PHOTOGRAPHING THE UNSEEN – RELATIONSHIPS
Having given considerable thought and planning to this Assignment as evidenced by an earlier post I have decided to explore a number of aspects of the subject of relationships in a visual way. In keeping with the aim of this Assignment I am using visual allusion and metaphor to represent some of the feelings and appearances of relationships in the hope that the images will convey some of the depth and complexity of such experiences. In this instance, the images I have selected portray both the experience of romantic relationship and the relationship I have experienced with the OCA photography course as there are many similarities.
In keeping with what I believe is appropriate with contemporary conceptual photographic art I will not give an explanatory text to aid viewers understanding but will leave it to the viewer to derive whatever meaning they can and to ask questions whilst giving no definitive answers. Indeed, I am aware that many, if not all, of the images can be read in a number of ways, reflecting the complex and changing nature of relationship and the uncertainty about what is really going on that can be experienced by an outside observer. I have my own understanding of what the images mean and of their significance to me, but even so I am aware of multiple possible meanings not all of which might be true for me. Whilst it is my hope that the images will speak to others, I have no way of knowing whether they will or whether the viewers will be bemused or feel disengaged by some or all of them. This is new ground for me and not one that I am entirely comfortable with.
In order to create a series of images that have continuity and visual consistency I have used the editing software of Lightroom to crop the images, convert them to black & white and adjust contrast to create a similar visual appearance. I chose to use the black & white format as I wanted the compositional elements within the images to stand out and for the viewer not to be confused or distracted by the use of colour.
I will be publishing a Reflection and Check against Assessment criteria on this Assignment work as a separate post.
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