25
May
10

RESEARCH UPDATE.

PREVIOUSE RESEARCH

 

I want to look back at the research I have done to get to the orginal Idea I pitched in January. Just a reminder of the project I pitched:

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.

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 find it hard to tackle or discuss. The idea of looking at the world from a different prespective had really inspired me, I felt like I wanted to tell the stories of people who have had to lead different lives than the masses . 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 points trying to get the camera to see the world the way I do, this was inspired by this research.  

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. This image below looks at the differences in time and age in one half there is a man in his later life in deeper water further away fom the shore and in the other half there is a man at an earlier tin in his life closer to the shore and not so deep in the water. To me this suggests the artist is thinking a lot about there situation as they age and how age adds volumes of responsability getting you deeper and deeper into life (water). I a not sure if this is what Hillard meant but its what it speaks to me. I realise now looking back at this research that this is what I want my work to do t the audience..speak to them about more tht what they can just see, I have just got to figure out how I do this!

 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 

Carucci’s latest work was extreamly inspiring in the actual subject fo the project as it has further developed of this project. Her work looks at her fmaily life and has images of her scars from having children, images of her struggles and relationship with her growing family.

This is what I orginally thought about Diane Arbus’s work and way of working and the kind of images she produced.

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.

 After taking more time to look at Arbus and discussing her work with others I decided that her objectives and methods were the total oposite of what I wanted. Arbus saw her subjects as freaks of society thats why she took their picture, she wanted the world to see these feaks and marvel at the differences, kind of like an america fahsion freak show. What I have been thinking about and working towards is demolishing the taboos. I want to get a good medium between Curruci’s type of open gaze and the soft touch work of commercially minded photographers who create fantastcal images of childrens calendars and emotional posters.

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.

Then after advice from Paul Smith I decided to change the project slightly, the idea behind developing/changing the project further is to make the project more specific. It also made sence to do this as the research I had done and my thoguht pattern was leading me towards this development anyway:

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 web gallery

Photography and sound with web-based element.

 

A series of photographic portraits that focus on emotional and pysical scars after becoming a parent. I would like to have these viewed as a series of images with a sound recording of an interview with the subjects.

The idea behind this is that things that happen in our lives often leave marks on us both pysical and emotional some which we can not hide and other which we can. Our bodies are visual roadmaps of the changes in our lives. 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. The emotional element of this project is meant to be shown in the linking of the sound with the images as it will be fragmented but will help tell a story with the images. Through having children women pysically change their bodies and often are left with marks or pysical changes that reind them every day about what they have done. But we often ignore the emotional changes we go through to, to hear these stories gives these marks greater meaning.

I Have decided that I need to show some of the new research that I have produced so that is what I am going to blag abot next.

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