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Updated Project Proposal

Proposal

Name

Chloe Short

Title

Description of the subject to be Investigated

I am interested in how and why as adults, many people choose to oppress their inner child; they seem to forget what it was like to have the imagination to create whole new worlds in their head. I want to explore if photographic images can re-ignite that imagination and child-like innocence in the people who look at them. I will also be creating photographs that show things I wish that I could have been there to take and things I wish I could have seen. These will be created using toys and Lego to fit within the aesthetic of my piece, using imagination and the Lego will bring an image of a child into the viewers mind.

This project will be a personal journey shown with photographs, how I have moved away from my original home, how I don’t visit there often, I’m just a ghost who passes through. I will be trying to show how I feel about having to grow up and mature in the adult world of university, but also how I kept my inner child with my imagination and story telling. All the images will fit within my project, and be spilling out of a suitcase, symbolizing the suitcase that I had to cram my life into when I moved to University. This project will be the end of my journey.

Context

“Over at our place, we’re sure of just one thing: everybody in the world was once a child. So in planning a new picture, we don’t think of grown-ups, and we don’t think of children, but just of that fine, clean, unspoiled spot down deep in every one of us that maybe the world has made us forget and that maybe our pictures can help recall.” Walt Disney

I started my research into how and why people chose to use toys as a medium in art for my symposium presentation. This got me interested in exploring how a photograph can be used to tell a story, re-ignite memories in people and spark their imagination. I want to see if I can use my photography to show people that we don’t really have to grow up as adults, we can still have and use our imagination to escape the real world into worlds of our own.

I am greatly inspired by the works of photographers who use toys in their images such as David Levinthal, whose images created with a shallow depth of field sometimes don’t look like toys at all, they have a sense of movement that tricks our mind into believing they are real, making us look twice.

 

David Levinthal Wild West Series #19

I am also inspired by photographers that use/used the old processes; there was an aesthetic to their images that I would like to recreate for my series of prints. Eugene Atget is one of my main sources of inspiration his photographs look old and vintage, but still contain the same mystery they had when he first developed them, they cause me to wonder about the scene he photographed and I start to create narratives around the scene in my head.

Eugene Atget Fete du Trone

 Robert Doisneau has also deeply influenced my ideas, I like the vintage aesthetic of his photographs, true this is because they are old, but looking at them I admire them as an artifact something original. He captured the surreal in everyday life, the playfulness of it; this is something I am hoping to achieve with my images. I had never seen his images before I researched them for this project, and now I wonder how I could have missed them, they are truly showing that everyone can still have the imagination and playfulness of a child, even if they have grown up.

Robert Doisneau

 Francesca woodman’s deeply haunting photographs will inspire my darkroom or digital work; her images really cause you to stop and look twice to try to understand what you are seeing. I will try to re-create her aesthetic of movement within the frame, using movement and sandwiched negative techniques in the darkroom.

Francesca Woodman

Plan/Schedule of work

  1. Digital images of film scenes created from toys/Lego that I wish I could have worked on. Using iconic film scenes, such as scenes from Harry Potter and Star Wars. They will be close-up images, so you can really see the detail in them. I will be creating new images inspired by the films and my imagination, hoping they will inspire people to do the same. They will be iconic film scenes to many people but to the ones who don’t know the scenes, they will be nostalgic toys that cause them to reminisce about their own imagined stories. Lego is something I always remember from my childhood, I brought a Lego mini figure from the Harry Potter Lego series with me to university to remind me of that, and remind me of home. These images will be my way of remembering my home and family. These are already in production, they need to be completed by the end of March, I will create 5 detailed images.

RON: Harry! Hold on! Take my hand! Hold on!
HARRY: I’m trying. Your hand’s all sweaty.

  1. Dark room/Digital images of scenes where you need to use your imagination to see what is going on in them. You will have to look deep into the photographs to really see the narratives in them. Using sandwiched negatives to create ghostly looking scenes. To show how I am disconnected from those places now, they used to be so important to me, but now I don’t visit them as much. Inspired by Francesca Woodman’s work. I am going home on the weekend of March 17-19th to start production of these images. I will create 5 detailed darkroom or digital prints of these photographs.

Practising creating the ghostly scenes

  1. Digital images of scenes that contain mystery and narrative. Like images of the sky, but your mind will start to see shapes in the clouds, creating a new photograph. I find some people can see patterns and shapes in the clouds more than others, it is something you can do wherever you are, I can look up at the sky and I am looking up at the same sky as my parents can see back home, it is a way of connecting myself with them. These are already in production; I need to have them finished by the end of March. I will print 5 of these detailed digital images, on matt paper, to go with my project, spilling out of the suitcase.

 

Tall Ship

  1. Scanned and re-photographed images of me as a child playing with toys, showing that everyone was a child once. That child should still be somewhere in us, with the same imagination and ability to create new stories from nothing. These images will be collected when I go home in a week’s time, I will then choose ones that go with my project and either re-photograph them or scan them depending on quality. The places will be memories and relate to the images taken in part 2.

 

One of my mum’s childhood photographs, it has the same aesthetics as the ones I will be using of me.

 This might look like four disconnected ideas for photographs, but they all contain the imagination and narrative that is the aesthetic of my piece. The project is a personal journey for me, showing how I feel about moving away from home to a new place for university, I now feel disconnected from my original home and hope to photograph my feelings for this project, and joined with the other images show how I feel about growing up, but never really leaving my childhood behind me.

Audience

To be exhibited in the Frameless Gallery in London, the same time as the photography week of the Free range exhibition is on, this is so hopefully we can gain some footfall from Free range as well as passersby and people we have told about.

Will also be exhibited in Coventry University for my degree show, I am hoping to gain footfall from being in the Graham Sutherland building, (the art building) or the new Lancaster Gallery in the hub. I will be exhibiting my work with all my classmates, and the massive range of work there will surely bring people to see the exhibition.

My work will be made for everyone, because I believe everyone has an inner child, even the most mature adults. Everyone can imagine new stories and lose themselves in their imagination. I want my images to help people remember what it was like being a child, being worry free and being able to play out any story they wanted. My work will especially resonate with university students who can remember what it was like to move away from home all the emotions and hard work they faced.

Anticipated method of presentation

My work will be spilling out of a vintage suitcase onto the walls of the exhibition space. Each image will be pinned onto the walls to look like they are floating around the room.

I will sew vintage material onto my printed images, creating handmade one of a kind artifacts. Some will have gold/bronze frames, others will have material frames, painted on and sewn onto the images. The suitcase is showing how I picked up my life and moved to a different place, I moved away to university. I will be printing 20 6×4 digital matt prints and hopefully 5 larger darkroom prints, if for some reason I can’t source darkroom paper, I will print larger digital prints.

Budget/Resources required.

Vintage Suitcase-£30 to £50 online

Material- Etsy Prices Vary

Sewing equipment-Already owned

Small Frames- Charity shops or Wilkinson’s then painted on so they are unique

Printing- £100

Darkroom paper-Ebay Prices vary

Bibliography

David Levinthal Wild West Series Number 19 from here.

Eugene Atget Fete du Trone from here.

Robert Doisneau image from here.

Francesca Woodman image from here.

Walt Disney Quote from here.

Imagination Project-Sky

I have always looked at the sky and imagined new images out of the clouds. As humans our brains work this way back from when we were hunters having to recognise the markings of predators. But I find some people can see patterns and shapes in the clouds more than others, it is something you can do wherever you are, I can look up at the sky and I am looking up at the same sky as my parents can see back home, it is a way of connecting myself with them. But also I imagine shapes in the clouds, like I am telling a story inside my head.

Tall Ship

My Final Project Proposal (draft)

This is the draft version of my proposal that I will be submitting soon. I still need to think of a title for my project, that is something I usually leave until I have done the porject, but I will need time to brainstorm ideas to get it sorted now. The main part of my proposal is finished, I just need to find a place to source vintage material, or any type of material, I do know there is a craft shop down near the train station in Coventry so I will be heading down there soon to have a look.

Proposal

 Name

Chloe Short

Title

Description of the subject to be Investigated

I am interested in how and why as adults, many people choose to oppress their inner child; they seem to forget what it was like to have the imagination to create whole new worlds in their head. I want to explore if photographic images can re-ignite that imagination and child-like innocence in the people that look at them. I will also be creating photographs that show things I wish that I could have been there to take and things I wish I could have seen. These will be created using toys and Lego to fit within the aesthetic of my piece.

Context

“Over at our place, we’re sure of just one thing: everybody in the world was once a child. So in planning a new picture, we don’t think of grown-ups, and we don’t think of children, but just of that fine, clean, unspoiled spot down deep in every one of us that maybe the world has made us forget and that maybe our pictures can help recall.” Walt Disney

I started my research into how and why people chose to use toys as a medium in art for my symposium presentation. This got me interested in exploring how a photograph can be used to tell a story, re-ignite memories in people and spark their imagination. I want to see if I can use my photography to show people that we don’t really have to grow up as adults, we can still have and use our imagination to escape the real world into worlds of our own.

I am greatly inspired by the works of photographers who use toys in their images such as David Levinthal, whose images created with a shallow depth of field sometimes don’t look like toys at all, they have a sense of movement that tricks our mind into believing they are real, making us look twice.

David Levinthal Wild West Series #19

I am also inspired by photographers that use/used the old processes; there was an aesthetic to their images that I would like to recreate for my series of prints. Eugene Atget is one of my main sources of inspiration his photographs look old and vintage, but still contain the same mystery they had when he first developed them, they cause me to wonder about the scene he photographed and I start to create narratives around the scene in my head.

Eugene Atget  Fete du Trone

Robert Doisneau has also deeply influenced my ideas, I like the vintage aesthetic of his photographs, true this is because they are old, but looking at them I admire them as an artifact something original. He captured the surreal in everyday life, the playfulness of it; this is something I am hoping to achieve with my images. I had never seen his images before I researched them for this project, and now I wonder how I could have missed them, they are truly showing that everyone can still have the imagination and playfulness of a child, even if they have grown up.

Robert Doisneau

Francesca Woodman’s deeply haunting photographs will inspire my darkroom work; her images really cause you to stop and look twice to try to understand what you are seeing. I will try to re-create her aesthetic of movement within the frame, using movement and sandwiched negative techniques in the darkroom.

Francesca Woodman

Plan/Schedule of work

  • Digital images of film scenes created from toys/Lego that I wish I could have worked on. Using iconic film scenes, such as scenes from Harry Potter and Star Wars. They will be close-up images, so you can really see the detail in them. I will be creating new images inspired by the films and my imagination, hoping they will inspire people to do the same. They will be iconic film scenes to many people but to the ones who don’t know the scenes, they will be nostalgic toys that cause them to reminisce about their own imagined stories.

Harry Potter Re-created

  • Dark room images of scenes where you need to use your imagination to see what is going on in them. You will have to look deep into the photographs to really see the narratives in them. Using sandwiched negatives to create ghostly looking scenes.
  • Digital images of scenes that contain mystery and narrative. Like images of the sky, but your mind will start to see shapes in the clouds, creating a new photograph.

A Tall Ship Hiding in the Sky

  • Scanned and re-photographed images of me as a child playing with toys, showing that everyone was a child once. That child should still be somewhere in us, with the same imagination and ability to create new stories from nothing.

 Audience

To be exhibited in the Frameless Gallery in London, the same time as the photography week of the Free range exhibition is on, this is so hopefully we can gain some footfall from Free range as well as passersby and people we have told about.

Will also be exhibited in Coventry University for my degree show, I am hoping to gain footfall from being in the Graham Sutherland building, (the art building). I will be exhibiting my work with all my classmates, and the massive range of work there will surely bring people to see the exhibition.

My work will be made for everyone, because I believe everyone has an inner child, even the most mature adults. Everyone can imagine new stories and loose themselves in their imagination. I want my images to help people remember what it was like being a child, being worry free and being able to play out any story they wanted.

 Anticipated method of presentation

My work will be spilling out of a vintage suitcase onto the walls of the exhibition space. Each image will be pinned onto the walls to look like they are floating around the room.

I will sew vintage material onto my printed images, creating handmade one of a kind artifacts. Some will have gold/bronze frames, others will have material frames, painted on and sewn onto the images.

 Budget/Resources required.

Vintage Suitcase-£30 to £50 online

Material

Sewing equipment-Already owned

Small Frames- Charity shops or Wilkinson’s then painted on so they are unique

Ideas Brainstorming

I find it easier to start thinking more about an idea when I write it down. I needed to come up with a meaning for my ideas, something that would grab the viewer’s attention.

My idea is following on from the research I did for my symposium dvd, I am focusing around the power of imagination and how this can be represented through toys and the creation of scenes and stories.

“Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.” -Walt Disney

My point of doing this project would be to show everyone that even if you are an adult you can still have the imagination of a child, you never have to grow up as Peter Pan would say. I am especially influenced by Walt Disney, how he managed to create a theme park that kids and adults could enjoy together, he captured the imagination of everyone.

“You’re dead if you aim only for kids. Adults are only kids grown up, anyway.” -Walt Disney

“Of all of our inventions for mass communication, pictures still speak the most universally understood language.” -Walt Disney

Within my project I will use old photographs of me as a child, personal images but they are there to prove a point, that we still have the imagination of children just with our adult knowledge combined with it. I will use this project to construct photographs ive always wanted to take, using Lego, sandwiching negatives together and using Photoshop. Each photograph will be a unique artifact, even the digital prints, I will use vintage paper and sewing to transform them into miniature works of art for the viewer to really look at when they are exhibited on the wall. They will be spilling out of an old suitcase (made to look old using tea staining, vintage material and sewing) onto the wall, like it is showing my imagination and memories all at once. The work will have the aesthetic of a scrapbook, but neater, something that can be exhibited alongside beautiful framed prints and not look out-of-place.

If I can source some darkroom paper I am hoping to photograph rooms and then placing ghostly figures into them, using two negatives sandwiched together, this will play with your imagination and you will start to think up stories when you look at the images. I want your inner child to come out and start to imagine narratives. I may even use Polaroids to create some of the images, if once again I can source and afford the paper.

I always have the hardest time coming up with a meaning behind my work, but this project is about the imagination, it is also about me as I will be using some self portraits. But it is more about everyone how we need to hold on to the innocence of childhood, but add our adult knowledge to it, we need to be mature but we can also let go and have fun, imagine new things, have an adventure, be a kid again.

“I just make what I like – warm and human stories, ones about historic characters and events, and about animals. If there is a secret, I guess it’s that I never make the pictures too childish, but always try to get in a little satire of adult foibles.” —Walt Disney (Foibles, means weaknesses)

“Fantasy and reality often overlap.” —Walt Disney

“Childishness? I think it’s the equivalent of never losing your sense of humor. I mean, there’s a certain something that you retain. It’s the equivalent of not getting so stuffy that you can’t laugh at others.” —Walt Disney



Ideas for my Symposium/Dvd presentation

After the lecture and tutorial today I realised that I hadn’t thought much about my research project because I had been researching my final photography project, I thought this was what we had to do. So I am going to think about it now.

In my tutorial with Paul we talked a little about my ideas for my final project and the type of job I’d like to go out and do after uni. He really helped me get my ideas together and think about what I would like to research about for my project. I have been focusing on photographing toys recently, mainly Lego, and I want to research into why photographers choose to photograph toys. What the ideas behind it are and any reasons why they photograph them. I think this will be a really interesting research project and I can cover a wide range of photographers from the well know, like David Levinthal to lesser know photographers that work with toys. I will asses how they use the toys in their images and the ideas and feelings behind them. I will see if the choice of toys has something to do with the photographers childhood or something different altogether. I will hopefully find out why I enjoy photographing Lego, I think it is because I am trying out lighting sets and capturing a scene in my camera like a director of photography would do (my ideal job).

My project will take a lot of research but in the end will be worth it as I will find out why many photographers before me have chosen the medium of toys to photograph, and I will be able to fully understand why I like photographing Lego.

Picturing the Body-Final Images Ideas

I wanted to carry on with the half portraits I had done of myself because I really liked how they came out. I liked the hair on my shoulders and the lack of detail, and the mystery created by the absence of a face. My images are naked but in a subtle way, showing only part of my body. They are showing that every part of your body can be beautiful, and each part is unique to ourselves and show our personality and identity. This project is more about finding my identity. Sometimes I feel like I am invisible in the outside word, there are too many people and I cannot stand out. Sometimes I feel my work can’t stand out either. But photographing myself without any distractions, just photographing my hair on my shoulders, makes me stand out because of the mystery, nobody knows who is the photograph. This doesn’t make people know me as a person, as you cannot see my face, but people can take ideas of how I look from the images.

Print this one (looking away)

Print this one (straight hair contrast to others)

Print this one (looking to front, wavy hair)

New Ideas-7 Deadly sins

After a group crit in lesson, I was told my ideas did not have enough meaning, that it is not enough just to re-create paintings I like and enjoy. I have to bring something new to the work. So thinking about issues I have strong opinions about, including animal welfare and global warming, I thought about re-creating the Seven deadly sins using Lego, but including modern (what I would call) sins, but still using the seven original sin titles.

The Seven Deadly Sins, also known as the Capital Vices or Cardinal Sins, is a classification of objectionable vices that has been used since early Christian times to educate and instruct followers concerning fallen humanity’s tendency to sin. The final version of the list consists of wrath, greed, sloth, pride, lust, envy, and gluttony.

Wrath (Anger) – Anger is an emotion related to one’s perception of having been offended or wronged and a tendency to undo that wrongdoing by retaliation. The external expression of anger can be found in facial expressions, body language, physiological responses, and at times in public acts of aggression. Humans and animals for example make loud sounds, attempt to look physically larger, bare their teeth, and stare. The behaviors associated with anger are designed to warn aggressors to stop their threatening behavior.

Greed – like lust and gluttony, a sin of excess. However, greed (as seen by the church) is applied to a very excessive or rapacious desire and pursuit of wealth, status, and power. As defined outside of Christian writings, greed is an inordinate desire to acquire or possess more than one needs or deserves, especially with respect to material wealth.

Sloth – Sloth can indicate a wasting due to lack of use, concerning a person, place, thing, skill, or intangible ideal that would require maintenance, refinement, or support to continue to exist.

Pride – is either a high sense of one’s personal status or ego (i.e., leading to judgments of personality and character) or the specific mostly positive emotion that is a product of praise or independent self-reflection. Philosophers and social psychologists have noted that pride is a complex secondary emotion which requires the development of a sense of self and the mastery of relevant conceptual distinctions (e.g., that pride is distinct from happiness and joy) through language-based interaction with others.

Lust – is a craving for sexual intercourse, which can sometimes assume a violent or self-indulgent character. Lust can also be a strong desire or drive for something, usually a passionate desire.

Envy – is best defined as an emotion that “occurs when a person lacks another’s superior quality, achievement, or possession and either desires it or wishes that the other lacked it. Envy can also derive from a sense of low self-esteem that results from an upward social comparison threatening a person’s self image: another person has something that the envier considers to be important to have. If the other person is perceived to be similar to the envier, the aroused envy will be particularly intense, because it signals to the envier that it just as well could have been he or she who had the desired object.

Gluttony – derived from the Latin gluttire meaning to gulp down or swallow, means over-indulgence and over-consumption of food, drink, or intoxicants to the point of waste. Gluttony is not universally considered a sin; depending on the culture, it can be seen as either a vice or a sign of status. The relative affluence of the society can affect this view both ways. A wealthy group might take pride in the security of having enough food to eat to show it off, but it could also result in a moral backlash when confronted with the reality of those less fortunate.

It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment. – Ansel Adams

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