Project Three Proposal
As I enter project three, I am presented with the opportunity to experiment within the project topic “Topography”. The best definition was from Artsy.net, where Topography was described as “Technique in which a scene—usually a landscape—is photographed as if it were being surveyed from afar, practiced most famously by the 1970s…”. With this in mind, I will continue examining the relationships that we foster, although I will be creating scenes that could parallel between external relationships we foster with others or the internal relationship we hold within ourselves. These ideas correspond to my conceptual idea for the semester, the magic of a “personal story”.
The photographs I will take will consist of me continuing to perform as different characters. I will then Photoshop the two images of the different individuals together, creating a narrative. I aim to leave my audience wondering more about the relationship presented, ultimately hoping they will be able to find a part of themselves placed within the scene. I plan to photograph either extremely up close or from a great distance, shooting at an angle that allows me to be shooting my photographs in "first person point of view." I will be taking a more abstract take to these everyday scenes, hopefully allowing more ambiguity with my characters. In the new point of view I will be shooting in, I hope my viewer is thrown into the scene as if they were interacting with the other character(s). I also plan to use light intentionally to create high contrast. Lewis Baltz usage of starched whites, dark black in his black and white photos is something has really inspired me. Without color, Baltz creates minimal scenes yet creates an emotion that can only be expressed as emptiness. Here is something I long create within my photograph. Through the usage of lighting and contrast, I wish to depict the rollercoaster relationships can take us on, either it being the relationship we have with ourselves or with another.
"Go into the arts. I'm not kidding. The arts are not a way to make a living. The are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how or badly, is a way to make your could grow."
It's a very important part of life to make big changes, scare yourself, and see what happens."
It is my belief that the relationship we form and foster throughout our individual lives ultimately defines us, determining our character and directing our future. Throughout these relationships, we as individuals end up collecting memories if they were belongings, leaving us with emotional belongings. While some of these memories can be monumental moments that defined the relationship, mundane moments can also consume us, adding up to the significance. With the method “Directorial Mode” in mind, I will be creating up stage environments to create scenes of individual insight and experience on interpersonal relationships from different of viewpoints of fictional characters. These ideas correspond to my conceptual idea for the semester, the magic of a “personal story”.
The photographs I will take will consist of me performing as two different characters. I will then photoshop the two images of the two different individuals together, creating a narrative. I aim to leave my audience wondering more about the the relationship between the two individuals presented, ultimately hoping they will be able to find a part of themselves placed within the scene. I will not be including text within my objects for project two, but using them as an additional work. The text that will be presented with each string of images will be describing the phase of the relationship. The text will be written in stream of consciousness. These will be arbitrary, honest insights on the relationship. When preparing I plan to stage myself in a way they will direct the viewer’s eye to travel throughout my frame. I also plan to use light intentionally to create high contrast along with color to give my viewers emotion of the role the character holds. Through the everyday in my photography, composition of models, and usage of light and color, I will achieve emotional appeals for my viewer emerge themselves into an individual's personal world.