Photographing the unseen: Introduction
In this assignment, I have begun to explore the idea of expressing emotions using visual metaphors.
Creative process – first emotion
As suggested by the brief I noted as many ideas as possible. I chose loneliness because as we get older this will be an emotion that will increasingly affect us.
At this point, I got stuck. I thought of taking photographs in the street, isolating individuals or parts of individuals. That did not seem very metaphorical. I then thought of pictures within the home. Still undecided, I randomly selected one of Brian Eno’s ‘Oblique Strategies‘ cards. The instruction was:
Change nothing and continue with immaculate consistency
As should be the case, I took the instruction literally. I chose items that could be photographed in an ‘immaculately consistent’ way.
In terms of presentation, I decided to produce eight photographs to be in a 2×4 grid. Each image denoting an everyday object that might be found in the home of a lonely person. Or an object that might exist as a consequence of the loneliness itself.
I decided not to caption the images. I want to allow the viewer to determine the emotions themselves.
Creative process – second emotion
Having completed the first set I then decided to produce a second set metaphorically representing anxiety. This time using household objects that might cause anxiety.
Images for the second emotion
Falconer, M. (n.d.). Fellow Contemporary Portfolio: Maria Falconer FRPS. [online] The Royal Photographic Society. Available at: http://rps.org/technical/gallery?a=%7BFB5BF979-7778-4D8D-9B23-074EE834FDFE%7D [Accessed 4 Nov. 2019].