Project Finished!

I managed to print out all of the images I wanted (and that I  was happy with) and lay them out beside the diary entry relevant to that day and time before deciding how I wanted to present the images.  It struck me that sometimes the diary entry read totally different to what the image was saying, in some entries I had been fairly happy and content but the image of myself seemed to say that I was sad, or tired or not happy which I found odd…perhaps the camera had caught a fleeting thought that I had not been aware of at the time, or perhaps I had left things out of my diary entries that I didn’t want to share with the world.  You consciously have to write a diary, the effort of putting pen to paper and writing things down in a  manner that can be readable and understood means that sometimes things can be missed out or hard to explain in a written format and get ‘glossed over’ so to speak. 

With all this in mind I decided to include my diary entries with the photographs and submitted my work in the form of a diary, the photographs grouped together as days with blank pages denoting a change in the day, and also my diary entries that had been written for those days.  I didn’t amend or omit any of my writing but transferred it over word – for – word into the ‘diary’ (a small A5 black cloth sketchbook.)

Now I have had time to think more about my presentation I am pleased that I submitted it as it was but was a bit disappointed (and strangely relieved also…) that none of the group got to see any of the photographs.  I have been thinking about this since and thought that maybe my work would have been better presented, as groups of photographs for each day and their corresponding diary entries, displayed on a wall.

Darkroom Day

Today was spent in the darkroom developing and printing my photographs. I was happy with the contact sheets that I had made yesterday (sheets of all my negs in colour so I could see what I had on each negative.) but today has been another story. I decided to print my images at a size of 4 inches by 5 inches (portrait format) The first couple of prints turned out ok but I battled with the last image, I couldn’t get the tones to look right. Anyway, after 6 hours or so of being in the rooms and doing print after print I thought I was happy with my images… Then I got home… And looked at them again. And now I’ve decided that they all still have work to be done to them as there is something not quite right with any of them. the major downfall I have is I’m not sure what isn’t right, I can’t put my finger on it. This is really frustrating for me as I feel like todays work has somehow been in vain. On a positive note it means I have got that load of work out of the way and can start again where I have left off and hopefully get it right in a few hours tomorrow 😀 so maybe all isn’t lost yet. I have been looking at the work of Ori Gersht and Tracey Ferguson “Day by Day” which documents the lives of both of them throughout a year, it is interesting to see their faces change and take on the strains of their private lives without you as a viewer knowing exactly what has been going on at that point in time. For this project I thought about a load of different ideas, from the invention of Facebook and profile pictures, to identities both in the form of ID cards and social identities and also how we view people within society – social identities, I suppose. But I kept coming back to this idea that Gersht and Ferguson documented. I wasn’t sure why or where this may go so I thought about it and played around with it in my mind. Eventually I came up with an idea in which I decided to take photographs of myself at different times of the day (morning, afternoon (or when I arrived home), evening and before bed) to see how my face changes through the day and see if I looked the same or if there were differences, tiny or huge, that could be seen judging by what had happened to me those days. I have kept a log of what I have been doing /thinking about at the time of the photographs and am planning on cross referencing my “diary” with the photographs. After all, a self-portrait can be a fairly intimate thing to share with people as can a diary. I’m not sure yet, whether I will share the “diary” extracts along with the photographs or just have a photo diary to present at the end. I guess this is the thing with creating art, it is organic and takes on a life of its own, meandering and entwining itself with other ideas and fragments of life before becoming something whole and accepted and complete on its own. This is the beauty of creativity and creating.

Struggling…

As I posted last time, I am trying to make this blog a bit more personal.  As you know I am now embarking on a new project which is about Physiognomy.  Originally I wanted to do something about identity and facebook but I am not too keen on that idea.  I am struggling to put any meaning into my work or make anything seem coherent.  My ideas and thoughts do not seem to be coming through in what I want to photograph and my explanation of what I would like to produce.  I think I am making this project a bit too complicated.  I have decided to take a step back and look at other things that may be more relevant and easier to explain in photographic mediums.  I guess I am just finding the meaning behind the pictures the hardest to convey…

A New Project

So, I have finished my Foundation in Art and am now currently doing a degree in Photographic Art.  I am going to be making this site a bit more personal, putting up more of my own work and thoughts as well as any influences I may have!  I will still be adding reviews of artists work every now and again and also explaining how they are relevant to my work/what of their work influences me or makes me want to learn that technique, or just what I like about their work in general.

Anyway, I am now onto my 3rd project which is about physiognomy.  (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Physiognomy for a definition).  I have gone off on a bit of a tangent with this work and am looking at types of photo identification and if they represent the person whose photograph it is.  I am also looking at facebook profile pictures which can be carefully constructed by the owner to promote how they want to be seen (or not) by society.  I want to explore the question “Do you think that Facebook tries to get you to create a brand for yourself/gets you to market yourself in a certain way for others to see?” and show this in a comapre and contrast of “official photo I.D” and Facebook I.D.  What do you think about Facebook as a form of representation?