The second set of images for my final project is based on a conversation I had with a loved one. Even though the conversation was limited, the communication was continual.
The images communicate the beginning of an exchange between the loved one and me. He had just returned from an outing where I captured the moment with questions about the outing. His response was focused on the images on the flier that is seen in a few of the images.
As I look over the images, the facial gestures and weathered hands tell the story of one whose life is full of amazing memories but is unable to verbalize them. I would like to improve the focus of the images so the viewer is drawn to the universal issue of aging and the struggle that may accompany it.
**The final two images I chose to apply different filters in hopes of emitting a different feel to the viewer.
Part abstract, part portrayal: Ed Spence’s series Dataforms is incredibly captivating. The idea of digital and analog photography working together is an oil and water concept. The two just do not mix. Yet, this series of images work. A printed image or a print of a painting is the starting point for Spence’s creation. What happens next is a dive into the deep end of a swimming pool.
Spence’s plans are intricate and specific. The process is to cut the image in one-inch squares and reassemble them to create a unique and juxtaposed image. A deconstruction process with the vision and intention to reconstruct seems to go against all that is good and right in the world of art. Yes, I know there are artists that destruct work in some form or fashion. But this takes us to another dimension. This is a Charlie in the Chocolate Factory moment where Mike Teavee is transported into another world. His body is deconstructed only to have it reconstructed in another realm. My mind is blown at the deliberateness of the artwork of Ed Spence and I am sucked into another realm.
A beautiful and colourful realm
Creating images that reflect a life experience so close to your heart can be difficult. Aging and dementia are part of the daily thoughts that run through my head. I, at least, am able to verbalize those thoughts. The images I have posted today communicate a story, a life, which is no longer able to tell his or her story.
The images are simple and capture the eyes of a loved one. They say you can see much through ones eyes; pain, sadness, anger, love. I hope to tell the audience the untold story that may not be spoken, but is told through the eyes. As I continue with this project, I hope to expand the story beyond the eyes of the one affected and incorporate a broader view of the topic.
“You press the button and we do the rest,” a great slogan by Kodak. The turn of the century brought a revolution in industry that included the camera. What was once considered an opportunity for a few became convenient for many.
The Box Brownie by Kodak was an innovative disruption. A paradigm shift took place for the amateur photographer who now had “the right to record the world” (Wells). What was once private became public. The ability to record and share our intimate moments shifted the way we perceive those around us and our self. Recording family events has fast become a voyeuristic exercise on social media. Is the photograph no longer a personal memory? Or is it personal gratification?
Technology has greatly improved the process of capturing images so much that I wonder if the value of an image has decreased to either the user of the reader. If we can shoot 1500 images in a day, do they all carry the same value as if we only shot 15 images with great care and thought? Does technology minimize the meaning?
Young and Old: The title of a series of photographs created by Kelsey Duff, a college student who is fully embracing photography. The images she has created contrast young and old through a specific choice of angles.
Capturing these images without knowing who they are intrigued me. Society strives to remain youthful, never imagining the toll our life choices make on our bodies. Yet, life continues and so do the wrinkles, scars, and stretch marks (for those who bear children). The images of the feminine body Duff has created are simple and poetic. The shadows she carefully incorporates gives dimension and depth to the beauty of women. It reminds me of the ever-present story that is beyond the frame of the image. Her selection of body parts helps me to see an intimate process that I am already experiencing. Her story is my story…
Article by Sarah Stankey
Planning a trip to an unknown destination can quickly become familiar through images found on the Internet. Images give credibility to the culture and geography that will be encountered. Images from the Victorian era depicting a culture from far away lands gave scientific evidence of the British Colonies as well as truer representation of the stories heard or paintings previously seen.
Are the photographs authentic? Was the structure of the image arranged in such a way that it restricted its true nature? I am reminded of the playwright, Susan Lori-Parks, who wrote the play Venus. Set during the same time period as the Victorian era, Parks exposes the misrepresentation of a culture that has only been seen in paintings, read about in publications, or heard through stories. What is revealed in the play is the lack of accuracy that is used to control the circumstances and make a profit.
What is the motivation of the photographs? Are they authentic? Truthful? More importantly, how do they translate to the viewer, as documentation or as a voyeuristic exploitation?