‘We collect and curate our memories more thoroughly than ever before , in every case grasping for a certain kind of immortality’ (Parkin,S .2015) .
The urge to immortalise ourselves is ageless and throughout history whether by painting , writing or photography we make what we call memories in an attempt to be remembered by future generations.
However when viewed out of context family photographs cease to function as a truthful mnemonic device;if they ever did.
Assignment 4 is classed as ‘work in progress’ and following tutor feedback will form the basis of assignment 5. It is not intended to be a fully contextualised submission.
– Create a fictional family for my digital self using appropriated photographs
– Start to build up my fictional digital persona using appropriated images
– Post the information and any images on a dedicated blog (link below)
– Additionally use some of my own images taken specifically for the assignment.
Our memories , rather than being physical artefacts , now more than often exit in the ether and are kept on servers or social media sites. Hence I have set up a separate blog for my Telling Stories project as part of the assignment preparation. There is not a lot on there at the moment but I will be adding more categories for my fictional family ; Ben Fountain et al. This needs to be kept separate from my college coursework blog as I do not want my new identity to have any links to the ‘real’ me.
TELLING STORIES BLOG HERE
I have been trying without much success to also set up a second Instagram account specifically for the project that will be linked to the blog . I shall endeavour to do this over the weekend if I can work out what I am doing wrong.
Some recent images I have taken for my Telling Stories project
(see Telling Stories blog post HERE for context) .
My plan is to take some more as I continue working on assignment 5.
As well as the blog I would like to produce a (? large) book in addition to individual prints.
I have struggled to get to this point in the course for various reasons. Frequent hospital trips with my husband , work commitments , my elderly mother has recently banged both legs needing twice weekly trips to see a nurse , and finally I developed a rather painful corneal ulcer ! This has meant further hospital trips and problems with the eyesight in my left eye (I have suffered with ulcers since I was 16 hence the eye is scarred).
I need to get my ‘work in progress’ to my tutor this week and have been attempting to fit in short periods of study but still need to complete a couple of projects and exercises to finalise section 4. I shall do these over the next few weeks.
Because this assignment is very much a work in progress it is not complete , but I am happy with what I have managed to do so far.
I need to add the images taken so far to my Telling Stories blog that I am going to use for the assignment. I will need to keep this updated continuously.
Every image for this assignment has been digitally amended in some form or other, even the appropriated photographs that have not been manipulated in photoshop have been scanned and ‘corrected’ by digital means. I have become increasingly confident using photoshop to merge images , but still have such a lot to learn as regards what I can do using the software.
The ambiguity of appropriated analogue photographs has such possibilities for future projects using digital technology. I am enjoying giving the anonymous individuals in the images I have bought new identities and histories. I have bought these mainly from ebay but there is a fantastic junk shop in Penzance that I visit when I am in Cornwall that has a small section of photographs. I found three photographs of two brothers , possibly twins, dated on the back a year apart. They would be around the same age as me and on the third photograph was a girl , perhaps she was their sister ? I felt sad that these family photographs were now abandoned so I bought them. What has happened in their lives that no one kept and cherished them ? So many unanswered questions.
I also bought a rather beautiful mourning locket from an antique shop in Marazion , my husband spotted it through the window. It contains two photographs with one each side of an elderly man and a rather dapper handsome man on the other , I wonder if it is the same man or father and son?
I have taken a photograph of each side using my iPhone and manipulated them with apps on my phone . These photographs will not be included in the assignment but I plan to include images of the locket and have a couple of ideas I want to try out. I haven’t decided yet what the relationship between the two men will be in my narrative.
The link HERE is to the research I did during my previous OCA course which is really useful and relevant to the use of appropriated imagery –I would like to do some further research on Boltanski if time permits.
I want to look at the work of Nicky Bird HERE
Research / Resources so far
Batchen , G. “Dreams of an ordinary life. Cartes-de-visite and the bourgeois imagination” ( 2009) In Long , J. Noble , A . Welch , E. (eds) Photography Theoretical Snapshots: London : Routledge.
Boyd ,W. (2011) Nat Tate. London:Bloomsbury
Boyd ,W. (2016) Sweet Caress. London:Bloomsbury
Cumming , L. 4/7/10. Camille Silvy :Photographer of Modern Life ; Fiona Banner Duveens Commission 2010. the guardian.com
Accessed online 30/8/17
House , C. (2015) William Boyd on the photos that inspired Sweet Caress (online)
Johnson , R.F. (2009) Being human .London :Thames & Hudson
Page , B. (2015) William Boyd Interview (online)
Parkin, Simon. 2015. Back-up brains : The era of digital immortality bbc.com
online accessed 24/8/17
Riggs , R. (2013) Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children . Philadelphia US: Quirk Books
Riggs, R. (2014) Hollow City . Philadelphia US: Quirk Books
Riggs , R. (2015) Library of Souls . Philadelphia US: Quirk Books
Riggs, R. (2012) Talking Pictures . NewYork:ItBooks
Roberts , E. (2017) “On Finding the Right Words” Black + White Photography (Issue 206) p.p1
Smithson , A. Madge Cameron:Fixed. Lenscratch online 7/3/2015