In Class Task: ‘Life Drawing’ 

We were asked to get into pairs with somebody we didn’t know very well, and sit opposite them. We were then giving multiple one minute and two minute drawing tasks, focused around making us better understand and question what makes a portrait and how to consider the relationship between the viewer, photographer and subject.

These are two of my sketches from the task:

IMG_1338Trying to draw a portrait by just drawing the shadows. Is it more or less of a true representation/ portrait without the definitive lines and features?

IMG_1337Drawing a portrait using just straight lines. The other half of our pairs had to draw our portrait using nothing but shapes (circle, triangle, square etc.).

Asked after the fact whether the people who could draw shapes would of preferred the restrictions we had and asked us if we would of preferred the freedom they had.
Then asked us to consider that sometimes taking things back to the most simple basics (straight lines make up a lot of different shapes for instance) could be at times a better way to take a portrait.


Self Portraits Lecture

  • A self portrait doesn’t have to have the person in it
  • People can define themselves by objects and experiences
  • ‘Selfies’
  • does just photographing your clothes or objects tell more than a simple passport photo/ portrait?
  • It certainly tells us something different
  • ‘All art is autobiographical. The pearl is the oysters autobiography’


The self portrait as a …


  • Nikki S. Lee – infiltrates groups (Dresses up and pretends to be a part of different groups)
  • Have to have the reference of others to see and understand ourselves
  • Same with contextualizing our work
  • Trish Morrisey – ‘Front’: steals other peoples identities


  • Noah Kalina
  • Ahree Lee
  • Lucas Sahmaras
  • Phil Kirk
  • ‘the body as a document’: of trauma, of life events


Who has the power in the photograph? Viewer, Photographer or Subject?


Creative workshop 1: The self portrait

This week’s task

Pre-visualize and produce a self portrait (using only available light) unrestricted in theme and technique yet still supplying a message to the viewer. You should spend time first understanding what it is you wish to convey before then looking at the composition and mechanics of the image and finally production.

Print it off and bring it in for next weeks session.

What do I wish to convey about myself from this portrait, and based on that what sort of available light should I use? I have a couple of ideas, but don’t want to post them up just yet as we are expecting to show the group the photos next week and have them try and analyse what we were trying to say from them.