Week 5 Activity : Roadmaps

Title of Project : Life I See

A glimpse of what I currently see and encounter on a daily basis, from my home, in my car, at work, at play, time with family and friends, the environmental state and issues. It is knowing yourself in order to improve one’s understanding of others, and how they relate their lives with the environment around them.

Keywords : self, vision, documentation, environment, society, development

Methods / Methodology : Exploring daily routines with shots as I see them. The shots will be from a camera, phone, etc. Planning to set all shots in wide angle. Shots will be placed at eye level.

Number of shoots : No exact number is currently set. It may be many but will select the very best for viewing / exhibition / book printing / etc…

Possible Outcomes : Showcasing in the form of a photo book and exhibition.

Expected Results : I see this as an important milestone for my MA, and it should be as what I intended in the very start – sharing my thoughts, my aspirations, my goals, to the people around me. And by my “visions”, it is hoped that others will learn from it and make good for a better future.

Relationship of this work to my MA : It should be right to say that I started off my MA with re-generation of architecture and communities, and then developed to “first-sight” – a visual representation of our eyes to the world. These have made connections to end with my FMP towards “Life I See”. I would say that without eyes, there’s no vision, and photography is vision for immortality, documenting and informs the journey through life, inspires imagination, a self-esteemed booster, and that it brings one closer to spirituality.

Week 2 : Create A Short Teaser Trailer

” All In The Eyes ”

This short video is just a mock-up fictional story of models that pose in top model magazines. How they have gotten themselves picked up agencies, going through all the roles of becoming a magazine model, and their lives before, now and what the future holds for them.

A silent profession for decades, these models are seen but unheard. They complained of unprofessional working conditions, nonpayment and abuse in the industry. Many use the social media to express their belief that all this seemingly glamorous, the modeling industry remains overrun with much problems that include labor exploitation, sexual harassment, and body shaming.

Their salary ranges an average of $49,000, and most often than not, models are offered payment in the form of clothes. Because models are considered independent contractors, they lack many of the protections reserved for full time employees. The industry’s demographic – young, often female, sometimes foreign and non-English speaking – makes models particularly vulnerable to exploitation. In 2012, a Model Alliance study found 29.7 percent of female models has experienced inappropriate touching at work, and 28 percent had been pressured to have sex at work.

First Sight

by Anna Hempstead Branch
I was born again to-day!

I was fashioned new!
Now my heart is fresh with May
Virginal as dew!

What it was I cannot tell.
Something on my eyes
Exquisitely breathed and fell
And I grew more wise.

Goldenly it breathed and kissed.
Now the world is plain —
All the glories I had missed
In shine and air and rain.

Just a little while before
It was all disguised.
Now the earth seems so much more
That I am surprised.

I could touch and hold and kiss
Everything I see!
Say then, was it always this,
Waiting just for me?

Oh, to think that yesterday
It was shining so!
Yet my poor heart could delay
And my eyes said no!

703 Week 1 : Surfaces & Strategies


What would be my up-coming research project ?

I am trying to get into a more creative process, with the use of photoshop , to tell a story. Hope is what it takes for everyone to achieve one’s dreams one day, and what’s better to show this in a creative double exposure shot. Expression of oneself placed in a double exposure shot relates to an inner feeling towards everyday struggles and goals in life.

Current Interests :

– to photograph everyday life in my community

– to interview and understand their struggles, hopes and dreams

– photographing portraits , landscapes and architecture on how these will be seen as positive or negative developments in both the community and how we live.

– how to develop further to show ( in a single shot ) the emotions , the life , struggles and the future of life.

– pursuing ideas in creating a personal book



Week 10 Activity: Positioning Practice

Jonathan Culler reminds us “Interpreters should ask about what the text does and how, how it relates to other texts, and to other practices, what it conceals or represses, what it advances or is complicitous with, what it forgets and what it takes for granted” (Culler, 1992: 111).


  • Source and post to this forum an interview with a practitioner who interests you and informs your practice in some way. This could be text, audio or video.
  • Provide a URL if possible to the original source. Check that it is credible.
  • Be alert to how they describe the intent of their work, and how they explain the visual choices they have made to realise this. How do they reflect on and evaluate their work, and do you agree? These are issues contemporary photographers often directly address when they discuss their practice.
  • Consider these and provide a brief evaluative summary. You should also specifically identify and reflect on any ways in which this might inform the development of your own practice.
  • You might also highlight any particular issues / themes / comments / quotes etc which you think are useful / clear / critical – and have synergies with your own practice.
  • Bear in mind that many interviews may not be as ‘critical’ (for example use of quotes / critical reference points) as are expected in your own Critical Review. However many photographers will mention visual / theoretical reference points. You need to take this further in the context of your assessed Critical Review.
  • You may wish to refer to the attached Critical Review Assessment Criteria to support your evaluation.

Comment on the posts of your peers throughout the week as you consider the content of the presentations, and as you keep working and reflecting on your own practice and prepare for your webinar.



An Interview with Arnold Newman


Published on October 24th, 2013, Ira Gardner had the privilege to interview Mr.Arnold Newman in 2001.

My respect and admiration for Mr.Arnold Newman as a photographer is that he is a humble and hard working person. So true in saying that one can succeed if you show up on time, every time for a meet, job, and the like.
As Newman was brought up in a hotel business, he’s good in communicating with the adults in his younger years. I would guess that with his years as a good communicator himself, taking photos of great people would seem secondary, and its how he contacts with his subjects that gave him leads to be photographing presidents, artists, celebrities and so on. He loves what he’s doing as a photographer. He believes that real photographers show the old worlds be seen in a different and “new” ways. His aspiration of being a good photographer reflects much of my personal desire to being one in future, and I would like to add networking is also one of the ways in which one could “climb” the photographic ladder.
Photographing someone in their own environment is what Newman sees the difference when one is in “his” field of work, versus the same person in a suit and tie. He also has an eye for details and one of his ways to do that after a shoot is to crop the picture to his desired form.He would sometimes joke once his portrait gets into a desired photographic gesture.
Most of his shots are geared towards a rule of third, or it could be cropped into that style of editing.  He also said that never take photos with your camera, but do it with your mind and your heart. I totally agree with his statement after being into photography for almost 10 years now.
He also mentioned that a better camera , as a better tool, gives a better picture, and he agrees that there is some truth to it as the results might be sharper and be able to take shots in low light. But this does not make you creative or a better artist. He continues by advising up-coming photographers to study the image, the artists, “Passion makes you work”, he adds.
His shots could be that he tells most of his portraits to be themselves and be proud of their job, to a point of being looking arrogant and to being having or revealing an exaggerated sense of one’s own importance or abilities.
He is a real family man, and this has never been superseded by photography. Also, he encourages the younger photographers to get out to the world and to take what’s out there and not just within the confines of their family and lives. Being a humble man as he was, he never thinks of fame and fortune , but I guess it’ll come when the right time comes along.
Arnold Newman – 1918 -2006

Week 8 Activity: Aesthetic or Anaesthetic?

To represent is to aestheticise, that is, to transform. It involves a vast field of choices but it does not include not to transform, not to change or alter whatever is being represented’ (Levi Strauss, 2003: 9).


  • Research and share on this forum, a particular body of work / exhibition / advertising campaign / coverage of a news event etc. which aims to convey a particular message. Ideally, this should be relevant to your own practice.
  • Identify the message the work aims to promote and who you think its intended audience might be.
  • Post to this forum a short critical outline of your own response to the relative success of this work in achieving its intent.
  • Consider, highlight and respond to any key ideas raised by Sischy (1991) that you particularly agreed or disagreed with.
  • Define and evaluate how these practitioners achieve this? (or not?)

Comment on the posts of your peers throughout the week as you consider the content of the presentations, and as you keep working and reflecting on your own practice and prepare for your webinar.

You may also wish to use the Critical Review Preparation: Thinking Points document (attached) to prompt some initial notes regarding the reflection on your own practice.


Mowgli Malaysia’ to star in telefilm

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 23 Feb 2019

Stardom: Muhammad Syukur playing with his father’s buffaloes in Kampung Kubang Bujuk, near Kuala Terengganu. — Bernama

Stardom: Muhammad Syukur playing with his father’s buffaloes in Kampung Kubang Bujuk, near Kuala Terengganu. — Bernama


THE 14-year-old teen dubbed “Mowgli Malaysia” for his unique friendship with the animals on his father’s farm will be starring in a film on TV for Hari Raya Aidilfitri, reported Sinar Harian.

Muhammad Syukur Khamis, a student in SMK Padang Midin in Kuala Terengganu, is playing the lead role in Raya di Hujung Tanduk.

He is acting alongside actress Delimawati Ismail, known for her role as Kak Limah in the widely popular film Hantu Kak Limah.

Muhammad Syukur became an Internet sensation earlier this year after photographs of his bond with animals were captured by local and foreign photographers.

“I never dreamed of becoming an actor,” said Muhammad Syukur, adding that he was delighted to be chosen to act alongside Delimawati.

Shooting for the film took two days and was held at Muhammad Syukur’s village home as well as at his father’s buffalo farm in Kampung Kubang Bujuk.

His brother Muhammad Alias, 29, said it took the boy some time to memorise the script.

He added that Muhammad Syukur, who was recently on TV3’s Majalah 3, had also received offers to act in a drama.


I am very happy to hear that Shukur is finally asked to appear in a local tele-film. I would presume that the video shooting has been completed by now and that it could well be in its final stages before the showing.

Being at the tender age of 14 and being on the silver screen is something to shout about as Shukur’s love and his understanding with his “pets” are so natural , and only he can do it. I do hope that the movie director will not exploit him to a limit that only benefits the production team, but to give a positive message to the world that everyone needs a tender loving care.

This shoot will be centered on Shukur’s family members, and his daily routines with the buffalo being the main topic of the show. It might also be that the film is all about the life of Shukur, and how he started becoming a “mowgli” at the age of 7 years.

I also hope that hopeful fortune will be looked after by their parents, and his fame will not make him into another superstar of sorts.

His father has hinted about his buffalo ‘business’ will eventually be handed over to Shukur, and selling each buffalo for US$2,000.00, his 150 odd buffalo will make him a millionaire.

I do wish him all the very best in his endeavor and always be humble and kind as he has been all these while.

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Shukur Standing Tall at his Buffalo Farm




Week 6 Activity: And When I am Formulated, Sprawling on a Pin

And I have known the eyes already, known them all,

The eyes that fix you in a formulated phrase,

And when I am formulated, sprawling on a pin,

And I am pinned and wriggling on the wall,

Then how should I begin?

T S Eliot (1915) The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

Susan Sontag (1977: 155) accuses photography of being ‘acquisition’ and the ‘surrogate’ possession of the object. One that ‘means putting oneself into a certain relation to the world that feels like knowledge and therefore, like power’ (ibid: 4).


Post a short message that outlines your own ethical position regarding the inherent power relations involved in photographs.

  • Outline the key ideas raised by Grundberg (1988) that you particularly agreed or disagreed with.
  • Provide visual illustrations – including both negative and positive stereotypes.
  • Evaluate how these practitioners do or do not achieve their goals.

Comment on the posts of your peers throughout the week as you evaluate the content of the presentations, continue to work and reflect on your own practice and prepare for the webinar.


Millennials in the Workplace: Reversing Negative Stereotypes

According to stereotypes, the Millennial employee will always be the one to ask for a raise first, to demand options, and to spend the work hours texting on personal devices. This generation has earned the title of being presumptuous and demanding ; like any sweeping generational stereotypes, this isn’t true, nor is it fair. However, perhaps their characteristics or behaviors have been misinterpreted, and from a slightly different perspective, these can be beneficial qualities. When we take time to understand those we work with, we’ll be better equipped to understand their needs, passions, and goals. Learn how to reverse these negative stereotypes about Millennials in the workplace.

Differences Between Millennials and Generation X Employees

Gen X individuals tend to be very stuck in the process. There’s often an expectation with the way things are supposed to work according to what they are used to. Whereas Millennials are entering the workforce, they have different expectations and bring more creativity to the workplace. Millennials also ask more questions relating to why we do what we do when it comes to process and workflow.

Another significant difference is the expectations of the company. Millennials hold their organizations to a higher standard than previous generations. These younger workers want more buy-in and information about why they are doing what they are doing. Generation X typically have more of a “get the job done” mentality.

Managing Different Expectations

Sometimes Gen X employees require more coaching and mentoring than Millennials. Due to the blending of generations in the workforce, Generation X must be accepting of what Millennials are bringing to the workplace because they are the future of work.

Millennials in the Workplace: Management Challenges

The biggest challenge is managing expectations. With the rise in startup culture, it can be difficult to explain the realistic speed of progression and career trajectory. It’s crucial to emphasize the importance of patience to obtain the necessary experience to grow within the organization.

Without proper training and longevity within a position, employees run the risk of rising too quickly and crumbling under the weight. Years of experience help build the fundamental principles and skills needed to succeed in more advanced roles.

Week 5 Activity: Of Mother Nature and Marlboro Men

‘Every representation of landscape is also a record of human actions and values imposed on the land over time…in whose interests were they conceived?; why do we still desire to make and consume them?; why is the art of landscape photography so singularly identified with a masculine eye?’ (Bright, 1985) (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site..

Ingrid Pollard 1988 from Pastoral Interludes

 Ingrid Pollard (1988) from Pastoral Interludes


Read Bright (1985), Of Mother Nature and Marlboro Men (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. in Exposure 23(1), Winter.

  • Note any key ideas raised by Bright (1985) that particularly resonate with you.
  • Find an advertisement, or another kind of persuasive image, in which you can identify an interesting relationship to the gaze, gendered or otherwise.
  • Post this advertisement to the forum.

Comment on the posts of your peers throughout the week as you evaluate the content of the presentations, and keep working and reflecting on your own practice in preparation for the webinar.



Exhibit A

Exquisite Landscapes, Beautiful Weather, Elephants, Tourists near Beasts ? This is truly a horrible magazine ad from South Africa Tourism. It’s this kind of thing that makes people scratch their heads and then ask, “What the hell were they thinking with THAT one?”

For Your Eyes Only

Few adverts use pictures of ordinary people in ordinary clothing. We are constantly faced with ‘shiny, happy people’ who beautifully smile at us and always look great, whatever they are selling.

A reason for this is that when we see images of people, we may be pulled into the image or project ourselves into it or see it as a kind of mirror as we identify with the people there. We can only sustain this if we find that identification pleasant and harmonious, otherwise we push it away, distancing ourselves from the unpleasantness.

In this way, the most successful images are those of people who we think we would like or who we would like to be.

This only backfires if we feel that we are being manipulated or have such a poor self-image we cannot identify with the models used. This is one reason why adverts that use ‘ordinary’ people can effect a reversal that harmonizes with cynics, snagging them as they push away from more conventional images. Knowing your audience is the secret of success and not-beautiful people can work if this knowledge is used correctly.

There has been much criticism of the use of beauty in advertising in the way that it creates dissatisfaction and unhappiness where people believe they must be as attractive as the people shown (Richins 1991).

The Power of Eyes

Melanie Bateson and colleagues famously found in 2006 that putting a picture of a pair of eyes above a coffee pot in a university staff room significantly increased the takings in the honesty box. They tried different eyes and found that the most effective eyes were direct and staring.

Dan Ariely has noted that most of us cheat, just a bit, although we still like to think of ourselves as honest (and most certainly want others to think this). So when we believe we are being watched, we are more honest. The Bateson experiment highlights how this is so deeply ingrained we are even persuaded by a pair of eyes.

Historical people knew this too, and the ‘evil eye’ and protective eye symbols have been used for many, many years. Even the James Bond ‘007’ moniker originated with the ’00’ as a pair of eyes, with the magical number 7 to protect them.

We also follow the gaze of people in pictures, wondering what they are looking at. Hence if a number of people are shown, looking at your product, then viewers will also end up staring at the product too.

Beautiful Scenery

Another image that people often respond well to is the great outdoors. Pictures of trees, mountains, lakes and meadows make us feel good, which is why so many adverts use such images as backdrops, even when the product has nothing to do with it.

Nature can also be abstractly included with potted plants in inside scenes or even general green hues across a picture. The warm glow of the sun or sunsets can alternatively be portrayed with red or orange hues.


Richins, M.L. (1991). Social Comparison and the Idealized Images of Advertising. Journal of Consumer Research, 18, 1,71-83

Bateson, M., Nettle, D. and Roberts, G. (2006). Cues of being watched enhance cooperation in a real-world setting, Biology Letters, 22, 2, 3, 412–414