Photography Week three- Survey and Story

Stephen Shore video – How to see

Take away from that for me was that with your normal vision the subject is always in the centre. Your fovea is a very small central area on the retina which is what sees colour and is the only area of vision that is sharp when you look at something. The idea of a bigger form is built up from lots of tiny central snippets put together in your brain.

A bit like cubism where all the snippets are assembled from different viewpoints, and then your brain is asked to put that together to suggest a form.

This sort of assembly of image suits well with my way of working in regard to a quilting background and wanting to work with fabric.

Berndt and Hilla Becker 

Lots of series of water towers and other industrial structures photographed in a way that seemed to isolate them from the environment with white sky and flat light and no people.

Nan Goldin

The Ballad of sexual dependency

Lots of photographs taken of her friends and people she lived with in interior environments. Nan Goldin took photos with many different cameras and believed ‘Content is important rather than quality of photographs’. They have the feel of old polaroid photos with the focus not completely sharp and the colours not necessarily true. This adds to the feeling of nostalgia, something lost or in the past.

Sally Mann

Series based on photos of her husband who was slowly dying of MS. That knowledge adds to the emotive quality of the photographs and the bare flesh adds to intimacy.

 

Continuing with Covid Toes Triptych:

 

covid toes progress.jpg

Nearly completed. All that remains is to turn in the edges with the same material as the central dividers. I don’t really like the wrinkles although they fit with the tired and worn nature of the subject.

 

Need to move on to Diptych. Wasn’t sure that I had to do both but seems we do.

Bricks and Mortar

This will be my subject for the diptych. Our house is brick built by a person who took a lot of pride in making things neat and strong and right. It is the proverbial brick shit house. In this covid time our home has become even more important than before. We have been finding new things to appreciate about it and are very grateful that we have this well built sanctuary.

I’m thinking I want to try photograms for this. Probably layered photograms.

For bricks I can use two bricks and work with photograms showing multiple differents angles of the bricks. Will start with the bricks covering most of the plate and then gradually overlay the smaller sides into the photogram.

Mortar poses more of a problem but I think I will first cast the mortar between bricks out of plaster. Then make similar photograms out of the sheet of “mortar”.

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