Research From The National Portrait Gallery

Yesterday we went into London and visited The National Portrait Gallery, we were able to get into the photography section and looked around and found three images that were found most interesting. This image caught my eye, as his face really stands out in the photograph, as he is in women’s clothing however, he hasn’t got any make-up or hair that a stereotypical woman would usually have, i think this photography represents simplicity and normality that could be.

“André on his Couch by Jouk Oosterhof – shortlisted image. From the series My Muse André. Oosterhof says: ‘I photographed André in women’s clothing without crossdressing him with an excessive feminine characterisation. No wigs or makeup, understated and simple, as he is an heterosexual man who does not wear organza or blouses’. (Photo by Jouk Oosterhof/Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize 2015)”



The Obamas by Gillian Laub, December 2014

“This portrait of was an unpublished pose from a commissioned sitting for People magazine at the Marine Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington DC”



This image also drew me in as I personally have an interest in America since I was younger so this image to me was quite interesting. I also chose this picture as the position they’re standing in gives them power and integrity however it also makes them seem caring and supportive as the way Michelle Obama has her hand in Barack Obama’s shoulder. This shows to me that in whatever he does Michelle supports him and helps out in any way that she can which again to me is important as everyone needs someone to guide them along the path to success.


The Neighbour by Viktorija Vaisvilaite Skirutiene, July 2014

From the series ‘Poetry of Daily Life’


This picture has a powerful meaning behind it, as this image of a young boy gripping a large gun, aiming it out of his window may convey how younger children are forced into acting upon violence leading them to join the war at a young age and joining the conflict in Afghanistan. It may also teach children that when they come across difficult situations that violence is the only answer and that it is the right thing to do as they haven’t been taught any different. With the young boy being naked, also may represent savageness, as it seems that the young boy has let go of the norms and values and resorted to violence, however, it could also represent a young mind who may not think of violence as the answer but sees guns as toys to play with, so gives it a dangerous motive as it could lead them to grow up with guns in his life, as they have always been around him.


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