This is my first assignment for Body of Work and here I’ve noted how I think I’ve done against assessment criteria. I will try to assess myself based on the body of photographs produced so far even though the last photograph I made differs from the others significantly.
Nearly all the images I’ve produced for Assignment 1 have been what I would term ‘straight' photography. I feel that I found melding the theory and practice parts of my 2 modules (Contextual Studies and Body of Work respectively) difficult at first. Although I was producing images for my Body of Work they felt somewhat … Continue reading Reflection on the Images for Assignment 1 – Body of Work
The last photograph for Assignment 1 - Body of Work was inspired by Mari Mahr and Noémie Goudal. I have looked at the work of Mari Mahr previously in Contextual Studies and I was appreciative of how realistically the object placed in front of the printed photograph looked, with just the slightest clue from shadows presumably deliberately placed alluding to the fact it was a fabrication of reality.
My two main influences for the main bulk of Assignment 1 - the 'straight' photography side of it were Chris Dorley-Brown and Zed Nelson.
This collection of mainly ‘straight’ photography has all been photographed in my local area of Deptford. Drawing on influences from the likes of Chris Dorley-Brown and Zed Nelson who have photographed East London, I have decided to document my area. This area shares distinct traces of gentrification which I have photographed and put together in a series. The series is intended to be viewed in order (read from top to bottom on this blog). The last photograph strays away from the concept of ‘straight’ photography and instead plays with photography and reality and was influenced in large part by Noémie Goudal.
I am quite intrigued by the photographs produced by artists working in this genre although I’m not sure how they are so incisive in their picture-taking. I have a diary like most people who own a smartphone of photos but it is sporadic at best. I am part of a large family but when I take photos of them its usually at formal occasions in groups or they pull a funny face! Working more seriously with a visual diary or getting a deeper perspective of my family’s lives intrigues me. However, I am aware that I would need to exhibit such work in an exhibition of some sorts eventually so I would need to be comfortable with the content being displayed publicly.
After watching the 3 very interesting videos on What is Conceptual Photography? found at: http://www.source.ie/feature/what_is_conceptual.html, I feel more informed to answer the question but my opinion hasn’t changed, rather it has been reinforced.
I would say that pschogeography is the genre of photography I am naturally most aligned with. I can often be found using my camera as a flâneur wandering around the city and more recently in my local area which encompasses Deptford. I am sometimes aware of where I am headed and sometimes get completely lost, even in my own area, finding new streets and viewpoints within what I thought were familiar places.
Tableaux photography means 'living pictures' and involves the staging of the image, often through theatrical lighting. I had been aware of the tableaux genre of photography before but had managed to skip the part of the definition that the lighting often played a major role. Therefore I had been of the impression that a tableau was simply a staged photograph; particularly one that was made up of composites in order to tell a story.
I was inspired unusually by a video game to make this post which I suppose had been in the back of my head for a while now. In the game Kingdom Hearts III (2019), there is a photography mini-game involving photographing Mickey Mouse emblems. Most of them are against surfaces and are just hard to find. However, one is made up of 3 different circles on 3 different planes that wouldn’t make sense unless viewed from the right perspective. Of course I had come across Georges Rousse before whose work is very similar in execution of this concept but it also made me think of normal or ‘straight' photography. Here, differing subjects are brought together through juxtapositions to form interesting photographs.