P.184 Gary Knight and Anna Mooney

Task Four

Confronting Expectations 

Step One, Synopsis:

Step Two, A visual portrait:







Gary Knight is a distinguished and highly awarded British photographer, architect and co-founder of VII Photo Agency. He is also the founder of the Programme for Global Leadership at Tufts University. He has twice chaired the World Press Photo Award and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. He also has passion dedicated to cycling which he details frequently on his personal Instagram as well as a hashtag following his journeys #garyknightbicylejourney.

I chose to represent Gary’s passion for cycling responding to Step Two by taking a photograph of some bicycles chained to a cycle parking stand in Coventry by people who share a similar love of this activity and sport.

Step Three, In the style of:







Gary Knight’s documentary photography of war zones and conflicts is inspirational with investigative work on how wars escalate from just trying to protect a way of life to more critical issues of crimes against humanity and war crimes.

My response to Gary Knight’s theme of war and conflict was related to interaction between people in daily life focusing on the trials and tribulations of six students sharing a house. Tempers can get very frayed. This is a candid observation used to focus on body language. The space between the two people and their positions can be interpreted as a scene of conflict.

Step Four, The task:

Step Five, Critical rationale:

Responding to Gary Knight’s challenging perspectives task, I focused on his quote ‘I recommend representing the world as it appears and not as you think people expect to see it’. I started to think about people’s perception of what they think they perceive to be the real world versus what is really in front of them. An audience can often have different interpretations. For instance, the famous optical illusion of the young and old woman split visual opinion. Similarly, in 2015 a phenomenon took social media by storm. ‘The Dress’ a photograph that became viral had viewers disagreeing on the colour of a dress. Was it black and blue or white and gold? This revealed differences in human colour perception which has subsequently been scientifically investigated.

Using two versions of an image of a scenic landscape of a lake, I created a gif. The two images switch from one to the other to reveal two slightly different portrayals. One version is the real photograph showing this scene as it appeared on the day during overcast conditions. Whilst the second image has been enhanced with editing in Lightroom adjusting its brightness, contrast and exposure to give it a warm and sunny feeling that is more mood lifting. This gif challenges people’s perception by presenting them with two images that are subtly different at the same time. It offers an opportunity to encourage reaction as an illustration of people’s expectation of what is and isn’t the real world.

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