Having a sense of identity, to create a representation of reality, through the use of the photograph or a painting is to create a sense of security, a reaffirmation of (in this case) purpose/ belonging subjectively and more largely through the lens of society as a whole/ The British Image. What it means to be me/you/to be here. A representation of what it is like to actually experience these places or to know these people.
Identity articulates the geographic.
The image is a statement of what was seen. We know the photographic vision is highly constructed. Nonetheless, photography significantly contributes to our sense of knowledge, perception and experience, and to (trans)forming our feelings about our relation to history, and geography and, by extension, to a sense of ourselves. Liz Wells, Land Matters. Pg. 56. bottom.
three chapters to the book.
start with old family images, then transition into my documents of family.
last chapter should be the future of the document.
contact sheets at the end of the book, with scans of books, albums and covers of the documents used in the book. evidence it all at the end. this will add another layer of interest and will show with the contacts; how the photographer shoots and thinks and sees, also it shows how the edit has been put together and what is determined to be good or, right for the context of the edit; a good print or message.
the structure of a family is something every child should have, a structure that directs the individual but also allows for as much freedom for them to explore and to ask questions.
Print all images selected from archives and from shooting over summer in the darkroom (5”x7”).
Scan new images and add to folder of family pics.
Get family images off the internet and from social media, and compare the power, emotion, aesthetic, how it is viewed… on a screen rather than in a book, or an actual chemical print. Even through this will be a digitally constructed and printed book.
Photography reinvents history. these images are collected from my family albums and images stored in the loft and under beds or in boxes under the houses my family own. Creating and mapping out my family image in terms of the historical document and British photography as a way of expressing ourselves, a way of remembering and a way of seeing.
Find paintings and significant works that express thought and artistic movements in landscape photography and science- biology and make reference to them in the afterword of the book, in relation to the modern images of my mum and family figures. What they really represent.
The generals in the army, that high order sense of being, allow it to shine through, and abstract the family image into the model of disposability within culture.
Put the book together now! use Walsh and Price to help sequence the images into a high order abstraction of the family image.