"It's a funny thing about comin' home. Looks the same, smells the same, feels the same.You'll realize what's changed is you."
Project Four Proposal
The goal from my final project of Advance Digital Photography is to create "Seamlessness" photographs. After hearing the responses from the art department in my pre-thesis presentation, I decided I will continue expanding on the ambiguous ways relationships can affect an individual's self-knowledge and confidence. These ideas correspond to my conceptual idea for the semester, the magic of a “personal story”.
My photographs will consist of me continuing to perform as different characters. I will continue photographing in first and third person perspective. I will also toy with this idea of distance and location when photographing in third person perspective to create abstraction. I will then Photoshop the two images of the different individuals together. I will then be placing handwritten text inconspicuously throughout my photographs. These notes will be from important relationships throughout my life and insights from childhood diaries. I plan to experiment with placing these words on my body and bare skin to pull viewers in and demonstrate the lasting effects of these words and relationships. I hope to be creating a dialogue of emotions, rather than a narrative.
Something I have striven for throughout in my photography is the readability for my viewers. My professors felt to tell me they were able to put themselves in project three's images due to the point of view it was photograph in. Calling it "mysterious" and enjoying the tone black and white coloring, I enjoy the fact many of these photos were seen as perspectives of emotions we feel in relationships. I want to continue to have my viewers place themselves within the scene yet with pulling them in. I hope that these abstract takes to these everyday scenes will leave my audience with a deeper message about the everlasting marks we make in people lives.
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.
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.
Through my art, I want to depict my beliefs on how interpersonal relations affect our self-knowledge and ultimately our personal story. My aim for my viewers is to see while all individuals are different; there exists a commonality in all of us that links us together. This summer I realized how powerful words can be when placed internationally with a photograph. I would generate a stream of consciousness captions through thinking of the people I have met in my own life. I would think about events in their everyday lives that had altered their worlds, considering the magnitude of the events and the emotions it produced, and then recreate these stories. I plan on producing series’ of dialogues between brutally honest insights on relations and the experiences and feelings it produces while photographing the mundane of our everyday existence. I will toy between fiction and non-fiction in the subtitles. Sophie Calle and Gillian Wearing are both performance photographers who have deeply inspired me through their exploration of their subjects’ personal story. Kelli Connell, Alex Stoddard, and Gregory Crewdson, some artist who have inspired me in becoming a more successful storyteller while creating more innovative ways to tell stories.
It is my belief that the relationships we form and foster throughout our individual lives ultimately defines us, determining our character and directing our future. I aim to create personal insights on interpersonal relationships from the perspective of three different character’s viewpoints for Project One. Through each individual’s perception, I will depict through my photographs and captions the thoughts and emotions of each being, illustrating their impact on each other. This is a part of the magic of a “personal story”, my conceptual idea for the semester.
The photographs I will take will consist of no human models, but of different locations and inanimate, mundane objects. By photographing the mundane, I aim to make my project more relatable to observers, providing them with the sense that they themselves are witnessing the conversations and imagery.
These captions will be handwritten differently on three different ordinary objects. Each object will be different in subject matter and texture. The object where the caption will be will a represent the character as a person. For a person who is stressed, the caption may be written on an object that has busyness while someone who is loyal would be illustrated on an object that is sturdy that could handle a lot of weight.Through the everyday in my photography, texture of my objects, and honesty in my captions, I will achieve emotional appeals for my viewer emerge themselves into as they analyze each character’s role within each other.