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.
This weekend I went to the Photo North Festival at the Harrogate Convention Centre.
There was several really great exhibitions looking at the social issues of our society. What was really interesting was the Kenny Brown section and the images in the project Cranhill: Images of Place and Memory. Having a similar topic to what I have been considering made it clear what I need to start considering for my own work.
I also had the opportunity to see part of the Invisible Britain Exhibition – it was a buzz seeing the Jenny Lewis image after seeing her at the Falmouth Symposium earlier in the year.
In earlier modules of the MA we covered Jane Hilton and seeing her work All Lit Up in reality it is possible to get up close and see the colours that you cant get full appreciation of from a computer screen.
Well Known Getty Photographer Tom Stoddart had some images on show as part of the Remembrance weekend. It was truly wonderful to get up close to these images and see the beauty of the light. I was also lucky enough to be able to speak to him and discuss his work. I was thrilling to find out he is from my local area and still lives there and he offered me help if I ever needed it with my studies and gave me his contact details. This was truly the highlight of my experience and made it a very worthwhile visit.
This is also an opportunity I intend to follow up.
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
Similarities with Da Vinci and how he put fingerprints within his work whether intentional or not is a link to my own work. I really enjoyed working with the identity project – it encapsulated my love for abstraction with the love for my home county and my memories.
There was also conversation about the get together of Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon at the Colony Club where thumb prints were put on images.
I also presented at this group critique the layering images that I have been working on. These images received a good reception – particularly the ones that featured my relatives – showing some form of existence and this makes the images easier for the viewer to relate to.
A point was that the images of my relatives didn’t necessarily need to be in the original location of where my family were.
There were suggestions to certainly email the city library as my location but to also contact the RPS North magazine, to have a feature if possible.
There was also an idea to look at DNA testing to get a profile – to print this out and maybe start inserting that into my imagery.
Research to do:
Graham Smith: North East photographer who had his work misappropriated (look at Granta Magazine, Editions 25,75)
Watch the Andrew Jackson lecture
I hope to develop these ideas to come up with a really great idea.
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