Assignment 4: Image and text
Brief: Create a series of work (aim for 7–10 images) which in some way reflects upon the ideas surrounding identity and place that you’ve looked at so far in this course. Use the written word to play a part in its creation.
You may be inspired by a poem, song or a novel or decide to write your own fictive piece. You may draw upon other people’s words via eavesdropping or another source or use extracts from journals. You might find interesting textual accounts in archives in libraries that could inform this assignment. Allow your creativity to be spurred on by spending time with these words and reflecting on them.
Be wary of illustrating your text with pictures and vice versa. Allow for the viewers’ interpretation to be opened up rather than shut down by the pairings. You may decide not to include the actual words in the final production; that’s fine, as long as they have in some way informed the research and development of the concepts and have pushed the imagery further as a result.
Write a short reflective commentary (around 500 words) describing how your chosen ‘words’have informed your series of images and make this available to your tutor alongside your images.
1. Introduction for OCA peers
Thank you for reviewing this preliminary draft which is the first part (40%) of a series of images and video/audio presentation for this assignment and for final assessment. You can make comments on the site or at the end of this blog entry.
My preparation is at https://drgsiandp.wordpress.com/assignments-2/a-4-image-and-text/a-4-preparation/
Title: ‘I had a dream the other night…’
The subject is a 74-year-old man called Adrian Smith who describes a frightening dream which is followed three days later by a heart attack when his heart stops and he has a ‘near death’ experience. He describes the dream his heart attack and his near death experience and his interpretation of their meaning.
My interview was audiotaped by me, transcribed and acted as the base for the visual narrative. Once I had decided to focus on the body and body parts I photographed him with a two light set up in front of a white screen at his home.
I came across Thomas Florschuetz’s ‘Early body figures 1989-90′ on pages 66 and 67 of Bright’s ‘Autofocus’ book (Bright, 201). His images are an exploration of alternative ways of viewing the body in parts; these are striking and at times grotesque (Gisbourne2004). My story is frightening but not too dark and I was keen to work in colour and not high contrast black and white, but I am not sure about the colour at this point. My uncertainties about the images follow the images and link to a draft presentation.
Bright, S. (2010). Autofocus: The self-portrait in contemporary photography. London, Thames and Hudson.
Gisbourne, M. (2004). “Thomas Florschuetz: Korperbilder.” Artists. Retrieved March 6th, 2017, from http://www.m-bochum.com/
2. The images
3. The trial video
4. My concerns
- I prefer colour but black and white with a lot of contrast would make the images stand out
- Maybe the text should be out of the frame
- Maybe the images should be larger in the frame – they are designed for an A2 final print submission
PS: I realise the images have typological mistakes and are low resolution but this is a quick trial. This is also the first time I have done a video-slide show.