Semester 2 brings with it the graded unit: the result of which will be a self-directed series of ten images, with a distinct theme (of my choosing), which must be planned, developed, undertaken, and evaluated. I have a few ideas in my head, some stronger than others, and some more realistically attainable than others.
I like the concept of combining portraits and environmental/architectural shots in post-production to create images reminiscent of old B movies, such as Attack of the 50 Foot Woman, but in a contemporary (and perhaps less…exposing?) context.
This idea challenges scale and perspective, and is in the same realm as Salvador Dali’s Surrealist artwork, as well as the work of numerous photographers.
Other examples include Rene Magritte, Man Ray, amongst historical and contemporary photographers.
I am interested in the contortion of reality into a not-quite-real imagery via photography, especially given that it is a medium which is often thought of to be, historically at least, more faithful than other formats. “The camera never lies”, and all that. Except…
In 1893 (it pains me that this was only 96 years before I was born) Hannah Maynard’s Tea Time is proudly breaking every stereotypical notion that I had in my head of Victorian feminine values, and of the ‘truth’ of early photography: In this almost surreal multiple-exposure image, Maynard is hosting a tea party. And serving at it… And attending it. All at once.
I don’t know how feasible this concept is, but it’s in my top two or three ideas for the graded unit. Stretching it to ten images may be a bit of a stretch, but it’s something that I would enjoy undertaking.
“For me, photography can be dead serious or great fun. Trying to capture the elusive truth with a camera is often frustrating toil. Trying to create an image that does not exist, except in one’s imagination, is often an elating game” – Philippe Halsman