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CSVPA study journey



Photography evaluation 

Before I start to learn the photography , I have interest in taking photo , and also I think photography is around our life , so many aspects will use the photography , for instance , there are many photos in magazines or newspaper and even you go to a restaurant , the menu also have many pictures , so photography consist in our life. Besides , nowadays photography is more and more important in our life , due to the fast development of social and economy ,people are prefer to watch a picture rather than read a paragraphs. This is my opinion why I am willing to study this rotation.

   In our first project is about the Royagraph , before I begin to research some information about this word , I don’ t know what exactly it is. After I got some information about it , I am very surprised , because it let me know there are another way to create a picture which don’t use the camera. It likes to draw a photograph , not the traditional meaning about photography. Making a Royagraph firstly light the photographic paper , next use the developer and fix liquid , then clean it and let it dry . It is not very complicated , but also not very easy to get a good piece , because we need using the experience to control the time of light and steep in the liquid , if not sometimes will too light , sometimes will too dark.

   Through the whole rotation of the theme is about the surrealism , so we learned to take photo in the studio using the flash light and slow shutter speed to make the affect of the multiple exposure. It’ s very interesting to create the action or the story in one photo , and also we took photo in a group , we communicated with the member and gave the different opinions , I think it is a good way to improve the cooperation with other people , it is a very important skill when we start to work. The following project is to take the photo about reflection. Reflection also a good way to show the surrealism ,reflect the different things in one picture or maybe there is a story in the picture.
Afterwards , I searched a range of artists and photographers , also some information about the Surrealism and Dada , then make a collage about the social media control people’ mind and a photo story about two girl come across in the toilet . This project is the most interesting part for me , because I think use the some connected picture to tell a story and when we just see the part of photo ,we maybe don’t know the fact of the story . Dada collage is also inspired me a lot not only in collage ,but also in photography , which means we can edit the photo ,maybe cut a piece of photo or put some color in it , don’t limit in the frame. Besides , we also make the surreal advertisement and the symmetrical joiners , I ask tutor and friends a lot question about how to use the photoshop to edit the photo and I practice more in my work ,so I think my computer skill improved , which is very useful for my.

   Additionally , we read the website about the surrealism and learn a plenty of knowledge , which are the development of the surrealism , the history of the objects and so on. Also , we went to the library to copy some magazines ‘ articles which the photograph inspired me . It both very helpful me to realize the deeper meaning about the photography and surrealism. We also studied how to use the digital camera and used the function about the shutter speed , aperture and Iso. It is useful skills for me to take more nice picture. I practice many time , taking the photo both in studio and outside , I also do some own work which is about the warm light let individual feel warm. About my final piece, I got three different ideas from the different way , one is from a movie ,one is from my dream diary ,one is the experience after I went to the London. In the presentation , classmate and the tutor gave me the suggestion which is choose the first idea as my final piece. I think presentation is a great way to know other people’s ideas ,what they think ,how they develope the ideas , we can learn a lot from other people.

From this rotation , I learned so many skills about how to use the digital camera and also how to use the photoshop to edit pictures , besides , I comprehend the photography more deeper. I enjoy taking photos and enjoy using camera to record life , very glad to own this experience to study more knowledge about the photography. 


My own work | 06/11/16

This weekend I with my friend went to the London and when I took the subway and saw a range of people ,I inspired from this  a lot. Now almost people want to live in city and individual live in fast pace of life , because they need to earn more money to support them live in city or live more better life , so people always very busy. We can see lots of people look like very tired in the subway and we can feel people quickly passed by.

So I took some photo about the strangers passed by us ,we don’t know about them , because of the busy life. I use the low shutter speed to take them , because I want to show the main focus is the individual and the other are just the shadow. We also went to the Chinatown and I saw many red lanterns in there , then I just feel warm ,don’t have another reason ,but still feel like I went to the hometown. So I also took some photo using the warm tone.

Life drawing & Visual studie | 03/11/16

Life drawing

Today we drew the woman’s body with the pencil and color pencil. The different between today and before was that we need to draw the tone of the body and muscles. Tom gave us more time to draw , because he wanted to us draw more accurately and used the shadow to represent the tone of body. Until now I am not good at drawing tone for the body , I think maybe I should observe more carefully and use the shadow to represent the stereoscopic body.
Visual study 

This week we draw a little bit different which is panorama photos. Nowadays in our phone almost have a function which is taking panorama photos, it meaning that we can take the scenes not only just have one side also can include the all sides scenes. At the beginning , I am not sure how to draw this , because when I use my eyes to observe the environment ,I don’t know the angle and size of the objects ,and also confused with how to array all the object. So first time I drew the wrong way ,I drew everything ont the straight line , however , it’s not the panorama photos , then I change it ,I drew the objects on curve line and the angle of the objects are connected.

Life drawing & Visual study | 10/11/16

Life drawing

This week we use ink to draw several human figures, but a little bit different is that we use the not only the brush also the prod . I think the prod is a good material to draw the line of  the body and using the brush to draw some shadow in the figure. This week we just spent short time to quickly draw the figure ,so we can’t draw very detailed , we just draw the shape and action of the body and put some tone in the figure . I think using ink is very difficult to control the amount of the ink , so maybe I need practise more to make it better.

Visual study 

Today we have the team work which is drawing a huge tree . At the beginning , there are some problem ,because the piece of paper are not average , so maybe lead to can’t connected with others. Then ,with the help of the tutor ,we successful cut the average piece paper and organise three people as a group . We follow the paper and draw it down , however , different people have different style to express. Finally , we put all the printing together , it’s surprising that all the paper can be connected and the final work is quiet great .

Some ideas about the final piece 

Idea 1 


Few days ago , I watched a movie called he is a dragon which is a Russia movie. In this movie , the main male character is a dragon and his ancestors usually  arrest the bride when the people was singing the song called the song of dragon , so he took the girl in the instinctive sense. However , after a period of time to get along,the girl falled in love with the dragon , and then he taught the girl some special power , One of them is that he can see the direction of the wind. I think it is really cool when I first time saw it and inspired from this. I imagine that  maybe oneday people can see the wind or even control the things what ever they want.

So I took some photo and use the photoshop to edit them. There are the example about the making process.

Idea 2

I want to express the theme is  about the opposite of the world.  Because sometime when I am doing someting and the other are doing another thing or maybe when people talk about something which they are interesting in it , but I don’t interesting in it , then I will feel out of tune with the world. I just stand there , but  feel the world is in turn, whatever how beautiful of the world , I still feel boring. I want to use the opposite of the background and the person stand there who don’t have the expression.

Idea 3

This idea is connected with the experience which I went to the London last week. Nowadays , we are willing to live in the big city which have the convince transport and rich in the resources.  However , people are living in fast pace of life , they usually shuttle in the crowd and miss a lot scenery in  the life . Everyday we will meet so many people ,but almost are the passer-by , we definitely meet them but we still don’t know each other . Although we meet so many people and have many friends ,no matter where we still feel lonely in the life . In the crowded underground station , the fast subway and throng cross over you and sometimes will let us feel the city or the life are full of the busy ,busy ,busy .

Go to the gallery | 12/11/16

This weekend I with my friend went to the London and saw three different gallery which is the Photography Gallery ,Lomography and V&A Museum.

First ,we went to the Photography Gallery and I really like it. I realise that I can use the different material to mix the photography work ,such as the lines , circle,some special shape and so on. Also we have so many different way to show the final presentation, not only just print out the photos ,also can use some object which can link to our work. Then we went to the Lomography , we saw so many Lomo camera ,it looks like really cool , however , we didn’t go downstairs to see other photos ,because we think  the place is very small and we can search more information about this from the internet. In the end ,we went to the V&A Museum, it’s a wonderful place to learn different information ,there are so many different types work , I am very interesting in fashion ,so I saw I a lot of garment which is very old but beautiful. I also saw some old photography, I think the film noir is the most I like , used the black and white to the story or the object ,actually how to take them using the film camera is a difficult thing,we need to practise so many time ,then maybe can choose one of them. 

Surreal Advert & Symmetrical joiners

Surreal Advert

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Because the bag looks like a old book ,so I use this feature. This picture I want to express that someone have a dream which is covered with the luxury bag as the quilt. It is impossible and it is meaning that someone who is really desire luxury  bags and have vanity.I think I make which it is a little bit ironic.


I want to introduce the item is a Pravda bag ,which is a luxury bag , and it looks like a old book. So I use it as to “built” a book house and someone inside and reading some books. I want to express that someone the luxury items to stand for themselves who are very mighty ,but actually inside they are not confident.

dgfghjkl.jpgI use so many bag and turn them side to become a circle. The background is the London Eyes with aperture. I use photoshop to put two picture together and use the liquify tool to mix them . In this picture , I want to express that the bag is very attraction ,like the beautiful London eyes .There are some light around the bags .

Symmetrical joiners



Reading website and response 

I read three articles ,watched the videos and try the test in the website ,also I  learned 

a lot knowledge  about surrealism from the website. I known the history ,the development of the surrealism , some surrealism objects and the information of the artist Man Ray.Also , I wrote some comment when I read it.  
When I first time saw this object , I think a little bit shocked. Because in our daily life , we can’t imagine to use this cup to drink something , maybe you will full of the fur in your mouth , it is very sick. However ,”surrealism objects were representative off an idea. This object – as the ful imbues these functional , hand-held objects with sexual connotations. 

This shoes which looks like very common , but there are some special meaning inside the work. These two shoes ,unobserved at night ,doing “forbidden “things. She give the anthropomorphised  to shoes which express on gender. 
From those paragraph , I Kobe a lot about the history which is about the feature of Surrealism and the development of the surrealism. Everything appear all having the reason ,it’s not explceptional ,people dissatisfied with present situation , so they went to change something , surrealism is a way they want to express what they really want to change. 

This paragraph inspired me a lot. In visual studies ,tutor taught us to use one line to draw the scenery. It is simmilar with this automatic drawings , which is can develop is imagination and expand our field of vision. It also can improve us to use more free line and not restrict the form of the drawing. 

    Man Ray use the object which is very easy to find in our daily life ,but he change it to make it become more destructive. It can’t be used and will ruin other things. This is the feature of the surrealism objects, which the everyday odjects has been changed,and the artist’s relatively simple addition of tracks transforms a useful device into destructive one. 

Response about two magezine articles 

This article introduce a photographer called Jimmy Deana. In his work , we can see “a surreal display of the desires coursing through the veins of everyday life”. He choose the position and the staff is very easy to find in our life , but model’s pose are queer and hidden. And his work some are very critique ,some are commercial. He want to explain somewhere between the mundane and the extraordinary. For example , Refrigerator (1975) is exemplary, composed of intermingling angles and shadow , the photograph cracks open the door of respectability and shame , and inside we find the body deliciously bound. We also can see some work are connected with sexual life, it’s because he is a gay man ,also a photographer ,a artist ,a lover , so his work are beautifully complex.


This articles is talk about the femininity . The skin is the armour of girls ,if we dress clothing will give us comfort ,a sense of individuality .But when people striping down to your skin becomes more than just a question of physical nudity. By removing clothing , you are also removing the mask ,the persona ,that by stripping a person down to their bare essence. ffWhen you let your guard down ,the light breaks through and just for a moment people get to see you for who you really are. Additionally, those photos are connected with the fashion photograph and the surrealism photograph . There are a little bit hard to understand when I first time see it , but it still very artistic to show the women’s body.




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