Thoughts prior to shooting
- need slightly more research
- my identity
- objects to speak of my experiences
- I will not share my diary
- how many images
- shoot feelings not scenes
- Orthodoxy / my religion
Thoughts prior to shooting
I am torn between doing some research on a number of photographers. They are ; –
Ok, I have made my choice. I am going to look at the work of Jo Spence. The reasons being, I know her work less than the others, she is a cancer sufferer,and involves herself in politics. My research will not be an in-depth study, but will be a broad brush approach, opening my eyes to a new artist, which fits in nicely with the work I am currently doing on C&N.
First thing that I want to say is that I am commenting here on the Front series (2005-2007) and nothing else.
This work is similar to Nikki Lee’s as previously commented, but for me this takes it one step further, she actually wears the clothes of the missing person within the group. She transforms into to that person. The family snap becomes the non family snap, but something from the film, The Invasion of the Body Snatchers.
They are a performance and a snap shot, that is not a snap shot, but something that is well planned, well executed and a snap shot that includes a 4×5 camera, a tripod, an expert in photography to stage the overall image. It is a great big whopping lie, with humorous and yet serous connotations.
Her work has echoes of Cindy Sherman and I am more drawn to these than the work of Nikki S Lee, possibly due to the subjects and the settings used. They also make me feel easier about the image than Lee’s work, although I can’t explain why. It’s simply a gut reaction.
I would love to know what thoughts were going through the mind of the kids in this image above. They both seem relaxed enough, although I can see some stiffness and awkwardness is Morrissey.
How would I feel if I were approached, well that would depend on who was asking, the weather and the overall project. Having seen these images I would also ask why they were recreating work that has already been done.
From now on I will discuss some of her other work.
The Failed Realist series, is simply childish expression in the form of face painting by Morrissey’s daughter, from something that she has just experienced. The paintings are pure innocence, yet to an adult they conjure up different ideas than what were intended at inception.
If this is the tooth fairy, I would hate to see the clown from It!
Clearly when viewing images our own psyche and consciousness takes over and may give the viewer a different perspective of the truth. The truth is specific to the viewer and shows how images can be interpreted.
Seven Years is a prop driven series pulling apart the traditional family photographs. It explores the differences between relatives and explore how these differences can create tension. They are all a lie that aims to give answers, but I am not sure the answers you get are the truth as the foundation for the images is does not start with the truth.
Clever work, that creates tensions that may not exist in an original image. The series are thought provoking and not displeasing to look at. They have made me think, but once more this type of work is not my bag.
I think the first thing I want to say about Nikki S Lee, is that she is clearly talented and brave and narcissistic. Substituting herself into others’ groups and images, becoming fully immersed into the subject group. She is an actor and a challenger as wells an artist.
How I read her images is simply, Concept Is King. The quality and the composition of the photograph becomes unimportant, in comparison to the actual narrative she is trying to fit into and portray.
This interpolination appears to transcend different mediums of art and can also be seen in performing arts, animation, painting and sculpture.
What is she really searching for?
Does she like seeing her self in other people’s shoes?
Is she a lost soul, searching for a new and own identity?
Is it my cup of tea, most definitely not, but I do understand that it asks some fundamental questions with photography? The main ones being –
I believe that she exploits the good will of the group for her own vanity. This then loses the actual identity of the group, as she is in outsider imposing herself fictitiously within it. The group is not “the group” any more, as usually one of the group is missing (photographing the new group) and there is an imposter in there, creating a visual lie, albeit a humourous one.
I do see and understand what she is doing, but this type of work is simply not for me. It’s all acting, posing, and far too self indulgent for my liking. Yes it raises questions, which is good, but I simply don’t enjoy it.
I have now made multiple amends to my blog and I am happy with the layout, which is based on my blog from the EYV course. I have checked all elements of the first two parts are not visible and I am unclear why my tutor could not see these. Other people have road tested them for me and can work their way through it.
Feedback will be sought when I am allocated a new tutor.