I had my video tutorial with Wendy last Friday, but with all the pre-Christmas activities, hadn’t got around to writing it up until now. Below is a link to the written feedback. As with previous assignments, I will respond to specific comments only.
Rather than reverting to a pre-photographic age, It may be more useful to think more in terms of our move a hyper visual culture where we are constantly surrounded by photographic images. We are actually taking, viewing and reviewing family photography for example far more often than ever before, and mobile computing has meant that effectively we constantly carry our family history with us, 24/7 in fact.
Wendy did not accept my premise about the demise of the family album and argues that we have more, rather than less access to family images in the digital era. That wasn’t really what I had meant though, so I need to consider whether to go down her suggested route or to try to make my current concept more easily understandable. What I really wanted to get across is that the performative and ceremonial aspects of getting out and going over the family album are dying out. Their current method of storage does not allow for this, and images tend to be glanced at quickly, instead of being pored over. In a way, I am mourning the disappearing pleasure of going through my mother and grandmother’s albums, looking at their clothes and the background scenery, and looking for family resemblences. She thought the way to go was to consider how redundant media is associated with certain types of image, providing ‘a timelock to a particular period‘. She mentioned obsolescent technologies, such as old computer drives and storage methods. I will have to think about this over Christmas with the aim of producing a re-write in early January.
I think the simplest approach often works best here – as in the second image in your series, where one image is simply presented next to its associated hard drive. Your first image works well too. That way of bringing gives us all of the information we need. For your final submission, I’d produce a series of images which are produced in a similar way visually. Do you want to add titles (dates etc?) That might be interesting in regards to your theme?
I think what Wendy is saying here is that simplicity is better than overload and to limit the amount of information on each image. I too like no 3 (my numbering including the grids at present) and think it is the strongest of the group. I take the point about producing 8-12. There needs to be more of them.
I’m not sure that you need the grid of images? Presumably this is a highly edited set of images anyway as the original HD must contain tens of thousands of images?
I’d been wondering about this myself, and am pleased that Wendy gave me a definite steer on this. She talked about ways of producing a similar effect by using a less formal arrangement, perhaps scattering layers of images on top of each other, to express the ideas of quantity and the layering that has been a feature throughout this module.
Let’s discuss paper stock, scale and methods of presentation at our 1-2-1.
We did so, and Wendy suggested that a quality matt pape such as Hahnemuhle at A3 size would best suit this series. (Note to self – my printer, although excellent, struggles with thicker papers, so I either need to sort out the problem or get the images printed professionally.)
Using the photographic techniques normally reserved for fashion and advertising. Photographic duo Christto & Andrew use photography to produce strange still lives where computer parts and other technologies are brought together with natural forms: https://www.rencontres-arles.com/en/expositions/view/248/christto-andrew
Wendy suggested I look at the above photography duo for ideas on presentation, but also Valerie Belín, and in particular her typological series, and I will write a separate post about these.
Apart from the assignment work, we also discussed timings for my final assignment. I need to have finished A6 by the end of January, and so we have agreed that I will submit a re-write of A5, plus A6 for written feedback only by 17th January. A6 will include an appraisal of the module and how I related to the different assignments, plus some thoughts on what the experience has taught me about how I approach my own work and in particular ideas on visual research methods and learning through making.