Project conclusion.

As with most projects, this one took an unexpected turn. I thought after the previous shoot that I could wrap up this series of images as a conclusion. However, life happened and I was forced to extend this project. I couldn’t leave it how it was as there was so much happening in my life and I felt that I needed to represent this change in my images.

The following images were taken at my new house near Castle Douglas, Scotland. I’m in the process of moving there with my partner. Away from my family, the place I call home and everything that is familiar to me.

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You will notice that there are only 5 images here. This feels like a project I will be continuing with for a long time. I have so much of Scotland left to explore. So many other places which will soon feel more like home to me. Our bungalow in the countryside felt like the best place to start and this is where these images were taken.  These images show a new beginning, excitement and anticipation as well as a longing for home and family.

I continued using my iPhone 7 to capture these images. It kept it feeling natural and informal which is what I wanted to achieve with this project.

“Art today needs to address how the visual world beyond art comes to shape any resemblances of the world, and photographic images are central to this, active across every sphere of contemporary life. Through strategies of dissemblance, art photography questions these resemblances and sometimes turns them inside out, using the very same apparatus that created them. Photographic interventions in art are multiple and diverse, eclectic even, and art is unthinkable now without them.” David Bate – Art Photography

“What i like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.” – Karl Lagerfeld – Head designer and creative director of Chanel.

“All photographs are memento mori. To take a photograph is to participate in another person’s (or thing’s) mortality, vulnerability, mutability. Precisely by slicing out this moment and freezing it, all photographs testify to time’s relentless melt.” – Susan Sontag

 

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Home away from home.

After recreating family photographs, I wanted to experiment further and had an idea when walking to university one morning.

I wanted in some way to be able to show that although I have moved away from my home in Chudleigh, there are still parts of me and my family here. Almost like I have brought them with me. And due to my mum being brought up in Plymouth, and my Grandma still living here it does feel like a home away from home.

I created the images using my iPhone7 camera to show the difference in times. It also felt appropriate as family photographs and ‘snaps’ are often made this way these days.

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I took a handful of my family photographs out with me and took a photo of them in the area i live in Plymouth. I tried to find similarities in the surroundings, to put this point across. Whether it was colour, texture, materials, earth, water etc.

I’m really pleased with how these images turned out and am much happier with this concept as it feels much stronger to me.

Experimentation.

I started my individual work for this module, by looking through the extensive family photo albums on a bookshelf in my family home. I put aside images that meant something to me or made me feel something, aiming at images of my immediate family as a starting place for this project. I love the idea of using found photographs in my photography. There’s something fascinating about looking into the past and ‘exploding images’ in that way.

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My first shoot involved using the following two images. This is my Mum, when she was pregnant with me in 1995, walking the dog in the fields behind our home. Taken on my Dad’s old film camera.

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I wanted to recreate these images, but in a way that showed how much has changed in 22 years. I used my DSLR (Sony α58) to show the change in technology. As well as this, I wanted my Mum to be wearing what she would normally these days on a walk. I also wanted our dogs to be in the second image, as you can just make out our old dog in the old image.

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Although I enjoyed making these images, I knew that this wasn’t a strong enough idea for me. I was sure that this was a way to explode images but don’t think the outcome was what I had in mind. I tried to play around with the images in Photoshop by making translucent layers out of the old photographs. I did this by adding the layer and changing is opacity.

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I definitely liked these images a lot more. Particularly how it almost looks like my Mum in the layer of new images is looking towards the past. However, I wanted to continue experimenting until I know for sure what I wanted to do.