This Photography & Media Arts degree course takes an expanded view of photography and related media for people who wish to work in a creative, experimental environment. It explores photography as a dynamic artistic practice that encompasses the moving image, alternative print processes and electronic media
after speaking to Elaine at the framing place, it seemed very clear that due to the nature of my photographs, framing them would put them purely in the 'pretty picture' category and exactly what i didn't want for these images. in an earlier cloudscape photograph for a previous exhibition, this was exactly why, for me, the piece didn't work. I spoke with her about mounting onto MDF board, however then i was faced with the issue of whether to choose black or white colour on the sides of the MDF. Black would have been good, however would then have clashed with the background white wall. And white seemed too much of a contrast with the lower part of the images. After thinking about it, I realised that mounting on aluminium would be the most ideal way to present them. The most minimalistic. Where emphasis is purely on the photographs. I decided on C-type prints as I think that the images take on a whole new quality with C-type. I went to printspace where I was able to use their retouching booths for optimum colour management. I am REALLY happy with the final prints. The colours throughout the triptych are very subdued, and due to printing on matt paper, the images are very flat which is perfectly in line with the issues i am dealing with. i now have to write my evaluation which i think will be quite challenging as i find it at times difficult to articulate exactly what it is i am looking for with this work. It is most certainly an interesting process.
my last tutorial was really, really helpful and i have come back to printing. i went for the third time to photograph, to try and find what it is that i am looking for at this place. at one point i really felt like i had 'the image' however it is dealing with a whole range of other questions that aren't so in line with what i am concerned about. i have made quite a few decisions since i last wrote here and i feel a lot more on track with my work. i have come back again to issues around the void, dealing with space, open space of nothing, yet lots of everything, in the finer details. i will be printing 3 images which are all quite similar, yet quite different. i did some print size tests yesterday and have decided to print A2. As much as i also like A3, i think that there is a stronger feeling of big space with the bigger size. I am now working on retouching and bringing the images to a level where they will be quite flat in the feeling. I have toned down any specific cloud defintition in the images and am working on getting the right colours now. the skies in them have relatively strong pink hues and i want to steer away from something too pretty. for me it is more about the flatness of the image and the feeling of twilight, where one can't quite see what is going on and it could also be very early morning. this afternoon i am going to a few framers to have a look at which type of frame i will use. as the images themselves are quite formal, i want them to be framed to enhance this. i think that if i mounted them (as much as i really like metal mounts) they would lose a sense of the structured and very controlled manner in which i am making this work. it is so interesting to see that i have such recurring themes. these images feature, yet again, lines – the horizon, extremely simple and minimalistic. i am really happy that i finally have my images to work with. they are actually from the 2nd shoot. will see how the framing goes…
my last tutorial went well, i got some great feedback on the second lot of photos i have taken, however, as i see and as was commented on, the second shoot is actually another piece of work. i still find it amazing how much light affects the feel of photos. the first shoot, i took at night with a much longer exposure and the feeling is quite eery and mystical, the landscape looks like it could be on mars. the photo is very abstract and one is not quite sure where or what the place is, which is kind of what i am looking for. the second shoot, i took during the day, working with the horizon and fluidity between the 13 images i have selected. 13 because that is the number of people in my family. as i wrote earlier, this piece originated with ideas of the sublime and on further refelection about why i often photograph vast empty scapes of sky, land and water i realised it has to do with my homeland and absence of immediate family members in my current living space. the work is for me both a reflection of inner space and the absence of people. i have to go and photograph again as i do not have what i am looking for yet. i realised today i have only 16 days !!! i really need to move and find what i am looking for. i try to remain calm and keep my priorities in place. i still need to work out if i will do a lightbox with one image or do a slideshow where the horizon is a continuation throughout the 13 images if i decide to keep that number. a lot depends on my final image/s. i am quite excited to get this together, a little nervous but oh so ready to roll with it all. i have a one to one tutorial with a tutor whose thoughts & opinions i respect tomorrow, so am looking forward to his input as he hasn't seen any of my work for this project yet…time will tell and so will the image/s ;)
have spent many hours now thinking about how i want to progress with this project. after having a look again at the 2nd shoot of the space – i am not sure if the images i have are what i am looking for… i really need to see them big and projected to get an idea of how it will fill the space. have in the meantime heard that another student also expressed an interest in the room which i thought was clear that it would be fine for me to have as i had reserved it in time… we will see..will be talking about it today to figure out who gets what… i have already kind of visulised my work in the space and can't really imagine it working anywhere else as good as this space, without having to build something… we will see.. i have a tutorial today so am looking forward to some more feedback and some new inspiration for the work.. it can be a long and lonely journey sometimes.. i suppose that is one thing that i really have learnt on this course – that it really is just all about me and my work – how i choose to say what i want to need to – it is challenging and rewarding…. planning for the show is going well, lots still to organise which is a great learning process as well..
after spending quite a bit of time thinking about this project, and after my review last Tuesday, and my relative sensitiveness about this project, I feel a lot clearer about where i am taking it and what it is that i am trying to convey. At the moment I am working with the images I have taken for this project and realise that how it works with the space i am presenting will take quite a bit of trying out and testing. I have now reserved the space where i will present it, and am currently thinking about the rest of the room. i have reserved the projector and player, and the space. so that feels like i have made a few more concrete decisions to steer this where i need to. My first thought was to build walls in the space as it is not in its current state the most aesthetically pleasing. However, on the train i had the thought that i actually could paint the walls black. As I will do a projection, it seems the most ideal and practical way to work with the room. I will see how it all goes – will be fun after to paint a black wall white again :) Today, I am working on my selection of images which is most exciting as it feels that this project has been most in my mind, am really happy to be working with real images! more soon