Week 3 – Webinar

Week 3

Webinar Notes + Improvements and independent reflection on future progression

  • Look at what my motives/desires are
  • Paragraph in email is my projects aims, to be able to show that passion (Last blog entry)
  • Water has a very primal effect on us
  • Walking in my footsteps of my experiences. The essence of a person but not a lot myself included e.g. just the eyes from the other side of the waterfall.
  • Closer I am to myself the better – visually, more personal. It places the viewer into the environment in a different way, gives myself a different experience of water as well.
  • The structure of my work, use myself as the centre point then find the structure from there. Create a shoot list, what water is and then capture the feeling of it in a photograph instead of representing it.
  • Rather than showing what a photo represents, find a photo that tells what it’s doing instead.

I’ve never been into self-portraiture and this is one of my first attempts and showed its difficulties. One of the main issues I ran across was capturing a stable image, with the torrent of water from the waterfall this posed a big issue with stability of the camera. Many photos came out a blurred mess as the tripod began to float downstream, camera onboard so I will have to bring a few weights with me and a bag to hold the tripod down next time. As for the outcome of photos I looked for a way to create a start for showing the emotional effects produced by nature and waterfalls. At this point I’ve limited contextual research on the subject of people in waterfalls as it’s not a common thing so that is a focus this module.

Following a photographer’s story only focuses the point they’re attempting to share. Photographers like John Darwell and Mandy Barker create effective insights into marine pollution and their own mental state. I’m creating a case study about John Darwell as he produced a body of work based around his own interaction with depression. Darwell’s project has a similar focus to mine where he covers the mental aspects of himself through photography, where Darwell created an effective piece, I’m working to understand how to create my own.

My current struggle is finding a way to show something invisible and personal to myself and many others, the psychological interaction with nature, but with the continuation of contextual research on other photographers and taking photos myself, I’m confident I’ll find a path.

Do you feel like you have already found your personal visual style/language?

If I were to think purely just about my personal work then yes, but it is still developing (self-portraiture). Throughout my work there is a connection to water, nature and its landscape and I intend to continue it with my personal work. I believe there to be strong links between humans and nature, highlighting this link is where I aim to develop the visual style.

Are you able to mix art and commerce?

At the moment I’m not focused on creating commercial work based on my personal visual style but my dream is to create a living off of it in the future. Research on others who have ‘made it’ in this regard is where I’m currently positioned, nearer the end of the course I intend to blend art and commerce in photo form. Currently I’m researching into networking for this type of mixture and the majority of the work online I’ve seen are tourism based or in private collectors.

 

Project Direction

From last weeks blog post where I looked at many different avenues to explore, I’ve decided that pursuing spirituality and mental health in nature is the most relevant to my project. The main factors were that I used the sounds and the sights to help relax in nature. Being behind the waterfalls, the ever flowing, the sound of the water crashing down, the slow movement of the water, the way light interacts with the water to always create something new, the change from daily life and being isolated and obscured from the outside. It’s about having an experience entirely about myself in the water, how that water absorbs the negativity that surrounds myself. So for future contextual research I’ll explore different mental experiences with nature and water, to find the effects it has on people and photographers interaction with water.

 

Oxfam Discussion

 

Google doc of our discussion and idea generation

 

Oxfam Brief 1 Your Street and Climate Change

2 Oxfam Brief groups, we’re 1 of them

Ideas:

1.5 celcius temperature increase

Ask kids how much of an increase will it take before we head over the tipping point – white boards for answer – visual strat?

1.5 in relation to prevention e.g. 1.5 hours less tv, 1.5 hours more cycling to work – bigger variety but perhaps less personal than using kids

Childrens awareness of climate change – future generations, future of our streets

Trash

Housing developments/Nature & Wildlife

Temperatures/Weather

Health/Food

Lifestyles

Agriculture

Protests

Kids online protest – Facebook/social media – use of ad campaigns

Stuck to phones instead of realising change is happening

Climate change protests on streets

Kids involvement with climate change and its prevention – awareness

What are kids subjected to

Presentation Ideas – Week 3:

Charts/stats

Example photos

PDF Format

 

 

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