02
Jul
10

The title

PROJECT UPDATE

 

I mentioned a while ago in a post that I had decided that the old title did not work for the project and I wanted to call it something that would better fit the project.

I have decided to call it Impressions.

I have felt that it is very important for this project that the name reflect the project but in a way that does not let you understand the project without relating to it.

I got the idea of using a simplistic name through thinking about how Curruci named her latest project and her previouse projects. Carruci’s latest work is called ‘Intamacey’, I found an interesting article by Sean O’Hagen from the Guardian.co.uk, he discusses Curruci’s work stating that “It appears, at first glace, to be a diary of the everyday intimacies of an extended family. Often, though, the subjects – in particular, the men – seem acutely aware of, even uncomfortable with, the camera’s relentless gaze. The children, who have grown up in its presence, seem more relaxed and playful. Perhaps this too is evidence of the camera’s persuasive power.” O’Hagen then goes on to say that Carucci’s photographs ask many questions about the nature of family life and its often-overlooked intimacies.” As I read through the article I found another really interesting statement by O’Hagen, he stated that “often what her images exude most of all is a mood, whether it’s her father’s stoical embarrassment, her own bliss in being pregnant, her children’s anger or curiosity, or her and her mother’s ease in each other’s company. Intimacy is exactly the right word for this intriguing show.”

You can find the whole article at

http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2010/jan/11/elinor-carucci-children-photography

These are a selection of images from Carucci’s latest work Intamacey.

I had already questioned the name of my project as if I am honest I had just thought up a name for the previouse project without any indepth thought, research or anaylsis. So I have brain stormed and I came up with the names, Scars, Afterbirth, Stretch Marks, Untill they grow. I decided that thes enames were not what I wanted. As I already mentioned my goal with the title is for it to reflect the project but for it not to alow the viewer to understand it without relating to it.

I also had to think about the pitch I am working towards and my own personal goals.

I set my personal goals at the start of term, I a not going to be unreasistic and say that I can achieve all of them but I believe setting some kind of goals for myself would be a way of keeping myself in check and motivating myself. After all when you decide you want to bake a cake, you decide what kind of cake it should be and you set yourself that goal, it might not always turn out the like the amazing tripple chocolate fudge cake you imagined by you did what you could to get it there and next time you will do better and make changes to get it to the cake standard next time.

My personal goals were/are:

  • I want to combine mediums, I want to produce  piece of work that combines two or more things like light and sound or photography and moving image or sound moving image and photography etc.
  • I want to do something that challenges me whilst enjoying the work I am doing.
  • I want to be able to work with others during the project. Working in groups is something I need to work on.
  • I want to be able to build up the project step by step so hat I can see where I am going wrong before I get to entangle that I can not remove the affected section of the work.

The pitch that I orginally pitched had been further developed and changed due to new research and thought on the project so its different from the orginal pitch. The project is now:

Photography with web-based element.

 

A series of photographic portraits that focus on emotional and pysical elements after becoming a parent. These will be viewed as a web gallery. The focus is on one family group going through their daily life seing moments from their life moments of time which would normally not be seen by the outside world. 

 

I decided that a title had to have meaning to reflect the project. I then started thinking about what we learnt when we first started at university in 100MC, words only have meaning because we give then meaning ad meaning helps us relate, turinging that on its head images are given meaning by the words we associate with them we understand what something is or what it is like by its description helping us build a visual picture of what we are seeing so we can understand and realte to it. That gave me the idea to look up the word impression.

According to the Cambrideg Dictionary

http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/british/impression_1#impression_1__3

impression noun ( OPINION )

An idea or opinion of what something is like
I didn’t get much of an impression of the place because it was dark when we drove through it.
What was your impression of Charlotte’s husband?
I don’t tend to trust first impressions (= the opinion you form when you meet someone or see something for the first time).
[+ that] When I first met him I got/had the impression that he was a shy sort of a bloke.
be under the impression
to think or understand a particular stated thing
I was under the impression (that) you didn’t get on too well.
He was under the mistaken (= false) impression (that) you were married.

According to The Free Dictionary – http://www.thefreedictionary.com/impression

Impression [ɪmˈprɛʃən]

1. an effect produced in the mind by a stimulus; sensation “he gave the impression of wanting to help”

2. an imprint or mark produced by pressing he left the impression of his finger in the mud

3. a vague idea, consciousness, or belief I had the impression we had met before

4. a strong, favourable, or remarkable effect he made an impression on the managers

5. the act of impressing or the state of being impressed

6. (Communication Arts / Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) Printing a.  the act, process, or result of printing from type, plates, etc.b.  one of a number of printings of a publication printed from the same setting of type with no or few alterations Compare edition [2]c.  the total number of copies of a publication printed at one time7. (Medicine / Dentistry) Dentistry an imprint of the teeth and gums, esp in wax or plaster, for use in preparing crowns, inlays, or dentures

8. an imitation or impersonation he did a funny impression of the politician

Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003

More than one of the definitions for the word impression convayed what my project is about, O’Hagen said that Carucci’s title defined what the images and the project was about in fact looking at other works by Carucci I would say that a lot of the collections she has produced are joined together and defined in a way by the title.

This is an image from one of her other collection called Closer

So the project I am working on is:

Title:                    Impressions

Description:      Moments captured from one family group depicting the pysical and emotional elements of life as a family, private moments that outsiders of the family would never see, moments that leave lasting impressions on the family.

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