Perspective |Week 9: Critical Theory| Positions and Practice

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[Disclaimer – Unfortunately, due to major time restraints and difficult living circumstances, I will be taking notes in my physical journal, but my thought sharing posts for the remaining weeks of module ones lessons will be shorter than my previous blog posts, they will be back to normal for the second module, apologies]

What does critical theory mean to me?

With the population being more and more bombarded with images each day, (clever example shown by Erik Kessell of the over saturation) to me, critical theory means whilst passing through the vast amount of images and stopping on a selected image for more that a minute onwards, stopping to really look and mentally explore the photograph, engage your mind with into it, get in touch with your own reaction. It can be done with any photograph. After the visual aspects have hit the eyes unto the brain, wether it be pleasurable or not, noticing what feeling the image gives you, what it means to you, then what the photographer was trying to portray visually through a hidden/depicted or clear cut message.

How can critical theory help us?

Not only can it can help us to share our individual opinions, it can be fun/interesting to really engage with a photograph on a heightened level. It gives us the option to learn from one another’s unique perspective and opinions on a image, therefor growing better understanding of what tends to work better and what not so much with different audiences. Although, two or more opinions can be similar to one another, they will never be 100% exactly the same, that is where the greatness from critical thinking comes. Aside the meanings, context and subject matter – Aesthetically, a further observation of an image could lead to physical components inside the photograph, such as a missing person or unusual event happening in the background.

How can it help us enrich our consumption of the image to speak about the image more meaningfully and to engage with different perspectives?

In my opinion, critical theory can change any images meaning to that of the viewers, no matter what meaning was given by photographer, wether its an image seen as a technical masterpiece or an image that would be seen as technically “poorly” taken, a favourite that you save for your desktop or one that just not your cup of tea – an interesting new story can always be found and then discussed, which is healthy for the community. It is true that with such saturation these days, if we examine a photograph, giving it are attention and ‘time of day’ so to speak, it will definitely help us remember more images, especially if it gives us that initial “prick”. I do think it is a shame that photography’s becoming more and more over saturated, but critical theory I believe will be what keeps each photograph made important, a purpose, keeping or even giving it the value it deserves.

*Note all presentations have been watched.

Thank you.








Also Sally said it herself, it is down to the perspective of the viewer. Its her children, she can do what she want as long as she did not have any bad intention and no one was hurt.



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