Post photography

Topic 1: reflections & mini task-‘my way to school’

“The fulfil one of photography’s most valuable social functions, freezing moments in our own history for recall in years to come.”                               Langford, M


The quote above is the common understanding of photography in our daily life. But beside this traditional meaning, the emergence of new story-telling methodologies and investigation of trans-media approaches on contemporary photographic discourse is so-called ‘post-photography’.

In the first week of this course, as the aim of becoming a ‘post-photographic’ storyteller,  we learned that how pictures tell a story for narrative pictures from our own interpretations. What we assume to be reality is the stuff that we receive from photographic images. We could choice different variables to make different stories. Picture could be just part of the truth or sometimes-‘fabricated truth’, that the instance of ‘Cause of Death’ is a good example of the importance of setting. Especially in the digital age, the pictures are easily to spread and edit that even one image could make up into varies stories. Its more like a subjective activity from both viewer and maker.

“The way you visually compose your picture is as important as their technical quality. …. Composition is to do with showing things in the strongest, most effective way, whatever your subject.”                                                  Langford, M

So, thinking carefully on what to present is important for a photographer before shooting, thus this could influence the audiences’ understanding in case of you want to win a positive response, or in other words, no misleading.

As for practice, the task of this week is to create a set of pictures that show our journey to school. I wanted to take some pictures like street photography,which is the basic way of telling a short distance journey in a common sense–from one place to another. I was more focused on the words ‘way’, so this set of pictures I took from my usual perspective, which came from my eye’s height and looking down on the road mostly.

Here are 6 pictures of my way to Ellen Terry building. Its not long, and mostly I walk in the evening. The city stated to get cold and dark at that time, so I turned them into black and white to strengthen the depress emotion. Sometimes it looks a bit blur due to the shake of my hand, but I like the movement. It makes the pictures much more natural as simulating the movement of walking on the road. The six parts are some significant indicates for what I see and know where am I.


Chinese restaurant


Stars to the city center


Center square


B4544 street


Zebra crossing


Seats in ET

The objects in my eyes form into each pictures composition, mainly are the lines on the pavement, or the positions between me and passerby. Finally are three seats in the ET building’s lobby.

I also did some research on visual storytelling to get more acknowledgment on this kind of photography, because ‘you can easily take a photograph, but not all photographs tell rich stories.’ That’s in my Reblog, called visual storytelling, tips from photographer Laura Cook.


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