This week has introduced some new ideas around mediation. As with the work we did on collaboration in P&P it is moving me out of a previous space in which my photography was ‘my’ photography to one in which it is work created from what is available and with who I wish to produce it. The most exciting outcome of this has been sharing my project ideas about ‘The Truth & Beauty of Me’ with an artist friend Mairi. We talked about the various approaches to representation of a portrait. She is going to make an oil painting of an image of me taken by me which I intend to include in my body of work for my project. There are different stories of the image I have chosen that could be created by people who do not know me and by thouse who do.
She is also interested in somehow introducing photographs in to her work as a painter. She does not yet know how but we will talk some more and I am excited by what she might come up with. Collaboration and mediation could both arise out of these conversations and experiments.
This is the ‘me’ she will use as a reference for her painting but I have also provided her with all of the images in my current work in progress gallery.
I have reflected a lot on what I can capture of the self in my project. The following two images interest me.
In the first I am in a sad state internally but put a smile on my face. In the second I am happy inside and smile. What differences, if any, are there? What more can I do with this? From sharing this with other people it seems there is little information about my internal state from my external projection.
Producing a trailer for my project illustrated some differences between video and still image. I found the experience a little disturbing on video and do wonder how I can get similar effect with a still image. Possibly I have both in my body of work.
A further interesting provocation from the webinar this week with Chris and Laura is the idea of collaborating with other people on my work. This interests me and I am going to think further. Motion sensor detectors to capture me unaware on film and time lapse photography when I am asleep are other ideas to work further on.
This week I also booked a venue for my exhibition for Landings in August. I feel tension within wondering if I can get everything done on time but am excited about the process of getting there.