For my research DVD I have chosen to look at Beauty within a photograph and what makes a beautiful photograph, and also why do we see somethings such as face pulling and a person e.g a girl with no make-up on not posing not a beautiful photograph. I want to research why we don’t take more photographs of ugly things and why they are ugly, what makes them ugly?
I have chosen the paragraph “The Heroism Of Vision”
“Nobody ever discovered ugliness through photographs. But many, through photographs have discovered beauty. Except for those situations in which the camera is used to document, or to mark social rights, what moves people to take photographs of finding something beautiful. (The name under which Fox Talbot patend the photograph in 1841 was the calotype: from Kalos, beautifull.) nobody exclaims, “I find that ugly thing….beautiful.” It is common ifor those who have glimsed at something beautiful to express regret at not having been able to photograph it. So successful has been the camera’s role in beautifying the world in photographs, rather than the world, have become the standard of beautiful. House-proud owners may well pull out photographs of the place to show visitors how really splendid it is. We learn to see ourselves photographically: to regard oneself as attractive is, precisely, to judge that one would look good in a photograph. photographs create the beautiful and – over generations of picture-talking – use it up. Certain glories of nature, for example, have been all but abandoned to the indefatigable attentions of amateur camera buffs. the image-surfeited are likely yo find sunsets corny; they now look, alas, too much like photographs.”
What really struck out to me in this photograph was all about beauty. It made me think that we all have to pretend to be someone else when we have our photograph taken because we want to be seen as beautiful (“to regard oneself as beautiful”).
What i also thought about when I was reading this paragraph was people inner beauty and who we are. Even as babies, our first glaze at our reflection opens up an entire new world where we examine the relationship between the self and the perception of the self. i think as we get older we never stop looking at ourself and examine our faces looking at how we look to other people. We pull funny faces in the mirror exploring the relationship between the self. These are the real faces of who we are the inner beauty coming out. I want to know why we don’t let out inner beauty of who we our come out in a photograph and why we are shy to show our funny faces we pull at ourself in the mirror.
Jan Van Eyck
Eyck was officially the first known self-portrait artist in history. I wanted just to look at a self-portrait artist to see how they portray themself in a photograph. I have found that in his photographs his faces have no expression it is as though he doesnt want to show people what he is really like and his emotions and his inner beauty of who he is.
Albrecht Durer at age 29 in 1500
After Jan Van Eyck started toying with the idea of self-image in 1443, Albrecht Durer was officially the first known self-portrait artist in history. Although relatively unknown as a painter during this time, being more famous for his highly-influential prints, he is credited with a large number of self-portraits. One in particular is infamously prominent; it is his self portrait at age 29, and he has painted himself resembling Christ. Imagine how controversial this must have been at the time! Particularly since the authority of the church itself was being called into question with the aid of the arts and sciences.
A portrait is a man’s great truth, and great truths tend to produce more questions than answers: did Albrecht really consider himself as omnipotent as Jesus? Or did he merely want to remind his audience that an artist’s creative spirit is God-given? Not only were his portraits intense and self-dramatizing, they, in fact, openly questioned the connection between the image of the self (via the portrait) and the soul (by ‘impersonating’ Christ). Thus his legacy was not his portrait per se, but what it represented.
I think this paragraph that goes with this photograph I really think evaluates what I have said. He is almost trying to be someone else and I think he feels more comfortable with showing himself as someone else and not him self.
People not showing who they really are I think is a bit upsetting because everyone should be proud of who they are and not scared to show this.
We look into mirrors every day. Some of us stare longer than others, but the fact remains that ever since Narcissus first caught a glimpse of his own image in a pool of water, we have been enamored by how we are perceived. Even as babies, our first gaze at our reflection opens up an entire new world where we examine the relationship between the self and the perception of the self. If you notice infants making faces in mirrors, it’s not about them practicing their most adorable expression to use against adults. Rather it is an exercise in helping them ‘see’ their own personalities, and how their thoughts and feelings are translated onto their faces. Jacques Lacan, notable psychotherapist and disciple of Freud, refers to this event as the ‘mirror stage’. The moment this occurs we are (or should be) temporarily blinded by obsession and praise for ourselves. This stage inevitably happens repeatedly over the course of our lifetimes, when we look into a mirror and a newer version of ourselves is revealed.
The degree to which we are fascinated varies immensely from person to person over each individual’s existence. At one end of the spectrum, an over-inflated sense of self can arise; a blatant narcissism imbued by the eccentricity of unabashed vanity. It’s no surprise therefore that such individuals suffer from an acute ‘mirror-mirror-on-the-wall’ complex.
At the other end, there is an empty schizophrenic inexistence. Individuals who suffer from this type of self-reflection feel that their worlds are crumbling; that they, themselves, are crumbling. The only thing that helps them maintain a semblance of balance within the realms of reality is the recognition of their mirror image; alas, I can see myself. Hence I am here, and I am real.
Unless drowned by either extreme, the majority of human beings tend to drift somewhere along the middle of this spectrum. Seeking the middle ground is ultimately what leads to profound insight, self-awareness, and enlightenment. It is by following this path that we can truly attempt an answer to one of life’s most magnificent and most impossible questions: who am I?
I really thought that this paragraph was really beautiful to read and I felt that Narcisses was really proud of who he was and really wanted to show people he was comfortable with who he was and what he saw he thought it was beautiful. This paragraph also emphasises that people suffer from self as steam and don’t like to look at their reflection because they see it as ugly and not beautiful. I really think any ones reflection is beautiful because their is only one of you and who you are so you should show it more.
I do think we are more comfortable with showing a self-portrait but again is a photograph of us posing, not being naturall in front of the camera. I think that the more relaxed images and people showing their inner beauty is a lot more beautiful in a photograph.
I looked at a photographer called Nigel Barker who is a fashion photographer and really knows what makes a beautiful photograph.
I really think after looking at these 2 videos listening to what Nigel has to say really back up what I have previously said. A beautiful photograph is someone showing their inner beauty who they are.
I interviewed a couple of people to see whether they would show themselves in a photograph pulling faces and whether they would publish it and also what they think makes a beautiful photograph.
The results I got were…They would not show themselves doing this as they feel they would get the mickey taken out of them. And they think a beautiful photograph is someone with make up on posing for the camera.
I think people feel like this because we see so much false beauty in magazines and on the TV that we feel pressured into looking like this so it makes us scared to show who we really are. I also think by showing what we look like also makes us feel as though we are being judged.
This is a short video but i just wanted to emphasise that people always look for beauty and we feel like the more beautifull you are the further in life you will get. This video kind of liks as to how we feel about showing our self face pulling beacuse we will be judged for it.
Looking at this research I done I still feel that a beautiful photograph is someone showing their inner beauty and someone showing this makes a photograph beautiful. This is what makes a beautiful self-portrait.