The Plan

•April 1, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Its been a few weeks since i really thought about what i wanted to do for my final project, the motivation went out the window and i became a bit lazy. However as my deadline draws closer its made me evaluate and pull together all my ideas….

1. Its to going to be to do with female body image

2. Its going to be a self reflective project

3. I really want to make them extremely dreamy and surreal like photographs however still highlighting the female form

4. By using movement i want to emphasise emotions

To help me get some more ideas and inspiration i decided to research photographers which do work in the field of the human body.

Inspiration…….

rene groebli

rene groebli

chadwick tyler

chadwick tyler

yigit uygur

chadwick tyler

I really like these photographs from these photographers. I like the dreamy and earth like look of the photographs and aim to create  photographs with this same feel. The dreamy, gothic like and surreal look really inspires me and the use of black and white mixed with quite grainy photographs really creates an interesting look that draws the viewer in.

Self-defined Proposal with Supporting Research & Development Work

•March 6, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Our bodies are tools, tools which can express moods, emotion, desires and feelings however in todays society over 70% of women are unhappy with their own body. Social standard of feminine beauty is mostly likely to blame for this, everyday women are bombarded with images of the “ideal look” however such standards of beauty are nearly completely unattainable for women to achieve. We are led to believe that we have to have this “look” to succeed in life, led to believe that this is the best way to be however this is damaging women’s body image

Taking influence from Nan Goldin’s seminal work “The balled of sexual dependency” where she delves deep into her friends lives and reveals their personal stories and feelings to the viewer and Elinor Carucci work where she photographs herself with brutal honesty to reveal her own life letting the viewer experience everything that she feels and experiences, I will turn the camera on myself to examine my life and my body in its barest form, being exposed both physically and emotionally, i will create images that draw attention to both the fragility and the strength of the female form as well as the complex emotion which can be shown through movement and posture.

Nan Goldin

Elinor Carucci

Francesca Woodmen also delved deep into her own personal feelings to create images.

She photographed herself obsessively, using her own body as a way of expressing her identity and emotions. She is well known for creating a surreal look to her images, to communicate her self identity, which makes sense to me in that it allows her to keep a sense of mystery and secrecy to the meaning of the images however still allowing that view into her life and how she feels about herself, encouraging the viewer to really engage with her work and make their own decisions.

Francesca Woodmen

Francesca Woodmen

Francesca Woodmen

For my project i want to use my body as if it was a material, for conveying a message to women who are not confident with their bodies. I am going to produce images of my body showing both the vulnerable side of being exposed but also the empowering effect which it can have. By printing the images large i hope to shock the audience as they get to see every single detail of the body which echoes my theme of being completely exposed. As well as the large prints i am also going to produce a book, i aim to draw the viewer in with the shock value of the large images but then get them involved with the work, i want them to have an opportunity to feel connected with the images, producing a book which they can pick up and examine will help do this.

Body image in the media is constantly changing, always effecting people. This project will focus on me, how i feel about my image and identity but it doesn’t have to just stop at me. I am not the only one who is effected by the “ideal look” that is chucked in our faces and i am most certainly not the only one who is unhappy with their body. My project will expand from expressing my emotions to expressing other peoples emotions by looking at different generations and how the media has effected them on how they feel about their own body image.

 


 

feedback from first draft

•March 6, 2013 • Leave a Comment

INTRO>

Our bodies are tools (?), tools which can express moods, emotion, desires and feelings however in todays society over 70% of women are unhappy with their own body.

Social standards of feminine beauty is mostly likely to blame for this, everyday women are bombarded with images of the “ideal look” however such standards of beauty are nearly completely unattainable for women to achieve. (inferred “usefulness” of the muscled body – train to have the body of a labourer to posit (asuume)  yourself as a producer? Vs consumer?)

I am one of these women, and that is why i am turning the camera on myself to examine my body in its barest form, being exposed both physically and emotionally, drawing attention  to both the fragility and the strength of the female form as well as the complex emotions which can be shown through movement and posture.

1 Demonstrate advanced research skills, creating a viable and relevant basis for their project;

From looking back through my work i have mainly focused on using myself in the the images i produce as a way of communicating emotions and ideas and throughout, my work has been extremely influenced by photographers like

Nan Goldin’s seminal work “the ballad”  and later elinor carruci who have both turned the camera on themselves to document their own lives. <Rinka Dykstra>

2 Apply critical analysis when communicating themes and ideas about professional photography clearly and comprehensively in visual, and written forms;

However lately i have been extremely influenced by the work of Francesca woodmen (why is she important for this project?) who takes a more surreal look into communicating self identity, using her body as a tool for communicating how she is feeling.  I am going to use this surreal look when i am producing my images, using props and techniques to conceal my identity but express my body and my emotions.  This approach makes sense to me in that it affords the maker/author/artist  to …….

 

3 Develop their professional independence by defining their own position clearly, with respect to existing bodies of knowledge and practice;

For this piece of work my photographs will be of myself however not self portraits, i want to use my body as if it was a material for conveying a message to women who are not wholey confident with their bodies. I am going to produce large scale images (WHY IS THAT IMPORTANT)  of my body showing both the vulnerable side of being exposed but also the empowering and strengthening effect which it can have, concentrating on my emotions and portraying them to viewer through my posture and movement. As well as creating these large images i am going to create a book (WHY WHAT IS THE EFFECT)  which will contain the images from when i first start the project to the end documenting how i feel all the way through this project.

 

4 Evidence a continued professional commitment to the evolution of their practice

Body image in the media is always changing, my views and feelings about my image and identity are always changing and that is why i think this project will always be there for me to go back to, change and help it it to grow. The images for this project will hopefully portray the emotions i feel about my body at this particular time in my life, these are most likely to change as i progress throughout my life and because of this i will always be able to document it.   (CHANGE) 

 

Francesca woodman

•March 6, 2013 • Leave a Comment

 

Woodman was photographer and model, subject and object,she utilized the female body to develop her own self-knowledge, using her own body to look onto her own life, her own identity.Unlike most of the images we are faced with on a daily basis, where the body is treated like a commodity to be used and consumed, she shows us a female body which is used to initiate a dialog with herself and the audience.Woodman projects images and symbols, hopes and fears onto the female body all the time communicating these with the viewer.

The influence of surrealism in her work plays a big part in exposing herself to the viewer, exposing the female body in a different way, which breaks away from the usual images we see on a daily bases of female bodies.

When creating my project i want to take this aspect of surrealism and apply it to my own work, i think it gives the photographer (me) a chance to create something different to what we see everyday, the stuff which is damaging women’s body image, and create images which will empower women while also exposing my own feeling about my work.

Francesca Woodmen

Francesca woodmen

 

Francesca Woodmen

 

Proposal idea progression

•March 6, 2013 • Leave a Comment

After deciding i want to my final degree project on body image, my own body image i looked at two photographers. One nan Goldin who documented her friends lives and the other Elinor Caruuci who documented her own life, to get a better i dea of how these two photographers create such strong and interesting photographs.

Whn creating my project i want to take this brutal honesty of their images and apply it to my own work. To get a better understanding of what i want to do i decided to brain storm some ideas…..

 

My self reflective study….

-look into body image-the fragility and strength of the female form

– identity- female identity—showing myself “bare” both physically and emotionally

-emotions- shown through posture and movement

– look into how our bodies are tools- which can moods, emotion, desires and feelings

-the vulnerability of being naked both physically and emotionally

-ways of hiding our bodies while being exposed

-take a more surreal look into my images instead of being as blunt as elinor carrucci

This are a few things i have thought about so far, i am going to look into how i can portray emotions through my body through my movements, through my posture and stance and see how they reflect to the viewer. Because of his i have decided to start to look into some more surrealist photographers that still document emotions, feelings and identity but in a more surreal look.

Nan Goldin

•March 6, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Nan Goldin

Nan Goldin

Nan Goldin

I decided to have a look into nan goldin work because she is the queen photographer at documenting peoples lives and giving you a real insight into their feeling and emotions which portrays beautifully through her photographs. Nan Goldin takes intensely personal, spontaneous, sexual, and transgressive photographs of her family, friends, and lovers. What i think really draws the viewers into goldins work is her honesty in the photographs. She never tries to hide anything, she gives you a proper view into these peoples lives which we wouldn’t have seen if it wasn’t for her.

I want to take the aspect of documenting from her work and apply it to mine. My project is not about documenting my life or my friends or families lives. its about documenting my emotions and my feeling i have towards my body, to do this i’m going completely leave myself exposed both physically and emotionally and looking at nan goldins work really helps because she has managed to do this with her friends and families

 

 

 

 

Elinor Carucci

•March 6, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Elinor Carucci

 

 

Elinor Carucci

 

Know for her unflinching self portraits eleinor carucci has always used her body and relstionships as the primary subject of her images. What you see is what her life is, she  hides nothing.

I have decided to look into elinor Caruccis work to help with my project because she photographs her life with such brutal honesty, letting the veiwer see and feel everything she feels, levaing her life completly exposed which is how i want to document my body in the photographs.

Elinor carucci

 

Elinor Carucci