My Grandmothers though process behind how she displayed pictures, against other pictures intrigued me. I did not want to disrupt her decisions by re arranging the photographs positions.
By leaving the images in their designated places, I began by scanning pages of my grandmothers photo album and printing them page by page onto acetate sheets.
I layered the images up in different sequences. Each image in the ‘Album’ series contains 9 different layers.
I have respected my Grandmothers artistic decisions and found a way of reworking her memories.
I want to position an object which is ‘familiar’ to the viewer and place it against something which ‘unfamiliar’.
What happens to the viewer when an object which is linked to a happy memory is positioned against something which is un-natural and something which would bring a very different emotion to the viewer when seen on its own?
While on location, I came across a disposed plastic ball, one which would be found in a childs play pen. We’ve all used them right?
I was asked who my top 5 influences within photography were. I listed my five, I was then asked to talk about one of them.
I picked this image, taken by my grandmother. The man you see is my late grandfather.
Having grown up trawling through the memories my grandmother has captured, I actually began seeing her style of taking pictures, being used within my own work. Her composition and how she captures people and ‘things’ within her works are beautiful.
By taking an image which my grandmother took, I attempted to capture an old image on a new back drop. reflecting her choice in composition I wanted to extent the image against different grounds.
This task has really made me look closer then the nearest art book and made me realize who my inspiration and natural mentor really is – Ill have to text her and tell her, she will be thrilled!
‘ava has a memory box’
I have been undertaking a new photographic series titled ‘memories’
As a photographer I am asking friends,family and the public to submit a picture of their memory boxes. This project can be followed on my sister blog here
My next series of image were designed to continue the theme of directing the gaze of the viewer. My subject applied make up without any mirrors. The only intervention as the photographer was to ask her to slightly exaggerate her application by extending the lips and eye shadow beyond what felt natural by only using colours from the pallet i supplied. This exercise was to take the choices and control my subject would normally have when applying her own make up, which is a second face to the true person beneath it.
I did not want my subject to look like a clown, but the genuine deterioration of the make up, keeping in mind, my subject did not apply her make up with a mirror, she over exaggerated her application, so being unaware of where her make up is, the bright lights made her eyes water slightly so rubbing her eyes, scratching her face and moving her fringe and the use of the netting over her face which directly distorted the make up. Her face turned into something which resembled a mask, a fescade.
This subject aside, I designed this series to practice using symbolic methods of sensuality and sexuality. Make up is normally used to enhance the attitude and confidence to a woman. So what would happen if I took this element and mixed it with instruction. How would this A; make my subject feel and B; how would my viewer feel if I turned something which is beautiful and used it to create a strong representation of a woman who is modelling, but does not look typically beautiful.
I decided to use netting material and see how this visually impacts on the image. The strong colours beneath the material could be seen as something quite surreal maybe an interpretation of what women really feel like beneath this front and mask of a persona she has created untrue to her real-self.
As part of the development of this project, exploring the direction of the viewers gaze, I wanted to re visiting a series of photographs I wanted to re work them.
I rarely edit my photographs before they are posted onto my on line sketch book, so using black and white I was intrigued to see how I could possibly enhance the images. Either making them more powerful, or understand that the original holds a substance true to life, which doesnot need re editing.
Because the nature of my project, and the subjects being women. I am concentrating on directing the gaze of both women and men over the subject within my images.
Within this series, the images are visually very strong, but as the photographer, I felt that using the natural light, and shadows cast upon the subject added a warmth which is lost through the grey and black tones. There is a sensuality which is held within the coloured shots.