Last module we submitted the Oral Presentation part way through the course and I felt that I had missed some of the threads of the later weeks as the journey was still continuing. I had also chosen to submit it early because of work commitments.
So this time round I have chosen to do my presentation last in order to have the best chance of capturing the most coherent story I can, the best of my processed images and other work such as images from the local Exhibition Reception held last Friday.
I struggled in Positions and Practice trying to find my place in contemporary photographic practice but now I have a clear sense of where I sit and also where I would like to go in the next module and beyond. I am excited that we are moving into autumn and winter which are my favourite seasons for my work. I can try again with some naturally de-saturated images and I am also going to concentrate on using some of the elements of chiaroscuro from the Film Noir genre. These examples are from The Third Man (1949)
I am going to work with low-key lighting – a fact of life in Skye winters, stark contrasts and dramatic shadows. I will also be looking again at some of the techniques used by Bill Brandt in his landscape images.
As far as developing my work I have been inspired by Elina Brotherus’s landscape work where she appears in the image.
I think this approach will not only emphasise the autobiographical nature of my work but also provide a different way to dramatise the scale of the landscape. I am also going to try some abstract work similar to that by Hiroshi Sugimoto if I have time.
When we went to Unseen:Amsterdam last year, I popped in to the Museum van Loon and saw a small exhibition of the work of Guler Ates (http://www.gulerates.co.uk/index.htm). They might be another source of inspiration along similar lines.
Thank you for another link to follow up after the frantic end to this module!