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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

 

Concepts ….

I suddenly realised in a somewhat state of panic that I haven’t been updating my blog in the sense of concepts. I have been putting my research up, but nothing about the projects themselves. So here are my concept updates:

The concept of this project is revolving around the bed, something that is viewed as a mundane object in our everyday lives. They have been used in many different ways over the years, as depicted in one of my earlier posts. My digital Narrative piece is about me constructing my new bed, which was actually alot of fun to both build and make the video for.

However what about my publication piece?

http://instagram.com/p/nup1Y-vpfG/ – image from work book

During this project I have had 2 ideas, the still life and self – portraiture. The still life idea would be to take mundane objects that we can all relate to in one way or another to stand in for the action. For example: University work, my work book, note, doodles, maybe even laptop. Self- portraiture idea would be to take self portraits on my bed, however defacing them, either my scratching the actual print or digitally. These images would be my, vent, I guess … my way of explaining how I have been feeling the past few years due to depression. My form of art therapy in a sense, helping me to understand. However I am not sure weather or not I feel comfortable doing this.

http://instagram.com/p/nup9GFPpfK/ – image from work book: Still life

http://instagram.com/p/nuqFYZPpfY/– image from work book: Depression on the Bed

For awhile now I have been toying with the idea of still life. I have never done a project involving still life, and I personally believe it could be quite interesting to produce. But what would I use and what areas of the what we use our bed for would I try to re-create? I know that I do not want the bed to be a large factor within the still life shots, I would like some of the cover to visible. The reason for this is because the bed is not the main focal point, it is merely a tool/ comfort that we use to go about whatever it is we are doing.

This is something that I have been experimenting with.