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DIC Prelude Exercise 0.1

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Prelude Exercise

We all encounter photographs on a daily basis. For a few decades now, commentators have talked about a ‘flood’ or a constant ‘bombardment’ of images, permeating ever deeper into our lives. Depending of course on where you live, the intensity of this will vary a great deal. To try to get a sense of this, dip your toe into the floodwater and re-photograph every photographic image that you encounter on a single day.
The quality of the image doesn’t matter – use a camera phone or compact camera. You should include videos as well as still photographs; just shoot one frame to document a sequence.
• Construct a grid or compile a contact sheet of all your images.
• Write a short reflective piece in your learning log about this exercise. What have you learned from this exercise? Has it alarmed you? Has it confirmed any preconceptions? What do most of the images you encountered show? Does this tell you anything about the environment you live in? DIC, p.14

[ spellchecked 3Feb]

[30Jan23] This might be a false start, but every day begins reading The Times online, in bed. The first however-many-it-is photographs will be screen shots of the newspaper. I will try the exercise tomorrow - it is a Grandson-minding day, so we'll have to see how it goes.

[31Jan] It worked.

1. Early morning

Every morning, before getting up (even on grandson-minding days), I look at the newspaper front pages at, fig. A1

And then read The Times online, figs. A2-A4. Today, with little time available, I read three articles:

David Sanderson, Ai Weiwei’s ‘censored’ Lego sculpture to go on show at Design Museum
Nick Redman, I’ve spent 40 years doing city breaks. Here’s what I’ve learnt
and the daily general knowledge quiz.

Exc 0.1 Exc 0.1 Exc 0.1 Exc 0.1
Box A
1. Tomorrow's Papers Today
2-4. The Times
© the artists, their agents or their estates

2. Email and magazines

I read (or in most cases delete) my email after breakfast

Today, first thing, I read three emails

1. L'Eye, figs. B1-B2. I think it's fair to say that I always read this, at least at the top level. Today I looked at all the images in Jean Loh's Vladyslav Krasnoshchok’s Crucifix by Jean Loh and at the first only in FRAC Auvergne : Dirk Braeckman : Évidences possibles
2. Ads for PlantWave and the Soho Theatre., fig. B3.

Later, I finished reading last week's Spectator, encountering 2 ads, fig. B4.

Exc 0.1 Exc 0.1 Exc 0.1 Exc 0.1
Box B
Figs. n
emails and magazines
© the artists, their agents or their estates

3. Going out

I went out to pick up one of my grandsons from pre-school and take him shopping for groceries before bringing home (i.e. grandparents' house) until the parents returned from work. I cannot tell tell a lie — I forgot all about this exercise when doing so and, in any case, it would not have been safe or fair on the lad to ignore him by doing so. I went out again later and retraced some of my steps, phone in hand.

We have:
C1-3 ads for sheltered housing
C4 the bus I used
C5-7 small ads on a community property
C8 the cinema
C9-10 Greggs
Cll a sports shop
C12-20 Lidl's
C21a social services doorway
C22, C24fast food
C23, C25, C27 bus stops
C26 M&S

Exc 0.1 Exc 0.1 Exc 0.1
Box C
Going out
© the artists, their agents or their estates

4. Emails II

I looked at two illustrated later in the day, first the PetaPixel daily post, reading one article on a self-levelling tripod. In the evening I read a Kickstarter pitch for a new camera bag.

Exc 0.1 Exc 0.1 Exc 0.1
Box D
1. Petapixel email
2. Clever Supply Co. email
© the artists, their agents or their estates

5. Mine

These are mine, in some way, spread throughout the day

E1 sunrise, putting the bins out before breakfast
E2 grandson #2 playing while standing up for the first time
E3 the cat
E4 a photograph of several toy hedgehogs, shown to G#2
E5-8 photographs on my wall:

E5-6 Fay Godwin's Chatsworth Lion, 1988
E7 Self-portrait, Sardinia
E8 Stained glass

Exc 0.1
Box E
© the artists, their agents or their estates

Logo v.2


[1Feb] There were few surprises here. The approximate breakdown of images is:

33 on newspaper front pages and website ads
158 in The Times online, with 3 articles read
99 in three emails, one a photographic daily(ish) magazine, an ad for an electronic device and an ad for a theatre
40 in emails part 2
7 of "mine" around the house.

337 altogether, less than I expected.

What are the questions?

What have you learned from this exercise? Has it alarmed you? Has it confirmed any preconceptions? What do most of the images you encountered show? Does this tell you anything about the environment you live in?

Firstly, it is worth noting that this exercise gives a distorted result because, especially when I was outdoors, I was actively looking for photographs on display. For example, usually ads on the sides of buses do not register on my consciousness but, on the day, I was looking for them and was interested to note that most of the local single-deckers have no ads - I was not aware of that. What the subconscious effect of double-decker bus ads might be, I have, of course, no way of knowing.

I have learned the quantity of still images that I am aware of encountering in one day when I am on the lookout for them.

It does not alarm me - I would have guessed a higher figure. By and large, I do not think that I am particularly affected by them -
when reading The Times, I am more attracted by headlines than illustrations, but there are exceptions. The photograph of the drowned 2-year-old Alan Kurd in 2015 affected many people; there are other such images. I only have text available on my email viewer. I choose to be relatively inactive on social media.

My preconception is that societies such as the one I live in are (for a variety of reasons ) increasingly drawn to imagery rather than text and this exercise has done nothing to affect that view. I am strongly drawn to still photographs but from a different perspective.

The last question is covered by the previous two answers.

Including attention span changes, peer pressure, too much or to little leisure time, a general trend in lifestyle changes.

DIC Exc 0.1 References

Alexander, Jesse & McMurdo, Wendy (2015) Digital Image and Culture [DIC]. Barnsley: Open College of the Arts.

Alexander, J, Conroy, A, Hughes, A, & Lundy, G (2019) Landscape, Place and Environment [LPE]. Barnsley: Open College of the Arts.

Bloomfield, R (2017) Expressing your vision [EyV]. Barnsley: Open College of the Arts.

Boothroyd, S (2017) Context and narrative [C&N]. Barnsley: Open College of the Arts.

Boothroyd, S. and Roberts, K. (2019) Identity and place [I&P]. Barnsley: Open College of the Arts.

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