For this exercise, you’ll begin working on Assignment SixL Transitions.
To get started you’ll need to choose a location or specific view that you’ll revisit through the duration of this course
If you decide to revisit a very particular view, then this activity will test your skills of pre visualisation. You’ll need to try to imagine how the view might look throughout the year under different weather and lighting conditions, and whether there are any other factors that will affect your camera’s view. You may, of course, try a few different angles or vantage points but in any case, pay very close attention to how you compose the frame as you’ll need to commit to this for the duration of the course.
You’re strongly recommended to consider shooting a backup location so that you have a plan B in case anything hinders the development of your project.
Document your work within your learning log. You may wish to ask your tutor for feedback; do this when you submit your other assignments for feedback.
“Look deep into nature and then you will understand everything better” Albert Einstein
I feel it important to label a project with a title so for the moment I shall be calling it ‘After‘ In the book ‘Behind the Image’ by Anna Fox and Natasha Caruana they stressed the importance of a title and how it defines the viewer’s response to an image. The example given has always stood out in my mind, a photographic series of abandoned and boarded-up terrace houses was entitled, Nummianus. Without background knowledge, the name seems obscure however we learn it is taken from a Latin inscription discovered in a house destroyed by Pompeii. With this it takes on new meaning, we compare the people who lost their homes in the past to the present housing market decline.
There have been several factors that have caused the inspiration and brainchild for this assignment, the majority of those factors stemmed from Steve Backshall’s wild world show, which I will be reviewing, though the main inspiration came from a Christmas Present. Shark Seas, by Steve Backshall which I will include a review of. In the story, the main character Saker needed to hide from the enemy and hid out in the abandoned city of Chenobyl. As Saker explored the city the imagery and descriptive writing was so vivid I was transfixed. Transported to this haunting world, perhaps an echo of what we may expect the future to reflect, what really held me was that now in the heart of such a tragic disaster nature was thriving.
“A sapling had sprung up through the floorboards and was sprouting spring leaves out through the windows, growing from inside the building to outside. The wooden windowsill had rotted away and shoots and flowers had sprung through the mulch making bizzare natural window boxes.”
“He entered a space where the ceiling had fallen through a room above that had clearly been a library. The floor was littered with tumble books, their paper pages yellowing and curling. A child doll stared blankly at Saker from its blue plastic eyes.”
“How much better the world is without us…Chernobyl was perhaps our greatest mistake, our most destructive moment but nature bounced back…even here in this scorched, violated place, without man and his ceaseless desire to take take take…nature had found a way to return.”
We take over nature but nature will take over us. It doesn’t need us to survive though we can not live without it. This is my thinking for the assignment.
- Purchase model house or dolls house (I ran the idea past a fellow course mate and he said a dolls house may work better to show more change. I looked at some of my old toys and found a Playmobil house)
- Monitor the house over the year to see the changes it undergoes. I don’t want to focus on the changing of the seasons but the change physically happening to the house
- Will it disappear into the undergrowth? Will flowers sprout inside or insects inhabit the empty rooms?
- Perhaps I could go one step further and include furniture instead of composing from the outside of the house.
- I could incorporate a deeper meaning.
- Photographers focusing on change, decay, the environment, abandonment.
- Read poetry, books, explore the history of hidden places, photography employing model houses
Behind the Image – Anna Fox and Natasha Caruana