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12
Mar
10

Things don’t go to plan.

UPDATE…

 

I am trying to keep my blog upto date, letting people know about what I am doing. The trouble about whats going on at the moment which you will already know if you have been following this blog is that I am a student, a mother, an expectant mother and a wife. Wither every role I just mentioned comes certain responsabilities.

Things have not been going well recently family wise, I have only really just started to recover from being in hospital my husband was ill straight after I came out, he was layed up in bed for 3-4 days and now my daugter is ill.

My little girl is under a year and since Christmas when she was 6 months old she has been on and off ill, now its to the point that she is more ill than well, she has lost weight and its just getting worse and worse.

This might sound awful but my current experince inspires me more to do this project as beofre you have children you think it will be easy, you focus on the ohhh and ahhhs having a baby/family, its all very exciting but you forget there are difficult times, stress runs high when a child is ill or there is a problem with your family.

Development of  the Project

 

Having time with my family has made me think about my project more. Orginally I proposed on image with a sound recording to occompany it and it would be on a website. After starting to plan out what kind of shots I want but also thinking about the type of affect I want to project to have I have decided that to get a message across there needs to be a series of images. A series will allow the audience to get a deeper feel of the story, also I feel that a movement of the images in series in possibly some kind of movie would help build up a story quicker in the minds of the viewers. I have been inspired by some of the youtupbe tribute pieces that are put online, I blogged about them previously during the research module before Christmas.

These are the kind of things that inspired me:

this is a tribute to a girl who has passed away, its very emotional, not only to her family anf friends but to anyone who watches it. The motion of th images, writing and sound creates this ambiance.

This is an example of what I don’t want to create, You can hardly read the writting and the music distracts you from reading it. Its overly emotional which puts power to the message but it made me want to forget the message also.

This has simlar elements to what I am thinking along the lines of but its missing the story and linked element to drive the pictures forward.

One thing I have learnt from research is that if you are going to use emotion as a part of your project you need to get the balance just right. There are many tributes online, many of them are of children who has been lost early or did not make it into this life, and they are heart wrenching but they are important to the people who are involved in them, they are a way of expressing their grief. My project needs to focus on the individual subjects but without making it to emotionally off putting.

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19
Feb
10

Interim Crit

Developing my project

 

Today we had the interim crit and I am amazed at what some people are doing for their projects if they do not succeed within the industry I will be very shocked! I felt very inspired listening to other peoples presentations of what they are working on and where their research has led them so far.

My Project

I presented my project to the group by looking through this blog and opening the discuss to where I was having issues, which is mainly with getting models and explaining the project. I got excellent feed back and feel very positive with my project now.

What’s been suggested

 

It has been suggested that I define my project more, leaving it so open as anyone with a scar and a story given me a very wide brief and could make it difficult to link the collection. Someone kind of definition is what I need to link the shots and stories.

I have also been given advice to contact local arts schools or modeling agencies to get models.

Another point brought up was that I need to decide if I want posed shots and if so that I need to think about them and document exactly what i want to do before I meet with the models.

It was also suggested that I should record the whole session that I have with the models and then edit it appropriate later, not just for the interview as you never know what interesting sound bit I could get and could use it in my piece.

Overall I think both Paul SMith and Mez Packer (Tutors) liked the project but did want me to develope it further.

Changing the Project

 

After talking to Mez and Paul I have decided to make the following changes to my project:

  • I am going to focus more on parenthood and birth – I want to show the physical and mental changes that happen to us when we become parents, both good and bad. I feel that this wold take my images to another level, there would be more than just the image. The images will still be accompanied with a sound element which would give an extra element to them.

 

  • After taking time to think about what kind of models I actually want I have decided to reach out to parents in different ways, I am going to visit mother and baby groups, doctors, hospitals and just talk to people I see. I am also going to reach out to people on the street. I have decided that the best way to do this would be to strike a conversation with people and then get their e-mail address or phone number to tell them more about it.

 

  • I have also decided I need to do some more research into other artists to give me some inspiration for the shots I want to get. I want to have shots that reveal a range of different influences. I have would like some nudist shots that reveal the changes of having children on the body.

 

  • I am also going to do some test shots on myself and see what I get as I am exactly the kind of subject I am looking for, a mother who has a very individual experience to having children.

 

Basically the project I originally proposed has developed from being quite broad and undefined to being more specific. The original concept is still inspired by artist such as Hockey because it is the idea of looking at something a different way and showing it in a different way. During the crit Paul Smith discussed that Diane Arbus had a different view of her subjects than I realised, through all my research on her I did not realised she still saw her subjects as freaks, abnormal and she presented them that way, she did not present them in a sympathetic fashion. I do not want my work to reflect this, it is an amazing thing to bring and nurture life, even if it is hard, testing and difficult at times. I want to show the struggles and consequences but also show that it is worth it.

I am excited about this project because I am dealing with factors that are out of my control, I do not know how willing my subjects will be. I do not know what they will say/tell me about their experiences. THey could say anything and I will need to adapt my project accordingly.

02
Feb
10

After thoughts….

Moving Forward

 

Research and development of the final project – what I am currently planning.

You will notice that my blog has been a little empty recently. An explination for this is life, its not always easy to fit everything in and write about it too. If it occurs to you that I might have been resting my feet infront of the television watching Celebrity Big Brother you would be very very wrong.

For start I hate Big Brother Celebrity special or not! The second is with a family and one member under 1 year, a job and travel time to University you do not get much time to put you feet up needed or not. I can give you a long list of recent events but this post is dedicated to moving forward and this is exactly what I intend on doing.

Recently we presented our work and research for the moduel 310MC which allowed us to research and develope creating artefacts along the way to towards our final project. I had been researching and working towards 3 different ideas and presented all three of them during the presentation.

During this presentation I was asked to tell the audience which project I was keenest to work on and I said STAMP.

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.

The reason I am so interested in doing this particular project is that a lot of the time in life we as a society/ culture look on the negative side a lot, especially when it comes to personal apperance. We often do not appreciate the differences in ourselves and each other. We also do not appreciate what our bodies do for us. When I was expecting my second child I could not stand the smell of bio-oil or coco butter and hate the texture of creams and lotions so I have ended up with stretch marks on my stomach and upper legs. For a while after she was born I hated them but now having my second child I realise they are a lasting reminder of the beautiful child my body has given myself and my husband. Things happen in life, a lot of which we can not control sometimes these are life saving/life changing like oppertaions and others are proof of life like c-section scars and some are reminders of past evens like victims of land mines or amputations.

 

Research

 

My inspirations for this project are varied but some of the research you can look back on in my blog is by photographers such as Diane Arbus, Nan Goldin, Elinor Carucci and David Hillard.

Moving forwards with the development of this project I am going to visit a couple of different galleries in London including an the James Hyman Gallery where Carucci is currently showing her newist body of work called Intimacy. She is showing untill the 20th of February. I also plan to visit the National Portraite Gallery.

When at the different galleries I am going to be looking at a few different aspects:

The Art work/photography: What do I think about it, what does it say or speak about?

The Presentation: How is the work presented, does it draw attention to itself in some way, does the positioning of the work matter?

The Layout: How does the exhibition or collection of work flow, are there stories to be told patterns to be recognised, is it in a timeline?

The Promotion: How has the exhibit, collection been advertised and promoted, what is drawring the people in?

One thing I have been encourage to do if to see if I can meet up with Carucci to ask her about how she works, what her inspirations are and generally meet someone who has inspired my work. I am assuming she is in london as her collection is but I understand that this might not be the case but I am going to try contacting her anyway, I’ve got nothing to lose.

As soon as I have been to london which should be before the 20th of February I can start to think about how I would liek to place my work, I am hoping that this will allow me to have a more focused approach to the particular shots I want to get.

 

Practical Work

 

One thing that has recently struck me is how am I going to get models for the shoot, I decided to ask someone with a bit of experience so I phoned a photographer called Jane Wood. Jane has a wealth of experience at both creating amazing photgraphs and organisational skills as she ran a studio for over two years. I asked her and she helped me think about the different option I have:

Put an ad out – The good thing about this is that it would reach a lot of people, the bad thing being that people might be put off by the idea of being a model who shows off there wobbly, scared hidden bits. I woudl need to research this and find out costs, the right words and audience. I also could think about offering to pay people for there time, but I would need to sort out if this is hourly paid or a one off sumb?

Ask your friends and family – The good things with this option is that friends and family are more likely to be willing to help you out, but the bad side is you limit the pool from which you choose your subjects, but this does not have to be my only option.

Contact local groups/charities – This could mean I could get a range of people and some more than other might be interested in working with me, I coud also dedicate any funds raised at the event to the local charity I get in contact with. The good thing about this opption is that I coudl target specific groups like cancer patients, or war survivers or something along thoes lines.

 

I have also been thinking a lot about composition and format for the project. I ahev a cannon 450D, should I use this digital way of shooting photography, I am keen to look at working with a macro lens, getting close to the subject and shooting from a different perspective to achieve a different view from what would be automoatically expected. I need to find otu how much I can enlarge with this method of shooting? I want these pieces to be big, blown out of perportion to the human body, abstract from the orrginal subject, so should I then shoot this differently. I despiratly need some guidance re this, is large format better? If so what kind of camera do I need etc?

 

 

What I am sure of so far is the following:

 

The images are going to all be parts/sections of the human body. I want some of the images to be abstracts, I want the audience to have to think about what part fo the body it is because the perspective of it is so different and set apart from the usual way in which we would view it. I also want some of the images to be reflective of the emotional aspect of this project the idea of being different so I do not want to remove it from the audiences perception or recognition of the idea of love, sorrow etc depending on the focus of the image.

One particular shot I have in mind is of a person scrunched into a bath tub without water with an odviouse injury or deformity showing, depicting someones fragility towards the situation. For some reason I invisage a man, possibly because I always see my bath tub and the automatic person who comes to mind is my husband and the idea that with a women this seams very dramatic and I want it not to be as dramatic but more a view of an intimate moment of pure feeling.

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.

 

16
Dec
09

Basic Final Project Ideas….So far

IDEAS IDEAS IDEAS…

 

SKILLS AUDIT

The projects I have completed on this blog so far have not been the best work I will admit to producing, there are a few reasons individually relating to each project that I can account for this but over all time has been a major factor over this term. Making three Artifacts in such a short time as well as thinking them up, researching and experimenting has been a challenge. However coming towards the end of this term I have begun to feel more and more excited with what I can achieve moving forward. I have already started to experiment with my practical work both with photography and moving image and am starting to look towards new direction to research and help develope my ideas.

I have booked a skills audit with my tutor Clifton Stewart on Thursday morning and have been thinking about what I want to discuss with him.

Firstly I need to point out my strength and weaknesses so that together we can figure out what I need form the university and to work on myself to move forward and improve. After having a think today I have decided to suggest the following ways in which I can improve my current work and skills:

1) I need to get training for the photography studio within Ellen Terry building. I have already requested a session with Jonathan Worth to do this but when I cam for the session he had not been able to make time to see me.

2) It would be a real benefit to me to have some more tuition on how to use the cameras available from the loan shop and also AVID the editing software or Final Cut pro if we have that available. I did have sessions in my first year but always worked in groups where another member of the group wanted to do the Editing and filming and I was left with the paper work side of things.

3)Lighting – technically this falls within the first requirement of the studio as thats where I want to look at lighting but must more than that I would like training on specific lighting techniques to improve my photography.

Weaknesses:

Planning techniques, technical knowledge of cameras, editing software, time – I need to keep to schedules and deadline I set myself.

Strengths:

I am getting better at researching and pulling from different mediums, Photography, experimentation – I always try to give it a go even if I don’t want to.

Way forward:

I am going to present some project Ideas and see if I can get some more avenues for research. I also want to challenge myself keeping trying to work with moving image as other manage it so, so can I.

I don’t want to lose sight of my photography though as it is now a big part of who I am and what and how I want to represent myself.

PROJECT IDEAS SO FAR…

 

I also want to talk to Clifton about the project ideas I currently have as I am hoping he can give me some direction in which to aid my research.

1) The first project stems from my experiment with traffic trails and Transport photography (admittedly what I need to focus some research on) but also comes from researching the moving image stuff that can be done with glow in the dark dancing and landscapes of the twilight.

I am interested in following a person around who goes to different cities/towns all over the country and recording his journeys and capture some images of the town/city he goes into at night/dusk. I am interested in the concept we have been discussing in 300MC called Psychogeography which I will upload some research on.

2) Another project I have been thinking about has been inspired by Elinor Curruci and works by other artist I am yet to name on this blog. Recently I experimented with perception when looking at a drip outside my door and the wet paving stones outside my house and was fascinated by how amazing they looked when that was the only attention of the camera/audience. I am interested in looking at the physical changes on a human being in the same way, having a child, having something removed a opperation, short-sighted ness these can all be big changes and imprints on a person and to capture this uniqueness would be a very interesting project.

With both of the above projects these are just initial ideas in my mind, I would like to develope them further, thinking about how to present then but also bring a new level to them and do something another person might not. I have also been thinking heavily about collaboration with others for my final project and do not want to rule that out with the above two ideas. I have recently been in contact with a Music Composition Student and a practicing artist who seem keen to collaborate (the artist with the understanding he can sell his work). I would also like to work with Dancers and possibly theatre students but I am not sure yet and have not contacted anyone about this.

DEGREE SHOW

 

Because of certain personal complications I am trying to think ahead and get somethings already sorted so I have already chosen and booked the exhibition space where I can exhibit my work for the degree show. I have contacted the Herbert Art Gallery and book a Gallery they control called the Glass House which is just a few meters down the road from the Ellen Terry Building. It is an excellent location as it is in the city centre and can be reached by train, bus and foot. It’s not far from parking facilities and I can give out direction easily. The best thing about the gallery though is how it is presented, it is glass so people outside can see into the space and it have ample place to hang work and space within to put other objects that would require floor space. I have found I can rent projectors from the loan shop and am also trying to find out if I can get other equipment from the Graham Sutherland Building which I think I can such a stands etc.




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