Friday, October 12, 2012

Photo Essay: "Tea" - Joseph Sheehan 41460219


My photo essay is based around the concept of “tea time” and its conventions. It features everyday objects associated with this concept, such as cups, saucers, teaspoons and kettles as well as food items and condiments.

This collection reflects Murray’s notion of the “everyday aesthetic”, including “autobiographical references that either hint or blatantly refer to their creator’s home life” (2008, 155), moments which are “fleeting” and “immediate” (151) rather than anything especially special or memorable, with a “low-end look” (160) of imperfect focus and haphazard composition.

I have prepared afternoon tea and taken photos at random moments throughout the process to create a sense of improvisation, often capturing objects where they lay in a disorganized manner, further contributing to the idea of fleeting moments of everyday life which are mundane and not “staged”. This photo essay invites the viewer to take a closer look at these mundane objects and the actions that involve them, and appreciate their significance in everyday life, particularly as a connection to heritage for those of British and Irish descent.

Works Cited

Murray, Susan. 2008. "Digital Images, Photo-Sharing, and Our Shifting Notions of Everyday Aesthetics." Journal of Visual Culture 2008 (7): 147-163.


Cis_Minor, "Romantic, modern waltz in the style of Yann Tiersen (Amelie)", 2012, Used under a Creative Commons 3.0 License []

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