Although the year is almost up, I have taken a step back from university, mostly due to depression and medical reasons.
I have been stuck in a rut for the past 2 years, and it is getting worse. Not being able to do my work is frustrating beyond belief, I can honestly say I have done nothing university related this year. Determination to succeed is the only thing keeping me on this track. I have goals, ambition that I need to do, it is just going to take me a bit longer than I originally thought.
So even though I am not finishing this year, I will pick up where I started and I will fight through everything in my own time. I will start posting again, maybe daily photos-simple things from around me, mostly phone photos, perhaps even a few things I am working on or older photos I haven’t shared yet to try and get my brain back into photography.
I hope everyone is well, I am not entirely sure about this post, but it is something that I wanted to say. Fingers crossed I will help myself back on the right path.
A new year, a new semester and a new project. The project that we have been given is “Narrative”. Narrative is to construct a story or to tell a story, in this case depicting a story through the photographic medium. For this project I have to create a blog (hence forth Blackthorn Photography) and a RDB (Research and Development Book).
Along side the Blog and RDB I have to construct 2 different forms of Narrative within the same theme (if chosen, which I think I will to keep it simpler for myself). The 1st of these outcomes is to be in a digital format, this can be in the form of a video, slideshow, powerpoint and so on. The 2nd form is to be in a small publication format, such as; a book, postcards, posters and so forth.
For example, from one of my Lectures Natasha Caruana: Theme = Recycling … Have to make a digital outcome for the formative review (roughly 4 weeks time) , this digital outcome could be a slideshow. Create something with a linear narrative. A little video about collecting rubbish and putting it in the bin.
The 2nd outcome: create a book, with a flash-back narrative. The question, How was recycling done in the past?
For this project it is mostly about experimentation, experiment with concepts, themes, structures, mediums and so on. I have many ideas to go on from, so much to explore, some I am not sure if I would want to show them in front of my year group. But that will be something to discuss with lectures at a later date. For now, research and experiment.
So it is time to delve into the depths of Narrative.
“Don’t only practice your Art,
But force your way into its secrets
For it and Knowledge can
Raise Men to the Divine.”
— Ludwig Van Beethoven
Awhile ago I was watching one of my favourite youtube groups called “The Piano Guys”, this being almost 2 years ago since they uploaded this specific video called Beethoven’s 5 secrets
Within the opening it featured the quote above, since then it has been my favourite and one of the most inspiring to me.