Mind-mapping

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  1. Helen, you wrote … “I am also fascinated by how photography is deployed as a weapon of oppression and control and how easily this can be abused – at a State level but also by individual portrait photographers.”
    I wonder if you know what happened when Karsh photographed Churchill; he grabbed Churchill’s cigar and caught the moment of Churchill suddenly realising he had been dispossessed of a treasured possession and prop. An act of aggression on the part of the photographer perhaps but it produced one of the finest most telling portraits.

      1. Churchill was a man with a massive character. Karsh managed to penetrate that by grabbing the cigar and hence reveal a more authentic image of Churchill and show what he was like underneath. I think most portrait photographers are doing that, trying to get beneath the social mask and veneer of personality. This photograph remains the “most telling” of Churchill portraits because it says something that others do not; of course, this is another way of telling, it is not telling through words but imagery.

  2. Hi Helen,

    I did a mind mapping exercise during an art course that I attended recently. Our tutor led us through a very particular way of doing it and I wondered whether you might find it helpful? At the start we were asked to consider two main questions, one on each side of our page. The first question was what are we most passionate about (this includes both art and non-art things like family etc.) and the second question was what are we particularly good at (so this might be things like colour/composition/teaching/dancing/whatever). Then you need to pick four or five of your answers from each side (the ones that resonate with you the most) and start to really think about WHY. For each item, you need to draw at least four lines off of it and really try to understand what it is about that particular thing that is most important to you. What you will start to notice is that similar ideas will start coming up around the outside of your map. There will be things that recur on the same side as well as on the opposing sides. These are the things that really drive your artistic practice and that will warrant further investigation. Personally, I found out a few things about myself and my practice that I hadn’t anticipated. It was really illuminating! Maybe you could give it a try and see if it works for you too!?

    Liz

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