17/10/2016-final piece

Today I am doing my final piece.I use different is the way to do my final piece of painting, collage and show artwork and photoshop in the sketchbook.

Display of the original image and photoshop is particularly simple, I didn’t do too much, I did the interpretation of the images and pictures in the picture below.
I used up the imagination of the series to do an invitation, I will give it the title is We like to party, this is the name of a song. I have a lot of the stickers, please hand and cup, like at a party, everyone is happy.


17/10/2016- Evaluational


In this three weeks, I learned so many different ways to take photos and how to use the photoshop from my teachers and classmates. In the beginning, the reason why I chose this course is that I have a little interest about the photography and I can through this course to improve my fashion design works. But now, I very enjoy it. Because it could gave me more happiness, and it can teach me use the other way to record this world.


    Through this three weeks, I think these classes enhanced my photography level, because before I studied this class, I only like took photos in the trip and I couldn’t took photo very well, but now, I knew how to take good photos with the landscape, with people, with flowers, with buildings, with the moving objects.

    Sometimes, I had some part not very good in my photograph, the teachers won helped me to changed and improve.


    Different courses have different ways to do the sketchbook. In the beginning, I used the way of do the fashion design sketchbook to do the photography sketchbook, but this is no a good way to do, so I changed the other way to do my sketchbook. Through the teachers taught and changed, I thought my sketchbook more and more perfect. Of course, my sketchbook also had many mistakes and bad part, for example because my sketchbook is very small, I couldn’t put the photos into sketchbook very well.


    The final piece of me, I thought it not very good, maybe the reason was I didn’t have so many time to  find some object and take photos suited my title, and I couldn’t used the photoshop very well. So in the past ,  IIn these three weeks, I did not show your best, most of the time I make a mistake, a lot of time did not understand the teacher say, homework done wrong will look around things more carefully. Try my best to finish my want to do things.


    In these three weeks, I did not show your best, most of the time I make a mistake, a lot of time did not understand the teacher say, homework done wrong.So in the later days, I will try to learn the techniques of photo, study English hard until you can listen to understand the teacher all.Whatever I won’t choose this major will be in the future, and photography for me is good, improve photography technology can also improve the quality of my work, so I’ll try and practice more, can make a better work.

15/10/2016-London Trip

15/  10/2016


This is my first time to go to the London with my friends and classmates. The first station was went to the Photographers’ Gallery.

This is a wonderful place to study how to take photo and find inspiration. Have many different kinds of photos here, like these two weeks studied the surrealism and Loop drawing.

I think my photography level is not very good, because I don’t have many ideas in the gallery, I found that every photographer idea comes from the life, there are some very simple but cool and delicate.My life for the details of the capture is not good enough, I’m not careful, so starting today I will start their own to explore around.


In the afternoon, we went to  the second station the Lomography shop. A small shop and it has many photos and lomo cameras here. Originally I want to buy a camera, because with the camera out of photos is very beautiful with special effects.In the shop have a wall above there are a lot of pictures of special beautiful.

I’m only 17 years old, and for the first time I came to this city, beautiful, the whole city is full of artistic breath.I like here.My friends and I together to come here, this is a special experience, thank they tolerate my bad, until three o ‘clock in the afternoon I sat the train back to Cambridge, I am very grateful to their care.Photography is my hobby, and I will always keep my love of photography, because I love, I will carefully to cherish.


Today is first day in the second week in the photography classes.wp-image-690900049jpg.jpg

In the morning, our teacher taught us to take photos in the studio, we closed the light and used a black background. Our teacher turned the camera into the “m”mode, and turned the time into the bulb,  add the flash to take photos (one pose one flash).we took many photos  used half an hour. we made shape of the name or pose and made pose with the mirror and light.  It was very funny, we were very happy in the studio. The second part was tried to use the photoshop to make a new though two opposite photos (like two people left face in the opposite direction). I not only used my friends face to make it, but also used some landscape to make it. I finished six images before the lunch time.

In the afternoon, we though draw lots to decide the task in the afternoon. I took three key words(animals flowers people). I found these painting in the web.  I made these photos together in the one image. I chose a photo have the flowers and butterflies as the background and made three people sat on the butterflies.


9/10/2016-my idea of the surrealism

It is at the beginning of the French surrealism art and literature genre, and dada produced in the same period, and far-reaching influence on the visual arts.From 1920 to 1930 and prevailed in European literature and art.Its main characteristics, is the so-called “surreal”, “super sense” dream, illusion, etc as the source of artistic creation, think only this, beyond the reality of the “unconscious” can get rid of all, the most true to show the true character of the objective facts.Surrealism to the traditional view of art had a huge impact.Is often referred to as surrealism movement.Or simply the surreal.

This is my first contact with surreal photography.Before I just like to take some real objects.By this time the learning to let I see another kind of method of photography, strange and interesting. Surrealism is a dream, in my opinion, and we can’t see things.In this week I’ve seen a lot of surrealism photography and painting.Thriller, stimulation, rich connotation, bold imagination.A lot of work represents what happened that time, such as war, happiness, sadness.Like man ray photography is given priority to with realistic surrealism photography, whether rayography or photography, can highlight the theme, and very creative.Surrealism is committed to explore the prior level of human experience, tries to break through the logical and real view of reality, try to reality concept and instinct, unconscious and knead the experience of the dream, in order to show the real scene of an absolute or transcendent.Surrealism movement with its fancy style full of fantasy color and exotic, had important influence on aesthetics in the 20th century.

Man ray, jerry uelsmann and Angus McBean is surrealist period on behalf of the photographers.Women as the theme in Manray photographer, using the props and artistic conception and method of combining the photos.Jerry mainly black and white and heavy exposure of shooting pictures, those pictures are very powerful.Angus is mainly in the form of an expression connotation to photograph, those pictures is unique.In short period of surrealism photographers, they are in the dream of express myself in photos of themselves and their ideas.

In addition to photography, is popular during the period of the surrealist painting surreal.Max, Dali and Rene surrealist period is the main of the painter.Their paintings have some similarities and pablo Picasso.Messy, abstract, these words are keywords in drawing.Which one of the three of them, their work and their life is closely linked, the pain of the war, the joy of no sweet without sweat, social phenomenon.As the saying goes, a person’s paintings of the environment in which he lived, or state of mind.

All the works in surrealism, out of an era, the life and the connotation.All artists are in their works to express themselves, to respond to all of their dissatisfaction or joy.That era is the way to express themselves, we, too, may one day we can also create their own expression.

make note with surrealism

Surrealism is a cultural movement that began in the early 1920s, and is best known for its visual artworks and writings. The aim was to “resolve the previously contradictory conditions of dream and reality”. Artists painted unnerving, illogical scenes with photographic precision, created strange creatures from everyday objects and developed painting techniques that allowed the unconscious to express itself.

Surrealist works feature the element of surprise, unexpected juxtapositions and non sequitur; however, many Surrealist artists and writers regard their work as an expression of the philosophical movement first and foremost, with the works being an artifact. Leader André Breton was explicit in his assertion that Surrealism was, above all, a revolutionary movement.

Surrealism developed out of the Dada activities during World War I and the most important center of the movement was Paris. From the 1920s onward, the movement spread around the globe, eventually affecting the visual arts, literature, film, and music of many countries and languages, as well as political thought and practice, philosophy, and social theory.


Surrealism grew out of the Dada movement, which was also in rebellion against middle-class complacency. Artistic influences, however, came from many different sources. The most immediate influence for several of the Surrealists was Giorgio de Chirico, their contemporary who, like them, used bizarre imagery with unsettling juxtapositions. They were also drawn to artists from the recent past who were interested in primitivism, the naive, or fantastical imagery, such as Gustave Moreau, Arnold Bocklin, Odilon Redon, and Henri Rousseau. Even artists from as far back as the Renaissance, such as Giuseppe Arcimboldo and Hieronymous Bosch, provided inspiration in so far as these artists were not overly concerned with aesthetic issues involving line and color, but instead felt compelled to create what Surrealists thought of as the “real.”

The Surrealist movement began as a literary group strongly allied to Dada, emerging in the wake of the collapse of Dada in Paris, when André Breton’s eagerness to bring purpose to Dada clashed with Tristan Tzara’s anti-authoritarianism. Breton, who is occasionally described as the ‘Pope’ of Surrealism, officially founded the movement in 1924 when he wrote “The Surrealist Manifesto.” However, the term “surrealism,” was first coined in 1917 by Guillaume Apollinaire when he used it in program notes for the ballet Parade, written by Pablo Picasso, Leonide Massine, Jean Cocteau, and Erik Satie.


Around the same time that Breton published his inaugural manifesto, the group began publishing the journal La Révolution surréaliste, which was largely focused on writing, but also included art reproductions by artists such as de Chirico, Ernst, André Masson, and Man Ray. Publication continued until 1929.

The Bureau for Surrealist Research or Centrale Surréaliste was also established in Paris in 1924. This was a loosely affiliated group of writers and artists who met and conducted interviews to “gather all the information possible related to forms that might express the unconscious activity of the mind.” Headed by Breton, the Bureau created a dual archive: one that collected dream imagery and one that collected material related to social life. At least two people manned the office each day – one to greet visitors and the other to write down the observations and comments of the visitors that then became part of the archive. In January of 1925, the Bureau officially published its revolutionary intent that was signed by 27 people, including Breton, Ernst, and Masson.

Concepts and Styles

Surrealism shared much of the anti-rationalism of Dada, the movement out of which it grew. The original Parisian Surrealists used art as a reprieve from violent political situations and to address the unease they felt about the world’s uncertainties. By employing fantasy and dream imagery, artists generated creative works in a variety of media that exposed their inner minds in eccentric, symbolic ways, uncovering anxieties and treating them analytically through visual means.

Surrealist Paintings

There were two styles or methods that distinguished Surrealist painting. Artists such as Dalí, Tanguy, and Magritte painted in a hyper-realistic style in which objects were depicted in crisp detail and with the illusion of three-dimensionality, emphasizing their dream-like quality. The color in these works was often either saturated (Dalí) or monochromatic (Tanguy), both choices conveying a dream state.

Several Surrealists also relied heavily on automatism or automatic writing as a way to tap into the unconscious mind. Artists such as Miró and Ernst used various techniques to create unlikely and often outlandish imagery including collage, doodling, frottage, decalcomania, and grattage. Artists such as Arp also created collages as stand-alone works.

Hyperrealism and automatism were not mutually exclusive. Miro, for example, often used both methods in one work. In either case, however the subject matter was arrived at or depicted, it was always bizarre – meant to disturb and baffle.

Surrealist Objects and Sculptures

Breton felt that the object had been in state of crisis since the early nineteenth century and thought this impasse could be overcome if the object in all its strangeness could be seen as if for the first time. The strategy was not to make Surreal objects for the sake of shocking the middle class a la Dada but to make objects “surreal” by what he called dépayesment or estrangement. The goal was the displacement of the object, removing it from its expected context, “defamilarizing” it. Once the object was removed from its normal circumstances, it could be seen without the mask of its cultural context. These incongruous combinations of objects were also thought to reveal the fraught sexual and psychological forces hidden beneath the surface of reality.

A limited number of Surrealists are known for their three-dimensional work. Arp, who began as part of the Dada movement, was known for his biomorphic objects. Oppenheim’s pieces were bizarre combinations that removed familiar objects from their everyday context, while Giacometti’s were more traditional sculptural forms, many of which were human-insect hybrid figures. Dalí, less known for his 3D work, did produce some interesting installations, particularly, Rainy Taxi (1938), which was an automobile with mannequins and a series of pipes that created “rain” in the car’s interior.

Surrealist Photography

Photography, because of the ease with which it allowed artists to produce uncanny imagery, occupied a central role in Surrealism. Artists such as Man Ray and Maurice Tabard used the medium to explore automatic writing, using techniques such as double exposure, combination printing, montage, and solarization, the latter of which eschewed the camera altogether. Other photographers used rotation or distortion to render bizarre images.

The Surrealists also appreciated the prosaic photograph removed from its mundane context and seen through the lens of Surrealist sensibility. Vernacular snapshots, police photographs, movie stills, and documentary photographs all were published in Surrealist journals like La Révolution surréaliste and Minotaure, totally disconnected from their original purposes. The Surrealists, for example, were enthusiastic about Eugene Atget’s photographs of Paris. Published in 1926 in La Révolution surréaliste at the prompting of his neighbor, Man Ray, Atget’s imagery of a quickly vanishing Paris was understood as impulsive visions. Atget’s photographs of empty streets and shop windows recalled the Surrealist’s own vision of Paris as a “dream capital.”

Surrealist Film

Surrealism was the first artistic movement to experiment with cinema in part because it offered more opportunity than theatre to create the bizarre or the unreal. The first film characterized as Surrealist was the 1924 Entr’acte, a 22-minute, silent film, written by Rene Clair and Francis Picabia, and directed by Clair. But, the most famous Surrealist filmmaker was of course Luis Bunuel. Working with Dalí, Bunuel made the classic films Un Chien Andalou (1929) and L’Age d’Or (1930), both of which were characterized by narrative disjunction and their peculiar, sometimes disturbing imagery. In the 1930s Joseph Cornell produced surrealist films in the United States, such as Rose Hobart (1936). Salvador Dalí designed a dream sequence for Alfred Hitchcock’s Spellbound (1945).

Rise and Decline of Surrealism

Though Surrealism originated in France, strains of it can be identified in art throughout the world. Particularly in the 1930s and 1940s, many artists were swept into its orbit as increasing political upheaval and a second global war encouraged fears that human civilization was in a state of crisis and collapse. The emigration of many Surrealists to the Americas during WWII spread their ideas further. Following the war, however, the group’s ideas were challenged by the rise of Existentialism, which, while also celebrating individualism, was more rationally based than Surrealism. In the arts, the Abstract Expressionists incorporated Surrealist ideas and usurped their dominance by pioneering new techniques for representing the unconscious. Breton became increasingly interested in revolutionary political activism as the movement’s primary goal. The result was the dispersal of the original movement into smaller factions of artists. The Bretonians, such as Roberto Matta, believed that art was inherently political. Others, like Yves Tanguy, Max Ernst, and Dorothea Tanning, remained in America to separate from Breton. Salvador Dalí, likewise, retreated to Spain, believing in the centrality of the individual in art.

Later Developments

Abstract Expressionism

In 1936, the Museum of Modern Art in New York staged an exhibition entitled Fantastic Art, Dada, Surrealism, and many American artists were powerfully impressed by it. Some, such as Jackson Pollock, began to experiment with automatism, and with imagery that seemed to derive from the unconscious – experiments which would later lead to his “drip” paintings. Robert Motherwell, similarly, is said to have been “stuck between the two worlds” of abstraction and automatism.

Largely because of political upheaval in Europe, New York rather than Paris became the emergent center of a new vanguard, one that favored tapping the unconscious through abstraction as opposed to the “hand-painted dreams” of Salvador Dalí. Peggy Guggenheim’s 1942 exhibition of Surrealist-influenced artists (Rothko, Gottlieb, Motherwell, Baziotes, Hoffman, Still, and Pollock) alongside European artists Miró, Klee, and Masson, underscores the speed with which Surrealist concepts spread through the New York art community.

Feminism and Women Surrealists

The Surrealists have often been depicted as a tightly knit group of men, and their art often envisioned women as wild “others” to the cultured, rational world. Work by feminist art historians has since corrected this impression, not only highlighting the number of women Surrealists who were active in the group, particularly in the 1930s, but also analyzing the gender stereotypes at work in much Surrealist art. Feminist art critics, such as Dawn Ades, Mary Ann Caws, and Whitney Chadwick, have devoted several books and exhibitions to this subject.

While most of the male Surrealists, especially Man Ray, Magritte, and Dalí, repeatedly focused on and/or distorted the female form and depicted women as muses, much in the way that male artists had for centuries, female Surrealists such as Claude Cahun, UnicaZurn, Lee Miller, Leonora Carrington, and Dorothea Tanning, sought to address the problematic adoption of Freudian psychoanalysis that often cast women as monstrous and lesser. Thus, many female Surrealists experimented with cross-dressing and depicted themselves as animals or mythic creatures.

7/10/2016- do homework

Today we didn’t do anything complex. In the morning, Peter give us a piece of paper, paper write full our homework over the weekend. I have six homework over the weekend, take pictures, do the sketchbook. Throughout the morning, I and my classmates in the classroom to print his photos, print some information for the sketchbook. I guess that’s why we don’t have class on Friday afternoon.  we are going to take a weekend 100 images of the surrealism, this is a little difficult for me, because I don’t know how to clap a surreal photos.  Can’t, can only do our best to do it.
At noon, we go to the school canteen of the library to borrow books to find what we want to find pictures. In my thoughts and surrealism is to see things in dreams and reality. This sounds simple, but it’s difficult to find, and because the photographer tend towards the real photography. I was looking for an hour, finally found the book on the shelf, the name of the book is colour photography.

5/10/2016- rayographs and aperture

Today , in the morning,we tried to made some ray-graphs, our teacher let us though a revolving door went to a room. This room use to make ray graphs, this was my second time went to this room, but this was my first time knew what this room use to. Our teacher taught us how to make a ray graphs and let us tried to make. I fell very excited at that time. I took paper to make it, I used some object to make, like the sunglasses, the glass-ball, the gauze and so on. Though three link pool, we could saw some white shapes in the paper . It was interesting, but this room smells awful, I thought it is link smell.

In the afternoon, we took photos outside. Before we went outside, our teacher gave us a task (Using high and low aperture to take photo with 5 object, and make notes with these photo ). I got my camera outside, I chose more part to take photo, this are my works.wp-1475693206852.jpgwp-1475693200836.jpgwp-1475693196690.jpg

Distinguishes between each set of pictures of the background blur, I have a few pieces is not very good.I know I don’t have a good reason is that I didn’t find the object the appropriate background, so I will practice more, hope can better next time.


3/10/2016-my first photography class

This was my first time of photography class.The teacher asked us to find relevant shelf in a photograph of realism, I took a long time, the beginning found was I back again.Afterwards just know found to copy.I have to find a book and found this picture. The reason why I think this picture belongs to the surreal is that pictures of everyone in two to three feet and hands, I think it may use photoshop or light and shadow made (that a person is actually composed of two overlapping)

In the afternoon we learn photo in studio, using the light and camera film for a long time, for a lot of interesting pictures, out-of-body experience as soul, a picture appears on the three or four.After we also try to slow and fast exposure outside shooting, shooting of people and cars, very interesting, but I always bad, may be because of not using the cause of the camera.wp-1475527571807.jpg

Through the common sense of a day, I know I can’t skillfully use lies in the deficiency of the camera, I will work harder to practice to learn.