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.
I feel creatively lost again – doing the Pecha Kucha presentation I thought would make things become clear, but in some ways I think I just ended up getting more and more confused and less and less convincing!
I found this quotation from Ansel Adams – I think this sums up what I want to achieve with the final major project.
“YOU DON’T MAKE A PHOTOGRAPH JUST WITH A CAMERA. YOU BRING TO THE ACT OF PHOTOGRAPHY ALL THE PICTURES YOU HAVE SEEN, THE BOOKS YOU HAVE READ, THE MUSIC YOU HAVE HEARD, THE PEOPLE YOU HAVE LOVED.” – ANSEL ADAMS
Due to my confusion over my project I reached out to my social media community to see if they could provide me with some clarity in someways it made it a little worse.
The consensus was to combine the two projects together. To combine favourite foods and watch them degrade with the fingerprint.
I took this input and did some brainstorming but I couldn’t seem to get them to connect. Perhaps it links through to memory in that, when we used to have family trips to the beach we used to take seaside sandwiches. Which by the time we ate our picnic would inevitably have some sand in them – so maybe this isn’t really about identity perhaps its actually about memory more. So I could gather together a memory – bring in the items that trigger the memory and overlay those images together.
Taking an copy of a old family image, sprinkle sand fragments from the beach over and include a degrading piece of sandwich.
This then creates almost a memory box for each photograph.
I feel quite torn in my work today. Having just got my results and my old project to a certain degree was successful. However I just don’t feel any love or joy and quite simply I don’t know who my audience is and this is reflected in some of the feedback I have received also.
The new work I have been completing I have a real passion for. I would also have the perfect location for an exhibition. My feeling that the Newcastle City Library would be great for this if I can get it booked.
The ideas that I have swirling on my brain are unnerving as fear of failure is high. I desperately want to achieve a good grade for this course and I just need to find the perfect project. I also want to be able to connect on a personal level with this project.