Category Archives: Narrative

Final Images: Still Life

I find shrinking down possible finals sometimes a little difficult. If you take alot of photographs and there are a bulk that stand out, how do you choose which are the best? For me I have to print them out, blue tac them to a wall and sometimes a pair of fresh eyes can help. On more than one occasion I have had the photographs up on the walls for a few days uming and ahing which ones to have as finals.

I have whittled down 4 of my favourite finals for the narrative project.

Sex:

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Reading:

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Medication:

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Death:

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In the end I think this project has done a loop around and reflects upon myself, although many others can relate to it. I was hoping to make this generalised, rather than personal. Even still I am pleased with how the photographs have turned out.

Sex is a reflection upon myself and my fiancee and our relationship.

Reading reflects upon my love for reading. In the words of C.S. Lewis “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.

Medication reflects upon being on  anti-depressants, the emotions and struggles.

Death, this can be viewed in a number of different ways. From my perspective it symbolised what the medication has done to me. I feel almost dead inside, in some respects it is nice, in others it is terrifying. Another way to look at it is my innate fear of death, which has only grown worse in the past few years. I am not so much scared of my own death, more those’s that I love around me and how I do not deal well with it.

2 positives and 2 negatives, a symbolism of what it is like inside my brain, even though there are equal amounts of both for me, the negatives out way the positives.

But how does the bed roll into this? For the past 2-3 years it has been a daily struggle to get out of bed, to be honest it has been a struggle to complete this unit. My bed is both my safe place and my prison, once again a positive and a negative. The bed, unlike the video, is not the main focal point. I wanted to take a step back from the bed, however still have it within the photographs. All of the finals subjects are things that we or I do on a bed. But I wanted the objects themselves to take the main focal point.

This my narrative …

 

 

Shoot 3: Still Life

Here is the 3rd and final shoot of still life. In comparison to the previous shoots I am not as happy with the outcomes, personally I could have experimented more with the subject matter of university/ work. The subject matter within these shots are my Narrative workbook.

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As stated above I believe I could have delved deeper into this subject, rather than simply photographing my workbook. I decided that I was not going to photography my laptop in which most of my work is within, they are over seen objects, although mundane. The idea I had was almost like seeing a photo within another photograph. My work featuring within my work.

Shoot 2: Still Life

Here are some of my favourite shots from the 2nd shoot. Out of all of them I think the most successful are the underwear and corset shots, the lighting, texture of the clothing and the contrast play very nicely together. They almost remind me of adverts.

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Image I think for this photography I should have boosted up the contrast, it is a little too soft, however the photography has a dream like sense to it

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The Bed

Here is my final video for the Narrative digital piece. The narrative is the construction of my new bed. The music used in the video is “Fig Leaf Rag” by Scott Joplin.  I am so happy to have finally finished the video and to see it up on youtube.

(If anyone else would like to download the soundtrack for themselves click the link below.
http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html/index.html?genre=Silent+Film+Score&page=1 )

Shoot 1: Still life

Here are a few of my favourite photos from the 1st still life shoot. I am quite happy with how these have turned out and I have glad I decided to use black and white images, I personally feel it gives them an extra depth. Below I included one black and white image and one colour image for a comparison. The colour photograph seem to merge together, where as the black and white contrast bring those details forward.

 

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First shoot: Still life

The first shoot that I did was for the still life idea.I have been trying to figure out what objects to use, I wanted to use fairly mundane objects to represent the different aspects of what a bed is used for. I think I am sticking with a general use of beds, not simply what I use it for as I have an idea to use death and I am still quite alive.

The first thing I started to think about what what aspects do I want to show? Which ones interest me?

  • Sex
  • Medicine
  • Gaming
  • TV
  • Reading
  • Eating
  • Work
  • Death

Since the beginning of the project I have known that I would like to produce black and white images, I am not entirely sure why, I have just had the intention to do so. Perhaps Duane Michaels work inspired me.

From here I explored my surrounding to find objects that correlated with my ideas. The first shoot was comprised of:

  • Sex
  • TV
  • Gaming
  • Medicine

I was please with how the turned out, especially the sex images.

http://instagram.com/p/nuqRzPvpff/ – Still life contact sheet image

If I continue with this idea what is the narrative behind my work?

The Narrative would be what we use our beds for. A short and simple narrative

 

Artist Research: Katy Strange

Photographic series: 789

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My “bed-stories” show me as an art student and the importance of the people around me. My friends” Katy Strange, 2012.

Katy’s “789” or “Bed- Stories” is a reflection of her life and experiences as an art student, she photographed all of the people that slept in her bed of the course of 2 years (789 days). Each photography tell a personal story, Katy herself being a performer and director of those stories.

There are certain aspects of her work that captured my attention, for example (as shown above): each story is narrated by 2 images. The first image taken from the foot of Katy’s bed with herself and said friend(s) looking at the camera (at least for the most part).

The second image is a higher angle, in which for the majority of the time the subjects faces are obscured from view, weather that is seeing the back of the subjects heads, blocking features with limbs, cropped by the camera or at an angle.  I found these 2 images interesting, the 1st depicting the subjects, the 2nd revealing the narrative of what happened.

The series is completely in black and white, which is something I would lim to do for my images. I am converting my Narrative video into B & W, and thought it would create another link between my narrative pieces. I also have taken inspiration from Duane Michaels own work, however in comparison to Michael and Strange’s work I may be working between the use of natural and studio (flash) lighting, depending on the time of shooting and weather or not the lighting is appropriate or not.

The reason why Katy’s work has interested me so much is due to the concept revolving around her student life and what or who has been in her bed. My work would not relate in the aspect of who has been in mine as that would just be myself and my fiancee, however the angles, use of lighting, 2 images to narrate one “Bed-Story”, black and white and the concept of what the bed means to her has given me further inspiration for my own work.

 

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One set of images stood out to me the most from “789” was the single images of Katy alone. These interested me the most, my reasons?  Over the past 2-3 years I have been suffering with sever depression and anxiety, most days it is a struggle to get out of bed. My bed has a somewhat different meaning to me, true I sleep on it, I sometimes have my breakfast or dinner whilst on my bed, I work on my bed, read, play games, however most of time it is my safe place where my troubles are only in my head … I don’t have to deal with the constant struggles of the people I live with, but it is also my prison.

I think this is something I would like to pull into my own work.