Self-portraits, selfies and making images with Dragana Jurisic

In Dragana Jurisic's workshop yesterday at Bracken ETNS, Balbriggan children were introduced to the basics in photographic seeing and visual storytelling through portraiture. Dragana presented to the children images of work by famous photographers throughout history - Vivienne Meyer, Dorothea Lange, Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon - and asked the children what they thought was being communicated when they looked at the images of these works.  They discussed the phenomena of a ‘selfie’, and the difference between a selfie and a self-portrait.  Dragana presented to the children the idea that a selfie is about how we look, as opposed to how we feel, and asked if the selfie could be re-formatted in order to become about how we feel. The children readily grasped the concept of constructing and making a photograph and they eagerly worked in teams to embrace the roles of both artist and subject. Part of The studio that has no roof project, this workshop is one of a programme of workshops with the entire school. #thestudiothathasnoroof #draganajurisic #brackenetns