Lets Get Direction.


So your at the bottom of a massive tree truck with hundreds of load bearing branches leading to thousands of smaller branches, you need someone to tell you which branch will take your weight and which won’t. This is exactly the point I am at. I’ve got some good thoughts but no idea how to inject so fuel to get myself up onto those top branches.

So I have started by approaching professionals and where better to start than someone who is both a professional and a lecturer. Jonathan Worth allowed me a 15 min chat for some most needed direction pointing.

I mentioned my ideas on Memory and Spectacle as these most link with Worth’s Field, portrait photography.


Memory – The Family portrait

The idea is to create a multimedia portrait using still and moving images, sound embedded into a web based site.

This would be a portrait for an individual viewer to see an intimate view on a family’s life.

Have you seen Harry Potter, the moving photographs, the idea takes reference form this concept of a looping image.

It would have a constructed linear feel to it but also with abstract notions to the movement of the aspects of the memories with each of the characters in the image.

Spectacle – Imagination

something I have been interested in doing is basing a project around objects and letting my imagination take over, producing a portrait of the wild side of my imagination involving or inspired by this object. Previously in history great painter such as Micheal Angelo have created amazing works of arts using only their imagination.

This would involve the use of different photography techniques creating different looks using technologies such as Photoshop. I would also want to combine the use of sound and moving image to creat an exhibition space where these pieces can be viewed.

Promotion for this particular show would also be part and parcel of the project.


Worth’s response

I expected confusion and my ideas to be viewed as basic and with not much thought gone into them, I’m not quite sure why as I have actually put a lot of thought into them, insecurities I guess. Instead of this I was given direction something I really needed.

When looking at going forward with the idea for Spectacle Worth suggested looking into Ontology – “philosophical inquiry into the nature of being itself, a branch of metaphysics” (http://www.thefreedictionary.com/Ontology)

Definition according to Webster’s Dictionary:

  1. a branch of metaphysics relating to the nature and relations of being
  2. a particular theory about the nature of being or the kinds of existence

Ontology (the “science of being”) is a word, like metaphysics, that is used in many different senses. It is sometimes considered to be identical to metaphysics, but we prefer to use it in a more specific sense, as that part of metaphysics that specifies the most fundamental categories of existence, the elementary substances or structures out of which the world is made. Ontology will thus analyse the most general and abstract concepts or distinctions that underlie every more specific description of any phenomenon in the world, e.g. time, space, matter, process, cause and effect, system.

Recently, the term of “(formal) ontology” has been up taken by researchers in Artificial Intelligence, who use it to designate the building blocks out of which models of the world are made.(see e.g. “What is an ontology?“). An agent (e.g. an autonomous robot) using a particular model will only be able to perceive that part of the world that his ontology is able to represent. In a sense, only the things in his ontology can exist for that agent. In that way, an ontology becomes the basic level of a knowledge representation scheme. See for example my set of link types for a semantic network representation which is based on a set of “ontological” distinctions: changing-invariant, and general-specific


Worth also suggested looking up a guy called Sartre and a booked called an Introduction to Sartre. He also suggested to think about the idea of deconstructing the notion of a portrait and looking into work on the identity of inanimate objects.

When discussing the ideas surrounding Memory he suggested looking at his own blog site, particularly at blogs relating to Star Trek and Harry Pottery as I had discussed the image of images within Harry Potter.

http://jonathan-worth.blogspot.com/2009/09/hyperphotography-and-living-magazine.html – Worth’s blog spot.

He also suggested looking into Hyper photography and hyper photography living.

I also discussed with him an ongoing project I have been doing based around the fair ground. Every year in Banbury around the second week of October Banbury is invaded by the fair. In my summer workbook I have displayed some images from the previous photo session with three very different styles and points of view. I have asked for some feed back on these images as I am going to do someone more work this year at the fair which happens to be this friday.  I want to try and sell my work this year possibly at a gallery exhibition.


To get an idea of what its like at the fair take a look at this youtube video of a previous year:

I am going to update the blog as to my research into these different areas and hopefully you will be able to track a progression of my work through this blog.


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