Final Major Project – Project Development – 14th November 2018

After yesterdays tutorial I have had time to think about what we discussed. In truth I am not sure that the Rephotography in the way that we discussed is the way that I want to go with my work.

I have been reading deeper in to the photography of dementia and the links that can be made ice as one example.

A person is frozen in time with the memories melting away.

Nicola Onions Photographed flowers in ice, in her Memoriam collection. As the type of links to the disease is so fitting I wondered about also using the ice but in a different way. Having an image in ice and watching it melt away hopefully taking with it some of the ink until there is no more and the memory has gone. The bubbles in the ice would also represent moments of lucidity. I have got the sense that this could turn into something really special if explored further and I have to say has peaked me interest.

I also thought if not using an image then it would be something that reminded me of the person that I have lost.

  • Grandma – Love/Glasses/Brooches
  • Auntie Joyce – Dogs/Birds
  • Uncle Raymond – Three Lions Emblem

References:

https://cargocollective.com/nicolaonions/Memoriam

Final Major Project – Project Development – 5th November 2018

Professor Green was on BBC Breakfast this morning talking about his latest single Photographs. He has started a social media campaign #WishThatITookMorePhotographsOfUs

This was a really interesting interview to me and also researching the concept behind it afterwards. Talking of loss of a family member and how photographs are so important in terms of memory and our feelings towards this.

It made me think of the family members that I have lost both recently and the ones that Alzheimer’s stole from me.

Perhaps this could lead to a new shift in my work and made me think deeper into the concept behind my work.

Things to Explore:

  •  Images and silhouettes of me and grandma – layered over my memories of the places that mean something to me.
  • Working title suggestions
    • Gone but never forgotten – the cruel reality of dementia
    • Stolen Moments
    • The Memory Thief
    • Stolen moments the crimes of the memory thief
    • Stolen Memories
    • Dementia – The Memory Thief
    • Stolen Moments – The Memories Dementia Erased

Final Major Project – Project Development – 10th October 2018

After my tutorial this week and having some time to look at the works of Corinne Vionnet and Idris Khan a couple of the references offered by Wendy. I wondered if a key to my work was collecting all of the images in one go (Like my favoured artists Jung and Lowy) or if it is actually about returning to the subject after a period of time showing actual time passing.

Another thought of mine in connection to the editing process was about having 35 layers – a layer for every year of my life compressed into one image with the base being the original archival image.

The list of sites I’ve been considering is

  1. St Nicholas Church – Achieved
  2. The Old Chapel (Capella’s) – Achieved
  3. Northumberlandia
  4. Angel of the North
  5. Sage and Tyne
  6. Tynemouth Priory
  7. Warkworth Castle
  8. Woodhorn
  9. St Mary’s Lighthouse
  10. Travellers Rest (John the Clerk) – Achieved
  11. Theatre Royal
  12. Castle Keep
  13. Beach Huts
  14. Collingwood’s Statue
  15. Grey’s Monument
  16. Spanish City
  17. Cragside
  18. Seaton Deleval Hall

My working title at the current time – This is me – I am North

Final Major Project – Project Development & 2nd Development Shoot – 4th October 2018

I found some original photographs, or postcards that could be used as the base for my transformations.

This was such a fruitful experience it shows me just how much things have changed in just my lifetime.

I’ve also been rereading about the methods of Jung and Lowy and it has really re-inspired my work and whilst I think that my imagery may be much darker than their work it is certainly something that I want to try out further.

I had 3 locations in mind when leaving to go and do my second development shoot. I was able to achieve these 3 locations  – Initial editing did not quite go to plan but subsequent attempts have been more successful. I have started to wonder whether it is appropriate to bring back the fingerprint.

These are places that all mean something to me and have played a part in the development of my identity. I want to put my stamp on them and the way I find to do this is to wrap the memories in the whorls of my fingerprint entwining the love of my community and embracing it in a single image.

Final Major Project – Project Development – 29th September 2018 – 1st Development Shoot

I researched the shooting techniques of both Stephanie Jung and Ben Lowy and tried to make a similar technique. I then carried out a test shoot and what I plan to do. It worked quite well and it has left me quite excited to the point of planning the time in to go and do some actual shots.

Test Shot 1 29.09.2018

The movement of the pots and items around the garden I think is almost like a time-lapse I have lived in this house since I was brought home from hospital. My Dad has lived in this house from when he was 2 with his family so the archival image shows my family from around 1981/2 but the surroundings of today. I also think it is more effective in the blank and white.

I have layered around 28 images together.

 

Final Major Project – Project Development – 28th September 2018

I’ve spent some time looking over imagery of my local area this has been fascinating. It is wondrous to think how far my family history goes on in this town.

I have been looking at the work of Stephanie Jung  who in her work uses multiple exposures to portray chaos in city life, the colours she achieves are spectacular and it really draws you in to the images. I’m not sure yet if I wish to use colour on the new work I want to produce or if I want to use black and white or sepia to bring in feelings of nostalgia.

I have also been using the work of Ben Lowy who uses an iPhone to take images repeatedly over a specific period of time while he takes a short walk of his neighbourhood. this creates in his work almost a tunnel affect and I wondered if I could use a similar technique in my own work but I wish to use it as a representation of a passage of time.

I wondered how it would work if I took an original/archive image and the layered and layered new exposures of the place that it is now.

On a DSLR this could probably be achieved with burst mode definitely something to develop.

References:

https://www.wired.com/2015/06/benjamin-lowy-walkscapes/

https://www.citymetric.com/fabric/chaos-snapshots-bright-city-life-interview-photographer-stephanie-jung-3406

Final Major Project – 1:2:1 Tutorial with Wendy McMurdo – 25th September

Comments:

My work is maintaining science in the fingerprint – Like forensics.

Look at Tim Head – photographs of rubbish – detritus

Using a family archive. Local archive. Like Stephen Gill who always works in Hackney.

Project development – Rephotography (for this I’ll need a good copy stand)

Mining, Materials, Community

Actions:

Research Tim Head and Stephen Gill.

Paste a link of my Pecha Kucha presentation into the forum.

Sign up for a new 1:2:1 tutorial on Tuesday 9th October.

Start my FMP

Listen to the Susan Bright and Vicky Forrest Lectures.

Pecha Kucha Presentation: