Project Proposal Form
Which of the words given in the brief document have you selected, and why?
I have decided to concentrate my work around the word ‘Division’. I personally decided to choose this specific word due to the fact that when I think of the term ‘Division’, there are a range of concepts that come to my mind. Due to this, I have decided to revolve my work around this term because I believe I will be able to think of a range of ways that I would be able to represent this term through imagery in my photographs. My main concept is to look at numerous antonyms (ie. love and hate) and express them metaphorically through imagery in my photographs and this will enable viewers to interpret the photographs in their own way, as well there being an original interpretation.
What do you want to point your camera at?
I decided to think intensely into the word ‘Division’ due to the fact that I want to photograph features that would appear metaphorical to the viewer rather than making it obvious – therefore, the imagery will more likely be subjective than objective as the viewer will be able to examine and understand my photographs in their own way. Due to the fact that I have decided to use metaphorical imagery, I will use elements such as: flowers, board pins, mugs, knives, cards and water bottles. I will essentially be using objects that I have around my apartment, but will also leave my apartment and find some objects from nature that I could possibly use. Nonetheless, I will be able to use a range of various objects to express my ideas towards the viewer of my photographs.
Why are you interested in this subject?
I am mainly interested in the concept of ‘Division’ due to the fact that it can be interpreted in so many ways as there are so many different types of division depending on how the viewer may be looking at it. In terms of the antonyms concept I am going with, I am interested in this quite a bit as I will be able to look at the division between various words and then will be able to represent how they are so diverse to each other through my imagery – but as I said before, I will be doing this metaphorically, so I will be using specific features – for example, flowers and knives to represent the antonyms love and hate and hopefully this will have a greater impact on the viewer as they will be able to think more into the imagery that has been used and what it may represent. Overall, I just feel like this is all an interesting subject and that it will be enjoyable to construct.
What do you hope an audience will take from your images?
Due to the fact that I want these image to be subjective, I will enable the audience to take away what they want from my photographs as they will interpret and view the images in their own way. I hopefully would like to portray a deeper meaning towards the audience so they would understand how certain feelings or actions are felt by other individuals, but also to enable individuals to understand and interpret certain features in their own way. I mainly would like the audience to think about the objects I will be photographing differently and essentially understand them in a deeper meaning to see how these certain features could be used to represent certain words and emotions.
What areas of research are you considering to help deepen your understanding of the subject you have chosen?
As I have not started much research yet, I am not completely familiar with I will be looking at in more detail and how this research will help my final products. However, once I start doing more research I will know more about how I will be portraying my photographs and how I will want particular objects to be laid out in the photographs. When thinking about my work, I believe that I will be sticking to the style of conceptual/fine art photography as this genre enables me to express emotion and feelings through my photographs and the objects within them to enable the audience to have a greater understanding of particular meanings behind certain words. As I develop throughout this semester, I will be doing more research to help me understand the meaning and roles of photography to hopefully influence and improve my photography skills.
What practitioner(s) or visual resources would you consider to have influenced you? This does not have to be photographic.
As I said previously, I have not done that much research yet, so I am not completely certain on what work I will be looking at to help influence me. Nonetheless, there are some artists that I have looked at so far that have potentially influenced me and this includes: Irving Penn – who has presented fruit in various ways in his photography, Dave Nitsche – who mainly looks at division in his work, but also I have looked at the work of Josh Caudwell – who mainly photographs in relation to make up, which is one of the objects I could potentially use in some of my photographs. Other than looking at existing photographers, I could look at other work in different mediums, such as paintings and various concept art – however, I will be looking into all of this in more detail when I begin to do more research into the topic I have decided to do.
What support or equipment might you need to achieve your goals?
Even though I can use the equipment from media loans, I have decided that I will be using my own equipment to take my photographs on. Firstly, I will be using a DSLR camera and the one I have decided to use is a Nikon D5300 camera – this will be used to shoot all of my practice and final photographs. I also have two different lenses I could possibly change from – a standard 18mm to 55mm lens and a more focal length 17mm to 50 mm lens, which will enable me to get more interesting shots. As well as the camera, I will be using a tripod to ensure that my camera is stable and that all of my shots are straight when they need to be. I will also use external lighting to ensure that my photographs turn out the way that I want them to be and that the composition of the photographs are up to standard. As well as all of the camera equipment, I will also need to ensure that I have all of the objects I need for my photographs and any backdrops I may want to possibly use to make my images more interesting and appealing to the audience. When it comes to actually taking my photographs, I may possibly need some support from other individuals when it comes to lighting to ensure that I make sure it is coming from the right angle and that my photographs turn out the way I want them to look. Nonetheless, I will most likely ask other individuals to help me to either use objects they own or to ask them to help with lighting or setting up when it comes to taking my photographs.
As I am new to the concept of photography and everything that is involved in it, I knew that I would have to undertake a lot of research to ensure that I gain some influences for my own work, but at the same time, it would enable me to understand how photography works in more detail and what elements within photography are the most important. Underneath you will be able to see that I have undertaken some research in relation to existing photographers work, which I believe will be influential to my own work as they have used elements that I would like to include in my own work or they have just made some interesting work that I wanted to look at in more detail.
One of the first photographers I knew I would look at for inspiration was Irving Penn – the first time I saw his work was during one of my photography workshops as our tutor was showing us various types of still life photography that we could perhaps look at in more detail to gain inspiration for our own still life work, or even just for our final project. Penn was an American photographer, who mainly worked with fashion, still life and portrait photography. When doing more research into Penn I noticed that he does undertake a diverse range of photography, which I found really interesting – however, I decided to keep looking at specific images I thought would be influential to my own work rather than looking at all of the different styles of photography he had done.
Here are some of Penn’s images that I found influential to me:
If these images are viewed at a glance then everyone would most likely have the same objective view that they are all different images and have nothing in common – however, there is a subjective side to these images due to the fact that if the audience looks at them in more detail they will see that they all have a deeper meaning and do actually link in some way. I believe that these images are really influential to me and my work because I want to construct metaphorical images that have a deeper meaning when the audience looks at the images more deeply – for example, in the ‘Frozen Food With String Beans’ photograph, the subjective view that I take from that image is again metaphorical and is kind of like people appear to be in clumps of groups and that they stick to their own social groups that they are used to when they appear in public andthey may be surrounded by other social groups that they are not used to socializing with, which is why all of he fruit does not fit together perfectly as these social groups do not get along. As well as these images conforming to my concept of using metaphorical imagery, they also conform to my chosen term of ‘Division’ – for example, in the ‘Two Liqueurs’ photograph the viewer is able to see the division between the two drinks – mainly because of the use of colours, but also in the ‘Ripe Cheese’ photograph you are able to understand the difference between both the pear and the cheese. Moreover, I like all of these images in their own way – including all of the objects that have been used, the lighting, composition, and even the angles the photographs have been taken at and I believe that they have had some type of impact on me in relation to what I would like to include in my photographs and how I would like them to be presented. Overall, I think that Irving Penn is a great photographer and that a lot of his work has helped in influencing me and enabling me to see how I should portray my own work to an audience.
Images Sourced from: https://www.irvingpenn.org/still-life
Nitsche was a photography that I found from undertaking my own research and I found his work quite intriguing and different due to the fact that he uses imagery that would seem distinct to anyone who may view his work with an objective approach – however, for the people who may view his work with a subjective approach will understand that his work seems to have a deeper meaning behind it all and that there is a lot more going on than the viewer may think, which is why I like his work as this is the type of approach I would like to go with when it come to my work. Due to the fact that I found such an interest in Nitsche’s work, I decided to look at more of his photography work – however, again there were some images that I did not find as interesting as others as they did not conform as much to the work that I would like to produce.
Here is some of Nitsche’s work that I found influential:
As I said previously, Nitsche’s work is a lot darker and diverse compared to other photographers I have looked at – however, the way he presents his photographs and uses objects is similar to the way that I would like to express mine to an audience. Firstly, in relation to my concept of constructing metaphorical and subjective photographs, I feel like these images are helping me in thinking of some ideas I could possibly use for my photographs – for example, in the ‘Forgotten’ photograph, the audience is clearly able to understand that the meaning behind this image is that it is about being left alone and ‘forgotten’ as the heart has been left in a chest and even though the chest is open, the viewers are still able to see that the heart is lonely – this is also reinforced through the use of colours as the majority of the photograph is either black or dark, while the heart stands out as it is in white. Furthermore, you are also able to see that a lot of Nitsche’s photographs conform to the concept of ‘Division’ as in the ‘Salvation’ photograph the use of the colours red and white are extremely important as they express the separation of the different hands as one may appear to be more dominant than the other. Also, in the ‘Cradle’ photograph, I understand this image in the sense that the egg needs two different sources to keep it alive – which presents that although the two forks that are keeping the egg balanced could possibly break the egg, it is still relying on the forks to keep it balanced and alive, which I feel is really compelling. On top of that, I like all of these images for many reasons, but I think the most intriguing feature is the use of colour that has been used as it enables the viewer to concentrate on one specific thing in the photograph and help them to understand the meaning behind the image. As well as this, I think the lighting that has been used compliments the colours that have been used because if bright lighting had been used then the photographs would not have the same appeal and I personally think would not look as meaningful or interesting to look at. Overall, I believe that Dave Nitsche will be an extremely influential artist for me when it comes to me constructing my work as his photographs are very diverse, deep and meaningful – which again is something that I would like to do in my work through my metaphorical imagery.
Images sources from: https://www.davenitsche.com/Galleries/New/1/thumbs-caption
Kertesz was actually introduced to me in one of our photography lectures and when I first saw his work I thought that it was quite simple and dull in a way from the photographs I was shown in the lecture – however, after doing some more research, I actually noticed that some of his photographs are quite interesting to look at. In relation to the other photographers I have looked at so far, I would say that Kertesz is not as diverse and outgoing with his photography as others are – however, he still creates meaningful photographs that are alluring to look at. Furthermore, all of the photographs that Kertesz takes are different, so I mainly looked at his still life work as this is mainly the type of thing that I will be doing for my own work.
Here are some of Kertesz’s photographs that I think will be influential to me:
When actually looking at Kertesz’s work, you are able to see that no two photographs of his are similar and that every photograph he has taken has a different meaning. In relation to my initial ideas for my photographs, you are able to see that some of Kertesz’s photographs use the concept of metaphorical imagery and relates to the term ‘Division’. For example, in the ‘Melancholic Tulip’ photograph, the viewer is able to see that the tulip itself essentially represents sadness or depression and even though it is in water and is being kept alive, it still does not actually feel alive and this also represents the division between life and death or even happiness and sadness. Moreover, the concept of ‘Division’ can also been seen in the other two photographs – for example, in ‘Fork’ the main division can be seen between the actual fork and then the shadow of the fork and then in the ‘May 3′ photograph, the division can be seen between the city in the background of the image where a shallow depth of field has been used and the city that appears to be upside down in the glass that contains the flower. I personally like the ‘May 3′ photograph the most out of all three of these photographs as the upside down reflection of the city makes me feel as if this is an alternate version of the city and that there will be something different occurring there than in the original city that is facing the correct way up, so it gets me thinking more about the image overall and how it is being portrayed towards the audience. All in all, I do not think Kertesz will influence me as much as the other photographers that I have looked at – however, I believe that some of the elements he has used are intriguing and are something I could possibly think about when it comes to constructing my photographs.
Images sourced from: http://www.artnet.com/artists/andr%C3%A9-kert%C3%A9sz/3
When doing research in relation to photographers who tend to photograph any object they can get a hold of, I came across Catherine Vibert and found that her work was quite interesting. Again, she is the type of photographer that will take images of various things and will not stick to one type of photography genre. However, due to the fact that the majority of my work is going to be still life, I decided that I was just going to look at Vibert’s still life photographs in more detail instead of looking at all of the various types of photographs that she has taken. I feel like Vibert’s work will be really influential on my work and will enable me to think of good concept and elements that I could potentially include within it.
Here is some of Vibert’s work that I found would be influential to my own work:
The majority of Vibert’s still life photography is similar in a way as they all include similar features and elements to convey a particular message to the audience. Again, when looking at Vibert’s work, I felt like she included features in her work that I could possibly use and I feel like some of her photographs could relate to the concept I am going with for my project – for example, I feel like both the first and second image could have metaphorical meanings behind them as the first image could be about dominance and how some people have more power than others and the second image could potentially be about feeling insecure and hiding away from others and not expressing yourself. On top of that, I also feel like Vibert conforms to the concept of ‘Division’ as this can clearly be seen in the last image through the use of colour as all of the bottles contain different liquids – meaning they are all diverse and metaphorically have their own personality. Also, division can be seen in the very first photograph as all of the bottles are different sizes, so they are all unique in their own way and will each be seen differently by various people. Overall, I feel like Vibert’s work will be really influential to me due to the fact that I like how she can use the same object multiple times, but they all appear differently – which presents a stronger meaning of division as it demonstrates that although something may be the same, it does not mean that they will all have the same features and will do the same thing as they are all unique in their own way.
Images sourced from: http://catherinevibert.com/things/
Since I have already undertaken some research, I now have a greater concept on what I would like to do for my final individual project – I have briefly gone through what my idea is in my individual proposal – however, I will now go into more detail about it. Firstly, I have chosen to work with the word ‘Division’ and google can define this word in two way – one which is “the action of separating something into parts or the process of being separated ” and the other explanation is: “the difference or disagreement between two or more groups, typically producing tension”. By looking at these definitions, I can see that I will mainly be conforming to the second definition due to the fact that my photographs are going to include imagery that are supposed to be oppose from each other – however, I will also be conforming to the first definition due to the fact that the elements I will be including in my photographs will be separate from each other, in the sense that they can be differentiated from one another.
To go into more detail about my concept for my independent work, I have decided that I will be looking at different antonyms and will represent these through different pieces of imagery, so two words will be represented in one image – for example, one of the antonyms I have decided to work with is ‘love and hate’, so when it comes to taking a photograph related to these words I will be using flowers to represent the concept of love and knives to represent the concept of hate in my photograph. By doing this, my photographs will have more of a deeper and metaphorical subjective meaning which the audience will have to think about it more detail – meaning, they will be looking at my photographs for a longer amount of time and therefore will be able to consider them more. As well as this, I feel that by using a metaphorical meaning, my images will become more subjective than objective as the viewer will be able to interpret the image in their own way and have their own understanding from the elements that will be included in my photographs. Some of the antonyms that I have considered doing for my photographs include:
- Love and Hate
- Black and White
- Confident and Shy
- Crazy and Sane
- Noisy and Quiet
- Anxiety and Calm
- Happy and Sad
- Create and Destroy
- Strong and Weak
- Life and Death
My main idea for my project is to use normal everyday items that you would see or even that any normal person would own – including: a water bottle, egg cup, knife, stapler, screwdriver, playing cards, cables and even just paper. I decided that I would like to use everyday items due to the fact that I feel like they would help more in getting an emotion across to the audience and helping them understand what I may want to be occurring in some of the photographs I will be constructing. Furthermore, I feel as if the concept of division can be represented in various ways when it comes to photography as a range of imagery or elements can be used and put together to conform to the theme of division. After doing more research in relation to existing photographers and finally figuring out what I will be doing for my independent project, I decided that I wanted to take some images of items in my bedroom that I could possibly use in my final photographs and by taking these images I was able to get a greater understanding of how I should position certain objects and whether I should use them in my final photographs or not.
Here are the images I took in my bedroom:
When looking at these images I have taken, you are able to see that they are not perfect and that there are some issues in relation to either lighting, composition or placement – however, I wanted to take these images to make me think more about what objects I could possibly include in my photographs and how I will need to lay the out to make them look interesting and to ensure that they appeal to the viewer. I believe that the objects I have used can be seen as meaningful in a metaphorical way – however, when it comes to taking my final photographs, I will be including more than one object in the photographs as again I am using imagery in relation to particular antonyms, so I will need to choose objects that contradict each other to ensure that I get the meaning I wanted to create across to the audience. Out of all of these images, I would probably say that my favourite is either the second photograph of the stapler and the staples or the first photograph of the egg cup – I think this mainly due to the fact that I like the lighting that I have used, but I also think the placement on the objects in the photographs are interesting and would be intriguing for the audience to look at. Overall, I think it was beneficial that I decided to take some practice photos to ensure that I knew what I was doing for my final project and that I was certain I want to do it, but also by doing this I think I have learnt more about how photographs should be presented towards the audience and how they may interpret certain work with a subjective approach.
As I have already done research in relation to photographers that will hopefully help me when it comes to constructing my photographs, I have decided to do some further research in relation to mediums other than photography which could possibly influence me and my work, but also I have looked at photographers which I think have done very interesting work, but their work would not influence me as it would not conform to the concept for my project. I feel like by doing external research outside of photography will enable me to broaden my ideas when it comes to presenting certain things in my photographs, but also what type of things could possibly be included to make the photographs more interesting and appealing for the audience to look at.
Neck Deep – In Bloom
When I first thought about my photographs for my final piece, I personally did not think that I would be looking at any music videos due to the fact that I felt they had no resemblance to photography – however, I then thought about them more deeply and realized that they could actually be quite influential to me. ‘Neck Deep’ are a Welsh Pop Punk band who generally do conform to the codes and conventions of the Pop Punk genre – however, in the music video for ‘In Bloom’ they seem to challenge the codes and conventions and I think this is why I find the music video so influential to my work.
Here is the music video for ‘In Bloom':
After watching this music video, you are able to see that a range of elements are used which make the video so aesthetically pleasing to look at – which is what will attract the audience. There is a range of different imagery that has been used throughout the music video – including: flowers, puzzle pieces, a burger phone, doughnuts, a cactus with marshmallows, paint, coconuts and a snail. All of these objects seem quite obscure – however, they all come together to get a certain meaning across to the audience, but the audience is able to interpret this meaning in anyway they want as they video is quite subjective. Again, for my photography work, I want to include metaphorical imagery that will enable audiences to think more deeply about why they have been used and what meaning they have behind them, but again, I want the audience to have their own subjective view on the elements that will be used in my photographs because I want them to be able to interpret the photographs in their own way. Moreover, you are able to see that some of the imagery that is shown in this music video is contrasted with some other imagery – for example, the flowers are drowned in paint and this essentially conforms to my concept of antonyms that I will be doing for my final project as two contrasting elements have come together at once for the audience to see. On top of that, in this music video the backdrops that have been used often changes, but will always stay a bright colour, I think this is a good idea when it comes to photography – however, due to the fact that I want to convey a deep and dark meaning towards my audience through my photographs, I have decided that I will be using a dark backdrop as I believe that it conforms more to my idea and will make more sense to the audience when they see the photographs. Overall, I think this music video has been very influential to me and has enabled me to see what elements I could possibly use in my photographs and again how they could be portrayed towards the audience.
Video Sourced from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPzf_4dcL28
When I first saw Christ’s photography work, I found it really interesting and knew I would be able to use some of the elements he uses in my own work – however, a lot of his photography is something I am not looking at doing, which is why I did not look at him in more detail when I was researching other photographers I have previously looked at. Christ likes to be abstract with his work and tends to photograph broken elements – such as: a broken perfume bottle, which I find really interesting due to the fact that as I want my photographs to be deep and metaphorical, one of my photographs could be about the antonyms ‘strong and weak’ and I could possibly represent the concept of weak through a broken object to enable the audience to gain a greater understand of my photographs and what meaning I may be trying to get across to them. Nonetheless, I think some of the elements that Christ has used will be influential to my own work.
Here are some of Christ’s photographs that I think will be influential to me:
As I said previously, Christ’s work is not the type of thing that I would like to do for my own independent project – however, he does include elements in his photographs that I think are quite interesting and that I could use in my own photographs. I really like the ‘Chanel’ photograph that Christ has taken mainly because of how it has been presented as it has been broken and smashed which challenges the conventions of beauty and appearance, which I think is an interesting feature that has been put across to the audience. Moreover, as I said before, I could use the concept of a broken object in my own photography work as it could possibly represent one of the antonyms I will decide to use. In the ‘Chanel’ photograph, I like the lighting that has been used as the bright white background ensures that the perfume bottle itself stands out and that the audience will put all of their attention on it, but also the composition in the photograph is good as the perfume bottle takes up the majority of the image – however, there is still some white space on the sides and there is also a slight reflection of the bottle at the bottom of the image. I like the ‘Holland’ photograph by Christ because of all of the different elements that have been included in the photograph and they are all so diverse from each other, but he has still photographed them all together – again this relates to my concept for my photographs in relation to the antonyms I will be constructing as I will be using objects that are diverse from each other, but will be putting them in the same photograph together to show how they do contrast. Furthermore, the colour scheme in this photograph seems quite simple – however, it does work as the surface the objects are on is white and the backdrop is grey – which is quite a bland and simple colour, while the objects that are on the table are all black (except the umbrella), so they do stand out and can easily be seen. Also, I believe the lighting that has been used is good as it is not too light or too dark, but at the same time you are able to see that shadows of some of the objects that are in the air which does make the photograph more appealing to look at. Overall, I think some of the elements that Christ has used in his photographs will be influential to me and my work – however, I do not think his photographs as a whole will influence me due to the fact that they do not conform to the type of photography that I would like to do for my independent project.
Images Sourced from: http://www.marcelchrist.com/
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