Middle Class couple in the 1940’s

A portly man is sitting in a large chair in the living room, there is a small table in front of him, it is covered in dust and dirt. In front of the table is the fireplace, empty and stuffed with old newspapers. Just above the fireplace is a mantle piece, various pictures and trinkets litter the top of it. It too is covered in dust and dirt. On a small sofa sitting to the side is the mans wife, she holds a cup of tea in a chipped cup and her hands shake slightly. There is a wooden train set on the floor in front of her, where her child plays, the train is missing a wheel and so leans to one side. It is covered in dust and dirt. The floor is filthy, aside from the dust and dirt, there are pieces of plaster, wallpaper and bricks scattered about. Behind the family the Wall has fallen away, collapsed into a pile, sitting in the rubble is a large cylindrical metal object with fins sticking out of the back. The ruins of a poster hang on part of the wall where it has been torn away from the rest.

Middle Class couple in the 1940’s

analyzing Mise en Scene in a Scene

The table is brightly lit which allows the creepy figure in the centre to be seen, the two figures to the side are kept partially in shadow, perhaps in order to create the effect that they might not be good people. Usually brightly lit characters are thought to be the good guys, however putting such a creepy character in the scene makes you question that notion. The lighting could be used to convey that the person in the middle is happy with who they are but the people next to them are disappointed. The dark clothes suggest a gloomy atmosphere and the plain walls suggest that they are unable to express themselves. The red roses on the table contrast the gloomy atmosphere as they usually represent something happy which is not what we see in the image.

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analyzing Mise en Scene in a Scene

Task 2: Test Shots

I used my phone camera to capture some test shots for Task 2. Due to being taken on a phone Camera, the quality will not be as good as if I had taken it on a DSLR.

When I went out to take the photos for my test shots, I originally wanted to get a photo of a flower growing out of the concrete. However as I looked around the area, I decided that Overgrowth would be a more interesting theme to photograph.

One issue I found with using a Phone Camera, while trying to take low angle shots, was that it was quite difficult to hold the camera steady, and I didn’t have a stand to rest it on either, so I had to take several shots to ensure that I would have at least one that was in focus.

When taking the photos, I decided that a low angle would look the best, as it would make it seem as though the world in the photograph was much larger than it actually is. I did experiment with a higher angle at first, however I decided that it simply didn’t look as good as when the photos were taken at a low angle.

These photos was taken on the 20th of September at 6pm. The weather was Overcast, but luckily enough it wasn’t raining.

Task 2: Test Shots

Task 2: Annotated Photo ideas

For my photo for task 2, there are several things that I will have to keep in mind in order to ensure that I take the best photo that I possibly could. I’ll need to keep in mind exposure, focus, zoom and many other properties of the camera.

I thought that a nice idea for a picture would be a plant growing through concrete, similar to this photo by Thomas J Nanos

This issue with this is that there may not be a lot of things to annotate in the photo as it would be focusing on the one subject which could greatly limit the amount that I am able to comment on, however trying for a more complex shot may lead to a cluttered photo that doesn’t really end up conveying any message and will be hard to annotate as the scene will be too crowded, making attempts at signifying something or telling a story difficult.

To help decide whether or not this will be a good idea I will take some test shots in order to decide whether or not I think this will be a good idea and to get an idea on how it could be improved if I decide that it is good enough to follow up.

Task 2: Annotated Photo ideas

Task 2: Homework ideas

These are some of the ideas that I have had for what I could do for the homework and in extension Task 2 itself.

1: Get a ‘Beware the Dog’ sign and place it next to my Cat

2: People playing in front of a ‘Danger of Death’ sign

3: A photo of a webpage telling people of the danger of over-using electronic devices like laptops and TVs

4: A photo of a construction site next to some nature (requires a construction site close to nature)

5: A flower or plant growing out of concrete

6: Something mechanical sitting in a field of plants

Task 2: Homework ideas

Task 2: Annotated Photos

For task 2 we have to take a photo of something around our neighbourhood and identify the semiotic signs that are present. One of the challenges that this presents is having the ability to photograph semiotic signs, being able to notice them in our everyday life.

To help us prepare for this task we have been given a short homework assignment where we have to take pictures of signs around our neighbourhood and annotating them in order to reveal the semiotic signs present in the photograph.

Task 2: Annotated Photos