Project 3 Nigel Shafran

Officially this is the first male artist I have encountered in this project. Why would that be?

  • Are female artists more willing to express themselves in an exhibitionist way?
  • Sexism is all too prevalent and this is way of getting their point across.
  • The female artists, like the ones I have researched here, in my opinion are the Emily Pankhursts of their medium, trying to address the gender gap.
  • Ladies are perhaps more honest and open.
  • There is too much repression and they feel that they need to express themselves to achieve some form of emancipation.
  • Ladies may care more about the meaning of photography rather than the aesthetics of composition and the perfect picture.
  • They have more to tell than the men.
  • May be this course wants me to think more widely. The majority of my studies so far have been on men, yet my all time favourite photographer is Sally Mann.
  • May be ladies can make more of the mundane and be able to turn this into a storyline.
  • Women are repressed.
  • Women are happy not to conform to the traditional photographic norms.

Gender, age, angle, project, time of day, light, personal experiences, etc all have a bearing on our imagery, and this has been highlighted by the artists I have looked at.

This is not my favourite genre of photography, but it has a purpose and is one that certainly tells a story in its ‘own right, either with or without the photographer being in the shot.

I respect of Shafran’s work called Washing Up, this may be seen as a typically female job, by the sexist amongst us and will be one of the reasons his images contain no people. There is no reason at all why a man should shoot kitchen sink images if he so desires, in the same way a lady is free to shoot whatever she wants. However our minds, whether we like it or not, are governed by both conscious and unconscious bias, which sometimes is hard to expel.

In respect of they interesting, well that is an interesting question in itself. Normally I would view a full kitchen sink as simple and annoying, as normally I will do the washing up, but on this occasion I am lefty thinking what is it that he is trying to create. If there were people in the image, this would take up a large space in the frame and would detract from what he is showing us. I was not surprised these images were taken by a man, but I was surprised initially that someone could make an interning project out of such an area.

Are they interesting? Yes they are interning, by th change that takes place in the including what is on the windowsill and how life changes in his household. Do I like them as a series, possibly.

Again this is not my preferred genre.

 

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