When I began this module, I was really quite unsure about It, mainly because I found the weekly tasks that were being set challenging, however rewarding once completed. I also feel that I have gained a great deal of people skills along side my photography. I think the best part of the module was actually speaking / listening to other photographers, I found It incredibly insightful talking to them and listening to their journeys as photographers. I must admit that Jason Tilley has really inspired me and I have throughly enjoyed watching the process of him printing his final images from his grandfathers huge archive of negatives captured back In the history of India. I would also like to thank him for his help In the dark room with my own prints.
My final pieces consist of a hand made book, and a box.I decided to produce a hand made book, as I enjoyed making one (in class) and I feel that It adds another layer of intimacy onto the viewer as they look through the book, mainly because a book can only really be viewed by one person, to add to this I have also used small sets of ‘contact sheet’ sized imagery, as I feel that this really makes the viewer physically have to look at the images to understand what they are. Towards the back of the book I have experimented with placing images together to make up a humans body or at least aspects of the human body, producing a 2 dimensional montage of the human body. When I uses the images for the Picbod gallery (next week) I intend to hang the images, at various angles and heights to produce a almost 3D body out of all of the images.
The second final piece (the box), contains a combination of polaroids, medium format and digital work all relating to the human body. Some of the images that were used In my hand made book have been printed to a larger size. This final piece Is much more about sharing the Photographs, and It requires a visual and general communication with others as the images have to be handled to get them out of the box and then shuffled about to look at each individual frame. My main reason for leaving the images as simple print outs Is because I feel that they have been left raw, naked, almost stripped down to their bare essentials, which to me portrays exactly what the images consist of. Also I decided to place them In a box, after looking through Jason Tilley’s grandfathers old negatives and seeing how they had been placed In to these pouches, box’s and small baking paper slips, It gave me the impression that the negatives were cared for and loved to an extent. It’s that age old concept of placing personal artifacts into a box for safe keeping that appealed to me with the larger versions of my final piece and again the human interaction for me about images of a human body really intrigues me.
With the polaroids that I have incorporated into the box final piece, I have taken some of them In a way that makes them look very rough and out of focus I have also cracked a few of the images. I wanted to produce these effects because In my opinion they give the images a stronger visually interesting composition. Further more they contrast well when put together with the other final prints, resulting In the prints all together aiding a visually dynamic impact on the viewer.
Over all I have enjoyed this module and going through the process of developing my final prints/ pieces.