Research 40% and Project


“Point Chevalier”

I choose the space in Point Chevalier because this space is popular for Deaf people since a lot of people go to Point Chevalier Bowling Club. And also I was comfortable interviewing Deaf people because I am part of the Deaf world. If I interviewed a hearing people I will feel a bit uncomfortable and shy because we don’t have the same language.  I want to explore their body language and also Deaf people always using their body language with sign language.

point chev map

I visited Point Chevalier, I’ve been practising taking photos of those images because I want to show the communication of Deaf Community. I wanted to show in each self-portraits the model could be signing one word, I’m doing  showing it through this images in an interesting way.



I wanted to show an emotional face because it was happening to us within our Deaf community. First image, this face was sad because some Deaf within the world have been stuck within the hearing world because Deaf community felt that they didn’t want to be involved with the hearing world, we want an easy communication with the hearing world. Within the deaf world , we are more confident with the deaf community because they’re using sign language so we can easily communicate with each other. If we involve ourselves with the hearing world we wouldn’t be able to feel confident because they didn’t use sign language. I want to show the hearing world about how the Deaf community looks like. This second image, shows how if we were involved with the Deaf community we will be happy because we can communicate  easily with sign language.  Photoshop images, has been changed with colour because i want to look professional for my final project. I just took photos of practice . I think that those are a really good Photoshop images because the background shows a blurry vision. So I want to do this self portrait pictures for final project which was related to the interview because it showed how the deaf community looked like.

brief about herself

Savannah storytelling photos: I love making people laugh and smile. The cochlear implant saved my life.



“Keywords “

* Gestures

* Body Language

* Communicate

* Language

* Deaf World

* Hearing World

* Compare

* Contrast

* Expressive

*  Influence

* Behaviors

Artist Research

Body Language – Michael San Filippo


Michael San Filippo studied in Italy and was a graduate student for over three years. He was learning about the language, communicate and body language. Italians use body language and gestures body expression. Italian people always using body language with expression.

I found that was really interesting  for me especially about the body language images. When I see those images I do understand those body language because I can see those body language expression also it was easy to relate to those body language. When hearing people didn’t know sign language then hearing people would use simple body language and also Deaf people would  understand the body language. Sign language is used with our hands, facial expressions and body movement as well. Many people around the world may view Deaf people differently and not someone with a disability


I want to building one in library, i was find those DVD is about body language . However i was disappointing because those videos don’t have a subtitles.


Hearing world VS Deaf world

People who are deaf have a different way of communicating and have their own language that differs from hearing cultures. While there are ways of communicating in both hearing cultures and in deaf cultures there are differences in the way language is used where the concepts studied in class to evaluate those differences to learning why respect and communication is a important. In deaf cultures their communication skills depends greatly on moving their bodies, hands, arms, heads, and outwardly show expressions on their faces which are both conscious decisions and efforts in order to communicate. It is important to know the culture of the persons we come in contact and interact with, as well as appreciating their language. While there are differences in the way language is used in different cultures the understanding of the differences of hearing cultures versus deaf cultures is important to applying ethical communication skills.

My project

I choose this image because this photo was similar to my photo of poker table. I want to this image relate to my project. Serge is a photographer based in Hong Kong. His photography is the result by how different cultures live. I really love his work cause his photos has beautiful pictures. And also his work is showed through the travel images and the culture that was relate to Deaf community.

“My own images”

“Online image”


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Research library books

I have been reading those books, it’s was really interested of the gesture and body language. The fist gesture is curious action because it is done one way, with the knuckles facing outward, it’s a threatening and aggressive gesture. But if the fist is rotated so the gathered fingers are displayed outward, it converts into a gesture of pride, power or victory. History books show three separate scenes where this gesture has become memory.

Book: Gestures

Author: Roger E. Axtell

Pages: 40

In USA sprinter Tommie Smith at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico Martin Luther Kind during this many protest matches and Nelson Mandela of South Africa on 1990 tour of the United States and Europe. Each helped implant the concept of “Black Power” in the minds of the world. Yet, with a mere 180 to rotation of the forearm, wrist and hand, that fist gesture appears in the same history books with pictures showing crowds and angry shaking their fists.



Page:  43

I found really that interest to me about the touch.I’m learned that information about the Middle East was not the only region where it is quite acceptable for two men to walk cradling an elbow, arm in arm, or even holding hands.

(Don’t touch)


United States and Canada



European Countries




Middle East Countries

Latin countries



Spain and Portugal

Some Asian Countries


Artist research

Jenny Rova is photographer , she doing a self-portrait. She mainly  influenced  my work because her working  showed lots of  emotional images, it was similar to my project.  My project images had colours and also her artist work used only black images and some colour images  because it kind of looks like a depressed picture. she was emotional that come with being in love – the frustration, misunderstandings, anger, and confusion. In one image Rova is lying in bed.


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FAMU, Academy of Preforming Arts, photography department, Prague
HGKZ, University of Art and Design, photography department, Zürich

Guest speakers

Gina’s Presentation 

Week 2, our teachers visited our class their had presentation with Gina and Ben when I watched their presentation. I think that’s really interested to me because her work is showed the ideas of touch, space, body, air-activation of space with air. I never heard it before because it’s about collection of hairs so little hairs – rolled up, set out, hairballs moved around in relation to wind/draft. She grew up in the farmer area so she wanted to show us about her background of the wool, hairs and others. She worked within the landscape using wood the longer it went on the more tattered it became work with all conditions with environment. Gina made a huge knitted path for walking on track so people can walk on the knitted path. The people walked on grass path and then other people don’t want to walk on the knitted path because they don’t want damaged on knitted path. And other people took their shoes off. She made a box that is for honesty so when people walk on knitted path then they put coins in the box because this makes people think about damage caused by walking. I was thinking I might do some of her work & this will be including on my work in the future because her work is about grown up and family. I want to become the photography in the future so my photography work will be self -portraits family and also stranger self -portraits so I want their storytelling about their background. I think that was important to me because of values about the history and grown up background. She was influenced to me because her work was reminded me in the past In Somalia and also reminded me of my grandma live in famer at Somalia.

 Ben’s Presentation 

Ben Presentation is about apple products, car and music magazines. He was talking about the thing that people learn that are still transferable working and can be helpful. He was talking about past of the old technology style, car and music products. I was thinking that was interesting for me because I never heard of old robot styles and radio design before. It was a big change for technology compared from the past to now. I was thinking that Ben presentation was really good because it’s about old faction technology to now. He showed us images of old technology so that remind me when I was young I used old Ipod and other things.

 Allan’s Presentation 

Allan was talking about documenting photography, however he grew up in the 1950s in New Zealand. He made photographs when he was 18 years old. Then he did photos with lots of old buildings in New Zealand. In Auckland building boom, the buildings property and selling on quickly. It’s was old building in Christchurch provide historical cultural to the Cuban landscape.  The old buildings in Christchurch and others gets pulled down because the reason is its very old buildings and earthquake as well. I can see Allan’s photos had professional photographer however, his work is show usually good images because it’s really good quality and also his work show us images of meaning the building and background.


I really interested to me because three people was similar their presentation because those people relative information of the background. I just felt that those ideas will be including with my photographer in the future. I think is important of part of culture, grown up background need be including photographer career in the future so it’s was important to me as well. In the future I want to become professional photographer so I want to photographer will be including the culture images and self-portrait story-telling.

Introduction to story Assignment 2 (Part two: Yangjiang Group)


Yang Jiang was born 17 July 1911 in China, Bejing. She got married in 1935, she spent three years at the University of Oxford of in Paris and also she returning in 1938 to China. Yang Jiang passed away on Wednesday 25 May 2016 in Bejing. Jiang’s was 104 years old . Yang Jiang father’s had cancer and he also  passed away. Yangjiang group is an artistic group founded in 2002, by Zheng Guogu. Guogu’s is an artist based in Yangjiang group in the China. Yangjiang group’s calligraphic work and performances have been exhibited around the world . Yangjiang group is very inspirational from the origin of the long river of Chinese calligraphy. Yangjiang group use the medium of Chinese calligraphy to develop art practise, including performance photography, painting, video and installation. The Yangjiang group art is about the social action and everyday life, including the practise of calligraphy, cooking, watching, cricket, photographing, football, gambling, drinking and eating.

When i see this video, I just felt that’s really strange for me because they’re eating dinner and then they do calligraphy with food. I didn’t like to see their work of  calligraphy with food from the Yangjiang group because this made me think of how gross the calligraphy with food will be but on the other hand, I thought it was really interesting. Since I have never seen calligraphy with food before. Yangjiang group was doing calligraphy with the food which integrates with arts.

Yangjiang group took the use of a rule calligraphy as a personal mark of authority to its logical extreme which made their brushwork a pervasive part of chinese life.  It seems  highly likely that calligraphy will be continue to play in the future art. I just think that Yangjiang group was more familiar with the calligraphy and also it’s was important that the media of language embraced the Yangjiang group. The relationship between calligraphy as high culture and also it’s everyday that they use from personal to marketing, hand scrawled gambling receipts to the written rules for sports and games.  Yangjiang group is using  materials such as papers, ink, soy sauce, mass produced clothes and also left over food, that’s materials included of the calligraphy’s as well as clothes wax. Although the artist’s performances are highlights of the exhibition in the museum space. Leftovers became the materials to create calligraphy and also food integrated with art.

It’ was really interested for me because Yangjiang group was doing the calligraphy, while using the wax on all clothings and coating turns entire installation into a retail museum. When I first saw this image, it looked like a frozen place with ice everywhere.


Yangjiang Group. Final Day, 2015.

I can see the work of Yangjiang group  is all about positive energy and that they’re from the momentum of modern society. Which is calligraphy to life and also the process of creating calligraphy become a way of the artists to the world. I think that is important of calligraphy for their culture and understanding. Also their life was influenced by art as a form of Yangjiang group.


Reference from online

Reference one image


Yangjiang Group – After Dinner Shu Fa at Cricket Pavilion, Eastside Projects, Birmingham, 2012.





Introduction to story Assignment 2 (Part one: Lise Sarfati)

Lise Sarfati

Assignment 2 Images

Lise Sarfati was born in 1958, in Oran, French Algeria. So Sarfati grew up in Nice. Sarfati has three sisters, Gina is older while Sloane and Sasha are younger. Sarfati began taking photography at 13 years old . Sarfati is a French photographer, she owns images of cities in Russia and young people in the United States. Her paintings were inspired by her own imagination. Then she graduated in Russian studies from Sorbronne in 1979 and she moved to do Russian photography. In 1989, she became the offical photographer and devoted nearly a decade of study to this country with the help of a grant.  In 2013, She visited the United States and created a series of photography with young people. Sarfati is able to capture emotion, feeling, and life in her photography, which in turn gives light to her subjects. Sarfati used the material of eighteen coloured photographer’s features to  show and explore a subculture of women who moved to Los Angeles. Sarfati lived in Russia for 10 years before going to the States in 2003. Sarfari didn’t want to stay in Nice. The French people felt that France was losing its personality under the influence of the state of a country. When Sarfati was taken to a factory where she made her shoes herself. They were made of all kinds of different materials put together, for example, soft leather boots with dark red laces. Today however she has moved on to her work which focuses on the relationship between body and space and based on her interested in the stories of teenagers from cities in the USA.

I chose Sarfati because she works on the emotional and depressed images . I just felt like i will do similar work of the Sarfati’s work project. Sarfati’s work really inspired me . I think that Sarfati’s work is doing really well. I think Sarfati is determined to uphold her vision to show the world through her depressed and emotional images.

In this image, the girl’s name is Gaelyn, the girl could have been sitting on the bed for hours with no call to action. From this image, I can see the photographs with the art calendar hanging by the door, the artistic print on the wall to her right. The composition of this photograph is somewhat complex, the blue and gray shows the stillness, broken only by the gold of the poster and also the relationship in the corner behind the door.


Reference image: Sarfati, Lise. The New Life, 2003.


Reference : she, by Lise Sarfati Published by Twin Palms Publishes, 2012.

In this image of christine have a bit more drama to them than the others. The others are more blank and malleable for Sarfati.

Reference image: Sarfati, Lise. Photographs. Oakland, CA, 2005.

Sarfati looks at the relationship between the mother and the sisters through their shared love of dramatic dress. I think that Sarfati picks up on this really well, possibly because she was depressed herself so she understands why these girls have their anxieties.

The photographer may be using a filter to enhance the blue tone of these photos in order to create a more gloomy feeling. The context gives deeper meaning to this photograph otherwise it may only present young females’ daily activities and states but not solve their feeling of depression In relation to the context, the underpinning narrative is the loneliness and lack of connection among young people.


Library books

I went to the Library at Unitec, I just found two books its’ called Magnum and Lise Sarfati Acta Est. Those books was not much writing but most the images on those books.

First book

First image: Terri, no. 31, from the series The New Life. Portland, USA, 2003.

Second image: Mariela, no. 27, from the series The New Life. Los Angeles, USA, 2003.

Second book




UC Riverside, California Museum of Photography, USA, ​“The New Life”, August 5-October 7, 2006.

Oh Man, Lise Sarfati, Nominated For Pictet Prize, 2015.

The Art of Fashion Photography, Prestel Publishing, 2014.
The Photography Book, Phaidon, 2014.

“Austin, Texas”, exhi­bi­tion at Fotografins Hus, Stockholm, Sweden Nominated for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize, 2010.
Prix Niépce, Paris, France, 1996.
Infinity Award, International Center of Photography, New York, USA, 1996.

Reference of Biography:

Reference lists from online

The New Life / Lise Sarfati

Reference image

Youtube research