The book will start with my earliest family photos, as if they are paintings, analysed as paintings. It will progress through the war then turning into modern day. This first part of the book will allow the viewer to meet people who they have never met, historical documents of British human experience. The narrative will start to show the disposability of the image, and the family image in general. This will raise questions of what the family image looks like today in general, a topic many many people will feel deep down. But also will question deeply the reason for these historical documents, their role compared to the image of today shows a nature of disposability, as I pick up on the painterly process of creating them. With the acquisition of digital social media platforms, we view our selves through these simulated representations, which can only be de coded or viewed with certain programmes and digital media.
What Im trying to say is the black and white or colour image that has painterly aesthetics and connotations, that is made for a book or to be archived, holds more meaning within documentary photography and within the nexus of history within the image as language. It is the process and time and place that opens the door for information to be written into the background of images, the physical encoding of light onto film. The temperature of the air, the steadiness of the photographers hand. The limited number of shots. The consideration and composition of where the sun falls in frame. The way a documentary photographer reads the landscape in front of them is through the language of semiology. John Berger was a Semiologist.
I also want to represent a scary side to the project, with these photos on facebook, and being viewed from an environment that is disposable and tends to get lost or forgotten, I want to say that is void of meaning and is historically a bad move… we need to keep representing our experience authentically and physically, literally paintings on the walls and documents that last hundreds of years for generations to come. Because we have a massive responsibility as an individual, as a couple, a friendship group, a family, a town, a city, a nation. The entire human experience. On every level we need to preserve this nature. If we are looking at ourselves as disposable nonsense then really what does that mean?