About the Course
Photographic representations inherently hold various and often conflicting meanings within them. Photographs are polysemous and therefore it is imperative for photographers to have an awareness of the implications of their (often subconscious) practice in order to steer the interpretation of their work and avoid unintended outcomes. This unit considers the complexity of issues that are automatically raised when a photographer takes on the task of representation. Whether it is a decision about representing oneself or others, this unit aims to enable you to do so in an analytical and concerned way. Being aware of the debates surrounding topics such as the body, feminism, environment, race and cultural identity will better equip you to produce ethically considered and well thought through imagery.
This unit follows naturally on from Photography 1: Identity and Place (although this is not an essential prerequisite) allowing for further research into the themes of identity in contemporary photographic practice. It will be an opportunity to examine topics such as multiculturalism, psychoanalysis, post-structuralism and semiotics in greater depth. In order to introduce you to these ideas, basic photographic theory will be referenced in this unit. Theoretical movements and texts will be explored with regards to their relevance and impact on photographic representation. You will be encouraged to continue looking at photography and to read widely, ensuring that theory is situated well in practice. As you discover the integration of theory and practice you will uncover a wealth of photographic breakthroughs, which are pertinent to this area.
You will develop a critical and experimental approach to your photography. As you continue to hone your visual and conceptual framework through personal expression you will be encouraged to draw upon your own experiences in the production of your work. This unit will provide a platform for developing your personal voice in a knowing and concerned manner. Through projects, assignments and contextual research you will be building autonomy and confidence in pursuing self directed projects.
Throughout the unit you will be invited to show increasing autonomy in your learning and are expected to interact with the wider community of students at the OCA.
The Open College of the Arts is a non-profit educational charity offering arts education through open and flexible distance learning methods. You will receive support from a one-to-one tutor who is also an arts practitioner and you will become part of a thriving UK and international student community.
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