237130_A2_Week4_Task#4C_Visual Analysis _21/04/2016.

Amin, Tracey. I've Got It All. Digital image. A-n. A-n.co.uk, 21 Jan. 2013. Web. 13 Apr. 2016.

Amin, Tracey. I’ve Got It All. Digital image. A-n. A-n.co.uk, 21 Jan. 2013. Web. 13 Apr. 2016.

I decided to read the Rose, Gillian. “Visual Methodologies: A Review.” Visual Methodologies: An Introduction to Researching with Visual Materials. 3rd ed. London: SAGE, 2012. 346-347.Print and review a image that might be used within my essay. I responded to the questions that were stated under each title below.


The image was made in 2000, this image was made for herself as well as a public audience. This photo was taken on a DSLR camera, with a polaroid type frame around the edge of the image. As this image is a self-portrait, this is a personal photograph for a person to share publicly.


The image is showing the photographer sitting in a exposing, position holding coins and notes. She is sitting center of the image showing she is the main subject of the image. This is a single image and is shown on its own. The viewers eyes are drawn to the center of the image, as this is where we are taken by the trail of notes and coins. The use of color is mainly quite dull looking/ greyed out. The genre of the image is a narrative, she is trying to tell the audience something. The images draws on showing a certain posture or use of objects to get the viewer to think about what might be the background of the image, to story.  The image could be seen as contradictory because it could be rated as explicit as others may see it as artistic value.


The original audience could have been the public in general or for her own personal connection.  The text would be displayed on its own or with other works from her portfolio. The recent audiences of this text are people who enjoy modern art, with an image that creates thinking and requires background. I think that this visual text would only have a title and date made as the caption. Other people have copied the same idea shown in the image, what we as a person is made of. There can be interpretations of this image, it leaves  the viewers with questions, wanting to know more about the image as well as the artist. Depending on the viewer of the visual text, each audience would engage differently than another group. Social identity can affect the viewing of the image. Some people could relate or enjoy the image whereas others may find the image too explicit or up front about the main idea being portrayed.




237130_A1_Week3_Task#2_Reading Comprehension & The Author’s Voice_21/03/2016.

Beginning University – Thinking, Researching and Writing for Success 

Beginning University: Thinking, Researching and Writing for Success.

Beginning University: Thinking, Researching and Writing for Success.

This piece is extracted from a book aimed at first year university students . What I learnt from this piece is that it is important to be able to develop skills and have the ability to think critically(45). When going through university it is important to always want to better yourself. I now understand that it is important to examine others arguments when put forward, as this will help with my learning and understand reasoning (46). I would add that it is important to take other peoples point of view, as this can aid becoming a better critical thinker.

The tone used through out this text is formal and knowledgeable, the authors have thought carefully when wording and voicing the text. The pronouns used are ‘you’ and ‘we’, suggesting that this text is directed at yourself or a group of people. The authors position is in a place of authority, they understand the concept of critical thinking and are trying to help the audience understand as well, giving an authoritative voice.

The text was easy to read because of the use of bullet points, outlining of main points/ideas and using examples. My response to the text is one of curiosity and overall I enjoyed the text because it helped me to understand other opinions are important when bettering myself as a critical thinker.

Texts Referenced:

(Wallace, Andrew, Tony Schirato, and Phillipa Bright. “Critical Thinking.” Beginning University: Thinking, Researching and Writing for Success. St Leonards, N.S.W.: Allen & Unwin, 1999. 45-50. Print.)


237130_A1_Week3_Task#1_Writing Response – Context & Critical Thinking_21/03/2016.

Context x Critical Thinking and Looking

"Geometric Light Bulb with Icons." Freepik. Ed. Freepik. Freepik.com, 2015. Web. 21 Mar. 2016.

“Geometric Light Bulb with Icons.” Freepik. Ed. Freepik. Freepik.com, 2015. Web. 21 Mar. 2016.

Why is context important when critically looking and thinking about a visual text?

Context is important when thinking or looking critically because it helps us to get certain facts about a visual text, using the information to create a critical opinion or begin critically thinking about the text. Through visual text, we the audience try to put it into context and try to understand how it affects our views or opinions on certain ideas or topics.

237130_A1_Week2_Task#4_Visual Text Analysis_17/03/2016.

Light Box – Visual Analysis

Shepherd, Richard. Untitled. 2015. Photography. Romance Series

Shepherd, Richard. Untitled. 2015. Photography. Romance Series. Panel from Romance Series. Personal Photograph by Bridget Tangaere. 11 March 2016.

When choosing this image to analyse, I felt the composition of the two images created a disturbed mood. The light boxes were made in 2008 but this panel was constructed in December 2015 and is on show until April 2016. Richard Shepard explains that, “The title Romance refers to the ways television pretends to offer up a collective image of happiness and to conduct our desires in a drama, a romance, of narrowly defined, little pleasures.” (“A New Romance on Courtenay Place.” News. 19 Nov. 2015. Web. 16 Mar. 2016.). This panel is part of an exhibition created for the target audience being the general public.  For this particular panel, I have a negative attitude towards it because of the distraught looks on the people’s’ faces and the gun shown above. This shows me that as a country due to television, we are used to the idea of guns and are shown violence on a daily basis. Around the panel are sitting areas and café for viewing. The area this image is placed in is part of the city center and is strategically placed here which is good for accessing the preferred audience.

237130_A1_Week2_Task#3_ Comparing and Contrasting_16/03/2016.

Comparing and Contrasting 


Shepherd, Richard. Untitled. 2015. Photography. Romance Series.  Panels from Romance Series. Personal Photograph by Bridget Tangaere. 11 March 2016.

Courtenay Place Bus Stop (near Body Shop)

Tangaere, Bridget. Courtenay Place Bus Stop (near Body Shop). 2015. Photography.

These two sites are in the same area but have big differences and similarities. One is very art originated and the other is based on practicality. One similarity between the two places are that they are very open to the public and for the public, being placed in the center of town. The light boxes were much more vibrant whereas other than being glass, the bus stop was quite a dull setting. Detail has been included into both sites but a lot more thought has been put into the construction of the light boxes, making the site more interesting in comparison to the bus stops. Another difference between the sites is the environment around the two places, the light boxes is more like a park with benches and trees whereas the bus stops are placed in an industrial area. Overall contrast is shown between the two sites.

237130_A1_Week1_Task#4_Reading Comprehension & The Author’s Voice_08/03/2016.

Notes to Myself – Writing from the gut. 

1896-maori koiri rafter pattern

This piece is extracted from the conclusion of a students Masters thesis, suggesting that this is a well educated student and with the beginning of the piece stating that they are a Māori student. The voice created around this piece is very personal, the author’s tone suggests that they are angered about the way Te Reo Māori students in all types of education are seen in a Pakeha dominant institutions. The main pronoun that is used is I, which enforces how this piece is considered personal. I think that the author positions themselves in a personal and political voice, talking about the ideology around Māori in high education, how they are a success.

My response to the voice, tone and approach is positive because the author has a strong voice when talking about a political issues and the way she has introduced her own person opinion into the conclusion. To me, the text was easy to understand because the ideas within the text interests me, for example the authors want to reach out to the Māori population that will never go to university, writing to her family and children for the future.

I believe that the author uses language and phrases things in a way that keeps the reader interested. By introducing their own personal experiences, this makes the overall ideas more powerful and understandable.  I enjoyed reading this text because I felt that the topic of Māori students in the education system is one that isn’t really talked about. The idea of not only representing themselves but also hundreds who don’t get this type of education.

Texts Referenced:

(Walker, Sheilagh. “Chapter seven: Conclusion. Notes to myself: Writing from the gut”. Kia taught rangimārie: Kappa Māori theory as a resistance against the construction of Māori as other. Auckland University: Unpublished Masters thesis (excerpt), 1996. 153-154. Print.)

237130_A1_Week1_Task#2_Initial Position_07/03/2016.

Critical Thinking


Critical thinking comes from how humans think about a certain idea, whether to believe something or not. I believe that critical thinking really depends on the person and what their believes or opinions are, whether they can think rationally about different ideas or concepts. Critical thinking effects the way we see, hear, imagine and think about people, other things in the world, the planet, the way people live and the different ways we engage with the world because everyone has their own mind, their own perspective and their own opinions. Critical thinking is being able to understand what is trying to be shown or portrayed through a visual or verbal images and how the individual can understand the connections between different subjects or concepts.  Critical thinking is always changing the way we view everything. Everything around us is changing and critical thinking helps us to understand why its forever changing.