“Something that is perfect doesn’t actually suit all people. It is like a computer game: if you win all the time, you start looking for a new game. Winning is boring. Its only because you can lose is what makes the game or winning fun. And with digital photography it’s kind of like everything is done for you and they all come out the same, so to me, the game’s over when it’s perfect.”—Andre Bosman (The Impossible Project)
Took a trip to the ACP (actually three trips) last week, to see Murray Frederick’s ‘Salt’ exhibition.
The overwhelming beauty of these images in the brilliantly designed dark, quiet exhibition space at the ACP is an almost out of world experience, the intense colours and textures describing all elements of the surface of Lake Eyre is only magnified by the space the images inhabit. I felt transported into that landscape’s and found myself getting lost in every single image, it was hard to believe that these were photographs and not paintings, and while I’ve been feeling overwhelmed about using film for my entire project, Frederick’s use of a traditional 8 x 10 film plate camera has given me new found energy, if he can produce images like this in some of the most difficult conditions in the world, what am i complaining about! Another source of inspiration that I have taken away from Frederick’s project is his solid concept surrounding the vast empty space of the lake and how that relates to his own existence and relationship with the planet (described throughout the documentary). This is one aspect of my project that I am still trying to get my head around.
At this early stage of planning, i am finding that there is a million questions to be asked and problems to be solved that I have tended to breeze over up until this point. Logistically a lot more planning is going to be necessary than first thought and in terms of my concept i am still searching for something to bring the project together and give it a deeper meaning, creating a human connection with the landscapes.
At this stage i am thinking of moving away from the portraiture aspect of my initial brief and concentrating on the landscape aspect of the project as it looks like, within my time frame it will be impossible to achieve to the standard that I was hoping for, and as my passion lies within studies of the land I have decided to move more in the direction of an intricate study of the land and all that it embodies. While not closing my mind to the opportunities that I might come across when actually on the trip.
as a side note, found this gorgeous little blog that has given me hope that beautiful things are achievable!
Thought it might be appropriate to rewind a little and give a bit of an inight into where this project is at right now, so here goes!
MP1: Initial Proposal
Name: Sarah Hansen Student No: 093FHN2014
Project Title: Hometown (TBC when location is decided)
The Concrete Outcome:
A collection of images framed and exhibited with a photo book accompaniment
Theme or content of the project:
My aim for my project is for it to become an intimate portrayal of a town/region. A deeply personal and nostalgic exploration of the people and places in an area of rural NSW (location TBC), describing the beauty of the landscape and all that is encompassed within it, through the inclusion of landscapes, still life and portraits within the collection.
To create an emotional response in the viewer, bring up memories of people and places in their own lives through documenting that of others. Creating a collection of images tied around a central theme, focusing on the natural beauty of the landscape, people who call this place home and objects collected along the way, while pushing myself beyond my current limitations and reaching new levels of creativity, letting my own personal style shine through.
Disciplines – Still Life (studio), Landscape, Portraiture
Mediums – Medium Format Film (cross processing, slide film, color negative), Digital in studio
My project is aimed primarily at Australian youth, and hopefully youth all over the world. Anyone who is interested in the way people from other walks of life live their lives. Australians who are interested in learning more about the place they are from.
How will target market benefit:
Seeing NSW from a new perspective
Understand what life is like outside of the big city, in a positive way
Cause people to reflect upon what is important in their own lives
Locations – NSW – Broken Hill, Lightning Ridge, Murray Darling. Location is TBC at present time, I will need to visit and research these areas in terms of what they offer as landscapes and as places as a whole, the people, and the history etc… Speak to people who know the area, actually go and visit the areas before making a decision on which location best fits my project.
History – In order to create a successful portrait of a location I am going to need to know the history of my chosen town, why they are who they are and how the landscape came to be how it is today. This will include both primary and secondary research, talking to people who live in the town, and visiting libraries and historical institutions, compiling information that will be useful in understanding the place on a holistic level.
Technical – what films and cameras am I going to use, which best suit my projects theme and creative outcomes, will need to do numerous test shoots and record the aesthetic of different films and camera effects.
Those who have come before me: look into all creative fields, not limited to photography and explore projects similar to my own, what can I take away from their expertise and how am I going to make my project original and inspired.
Logistics – is this project actually possible in terms of time and budget
Career - It is my goal that one of the outcomes of this project would be job opportunities in my chose field of photography
Self Fulfillment – I hope to gain skills and grow as a photographer throughout the duration of this project, I plan on pushing myself into territories that I have often shyed away from in order to gain new confidences in new areas of photography and to explore what I am passionate about now, while I have the time and the opportunity.
I went to see Australian film ‘The Hunter’ last week to find some inspiration for my project and was totally overwhelmed with impact the film had on me, the incredible location in amongst the Tasmanian wilderness and the beautifully intimate filming pull you into the story from the very beginning. The film did not disappoint in terms of inspiration, sprawling moody landscape shots are scattered throughout the film, and as almost the entire film was shot within the Tasmanian forests it is a brilliant showcase of what the incredible land this country has to offer, which i hope will be an element of my own project. I walked away from the cinema not only wanting to walk back in and watch it all over again, but to get out and start shooting! The trailer in itself is amazing to watch and the film is a beautiful piece of Australian cinema, while my project is more than likely going to be focusing on NSW, I will definitely be keeping this film in the back of my mind for when I’m in need of some insight and inspiration.