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What do we use our Beds for?

  • Life – generally speaking we are both conceived and born in a bed
  • Death – once again, generally speaking we die in beds (also Coffins resemble beds- personal opinion)
  • Relaxation – Comfort
  • Reading
  • Gaming – for example: My TV is at the foot of my bed so I can TV and play games from the comfort of my bed
  • Work- for example: I do most of my university work on my bed. There is more room to spread out rather than on the desk, is far more comfortable and comfortable.
  • Sleep – Dreaming
  • Sex – generally speaking this is the most common place to have sex and is normally the place were we loose our virginity.
  • Entertainment comfort

Beds are used for many things, other than just sleeping. So, how will I link these into my photography project? I think it is time to research photographers who have used or included the bed as a subject matter.

I have a few concepts that are bouncing around in my head at the moment, such as photographing the day to day aspects that occur on my bed, perhaps doing this in a minimalist manner – still life perhaps to stand in for the actual people or everyday subject. These are things to consider along side research.

Narrative Formative Review

The other day I had a formative review for the Narrative project, I was really nervous about showing my video and considering I was thinking about changing my idea. However I am happy that I showed https://blackthornphotography.wordpress.com/2014/02/12/narrative-experiment-i-built-a-bed/ 

Here are the notes from the formative review that one of my peers kindly wrote down whilst I was talking and listening to the lectures:

* It links to silent movie soundtracks, maybe explore that process of black and white.

* Great material, could do with be editing further, the footage is great.

* Title “you cheeky monkey.”??? – because of what John says (he actually said you cheeky little shit)

* Look at Laurel & Hardy, Charlie Chaplin.

* On the Times website is the 10 best silent movies.

* Look at beds in general, beds are an iconic object.

* Book: Suburbia by Bill Owens. – reference to a bed being a symbol of sex. Private and then public by nature.

* Look at a tableau image to try and tell a story in one frame

I am going to be building off of the lectures and my peers feed back from that review. I am very please and I quite like the concept of basing my project around beds. It is something that we often over look. I personally think that I was trying to make my project a little too complicated, or more to the point, I was over thinking it.

First thing first I think is to research beds, then go on from there and research what has been suggested to me.

Surprise I Made a Bed!

This video links in with https://blackthornphotography.wordpress.com/2014/02/05/experiment-i-built-a-bed/

I decided after all my hard work to surprise my fiancee and record him seeing the bed all put up. It was fun recording this and seeing his reaction. I will be posting the video of me actually building the bed later on once I have edited it and uploaded it to youtube.

It is strange hearing your own voice on video and I really don’t like listening to myself. The reason I have decided to use this as part of my experimentation is to do with my possible theme of “Life” or better yet “My Life”. I love surprising John and I strangely enjoy the mundane aspects of life (apart from washing up as I hate putting my hands in water other than shower or bath) Everyone’s life is interesting in different ways, even the every day aspects. Although a lot of us follow the same day to day rituals to a certain extent, but we all do them in different ways.

Although building a bed is a little out of the day to day, it is sill something mundane. I guess that is what I want to show. My life, even the mundane. From building a bed, interactions with friends and family, working, sleeping to putting make-up on.

Also, would this classify as a performance piece?

Experiment – I Built a Bed

For the past 4 months, myself and my fiancee bed has been broken. So we have been sleeping on a mattress, which is very uncomfortable. Anyway, today we received our replacement and as a surprise for my fiancee I decided to record me doing it. 1 because I thought it would be funny seeing someone who is 4ft 11 building a bed where the only thing small than themselves are the bed slates, and secondly, my Narrative project is based around life. This is an aspect of my life.

Recording it was a little bit tedious. It was a mixture of running out of memory card space (need to invest in a few more memory cards and the the battery died), and trying to record on my iPod which has barely any memory on it. Im not sure what I will do with the videos, I would like to put them together and speed them up. Almost like a speed painting. One thing I will say is that I wish I had rented out a tripod to get a better angle and perhaps better lighting, however that would give it more of a staged impression.

I will be posting the videos later on, but in the mean time, here are some of the photos I took on my phone.


We had to take our bed apart before they delivered the new one, otherwise we wouldn’t get our new bed.


The new bed parts all nicely packaged up. Couldn’t wait to get started on building it …


The main frame of the bed is completed.


Having a bit of an OCD moment with making sure the slates are all perfect and straight … I swear they are still wonky though.


The final thing accompanied by fresh bed sheets and creepy teddies peering over the top of the rails.


However … I made a wee bit of a mess …


And a bit more over here …


And a lot more over here. I had to rearrange the whole of the room to get this bed build.

Got my Grades Back …

Today I received my grades for Vision and Knowledge, which was my project for last term. I struggled with this quite a lot, and I honestly wish that I had listened to what I wanted to do, not being persuaded otherwise by tutors. Looking back on that time I am very proud of the out come and the work that I actually produce. Seeing the grades has also given me a new insight to my the photographs that I produced and for that I am thankful.

For the Portfolio, which is the final images produced I got  a B. For the book work (RDB) and the oral presentation I got C’s. I am so proud of this and it just proves with a little push no matter what you are going through and the determination to prove people wrong you can do anything.

After the Narrative project and I have my finals and work book back I will scan them in to show what I did for the project.



The Narrative Project

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.