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Conclusion for the Narrative Project

This unit has been one big up and down for me. There have been things I have forgotten to do, things I should and shouldn’t have done. There were so many times when I have just sat on my bed wishing that it would be over, that somehow with everything that has been going on that it would magically get finished on it’s own just like in the movies, Princess and the Frog (Disney)when Tiana wishes on a star … “You wish and you dream with all your little heart. But you remember, Tiana, that that old star can only take you part of the way. You got to help it along with some hard work of your own, and then, yeah, you can do anything you set your mind to.

I do feel ashamed that I have let everything effect me in the way it has, however I feel proud that I have managed to finished this unit. Im sure looking through it I will find holes and mistakes, but I still feel proud. I hope that I have done enough to warrant a pass at least.

If I could re-do this project I would definitely put more effort into the publication. I wanted to make a small book, but due to time I ended out making small prints. I would also have liked to put an old grain effect on my digital piece to give the video a more golden old’e feel much like in the silent movies. Another aspect I would have liked to have covered is more artist research, I feel like I did bare minimum in comparison to previous projects.

Parts of this unit that I am happy with are the final video, even though I would have liked to have done more to it I am quite happy with how it turned out.  The photographs produced, I am very please with how they have turned out, I really enjoyed working with still life. As much as I love working with people, this was one project where I didn’t have to rely on any models, annoying make-up and hair or even assistants turning up. It was just me, the camera and the objects.Strangely calming which is something that I am in need of.

Overall, through the stress and everything else I am a mixture of pleased with what I have managed to do and disappointed that I let myself get into such a bad state.

However, I am now done for the year. Good bye 2nd year of university and hello 3rd. I am going to take the summer holiday to work, relax, recover, go out and about to take photographs, move house and start on my dissertation research. But first I think a good take out and cider is in order to celebrate!

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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Publication Idea …

For awhile now I have been uming and ahing about how I would like to produce my publication piece for the narrative project. Would they look nice a printed images? Postcards? Book?

I enjoy making small handmade book, I find the process calming and interesting. In a previous project I made an small A5 book about flowers, however I didn’t print the book, I stuck the images in. Although I liked the texture for that project, perhaps it would be nice to make a fully printed book. This is something I will experiment with, I enjoy hand making books, sticking the images in and hand writing it all up, but will it fit with this project or will it look too bulky as I would prefer to create something simple, small and elegant.

But what about the internal content? My plan for this is to keep it simple. Black and white images, 1 image per page, however on the opposite page have text accompanying the image. Perhaps some of my favourite quotes that correlate to the photography, maybe facts/ statistics or maybe even my own words (however this will be a last resort as I am not good at creative writing)

 

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