Project 1 Elina Brotherus

I have never heard of Elina before and let alone seen her work. Having viewed her website and all of her images I am left with the impression of an artist who is very emotional, self-conscious and experiences profound swings in her feelings due to her childlessness.

Elina is a very talented artist and clearly gives her work much thought and bares her soul and body in many of her images. Her work is similar to Francesca Woodman’s but not the same.

In many of her images she is facing away from the lens, giving me the feeling that she is searching for something, whilst feeling vulnerable at the same time. She is less of an exhibitionist when compared to Woodman and is incredibly somber and melancholy in her work, where she is expressing sadness at involuntary childlessness.

Below is my favourite image from her website. I love the anger, honesty and jealousy in her eyes, when contrasted with the eyes of her surrogate child that she is displaying in a rough, unloving manner. Her dog is displayed as a full frontal nude, which has echoes of many self portraiture images created by Elina. I understand her work better than I do Woodman’s work and feel more closely linked with this artist. She offers simple images that express complex messages. For me this displays sadness but not so much of the angst, and depressive qualities of Woodman’s work.

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Image taken from :- Brotherus, E (2016) CARPE FUCKING DIEM (2011-2015), Available at: http://www.elinabrotherus.com/photography/#/carpe-fucking-diem/ (Accessed: 31/07/17).
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KayLyn Deveney

The day-to-day life of Albert Hastings

This is a very interesting concept of two different people working together. The photographer making the images, with the subject adding the captions assisting the narrative. KayLyn develops an extremely close working relationship with her subject, Bert and the concept developed over time, into an interesting and unusual project.

I love the idea of working with someone who is elderly and has great experiences to share with a younger generation. This co-operative way of working has added a further dimension to the images.

The poignancy of the hand written captions, really add to the feeling in the images and give this a sense of moment and genuine realism. The have a decisive moment element to them.

As KayLyn says these are everyday moments, but the handwritten additions take them beyond the everyday ordinary and bring the images to life. They add personality and a warmth that may be otherwise missing.

Would I employ such a tactic? Possibly not, I may not be brave enough but it is a great idea and one that can be worked on, in a different way by keeping notes. From 2nd May I will now keep my own note book as a semi-diary idea book.

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Image taken from Deveney, K (Not known) The Day-to-Day Life of Albert Hastings, Available at: https://kaylynndeveney.com/the-day-to-day-life-of-albert-hastings/ (Accessed: 28/04/2017).

The above image is my favourite image from the selection. The warm colours of the image blend well with the thought of Bert having a whiskey and really enjoying it. The lighting is soft, with the shadowing adding the soul of this snapshot.

The decorations and the lampshade place Bert as an elder man, may be who does not have much money to spare, but one who has a big heart and plenty of love to share. The image is polaroidesque in its’ squareness adding an edge of nostalgia. Unusually for a square image I do not feel this adds any tension, may be because Bert is centrally placed, making it vaguely symmetrical