Thursday, 31 March 2011

Final Project (YIKES!!!!!!!!!)

Well as I said in my previous post, its FMP or final major project time on my degree.... very scary!

So after much thought, pondering and hair pulling, I decided to look at 'The Self In Flux'. The idea is quite a simple one, I hope to explore the ever changing thing which is the self. No small order, but you gotta do what you gotta do! I quite like the idea of this amorphous, squishing thing which never holds its form for more than a split second... that even we are unaware of what we truly are, I suppose its the whole idea of what really is the self? What would our reality be like if we did comprehend what we are, warts and all? What are we truly capable of???

Anyway, I could go on with these musings forever. To be honest the whole project is a rhetorical question, lets be honest, there is no answer and its a privilege to have the kind of life where I can spend the time pondering such stuff.

Anyway, I've been playing with the idea of using long exposures and composite images as a means of expressing this liminal entity we are. I think the idea of using lots of long exposures appeals to me because its a total record of who that person was over the sum of all the times of all the exposures added together. Anyway, this is what I initially came up with:

While I was initially happy with the image, I'm not sure that its exactly what I was looking for??? I would perhaps like more of the eyes showing, more for a belief that they are the key to the soul... so perhaps they say more about us than anything else...

Anyway, I had another play, a few tweaks here and there and this is what I ended up with:

Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Time To Begin!

Well, I think its time that I join the bloggers of the world and finally start talking about what I do and what I'm up to. As you might have guessed I'm a photographer, and while I do most kinds of photography my dream is to make it as a fine art photographer!

My fine art work is a combination of film and digital techniques, I often look to the origins and early years of photography to find inspiration then kind of mash it all up with a contemporary vibe to create something new and forward thinking. I find that most of my work centres around Reality, The Self and Society... there's a definite psychological edge with many of the images being conceptual and experiment!

I think this is going to be a record or my journey on this road. What ideas I'm playing with, what shoots I've done, where I'm at, up and coming exhibitions etc etc.

(Well teasers at least, got to leave some stuff for my website and exhibitions)

Speaking of exhibitions, I'm coming to the end of my FdA Degree in Photography. So things are a bit nuts with me and my friends busting a gut to get everything ready for our end of year show at the Cube (Manchester, UK), due to be held around the 13th-21st June.... I'll tell you more about this and my project 'Minute by Minute' in the coming weeks.