Iconic Images

Today we looked at iconic images and discussed what was happening in the image and what it represented. An icon can be of religious origin for example a picture of christ. An iconic image will most likely have an underlying meaning, it can be symbolic. Most of all an iconic image is more than just a image. There are various iconic war images that had an impact on the war itself.

Our task was that we had to split up into groups and go and replicate an iconic image. There was only two of us in our group which restricted us from replicating a busy image. Even though we were limited we still managed to capture a few iconic images. We chose to do the Einstein image, the Afgan girl and the Survivor Tree.

  

We were then given a task to do in our own time which was to merge ourselves into an existing iconic image. Seeing as I had replicated Einstein’s image I decided to replace my face with his.

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My First Reflection!

Induction week-
The first week was not what I expected! I thought there would of been a lot more tutorials to do with the course but there was only 2! I was happy about this because it gave me chance to get to know Leeds and find out where all the good clubs are, it also allowed me to get to know people in my flat and people staying near me.

First week of teaching-
I thought the first week of teaching was overwhelming and long winded with the amount of information being given, however it was really interesting and eye opening as I learned new things about the course and got to know a bit about the lecturer’s teaching the course. I struggled with the first task where we had to write our first post on our blog but I talked it out with fellow students and spoke to the lecturer to help make sense of it.

Meeting new friends-
Being a shy person I thought it would be difficult to make new friends but once I arrived I literally had to chuck myself in there otherwise it could of been a lonely year! Iv met so many people iv actually lost track, everyone is so friendly and hyper its great! I feel that I have really clicked with the people in my flat and possibly made some friends for life, which is a good feeling to have in the first few weeks!

Shenanigans-
I wouldn’t say that I am a wild person but since being at uni id say that has changed! My flatmates are so hyperactive especially at 3 o’clock in the morning screaming, shouting and banging on everyones doors but I find it hilarious even though they have woken me up at some points! I have also had movie nights in the flat with some new friends and junk food which has been great fun! I have spent so much money going out places for food, we went to Frankie and Benny s which was amazing! Love food!

What’s next?- 
Well first things first I need to get a gym membership to burn off all the fastfood iv been eating! Im also interested in joining the tennis but I am unsure at the moment. More importantly I plan on exploring Leeds with my camera to see the sights and learn more about my new Nikon camera as I am yet to figure out all the settings. I will be taking on board the advice in my lectures and completing assignments with enthusiasm. I am looking forward to the challenges in the History of PhotoJournalism as that coincides with my personal interests.

Myths

Myths are known as stories but more importantly sacred tales which are often based on culture, tradition and people. The truth of most myths can be questionable as to whether it is real or fake. Myths main purpose is to connect the ancient and modern cultures. They can sometimes be exaggerated versions of historical events.  You can also have more than one version of the same myth which again begs the question it is real or fake? Seeing as most myths seem unbelievable they do however portray a message of significant value both social and religious.

Myths are human kind’s way of trying to comprehend the universe and explain the origin of the world. Natural phenomena and cultural variations are explained through myths. Myths are often presented in the form of an image, narrative or a written document but that knowledge would have also been passed down verbally. Myths have a religious element to the events happening. Greek myths are often shown as artefacts such as vase-paintings and votive gifts.

There are various myths and legends stemming from a range of cultures all over the world such as Greek, Roman, Norse, Egyptian and American Indian. Greek mythology is the most well known type of myth. They descended from the ancient Greeks. The myths often refer to their gods and heroes or the nature the world. Myths were seen as a religion in ancient Greece known as Hellenismos. Myths were used to signify and show where the cult and ritual practices originated. There are countless Greek myths such as the Greek Gods, Pandora’s Box, Narcissus, Theseus and the Minotaur, The labours of Hercules, The Trojan horse, the story of Odyssey, Perseus and Medusa plus many more. Another myth is that of the Titans who were supposedly the first gods and goddesses before the Olympians. They were known as the Elder Gods. They are not as famous in the Greek Myths as others.

There are old famous literary sources such as Homer’s epic poems Iliad and Odyssey that explain historic events such as the Trojan War. A lot of the Greek myths include the details of a god, goddess, hero, heroine and a mythological creature’s life and adventures. It is said that there were Olympian Gods and Goddesses and that they ruled the universe from Greece’s Mount Olympus. Major examples of gods and goddesses are Aphrodite, Amphitrite, Apollo, Athena, Hades, Poseidon and Zeus. The Romans adopted the same gods and goddesses but with new names such as Zeus who was also known as Jupiter.

The most famous examples of the mythological creatures are the following:-

Centaurs which are half human half horse
Minotaur’s which are half human half bull

Plus more including Furies, Sirens, Sphinx, Pegasus, Cyclopes and Phoenix.

The well known heroes of Greek mythology are Hercules, Achilles, Odysseus, Perseus and Theseus. The well known heroines of Greek mythology are Atalanta, Helen of Troy, Pandora and Hecuba. Helen of Troy was said to be the cause of the Trojan War. The majority of the gods, goddesses, heroes, heroines and mythical creatures are all supernatural and extraordinary.

Titans
the Titans also known as the Elder Gods had unbelievable strength and were abnormally huge. ‘Giants’ to be precise. They were an extremely powerful primeval race of Gods and Goddesses. They were supposedly descendants of Gaia aka Earth and Uranus aka Heaven. The Titans were supremacies that ruled the universe during the Golden Age as told in the legends.  They were the first pantheon of Greco-Roman gods and goddesses, a pantheon being a set of all the gods of a certain myth or religion known as ‘a temple of all gods’. The Titans were based on Mount Othrys.

There were many generations of Titans, each generation mainly consisting of twelve titans. There are both male and female Titans, in the first generation of titans there was Oceanus, Hyperion, Coeus, Cronus, Crius and Lapetus for the males and there was Mnemosyne, Tethys, Theia, Phoebe, Rhea and Themis for the females. In the second generation there was Hyperion’s children Eos, Helios, and Selene; Coeus’s daughters Leto and Asteria; Iapetus’s sons Atlas, Prometheus, Epimetheus, and Menoetius; Oceanus’ daughter Metis; and Crius’s sons Astraeus, Pallas, and Perses.

Olympians
the Olympians also known as the Dodekatheon were the prime Gods and Goddesses of the Greek Pantheon after the Titans. During and after the war is how the Olympians obtained their supremacy. Like the Titans the Olympians also had twelve main Gods and Goddesses both male and female.  The twelve Gods and Goddesses were Zeus, Hera, Poseidon, Demeter, Athena, Hestia or Dionysus, Apollo, Artemis, Ares, Aphrodite, Hephaestus and Hermes. A lot of the stories about the Gods have been portrayed in art and poems. The theory of the ‘Twelve Gods’ goes way back before any existing Greek or Roman sources so it is made to believe that it is of Anatolian origin. The Homeric Hymn to Hermes has minor references of ancient religious ceremonies connected to the Olympians. After the war the Olympians came to reign on mount Olympus.

War of the Titans
the war between the Titan’s and the Olympian’s is known as ‘Battle of the Titans’, ‘Battle of Gods’, or ‘The Titan War’. The war took place in Thessaly which lasted 10 years; it wasn’t just one but a series of battles that occurred. In which the ‘Titans’ were defeated by the younger race of gods the ‘Olympians’.

The cause of the war was actually the son of the youngest Titan Cronus. Cronus was the king of the Titans who overthrew his father Uranus but the fact that he was able to do this scared him into thinking that one day his child would overthrow him, so every time his wife Rhea gave birth he would swallow the child. Until one time when Rhea pretended to have the child but instead gave him a rock wrapped in a blanket. She hid the real child known as Zeus in a cave in Crete where he grew up eventually to return home and act revenge on his father. Zeus poisoned his father Cronus which caused him to throw up the children he’d swallowed in the past freeing them. Zeus brought together all his brothers and sisters and declared war. Zeus won the war defeating Cronus and the other Titans banishing them all to Tartaros. Zeus and his brothers and sisters then became the Olympians.

There are numerous poems regarding the Titans and Olympians. A leading example of one of these poems is in the Theogony credited to Hesiod. The Titans were a major part mentioned in the poems attributed to Orpheus.

What kind of journalist am I?

Fashion magazinehttp://www.vogue.co.uk/magazine
Photographer- http://models.com/people/Alasdair-McLellan

The magazine Pigeons & Peacocks- http://www.pigeonsandpeacocks.com/blog/

Documentary Photography-
http://www.martinparr.com/index1.html
http://robertleon.com/photography/cuba.php

Travel the world,,,Explore different Cultures!

http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2010/03/20/the-beauty-of-india-50-amazing-photos/
India

http://www.walksofitaly.com/blog/all-around-italy/beautiful-places-in-italy

bella Napoli Naples/Bella Napoli

Music Journalism!
http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/fcnv
Newton Faulkner’s newest album
Review of Write It On Your Skin

Film!
http://horror.about.com/od/theatricalhorrorreviews/fr/girldragontattooreview.htm
http://www.counter-currents.com/2011/02/the-girl-with-the-dragon-tattoo/

The film ‘The girl with the dragon tattoo’

Photography!
http://www.flickr.com/photos/45609113@N04/
Street photography

Untitled

http://favim.com/image/118675/
Street photography

adorable, and, black, cute, kiss

http://www.michaelwilliams.co.uk/
A music photographer and a celebrity portrait photographer!

http://guariglia.com/
National Geographic photographer Justin Guariglia- ‘His work revolves around the experience of travel, and foreign cultures, from the viewpoint of the lone traveler.’

Shi Yan Xian Shi Yan Ao

Old man without his shirt in a chair outside of his home

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/art/features/portfolio-john-carder-bush-7707225.html

John Carder Bush

http://terryo.co.uk/index.php/home/
Iconic photographer

Al Pacino, London, 1995

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Natural lighting

Todays task was about the use of light specifically natural lighting. We looked at how it affects the subject in a photograph and the viewers response to the photo. We also looked at what settings should be used in certain lighting. It is important to understand the lighting as this is vital in getting the right light balance giving you the best possible image.

We were then given a task to go out and experiment with different settings using natural light. The direction of light such as back light, side light and front light was key to our setup for our photos.

Below are a series of images that I took demonstrating back lighting side lighting and front lighting.

During the task I found it difficult to get a strong photograph outside because the weather wasnt great therefore the lighting was poor however indoors it seemed to work better. I am content with the results although I would like to try the shoot again in better lighting conditions to see the difference.