22
Jan
10

Project Presentation

PRESENTATION

 

The end of 310MC

 

For the third year I feel that my work should show myself as a person, it should be a statement towards who and what I am about, especially as the majority of the work I intend to produce will be photographically based. The last two years have helped me look to different mediums and explore my creative mind.

I would like to present three ideas which I have been thinking and researching towards. I have also started to experiment in these different areas as well.

 

 

Project ideas:

 

 

Perceptions – Life and Death

 

Gallery Exhibition with accompanying book and web gallery.

 photography and sound

Often the way things are presented to the audience affects the interpretation of the artefact they are trying to understand or get meaning from. As an example, children in most cases will view a piece fo work differently than an adult.

This piece of work would be a convergence of photographic work and sound, presented in a gallery space.

Life and death would be a sequance of images that represent the subject of life and death from a personal intimate perspective, every image would have a back story behind it that would be able to be read by the viewer in a specially designed booklet that would go with the exhibition.

I want to show the simple yet subtle connection between the visual and emotional but would also like to add a obscure perspective on to the body of work as a whole by using sound. The sound part fo this project would be the varying perspective of children to adults, I want to talk to children and find out there ideas on life and death on subjects surrounding that areas that the written adult recorded versions and images depict. The recordings of these children would be played in the gallery space and as the audience view the images like audio tours that the audience would need to wear, cutting them off from the reality of the surrounding outside world and others. 

The hope and outcome would be that the viewer gets to experience the different perspective of the situations both through their personal visual interpretations, the booklets background write up and the audio they can listen to. 

 

 

STAMP

Gallery Exhibition with accompanying web gallery

Moving image, Photography and web-based element.

 

A series of photographic portraits that focus on unusual or usually unseen marks on the bodies of people, scars, moles, facial & bodily mutations/mutilations. I would like to have these viewed as separate images but would also like to have a representation of every section of the body and make a collage  including some moving image in this collage.

The idea behind this is that things that happen in our lives often leave marks on our bodies some which we can not hide and other which we can. Our bodies are visual roadmaps of events in our lives, changes we go through or put ourselves through. Programmes on television such as embracing bodies talk about issues and subject our current social oder makes us believe we should not discuss in public and this is the same for the visual content of the world. But why should we be ashamed of the difference/history our body can show.

 

 

MOVE IT

Gallery Exhibition with an accompaniment of a website

Moving image, Photography and web-based element.

 

A series of moving images and still images showing movement relating to transport photography and Painting with light.

Basically I have been very taken with research into both Transport photography such as car shots and traffic trails. I have experiementd with making moving images and photographic work in this area already.

 

I would be creating a number of staged shots involving capturing movement of subjects in either dusk or twilight moving with light emitting objects and showing patterns of travel.

An example of my train of thought would be a shot involving people making movement around and over a car and separate car parts in different locations illuminating the car with glow in the dark spray paint. This would be both filmed and static images would be take in both cases with a slow shutter speed capturing the falling motions of the people and the paint.

The video result and moving images would then be displayed with the parts fo the car that would fit in the gallery as an art exhibition as a whole.

I want to create/try something different as a lot of transport photography has been done already, this is something different.

 

 

RESEARCH & INSPIRATION

 

The research I have been doing for all three projects has been ongoing since the start of this term. Each artefact we have created has allowed me to continue whilst expanding my research. For Perceptions – Life and Death & Stamp  my research started with looking into perspective researching Cubism and David Hockney, Hockney has a very different perspective on landscapes than other artists, he has changed mediums in order to develope and show his view of the world. Every medium he has worked with still helps inspire his work today although he no longer uses some mediums as actual modes of working anymore. The thing I like about Hockney’s work is that he makes us view the landscape in a different way bringing our attention towards different aspects.

Inspiration for both of these projects also comes from photographers such as Diane Arbus, Nan Goldin, Elinor Carucci and David Hillard. There work mostly  relates directly to people, they are drawn to situations that others may move away from often seeking out the outcasts subjects and situations. This idea of looking at the world has really inspired me. In earlier practical work I spent time focusing on the delicacies of drips and their falling motions and beauty trying to see them from a different view point. 

Each photographer listed above has a different style and motivation, Hillard for example displays his panoramic’s in panels focusing on real life situations but those which are staged.

 Carucci focus has been mainly surrounding her family where she has had a all access option to show off parts of life/family life that others would shy away from. Her recent body of work Intimacy which is currently showing in London till the 20th of February.

http://www.jameshymangallery.com/pages/exhibition/1037.html 

The way in which Diane Arbus works and her choice of subject has also inspired my current way of thinking, why do we run from the unusual and obscure? A modern day example of the changing style of life is the campaigns for breast feeding in the uk, people are actively having to campaign to get people feeling comfortable with seeing a woman feeding her children in public, society has made things such as feeding your baby taboo.

 

Nan Goldin is an excellent example of a photographic study of an enviroment and the different  sides of sexuality, her pictures are not fluffy feel good, posed pictures of the sexual relationship but the actual real life image, its revealing, interesting and highly inspiring. I don’t like looking at some of the more explicit work or the images of violence but then I have to tell myself thats about how I was brought up to look away and ignore or shut out the disturbing.

I currently feel that I have been doing so much research that I am yet to start fully exploring this in my own way through my own practical work. This is the next step for these two projects, getting out there getting subjects into a studio or getting lighting/equipment to them to try to get the shots.

For Move it I have already started working practically and have been doing  a lot of research into the moving image and commercial side of transport and car photography and video art (as you can see on the blog).

 

 

 I have also been researching photographers who specialise in twilight/night photography Such as David Baldwin who has had his work used for promotion by bands like The Kooks. I have also been drawn to online galleries such as Hours of Darkness which is by a group of Photographers from New York who produce amazing/inspiring photography at night.

 Both of these lines of research made me want to experiment and try this and I was out there having a go both for photography and moving image. But it also made me realise how much this has already been covered. I started looking into Transport photography aswell, specifically traffic trails but again this has been done. After doing some research on video art I became interested in what we could achieve with eluminesants and did some basic research into movement photographic work, specifically I looked at Jonathan Shows techniques in movement. His unique captured images on Ballet and Baskett ball inspired my thoughts on capturing image whilst making art.

Where I currently am

 

I have booked a Gallery for the Degree Show week, week beginning 24th May 2010. It is called the Glass House and as the name suggests it is a space where the public can see right into the gallery from the outside. I have been researching and working towards all three projects simultaneously so that I have back up plans if the project I finally decided to go with fails, has problems or I am advised not to go down that route when we get some feedback.

I have been approaching different individuals for the project currently named STAMP and have been researching studios in my local area which I can hire out. I have also been approaching freelance photographers for assistance with equipment and experience due to lack of guidance in the photographic area at University.

I have access to car parts and scrap cars through my husband as he is a mechanic and we can get supplies in this area easily. I have been investigating locations for shots as I would like to accompany the car part shots with shots of movement patterns of individuals on bridges with traffic trails behind them and have been investigating the price of glow in the dark materials. I have also been experimenting as commented before with slower shutter speeds with DV Cams and my Cannon camera.

I have not yet started any practical work towards Perceptions – Life and Death as I have been researching mainly the perspective side of things and thinking about doing something different with these subjects as again they have been covered time and time again. I have contact details of local schools/children groups  in my area which I will be contacting to discuss interviewing children. Specifically for this project I am also going to contact the local Catherine House hospice to try and get them involved and any funds I raise from it and the other two projects would go towards their charity.

I have decided to take the Advantage course Event Management this year as I would like to make the Exhibition (which ever I finally choose) a success, inviting people from the industry to view my work. I would like to make it an event in itself with promotion and a wider audience than just those connected to the university.

 

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