Thursday, October 11, 2012

Ready to Drink

Danielle George (42914175) & Yvonne Nemes (42862906)

The main theme of our Photo Essay is "Ready to Drink". We initially began with the theme 

being simply "Drinks", but this sub-theme emerged from the collection of photographs we took, and became the focus and main theme.
Our Photo Essay addresses Murray's (2008) idea of the 'everyday aesthetic' in its exploration of one aspect of everyday life. Its appeal lies in what Murray  refers to as an "ability to locate beauty in the mundane" (2008, pg. 155)
Humanity thrives through a basic group of instinctive needs. The theme of our photos includes drinks, from the casual stay-at-home person all the way to the socialite. Our photos are then in fact able to take this culture, this necessary tradition of our lives and to then place them into a visual perspective. Thus we are representing Murray’s concept of everyday aesthetics through finding and capturing this meaningful part of who we are. As Murray (2008) says, our relationship toward digital media and social sites has "significantly altered our relationship to the practice of photography" (2008, pg. 161). She still then reaffirms that our idea of “the everyday communal aesthetic that has been constructed is one that privileges the small, the mundane, the urban, and the industrial”(2008, pg. 161) – humanity cannot go on without food or water, just as the socialite cannot go without recognition. They are two and the same.

References: Murray, S. 2008, ‘Digital Images, Photo-Sharing, and Our Shifting Notions of Everyday Aesthetics’, Journal of Visual Culture, Vol. 7, No. 2, pp.147-163

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