Having delayed completing Assignment 2 once I have had to delay a second time as I have been too unwell to do any of my college work for a few weeks. I have had a really nasty chest infection , two courses of antibiotics later and I am only just beginning to feel ok , a life-long non-smoker I sound like I have a 50 a day habit !!!!
Hence I am behind with coursework , I am panicking slightly (understatement) as I will only have managed to complete two assignments in a year. I want to complete this assignment by mid-April . I had done some more work towards the assignment in February so have finally got around to gathering my thoughts and looking at some of the photographs I had taken. I have taken far less photographs than usual since beginning the course , there is such a lot of reading/research to do.
I am still unsure whether to work in B&W or colour but have quickly processed a few (see below) mostly in B&W.
I realise its important to create new images hence I have taken new ones but using the same concept as I really would like to incorporate this idea into my assignment. He was about 15 in the image , a professional portrait , his life ahead of him. How I would love to be able to time travel, reach into the past , see and speak to my Dad once more. He died 35 years ago , I never asked him so may things about his life , I try to gain a sense of his past through old photographs. I took 65 new images a few of which are below.
I took a series of self-portraits—nearly 40 but only kept 6 — how I hate photo’s of myself. Time may have altered my physical appearance but its not what I think I should see ! I am sure a lot of others can identify with this.
I plan to perhaps merge one of these with portraits of Mum , my daughter(s) , perhaps granddaughter(s) too. Each generation fading into the next. I need to arrange to take their portraits over the next few weeks , everyone is so busy it is difficult to catch them . My PS skills are not brilliant but I learnt a lot during my last OCA course — DPP.
I have only posted one self-portrait –that is more than enough!
I am really grateful to Catherine for making me aware of the work of Annu Palakunnathu Matthew.
I re-took some pictures of Mum holding a photograph of herself as a young woman. I have decided I want a plain backdrop for each individual image and was not overly happy with the ones taken in November. I think by using the same background I can create a cohesive set of single images that provide a narrative and work on their own but that also , if visually consistent , can “take on greater relevance when presented together” (Short, 2011, pg. 102).
I mentioned in an earlier post my son when he was a small boy (he’s 38 now) commented on the photograph Mum is holding “Grandma was nice when she new” , this has always amused me and will be the title of the image.
I finally managed to get my mum , both daughters and eldest grandaughter all gathered together for a photo-session, including myself this makes four generations of family members.
All the photos were taken inside using a black velvet backdrop. I was forced to shoot indoors due to the bitterly cold weather and we were rather restricted for space in my make-shift studio in the spare bedroom. I took each individual on their own and will try to merge , as planned , our four family generations but this will involve quite a bit of work , I hope my PS skills are not too rusty.
As I had the opportunity I did try to take a photograph of us all together—this proved difficult , and I’m afraid I got rather frustrated with my ‘models’ ! It was impossible to get a decent group photo of them , one or other of them either giggled , moved or had their eyes shut as I pressed the shutter . so I have abandoned this idea—for the time being anyway.
A few from the session below.
Short , M. (2011) Creative Photography:Context and Narrative. Lausanne : Ava Publishing.