Photographs Inspired by Francesca Woodman

I took this series of photographs to go with my final major project. My project can be described by this statement I have written;

My final major project is an installation piece created in a suitcase designed to be exhibited then packed up again, symbolising how you would pack to go on a journey. It is showing how throughout university I have grown as a person, starting at university as a somewhat naïve child and leaving as an adult. But the one thing that I have carried with me is my memories of my childhood, my home and my imagination, how I can look up at the sky and imagine new shapes and pictures. My project will contain scanned photographs of me as a child, images of the sky, ghostly looking images of me moving within photographs of my home, the place I left to move to Uni, it will also contain my letter to self I wrote in the first year and little snippets of writing hinting at the messages in the photographs. The scanned images of me as child will help every viewer remember their childhood however long ago it was, and they will also serve as a self-portrait of me, showing that I may have left that time behind but I can still maintain the imagination and innocence of a child. Some may say everyone has an imagination, but some choose to repress it, needing proof to believe in things, in my images I need you to use you imagination to see the pictures hidden in the sky and in my ghostly images. The ghostly photographs will be showing how I feel disconnected to my home now, as I am so far away in Coventry, it is where I grew up where all the scanned photographs were taken but I am hardly there anymore. But there are still traces of me left in Scunthorpe, my home, the images represent these traces. The ghostly photographs will be taken in the same rooms the scanned photographs of me were taken in; this will connect the whole piece together.The entire piece will be spilling out of my suitcase onto the gallery wall, each image and piece of writing will be connected together with ribbon, symbolising how my life up to this point is connected together, how it hasn’t been just one straight line there has been many trials and diversions along the way. It is a way for me to show how I feel about leaving Uni, it is an end to another big part of my life and I’ll be moving onto another part of it, but I will always take my childhood and my home with me wherever I go.Each photograph will be sewn onto with material, vintage material and cut up child’s clothes. This will help the viewer imagine childhood and time passing, like a journey. There will be toys in the suitcase, just a few to tie the entire piece together, to show the theme of childhood innocence, imagination and my personal journey. The suitcase will put the idea of a journey in every viewers mind, and hopefully help them to understand my installation. It is an installation about me, my journey in life, through childhood to University and how I believe you must carry your childhood and imagination with you, so you can sometimes escape the real world and go on a journey of your own.

It’s quite long for a statement I know, but I had to make sure people could understand my project because people at university were having a hard time understanding it. I think this is because it is more of an art installation with photography contained in it. I hope my statement helps you understand it more.

Here are the photographs I have taken, all shot in my house in Scunthorpe, showing how I am not really there anymore, I have moved on, but my spirit still lingers there, I still have a connection with my home.

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Re-creating Film Stills

Lego film still from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

Actual film still from the film, not the whole image, but if you have seen the film you will know which part I took my inspiration from.

I had an idea ever since before I finished my second year at University to re-create film stills out of Lego. I wanted to re-create iconic films scenes that people would recognise. This project would be looking at the imagination and how we use it to connect us to many different thoughts when looking at one single image. A viewer would look at my Lego film still, and they might be able to imagine the actual film scene, and remember when they watched it. There would be a series of them, so there would be at least one film that everyone had watched. But once I got to my third year where we could work on our own projects, my idea was shot down, Lego is too restrictive they said, they didn’t get the concept. So for now my project is on the sidelines while I complete my childhood imagination, journey from childhood to adulthood installation for my degree show. But I no doubt will re-visit this project in the future.

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The Seven Modern Deadly Sins

My series of images inspired by the seven deadly sins. A recent project I did for a self-led module in University. I wanted to show how the view of sins have changed, they would no longer be seen as sins. But I put my own views into the sins chosing ‘crimes’ that I would see as bad. This is not religious I use the title Seven deadly sins as a way to group them together and make them flow as a series.

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Light Graffiti

Here I created light graffiti using glow sticks. I wanted to experiment with slow shutter speeds to see what I could achieve. I like the results.

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Fashion Shoot

A fashion shoot that we did in a group at uni. We each had to choose our own theme, mine was a gothic shoot. I chose not to have much makeup on the model so it would show her natural beauty.

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Using the Darkroom-Photograms

Photograms. I was using a project title of culture, I was trying to show my identity with a seried of photograms. This was all done in the darkroom then scanned into my computer.

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Using Black and White Conversions on Photo-shop

I converted these images into black and white on Photoshop. They are of the 2021 gallery in Scunthorpe, it is a converted church. I really like the detail captured in my images and how black and white really chows the contrast.

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