This week we were introduced to a number of ways in which images can be received, perceived, understood and reflected on. The photographers included those who have focussed on their own children (Sally Mann and Tierney Georan) and those that are abstract and representative which without explanation may be viewed entirely differently and with different emotional responses. For example, Ori Gersht in the series Liquidation (2005) presents images which are blurred and feint in their subject matter (forest) and as such are ethereal and beautiful. Then one is informed that this was a site of mass killings…..The information does have a definite impact for me and how I continue to see the images, probably in common with others. Similarly the work of Misrach (1999) Battleground Point which depicts a picturesque sand dune surrounded by water, has levels at which our understanding and apprecuation can rest. But once knoweledge is added at each tier my cognitive and emotional responses change.
Following presentations and readings this week our activity was: