I had then moved back to basics and wrote a list of ideas that came to mind over the following few weeks.
- Cobbled streets with street lighting
- Inside church building – worshipping – someone on their knees?
- Hand placed on shoulder – to show God’s presence
- Mosaic to show the different parts of my face
- Smashed mirror portrait
- Broken to whole – photo frames smashed
- Looking through a keyhole into someones quiet time with God
- Close up on hair – ‘he knows how many hairs are on your head’
- Mirror in front of face pointing up to the ‘mountains’, ‘sky’, ‘trees’ etc – inspired by quote from ‘for KING & COUNTRY – shoulders’. “I look up to the mountains, is my strength coming from the mountains? No. My strength comes from God, who made heaven and earth and the mountains.”
- Interpreting bible verses such as Zephaniah 3:17 ‘The Lord your God is in our midst, a might one who will save; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over your with loud singing”.
- Light and darkness? Lost and found? Hope and hopelessness?
- Hillsong United – Closer than you know. Quote – “don’t turn your eyes from me for my love won’t be undone” “don’t hide your face from me for my light has surely come”.
- Thread wrapped around face, over mouth and eyes
- Make up running
I noticed that my faith is made up of so many elements. A longing to belong and be loved, someone to turn to when I’m lost and in despair as well as rejoicing, a feeling of security and overwhelming love.
I began researching ways in which people had been more creative with their images to tell a story. I find uk.pinterest.com a really good tool to use to find unique and creative photography inspiration.
On a trip to London, I visited The Photographers Gallery. The exhibition they were running was feminist avant-garde of the 1970’s (works from the verbund collection).
This particular image, Zerstörung einer Illusion, 1977 Karin Mack stood out to me and it made me want to be more creative and hands on with my image making.
So, I began Photographing using a heart shaped mirror, to symbolise the quote from ‘for king & country’. I asked the sitter to tilt the mirror at a slight angle to capture to skyline. I experimented with the focus to decipher if i wanted the image in the mirror or be in or out of focus.
Although I was quite pleased with these images, I didn’t think they were symbolic enough of the point I was trying to put across so I did another shoot.