After initially planning to projection map, I gathered about 36 minutes of footage of Rome, England and Spain assuming to use in my final piece. However, converting this footage proved to be a task, having to buy software which would allow me to secondary record it onto my television and even then it would unlikely work (as I have tried with other tape based video in the past to no avail). However, some of the footage is interesting and I will try to use it in future projects, as well as filming some more over summer.
To photograph nostalgic items in relation to my childhood, using themes and elements of classic still life.
I’ve always found nostalgia to be a very significant emotion, and overlooked a lot in contemporary art and art in general. I feel that nostalgia evokes some of our most powerful emotions and so using that element, photographed in the style of classic still life I feel will emphasise its significance.
At the start of the project we were tasked with managing our time correctly as it would be considered when marked, and it’s safe to say that time management isn’t my strong suit. However, I feel this is because of my indecisiveness and constant erraticism when it comes to work and time management. This first timetable talks about my projection mapping time management, and I’ve ended up now with still life photography instead.
I feel that my self-directed project was a success in what I was personally hoping to achieve. Being such a personal topic (nostalgia), I found my self working and researching at a comfortable pace, as I sort of knew what I wanted out of it from the moment I had my idea. Admittedly I had a difficult start, where I’d filmed a great deal of footage on my old tape camcorder, with hopes of turning it into a projection mapping. However, this turned very difficult in the sense that I was not personally sure on what I wanted the piece to look like, and furthermore that it would be quite an unconventional projection mapping, as I’d previously planned it to be based on Rome architecture and history. Although I did achieve this in my footage, I spent a good amount of time trying to convert the footage into a digital format, where I could edit etc. to no avail. I decided that this was not really the path I wanted my self-directed project to go in, as I wanted a respectable and comfortable piece to exhibit. It was because of this I turned to still life photography of childhood nostalgic items, as I thought this would be the most literal and effective way to document my themes in my work. I had several photo shoots, where I’d bought a photography backdrop (which I will most likely be using in the future anyway) and then finally a couple of studio shoots in which I achieved my final compositional images. When I had my first idea for the subject of nostalgia I made a broad survey documenting what people of all ages found nostalgic. I received some broad yet refined in results (in a physical sense), which was great for me to get experimenting with. I used collage, illustration, photography and even mixing them all together until I came to the conclusion that still life photography would be the best documentation. I wanted to create a classic still life series, i.e. taking elements such as a single light source, and experimenting with colour, composition and different platforms for the items. I feel that I achieved what I wanted in the end, and the images I chose to exhibit worked well together. Overall I am pleased with the outcome of this project, however disrupted my research may have come through my changing ideas and indecisiveness, and I hope to pursue further photographic projects in the future.
I experimented a lot with different ways to portray a nostalgia, but through my skething and collage I was still finding it hard to create a real nostalgic vibe. It’s because of this I chose to photograph my nostalgic items a literally as possible.
I experimented with simple line drawing all the way to erratic collages.