of ‘authentic’ accounts of our self

Trainspotting advert:


Although we appear to have a chose of what we choose, we all still do similar things

What kind of bodies are being represented in the VO5 advert?

-Primarily white

-White males, a few black males,

-No black females,

-Muscular males,

-Slim females,

-No ginger people

-People who are disciplined are the black people

-Then we have the unique white bodies

-Racial divide

 What is this saying is the ideal body?

-Slim and muscular


What’s the contradiction?

They all end up looking the same, even though we are being told it will make us more unique

Understand different theories of representation?

We try and fit the mould.

When people look at us we recognized ourselves, as someone in somebody else’s eyes.

The gaze can make us feel uncomfortable, as we cant get in to their head and understand what they are thinking

Self aware, subject / object


Feminist Theory

Objectification is the process of turning people into object for our own gain

Women as instrument or object of pleasure nothing more.

Camera is a tool of objectification

Cropping: a collection of pieces not as a whole person… legs, bum, tum

“Blurred Lines”:

This really says something about the song, and its possible meanings:

Controversy now seems to sell records…

Lyrics taken from rape culture…

Should the song be banned?

Interesting link:


Abject and Disgust:

Abject is somewhere between the subject and the object.

Kristeva (1982) defines abject as things that pass in and out of the body

Shit, sweat etc

We find these abjects interesting…

“Two girls one cup”

“The human centipede”

“Embarrassing bodies”

Dead bodies, used to be part of our culture, they have now become abject. Extremely thin and extremely fat, makes us feel our own bones and flesh,

 Limits of representation:

Sarah “Saartjie” Baartman, born into slavery

Freak show act in England and experimented on in France- fascination with her body



Gender (In) equality

Long history of gender oppression- only recently that women have been seen as ‘human’.

The Everyday Sexism Project:


Everyday and normalized sexism e.g. wolf whilst, clothing

Feminist movement- challenged sexism

Constructs of Privilege:

Bodies defined by range of binary differeneces

Intersectionality; bodies are more than just gender, race, class, sexuality, but all of these things

White, straight, males = easiest difficulty setting!

Alternative Bodies, Alternative Representations:

Reshaping the Body…

Body is malleable- can be changed in shape appearance and physicality

Body Modification…

Female body builders, scarification and branding, tight lacing, suspension, bloodletting, extensive tattoos and piercing…

Modern primitives- urban subcultures that form tribal affiliations

Socially sanctioned self-mutilation?


Living Doll communities (click to see link)

Middleclass entertainment?

The living doll communities…

Often seen as quite stupid

Orlan- Body:



But is it her aim to change the idea of beauty?

A form of self-portraiture

Ways of using abject/ disgust to chanllenge taken for granted assumptions about the body

Grotesque bodies ‘protudes, bulges, sprouts and branches off’ (Bakhtin 1965 p.320) create feelings of ambivalence

But usually subject to ridiculous or concern or recuperation

Interesting links:



Self Portrait

Codes and Conventions, C and C


-Aesthetics, choices, self-portraits, filters

Choice and Representation

Representing people within objects, can also be a self portrait

Defining themselves by purchases or experiences

Michiel Spijkers…

“Nothing of me is original. I’m the combined effort of everything I’ve known.”


The objects that he bought 15years ago still represents who he is now, maybe this tells us more. It certainly tells us something different.

Jem Southam

Jem Southam (click to see link)

Jem Southam (click to see link)

Personality, Interests: His interests are reflected in his images

Why do people take images of different things? … Interest and personality

The way we turn our camera on the world is biographical.

Federico Fellini

“All art is autobiographical. The pearl is the oysters autobiography.”

“every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter. The sitter is merely the accident, the occasion. It is not he who is revealed by the painter; it is rather the painter who, on the coloured canvas, reveals himself.” Oscar WildeThe Picture of Dorian Gray

Phillip Gefter “As satisfying as it is to discover what Sarah Bernhardt looked like, or Charles Darwin or Coco Chanel, the conundrum we are left to ponder about the nature of portraiture is whether the portrait is one of the subject, or in fact a portrait of the photographer.”

The self portrait as a…


Nikki. S. Lee Infiltrating a group


Nikki. S. Lee (click to see link)

Nikki. S. Lee (click to see link)

Learn more about the group, mirror image of the groups

A representation of them

Understanding the Codes and Conventions of the group so that she can mimic them

Trying different things, referencing different societies

The identity question of her self

Bend and Hilla Becher

Bernd and Hilla Becher (click to see link)

Bernd and Hilla Becher (click to see link)

Reference and place ourselves


Contrast to what is already out there

Trish Morrisey

Trish Morrissey's beach shot

Trish Morrisey "Front" (click to see link)

Trish Morrisey “Front” (click to see link)


Taking the place of a female in the group

The replaced person then takes the picture

Odd relationship


Noah kalian


Can see his surroundings (gives the reader more context, who he his and what he likes, where he lives, surrounding objects, becomes more personal and relatable, more of a narrative, flow of life)

Rhythm of his life

Ahree Lee


Plain white wall

(Focus on her, how she changes, her style, we see the way her face changes, scientific)

Lucas Samaras

Lucas Samaras (click to see link)

Lucas Samaras (click to see link)

“Photo Transformations”

Documentation of feelings

Phil Kirk

Phil Kirk (click to see link)

Phil Kirk (click to see link)


A document, a record of violence and mutilation

Scares, tell stories


The photographer, the subject and the viewer.


Self-portrait, the role of power is flipped on its head

You have to give and take, meet in the middle

Talking to yourself

Lucien Freud “The difficulties of painting yourself are psychological, you have got to try and paint yourself as someone else”

White T-shirt Drawing Task:

“We explored natural light as an aid in making intimate images in a workshop which twins with a drawing class. The drawing class in fact focused on looking rather than drawing and the relationship between subject and artists, something we all need to be acutely aware of during this class.

Class Drawing Workshop

Class Drawing Workshop

#picbod #coffeebreak:

Aware of the environment, aware of the equipment, then focus on the relationship…

Photographer Ross Rawlings ‘in conversation’ for #picbod

Creative Workshop 1.

Self portrait

Pre-visualise and produce a self portrait ( using only available light) unrestricted in theme and technique yet still supplying a message to the viewer. You should spendtime first understanding what it is you wish to convey before then looking at the composition and mechanics of the image and finally production.

#Picbod 14 Introduction Vlog…


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