I found some original photographs, or postcards that could be used as the base for my transformations.
This was such a fruitful experience it shows me just how much things have changed in just my lifetime.
I’ve also been rereading about the methods of Jung and Lowy and it has really re-inspired my work and whilst I think that my imagery may be much darker than their work it is certainly something that I want to try out further.
I had 3 locations in mind when leaving to go and do my second development shoot. I was able to achieve these 3 locations – Initial editing did not quite go to plan but subsequent attempts have been more successful. I have started to wonder whether it is appropriate to bring back the fingerprint.
These are places that all mean something to me and have played a part in the development of my identity. I want to put my stamp on them and the way I find to do this is to wrap the memories in the whorls of my fingerprint entwining the love of my community and embracing it in a single image.
I researched the shooting techniques of both Stephanie Jung and Ben Lowy and tried to make a similar technique. I then carried out a test shoot and what I plan to do. It worked quite well and it has left me quite excited to the point of planning the time in to go and do some actual shots.
The movement of the pots and items around the garden I think is almost like a time-lapse I have lived in this house since I was brought home from hospital. My Dad has lived in this house from when he was 2 with his family so the archival image shows my family from around 1981/2 but the surroundings of today. I also think it is more effective in the blank and white.
I’ve spent some time looking over imagery of my local area this has been fascinating. It is wondrous to think how far my family history goes on in this town.
I have been looking at the work of Stephanie Jung who in her work uses multiple exposures to portray chaos in city life, the colours she achieves are spectacular and it really draws you in to the images. I’m not sure yet if I wish to use colour on the new work I want to produce or if I want to use black and white or sepia to bring in feelings of nostalgia.
I have also been using the work of Ben Lowy who uses an iPhone to take images repeatedly over a specific period of time while he takes a short walk of his neighbourhood. this creates in his work almost a tunnel affect and I wondered if I could use a similar technique in my own work but I wish to use it as a representation of a passage of time.
I wondered how it would work if I took an original/archive image and the layered and layered new exposures of the place that it is now.
On a DSLR this could probably be achieved with burst mode definitely something to develop.
I feel creatively lost again – doing the Pecha Kucha presentation I thought would make things become clear, but in some ways I think I just ended up getting more and more confused and less and less convincing!
I found this quotation from Ansel Adams – I think this sums up what I want to achieve with the final major project.
“YOU DON’T MAKE A PHOTOGRAPH JUST WITH A CAMERA. YOU BRING TO THE ACT OF PHOTOGRAPHY ALL THE PICTURES YOU HAVE SEEN, THE BOOKS YOU HAVE READ, THE MUSIC YOU HAVE HEARD, THE PEOPLE YOU HAVE LOVED.” – ANSEL ADAMS
Due to my confusion over my project I reached out to my social media community to see if they could provide me with some clarity in someways it made it a little worse.
The consensus was to combine the two projects together. To combine favourite foods and watch them degrade with the fingerprint.
I took this input and did some brainstorming but I couldn’t seem to get them to connect. Perhaps it links through to memory in that, when we used to have family trips to the beach we used to take seaside sandwiches. Which by the time we ate our picnic would inevitably have some sand in them – so maybe this isn’t really about identity perhaps its actually about memory more. So I could gather together a memory – bring in the items that trigger the memory and overlay those images together.
Taking an copy of a old family image, sprinkle sand fragments from the beach over and include a degrading piece of sandwich.
This then creates almost a memory box for each photograph.
I feel quite torn in my work today. Having just got my results and my old project to a certain degree was successful. However I just don’t feel any love or joy and quite simply I don’t know who my audience is and this is reflected in some of the feedback I have received also.
The new work I have been completing I have a real passion for. I would also have the perfect location for an exhibition. My feeling that the Newcastle City Library would be great for this if I can get it booked.
The ideas that I have swirling in my brain are unnerving as fear of failure is high. I desperately want to achieve a good grade for this course and I just need to find the perfect project. I also want to be able to connect on a personal level with this project.
The feature of my focus in my previous module (Surfaces and Strategies) was Life/Death/Rebirth, and whilst I really enjoyed this I am questioning whether it is something that I really want to continue.
Looking back over some past work I found my Sellotape image from the Informing Context module. This image features a fingerprint. This made me think about Identity.
I came across the book Northerners – Portrait of a no nonsense people by Sefton Samuels
What I noticed about this book was while there were a couple of images from the North East there is much more focus on the North West. Quite often we seem like a forgotten people not featuring a great deal in the government plans for improvement, the refusal to dual the A1 instead finding projects further south.
This made me think about a project I’ve been dwelling over for a while ” Northern Identity”
I don’t want to use portraits I want to use fingerprints over the top of North East images.
This is my image Sellotape which I link closely to identity.
I want to overlay this type of fingerprint over the North East. Over the break between modules I want the fingerprint to be subtle but a statement. I need to think about the titles of the images – should it be the name of the place or the name of the fingerprint.
Research Martin Parr and Chris Killip
Samuels, S., 2011. Northerners – Portrait of a no nonsense people. 1st ed. United Kingdom: Ebury Press.