Origami Me cntd.

Origami me is a project I did at the beginning of Phonar. It’s the first project in a long time I am actually quite proud of, I wanted to add it to my online photo sites like deviantART, 500px and flickr but the series is quite long and especially with sites like deviantART it’s easy for the series to become disjointed, this series it’s important it stays as a series, so i decided to combine the images.


This is not how I would like to display the project, I think it works better as a series of single images, maybe I could try a .gif

Apparently a gif is limited to 10 images so that idea won’t work.

Document my Journey to school…

I wanted to talk a bit about the lighting before you see the pictures. I made a conscious decision to have more faith in my abilities and set up the lighting prior to taking any photos. I knew I wanted a soft light because it would compliment the fold in the paper well, for this reason I used my bed side tabled lamp. Fearing it would still be to aggressive on the delicate and intricate origami I decided I would reflect the light onto the paper by using a mirror. All set up and I was ready to go, and to my delight the lighting turned out just how I imagined it, strong enough to create interesting shadows and make the origami have depth, whilst not being so harsh the images become agressive.

Time for the images…

Origami Me

This project looks at my journey to where I am now in my school life. My last year. I have always loved being in the education system, this series is a visual story of how school and university has helped me to grow and become more confident. Daisy.

At the current point in my education this is where I am. A nearly fully bloomed flowers. Hoping the next year will push me to become this…

Christine Carrelo – Flowers

When I think about Flowers within photography I find no inspiration  it’s been done 100 times before in the same way and will continue to be done by everyone.

However with my Journey to school project I hope to break this assumption in my head, I am trying to depict my primary school journey through the flowers I interacted with on my way. As a young girl I was fascinated with flowers, like most little girls, however myself and my best friend having names of flowers has followed me around forever. On my confirmation the Vicar spoke of how having the name of a flower was a blessing because I will always follow the sun, and on my 18th birthday I had 2 flowers tattooed onto my body to represent a friendship. This journey concerning flowers started from the age of 4 when I used to walk to school with Rosie, I passed the falling plants I called “fairy wings”, the primroses which I chose as my cats name at age 4 and the Roses and Daisies which symbolise not only a childhood friendship but a life long connection.

Christine Carrelo

Christine Carrelo is a photographer that I have found that photographs flowers in a way I have never seen before. Her work is helping to break that assumption in my head that all flowers photography is the same.

   

http://www.christinecarrelo.co.uk/art_photography_gallery.htm

Depicting a journey

The key to depicting a journey is not through the strength of 1 image, but a series of images. Here are some examples of what I mean.

Nan Goldin

‘Gilles and Gotscho’

I use this series a lot in my research projects, but thats because it’s impact has never worn off. When depicting a journey Nan Goldin has such an intimate relationship with not only the people but her photos that they immerse you in the Journey she is experiencing, even if she isn’t in the photos.

As individual images they are still powerful, but as a series they grip the audience in a different way. Much like a book make you wants to turn the next page, Goldins work makes you want to see more. We become involved in the journey of these two men and feel emotional attached to them

This is an example of an emotional journey, for the purposes of my project I am now going to look at a series of physical journey images.

Paul Graham

‘A1 – The great north road’

We looked at this series in photo book club last year. It’s a series of images taken between 1981 and 1982 of people and places on the A1. Paul Graham the photographer spent a lot of his childhood travelling up and down the A1 so this project is very personal to him. The A1 is considered to be the back bone of the UK, connecting the north and the south. They places along the A1 however aren’t taken notice of, they are temporary stop off points for truck drivers and families.

As a series it makes me stop and think about all these places I have driven past and never taken a moment to stop and reflect. And although the series was made before I was born, I know I have been to places like this recently. Making these photos timeless, they depict a place which never expands, it is always there just doing it’s job, which in todays society is quite refreshing a comforting to see.

Phonar Task 0 – Pre Task

Tell the story of your journey to school

So this is our first Phonar task, and the first photography task I have been set in a long time, so I’m going to cut no corners, I have been waiting all summer to sink my teeth into a task.

Like all assignments I want to start by breaking down the sentence, so I don’t skip any essential aspects and start spiralling off into something completely different as I have done in the past.

Tell the story – One thing I am really bad at in my work is telling stories, I tend to focus on aesthetics and come up with the concept later which is a really bad way to work. Phonar is about narrative within photography so this is the key element i need to focus on, especially because it’s my weak point.

Journey to school – This is the part that confuses me the most, is it a mental journey or a physical journey? I know that the decision is down to my interpretation and my ideas, so maybe I will come back to this section once I have researched how to Tell a story through photographs.