In Gillian Wearing’s 1992 series Signs (Signs that say what you want them to say, and not Signs that say what someone else wants you to say)  the photographer approaches strangers in the street and asks them to write on a piece of paper what they are feeling right now.

Her methodologies of photographing these strangers in the street as they hold up the paper announcing their inner feelings, has been shot in a style compared to reality TV.  It has a raw and rough quality… almost like a snap-shot, which adds to my interpretation that nothing has been edited or preconceived.  The photographer didn’t allow themselves time to create a well composed shot, nor has she given the stranger the time to think about how other’s will perceive their text.  It’s an immediate honest response to what is on their minds right now.

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Methods – is the processes within each stage in a photography practice. From research, to exhibition.

Methodology – not to be confused with ‘methods’ or ‘concepts’ – it refers to the application of methods used – and is the discussion around this.

Concept – The intention of the photographer.