Week Two Reading

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During week two, myself and my group presented on the topic of ‘Vernacular Photography’, I had never previously heard of vernacular photography and found the concept extremely interesting. Basically, vernacular photography is amateur or unknown photographers who take everyday life and common things as subjects. I has commonly said to be ‘accidental art’ and the use of vernacular photography in the arts is almost as old as photography itself. Lately vernacular photographs also have become popular with art collectors and with collectors of found photographs as they appear natural, effortless and are fascinating to examine and explore.

I learnt that examples of vernacular photographs include travel and vacation photos, family snapshots, photos of friends, class portraits, identification photographs, and photo-booth images. It is ultimately unplanned and effortless images.


The reading we based our presentation of was John Berger’s ‘Ways of Seeing’, A text based on the BBC television series with John Berger. In the reading he describes individuals viewing photography as “SEE COME BEFORE WORDS. THE CHILD LOOKS AND RECOGNISES BEFORE IT CAN SPEAK”- revealing how he feels that you look at things initially before understand the meaning behind it and every individuals conceptions of things differ. Ultimately he feels that, an image is a sight which has been recreated or reproduced. It is an appearance, or a set of appearances, which has been detached from the place and time, in which it first made its appearance.

I felt this was an extremely interesting reading as it allow you to understand the differing ways in which individuals see things and how nobody views anything the same way.

Week Two Reading

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