Creating a narrative, utilising the image to raise questions.

In preparation for the second assignment, I investigated the following artist: Christopher Nun, Hannah Starkey, Gregory Crewdson, Walker Evans, Tracy Emin, Cindy Sherman, and Tom Hunter. I really value the various works of the aforementioned artists which I found inspiring and original. Additionally, I read Hunter’s essay: Under the Influence, which was very encouraging and relatable to my life. Furthermore, I studied an article in The Guardian titled Rereading: Camera Lucida by Roland Barthes, which provides an interesting insight into Barthes life (and death) and the creation of his famous Camera Lucida book.

I made notes from the lecture, supported by additional ones I took during the ever-helpful tutorial with my lecturer which, alongside the extensive research of related to the subject artist, helped me understand the premise of this assignment better and find a sense of direction.

I experimented with a couple of setups: umbrella and cracks in concrete steps (that was actually my doing). I was pleased with the outcomes yet not completely convinced I fulfilled the task’s best potential. I decided to continue on my examination and spent some time reflecting on the ideas that could come into life the next morning.

After more consideration, I selected another two compositions, first, a person hanging out of/crawling into the hatch door of the boat, the second, scattered books and a character reading a note. I envisioned the first idea to be successful, although, when executing it, I encountered issues with space and framing. My concept and expectations for the composition did not reflect reality, and consequently, I was not entirely satisfied with the outcome. Once uploaded on the blog, I observed that the images look really interesting in sequence. I decided to include this exploration in the blog as concluding result made me reflect on how sometimes, to achieve desirable effect, it is beneficial to arrange photographs in nexus of ideas, instead of counting on an individual image to ‘do the job’. I am content with this research, as it guided me to this conclusion and an innovative way of thinking about the image and methods of presenting it.

For a scattered book composition, I decided to play with the colour in Photoshop. After initially changing the images to black and white, I decided to adjust it in channel mixer, turning up the green channel, creating a sepia effect, afterwards, turning down the saturation to my satisfaction.

The book piece is my favoured layout, satisfying my objective of creating an engaging, enticing narrative that brings out many questions. It formulates multiple possible storylines, stimulating imagination, provoking the viewer to get involved, stop and ponder for a while.

‘Reference List’

Dillon, B. (2011) ‘Rereading: Camera Lucida by Roland Barthes’. The Guardian.[Online] 26 Mar 2011. [Accessed on 24.01.21] https://www.theguardian.com/books/2011/mar/26/roland-barthes-camera-lucida-rereading

Hunter, T. (2012) ‘Under the Influence’. [Online] [Accessed on 24.01.21] http://www.tomhunter.org/essay-under-the-influence/

Published by Elzbieta Skorska

My name is Elzbieta Skorska. I am a second-year photography student degree at MMU.

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