For assignment five, I have been given a fairly open brief, to create either a single image or a series of images to elaborate on the same theme.
I have chosen to create a single image.
“As the culminating assignment for the course you may wish to draw upon skills learned from Parts One to Four – issuing various forms of narrative, using yourself as subject matter, telling stories and reading images. The only stipulation is that you produce work that has been controlled and directed by you for a specific purpose. Remember to create a story with a specific context like the artists you’ve looked at in Part Five. This means you need to have an artistic intention, so a good place to start would be to write down some ideas. This could then form the basis for a 300-word introduction to the piece. You may find it helpful to draw storyboards to help you visualize your ideas.”
I have produced an image taken from a narrative that I found through my research, I then story-boarded to find the appropriate image and I chose this intended picture in order to link it to a metaphor for today’s society. This image has been created in context of a short story that acts as my 300-word introduction to my work.
“The aim of this assignment is to use props, costume, models, location, lighting, etc. to contribute to the overall meaning of the image.”
I have used a ‘No Pets’ sign and a pet dog as my props, I have used two models to act out the characters in my image, The female model was dressed as a business woman and the male model as a smartly dressed man in a country suit with walking stick and hat both suitable for a smart gentleman out for a stroll and a man dressed for his funeral. I chose to use the location of my local church that I felt suited the image. I used speedlights, light modifiers, coloured gels and manipulated the white balance controls to achieve my desired affects.
“If the narrative is to be set in a different era then the elements of the image must reflect this. Also consider the symbolic meaning of objects and try not to be too literal in your approach.”
My choice of costume is modern, Graham’s country suit is of a classic style and still popular today. Ann-Marie, was wearing her normal business suit that she wears for interviews and corporate meetings. Ann-Marie represents ‘Lucifer’ and I naturally didn’t want her in a Devil costume, holding whips, or sporting a Satanic tail; so I thought that simply dressing her in a sharp business suit and some lighting can imply a hidden layer to her true identity.
I have included snap-shots of my location and lighting set-up with sketches and notes as to how I planned and carried out the assignment. I have written a 1000 word piece including the 300-word narrative.
Going through the criteria for this assignment, I feel that I have done everything as asked; so I just hope my Tutor likes my final work.