Statement Of Intent.
Reflections On The Real will be connected through the theme ‘Close To Home’. When reflecting on the real, which is often, (to see a clearer reflection/ more ordered/ updated version of my experience.) I find that being close to home where I have grown up and where I can assign a high level of meaning to the world, the place/s which bring back memories, the places in which I can see myself, the people; are the best places to get the clearest reflection of I and also others. When I think of reality, the experience I am, the people I know, the places that I have seen and been to and not to forget skills and desires that take my interest; that which is familiar. Family, friends (loved ones) are at the top of my structure of meaning. This is because mum, dad, uncle, auntie, brother, sister, grandparents, cousins etc etc, all birthed me into the world, each person showed something different whether they intended to or not, at an age in which I was a blank canvas for ‘potential’ to be brought into the world to be just like them, articulate, creative and competent and to one day also have a family of my own with a solid job. At least. As a society, as matured individuals we learn from reality through the image, the documents we create of our experiences and leave behind, the family photographs, the images of our friends and the places we have run through and laughed and cried. these images don't only add to a family, but a larger more chaotic in one sense but also a more powerfully structured image of society, of a country or humanity in its entirety. These documents definitely capture something very real, they show us something very sensitive about our lives. I feel in a way they capture the loss of reality (the fleeting moment), they hold still reality in time and form and allow you to meet people from the 20th centry who you have never met or to see things which may have been washed away with time etc.
I intend to look back through my family photographs from my mothers side and from my fathers side, and to create an abstraction of the family image in context of contemporary documentary photography including combinations of sequencing historical images from my family archive and my own practise up to today in a sketch book style photo book. I have been looking at loads of photo books recently, old and new, and have found some amazing works to indulge in. I intend to learn from the sequencing and representational methods what the family image looks like today within documentary photography. I also intend to learn how to sequence complex, varied multi-medium imagery into a very well thought out, high quality book in which which focuses down so that the book doesn't only speak about my family image but is open to interpretation enough to speak to the viewer directly about theirs or the family image in general. A book which is touching something at the core of meaning in reality for everyone. I will have the documents on Friday 6th October and will start ordering them and looking at sequencing as soon as I can.
I have been looking at loads of photo books recently, old and new, and have found some amazing works to indulge in.
My thoughts on the actual point of the book, is to simplify/ abstract reality to this. ‘with all this digital visualisation of the mis representation of the image of ourselves, of political views, of cultural occurrences within social media and the distribution of the image throughout media, It is the historical document that solidifies/ holds together the reality of the photographer as photojournalist.’