Friday, October 12, 2012

Everyday Aesthetics Photo Essay: Staircases

MAS 110 Assignment #2:  Everyday Aesthetics Photo Essay 

by Amelia Webb and Katie Rooney
Main Theme: Sexuality
Sub Theme: The Built Environment

Murray (2008) states that in the new generation of online media “photography has become less about the special or rarefied moments of domestic/family living and more about an immediate, rather fleeting display of one’s discovery of the small and mundane" - namely the everyday aesthetic. It is for this reason that the subject of the photographs in the essay focuses on stairs, an everyday aspect of life however overlooked they may be. This essay greatly reflects the temporal aspects of the everyday that Murray discusses. The photographs in it are fleeting and immediate moments, taken on journeys to and from work and university. The photo essay itself remains temporary, with no hard copy of it once the assignment is done and forgotten there will be little memory or acknowledgement of it from anyone. 

The main theme of the essay, which comes through in the selection of music, is everyday sexualisation with our subtheme revolving around stairs and the built environment. The theme is a comment on the over sexualisation that the media play a part in everyday, by choosing stairs as our subtheme we are parodying this through the use of an everyday aesthetic. It reflects journalisms tendency to focus on stories that centre around sexual themes and less so on the everyday, which may remain more relevant to viewers.



Karim (2012) "Get on Up (Karim Roller Disco Edit)"
Creative Commons License: 3.0 Attribution

Reference List:

 Murray, S 2008, ‘Digital Images, Photo-Sharing, and Our Shifting Notions of Everyday Aesthetics’, Journal of Visual Culture, vol. 7, no. 2, p. 147

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