9/9/16 – I am beginning my planning by going back to the start of this C&N course and re-reading the introduction and reviewing what I have learned in order to help me focus on what I need to achieve.
Up to now my assignments have been successful and my Tutor is very keen that I produce something that can top my achievements with this final assignment. So I want to produce something that is good and sophisticated enough to work well but at the same time try not to over complicate the work and try to keep the idea simple. Well that’s the plan. As I work out the project we will see if I can keep to this.
Keeping in mind my essay for my last assignment – I must be sure that every single element in my picture has a reason to be there and they must in some way contribute to the narrative. The frame / choice of composition must suggest a greater context. Lighting has also been mentioned and I am comfortable with using speedlights soft-boxes, flags etc. I relish the opportunity to create a professional type set-up. I thank my TAOP course and the section on lighting that I had spent extra time working on, I learned so much about both the basics and advanced photography skills on that course.
My plan is to produce one single photo; but it must suggest that it is part of a story. All stories have a beginning, middle and end and my picture must suggest a previous moment that is leading to the next. The picture must be readable and must have both a studium and punctum element on order for this image to really stand-out. All the elements inside this picture must assist this process or they should not be there. If I can meet these goals I am at least half-way there.
But the first half of the journey is to find the subject. I intend to use my past brain-storming techniques and I have yet to do the last exercise of section five which is an interview and perhaps an idea may germinate from this.
Clive, my Tutor has recommended an author Kafka that I came across whilst reading Walter Benjamin and perhaps an idea may present itself from one of Kafka’s short-stories.
This last assignment is both exciting and a little scary; but life without a little fear is like a meal without a little herbs and seasoning, plain and dull.