Author Archives: Zakiyah Clark

Blog Post 4: Seeing Through Race

I agree with Berger’s stance on photography associated with the U.S. Civil Rights Era because there will always be a bias in photography when the person behind the camera chooses what they want to see and not the whole picture. Their eyes see what is in front of them. Their brainĀ  rationalizes it as an image worthy of capture and then they decide to take the picture. They can make the call to turn a blind eye or better yet not submit pictures.

Adding onto the art of selective journalism, editors are needed. Now these editors can decide what to remove, include and implant through each article. Such phrases, objects, reactions from the crowd, and etc. As long as people can choose what they want you to see there will always be a bias narrative and above all an unexpected outcome of the general public.

Blog Post 3: Ch 2, Ep 4

Berger’s observations of society and the desires of the working family state and solidify that consumers have a very distinct relationship with publicity. This is due to the glamorization of products and the culture within our society that pushes us to chase what we may not be able to attain. Publicity influencing the consumers is significant because it’s creating a standard for society and shaping it a certain, while all this is happening profit is also being made.

In our society we have been presented with dreams; packaged and sold as everyday commodities. The first dream sold was that of a life of glamour. Being surrounded by wealth, beauty, radiance and status. Being the life of the party and the one that everyone looks to with joyous expressions. Being the woman with a timeless face of grace and beauty or the man with a big boat, home and multiple women infatuated with him. While this dream sounds perfect it requires one thing in reality, status. And while status is theoretically possible to obtain for everyone only some people can enjoy it. Everyone else however, is overcome with social envy. While this leads to varying anxieties from things like money and status Berger’s research shows that this is positive from the perspective of the consumer because it gives them the dream of escapism. This is desirable through the use of publicity and the art of glamorizing it. Publicity appeals to the life that we want or think that we want through the use of glamorization and the societal pressures that lead to anxiety for not having what is needed in order to be someone that is recognized and envied by those around them. In this society people can not be happy unless they have what is publicized. In this society what gives us happiness and worth is what we have. When we are without what is publicized we are non existent. Consumers have been used by the use of imagery in publicity to think that they are getting the product they want or need because when the consumer sees, taste, hear touch, or smell something we don’t like they are being manipulated by the production behind publicity. Manipulated to think the consumer have the power. Without any of this there would be no room to compare or contrast or even shame others. It would just be everyone as an equal.

The differences between publicity photography and oil paintings are the way they are presented to the consumer. The differences between the two are very significant because they both reach a different audience. The oil paintings reach a audience that looks forward to what the artist presents to them. The artist painted the picture based off of what he/she wanted to see, not what the audience expected or wanted. Publicity photography are almost solely based on what the consumer wants or would like to see. If it’s not up to par it’ll go back to the drawing board and get modified. What’s being revealed to us about the production of publicity is that there is no freedom. They have to tend to the consumers needs and wants.

Blog Post #2: Ways of Seeing

Many people may think women are represented in a different light due times changing over the years and how women view themselves in the household and in general but I still think we are viewed the same. Just as the women were mentioning in episode 2 of ‘Ways of Seeing’ women are painted by men for their satisfaction and not the origin purpose of it. Women can have control over their images in the media but 9 times out 10 it will always be controlled and sexualized by the public (mostly men) because in the entertainment industry ‘sex sells’. The conversations that Berger and the women are having are very relevant today.

As Berger explained in episode 1 which can be connected to what the panel of women were talking about is ‘the image or painting being taken or painted can mean one thing to the photographer or artist but once that photograph or painting reaches your home and etc it has a different meaning to everyone. So now the photograph or painting loses purpose with every replica made.’ The conversations from episode 1 and 2 describes the sexuality in images from 1972 and sadly were are still in the place or maybe a even worse position. You can see it and hear it through out movies, tv shows, award shows, fashion shows, schools, barber shops, hair salons, photo shoots and etc.

Blog Post #1: Graff and Birkenstein; Smarthistory

  1. Writers have a greater advantage when they use the model “entering the conversation”. One of first advantages I noticed is structure throughout the conversation or text. Many students including may struggle with this sometimes. So having a structure makes the conversation or text flow better. Another advantage that really stuck out to me was making sure your position and viewpoint in the conversation are clear so you can get a accurate and engaging conversation from your peer(s).
  2. Learning how to look at artwork definitely helps us analyze other situations presented us. The video ‘How Art Can Help You Analyze’ literally breaks down 5 steps or methods we can use to analyze a picture or situation. I’ve also realized while I’m at work I use all of these methods. Just to refresh you guys memory the methods were ‘Study the Picture (situation) Thoroughly, Analyze the Elements Observed, Articulate the Succinctly, and Formulate Questions.’ When you use this step while looking at a picture it helps you look deeper than surface. This method has also helped me during work too!

Blog Post: Introduction

Hey guys, my name is Zakiyah Clark but everyone can call me Z. I am a second year undergraduate student at LAGCC majoring in Education and I am also a childcare worker.

Just to name a few of my personal interests I enjoy reading, laughing, self care, eating and networking. A few genres that interest me are mystery, drama, romance, sci-fi, and poetry. I truly look forward to working with all of you and hopefully obtaining some connections along the way. I will leave my information below just in case anyone would like to form a study group or anything of that nature.