May 13, 2015
by msnathan

What Are We Looking At?

CEGxhtoWYAMEstNImage via The Guardian

This morning I projected this image onto our board with the question “What are we looking at?” and it generated a lot of discussion. I think it’s really cool how creative we can be with making meaning when we only have images and not words to work with! Some of the suggestions for what it might be were: a spiderweb, broken projector screen, gunshot, space, a supernova, the inside of an atom or a city.

What do you see?

April 25, 2014
by msnathan

Black and White

Vivian Maier Self Portrait When I hear the phrase black and white, I instantly think of film photography. Ok, maybe sometimes (often times) I also think of this. For my first holiday blogging challenge post (coming in just in time!) I wanted to share a some art I think is pretty amazing.

Recently I heard of a street photographer called Vivian Maier. She was born in New York, grew up in France and then returned to the US. After living in New York again for awhile she moved to Chicago where she worked as a nanny for 40 years. Even though she took around 100,000 photos during this time, the crazy thing is that no one had any idea what she was doing including her friends and family. Not long before she died, someone bought her mostly undeveloped negatives at an auction from a storage company (kind of like Storage Wars! When people have storage lockers but either leave them and don’t return or can’t pay their fees the companies can sell off their belongings) and to his great surprise uncovered a treasure trove of photographs. Lucky for the guy who now owns the largest collection of her work, but also lucky for us to see all these beautiful shots of New York and Chicago in the 50’s & 60’s.

As always, click the images to view them bigger.






bw6For some other great street photographers that give us an insight into yesteryear, check out Frank Herzog, Foncie, Weegee (who managed to capture some pretty grisly NYC crime scenes), Ans Westra, Marti Friedlander and Diane Arbus.


April 3, 2014
by msnathan

Homework Week 9 – 10 (Due Thursday, 10th April)



Photo by Eunique Jones, via Buzzfeed. Find the Women’s History ones here.

Congrats on completing your first photo shoot. The results look amazing! I can’t wait for everyone to be sharing them on their blogs.

For our homework this week we are going to delve a little deeper into our Portrait of a Leader series. Using the leader that you posed as, do the following:

1. A short bio including where and when they were born, if they are no longer living how and when they died, their full (or real) name, their profession.

2. In your own words, what are they famous for?

3. In your opinion, what makes this person a leader/why do people look up to them?

4. From what you have read or watched about this person, what is one important thing you have learnt from them?

You may do this in your books or as a blog post. If it is a blog post I expect the same level of writing & detail as I would in your books. You can be creative in how you present it, include photos, videos and quotes where appropriate. You may answer it question by question or write it as a full piece of writing or post.

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