Once Upon A Time- Reflection

For this workshop Mike explained how photographers can tell stories through their work. During the lecture for History of Photojournalism we looked through time looking at stories that have been told through paintings, pictures and in more modern times photography.

Greek Vases- They would show characters from myths, ancient stories. The characters would usually be gods, heroes, or fictional characters that would be created to set examples to young children. The stories would be a natural part of an education during ancient Greek times.


“One of the daily duties for women was to collect water from the communal fountain.” – http://www.ancientgreece.co.uk/dailylife/explore/hydria.html

Bayeux Tapestry– 1066. Battle of Hastings- First comic strip was used to tell the story of the Battle of Hastings through time.

Nursery Rhymes– told in stories and each have their own meaning, telling stories- Alice and Wonderland, so many illustrations. – enabling us to know the story.

“The words to the Ring around the rosy children’s ring game have their origin in English history . The historical period dates back to the Great Plague of London in 1665 (bubonic plague) or even before when the first outbreak of the Plague hit England in the 1300’s.” – http://www.rhymes.org.uk

Photographs That Tell A Story.

I did enjoy this workshop as again we had a chance to research into something of our own choice. With the history of Photographic Journalism we are able to research based on a specific theme but how we embrace that theme is up to us. I think it’s fascinating how everyone in the group can think of a unique idea and persue it to research further  and deeper to collect more evidence.

I was never very good at research during my time during school and college. I just googled what we needed and usually looked on wikipedia. However during my first semester I have actually looked at a wide range of websites and other peoples blogs on wordpress to find different information. For finding images I have been looking on flickr, pinterest and google images however from google images you’re able to look at the website the image has been collected from and i’ve found this very useful as exploring the website enables you to find more images linked into the theme you were searching for. – However I do need to expand on my research materials by looking at library books looking deeper into historical material. Also looking maybe into art galleries for older paintings based on chosen themes? Also looking into archives looking for journals, articles and documents containing information and images.

I have found the researching  very useful  as i’ve had to actually do the research myself and look deep into articles online ect. to find what I’m looking for which I know will help me in the future during this course and in my future career path. (even though sometimes I want to rip my head off and throw my laptop at the wall because I can’t find what i’m looking for.)

Image Ref- Hydria Vase – http://www.britishmuseum.org

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