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.
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
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
St Nicholas Church – Achieved
The Old Chapel (Capella’s) – Achieved
Angel of the North
Sage and Tyne
St Mary’s Lighthouse
Travellers Rest (John the Clerk) – Achieved
Seaton Deleval Hall
My working title at the current time – This is me – I am North
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.
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.
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’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.