A lot is coming together this week. I have a business proposition moving from my MA Project The Truth & Beauty of Me to a retreat/personal growth process of The Truth & Beauty of You which I have written up elsewhere in the CRJ Link. I have also looked at some players in this space and cover that in another post. Link
I have continued to explore different ways of representing myself and my state. Gary McCleoud recommended Photography Therapy and Therapeutic Photography in a digital age. which has really hit the spot for me. It gives me a theoretical foundation for my project and my business idea. It also confirms some of the experiences I am having within my project as it has a therapeutic effect.
The idea of attention directing machinery in our heads taking cues from expressions got me to explore different expressions. This set of images are a first look at just taking raw expressions we use every day to see what they show.
These images are theatre and scripted but those who have seen them also see something else in the actor. I do too and will explore this some more.\
I contrast this with my current work in progress panel for this week. These are also scripted and acted out but are very different to the approach above.
As I think about a photobook I need to work through which style works best, how different styles can work together and how much text goes in the book. This all says I should have a go at producing a dummy book by the end of the year. It won’t be right but it will be great input to the FMP process.
The emotional power of photographs also came to front of mind. A photograph sparks memories in such rich ways and in a way words fall far short of. As I looked at images of my wife and my parents I felt emotion whel up in me. I set out a number of images of my wife Karen and looked at them. She and I picked out 3 of her when she was young and I suggested we try to rephotograph them. She enjoyed it, the results are very pleasing and she said we can do better.
We have also progressed with the Oxfam Brief. The ideas for an installation are taking shape and the dynamics of the team are falling in to place. I expect an interesting proposal will come out of the work.
Lowenthal, D. Photography Therapy and Therapeutic Photography in a Digitial Age. Routledge. (2013)