Monday, 17 May 2010

Week 49: Constructing the image.

This week has been full of images that I will remember for the rest of my life. Moment's I feel that I should record within my mind. They are snapshots of nostalgia that I hope will stick in my memory for as long as possible. In photography, a snapshot is a spontaneous image that is used to capture an instantaneous moment. Coincidentally this comes into relevance with the project I am now working on.

Thank you for your interest.

I have been analysing categories of snapshots from different situations, events and general socialising. It has come to my attention that there isn't a specific type of snapshot. People feel the need to photograph their friends and family in completely different positions and poses. Gazes stray and stare. Attention to the camera is sometimes inappropriate but other times it is paramount to the candid bite. The set of images in this project are completely constructed to look like snapshot photographs. Everything in the photograph is placed and positioned. The picture aims to be subtley ironic. Although it appears to be a happy shot at a picnic, it is completely superficial. The snapshot does not exist.

This was taken on 5x4 colour neg with a field Wista so the sheet of film is precious. It takes a lot more time and precision to take a photograph than digital photography, so once again; the snapshot does not exist. To add to the pragmatics of the image, I intended to keep a subtle indication of the 5x4 camera, and include slight movements of the bellows. In whole, my aim is create images through realism and it's aesthetic values.

Song listening to right now: You Really Got Me - The Kinks