Reflective Writing – Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Portrait

For this task we had to bullet point the first things that came to mind when we looked at the images, as a way of reflecting.

Diamond Jubilee Portrait, Photographed by John Swannell

Diamond Jubilee Portrait, Photographed by John Swannell


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/the_queens_diamond_jubilee/9076547/Queens-new-Diamond-Jubilee-portrait-released.html
I initially thought that she looked quite cross because she does not appear to be smiling, this could also be portrayed as her being tired and worn out as she has been Queen for a very long time. IT obviously connoted royalty and a privileged lifestyle.
The room in which she is standing is very ornate and is enhanced by the jewellery and crown that she is wearing also.
The simplicity of her being a woman as well, noting that she is also a person as well as the Queen. She looks quite content and happy with herself as she is wearing ornate jewellery, but she is not posing with it like many royals before her have done. Her eyes are very intriguing as they are very piercing, allowing the audience to engage with the portrait.

Banksy draws the Queen as Ziggy Stardust.

Banksy draws the Queen as Ziggy Stardust.


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/art/art-news/9310201/Banksy-draws-the-Queen-as-Ziggy-Stardust.html

This image is thought to have been created by the street artist Banksy in Bristol.
I really like this as it is quite controversial and links with pop culture as it includes the iconic makeup of David Bowie.
I feel that this is not a way to insult the Queen, but instead show that she is very similar to the ‘Normal man’ in our everyday world because she will have likes and dislikes of her own that shows her personalty, and for all that we know, she could be a huge fan of David Bowie.

2012, oil on canvas by Ralph Heimans

2012, oil on canvas by Ralph Heimans


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/the_queens_diamond_jubilee/9573026/Diamond-Jubilee-Queens-vulnerable-official-portrait-published.htm

This portrait is very different to the others because the Queen looks quite isolated compared to the others. i find this one quite sad because it seems to show the hard side of being part of ‘the royals’. Time on your own must be hard to come by. Although quite sad, i do like this one because it shows that she has the nice clothes, and the grand halls to visit, but she still wants to be alone and have time to herself, to be human.

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