Now, let’s start 🙂
To start off, we began attending a series of lectures over four weeks that gave us an introduction to this module as well as some basic examples outlining where we could take this proposal. During this time we explored ‘deeper meaning’ – looking into different representations.
What really caught my interest was surprisingly how individuals (more often than not) interpret your work in ways far different from your own personal intent when you created the images – we explored this theory via photography.
First off our tutor gave us a word and two letters to represent through a photograph. We had 15 minutes to wonder the campus and capture what we believed represented what was scribbled on our paper, after which the other students were to guess what the meaning behind each image was.
Here is mine and another guy from my classes work:
The image above is not quite as stereotypical as one would think at first glance… though depending on how you look at this representation, it could well be.
This image was staged to represent the word ‘Victory‘. And no, we didn’t just do a v shape to represent v for victory, we did our research and found that this symbol has been used countless times throughout history by people in power when they have achieved victory in politics, war or any other event of significance. The black and white colour scheme was applied to emphasise the historical significance of this symbol, also to add an air of mystery and depth to the image as a creative piece.
Here we have a photograph representing D for Denied. Both the fence and the no-smoking sign play an important part in this image, the main emotion being denial. On the left the sign is stopping smokers from doing what they do best… but on the right side however, the fence is stopping them from reaching the blue skies on the other side where freedom, and surely, the right to smoke lie in wait.
I chose this angle particularly because it cuts everything else out of the picture, the location, the context, the people, leaving you only to focus on what is important, the sign, the fence and the blue skies in the distance.
Not many people guessed this one which I found interesting, though most agreed it made sense when they were told the intention of this photograph.
Last but not least we have the word Decay. I mean it’s a little obvious to take a picture of something that is dying, though I chose to use this image above all the others for one simple reason: there is life within this image. By life, of course, I don’t mean any sentient being, but instead you see dead and dying plants, but behind them you see their former, thriving selves in all their flourishing glory.
This comparison is the most important for me because it is almost showing the life cycle of something that is decaying, but is still reminiscent of what it used to be.
Looking at the focus points, I blurred both the foreground and background, whilst keeping the point of focus sightly away from where the viewer’s eyes would first look. The reason for this is because I want them to pay attention to the dead plants, the decaying plant and then the thriving ones behind. The blur in the foreground is on the opposite scale of the background which shows life – it shows death and the blur that comes afterwards, fading away from life like everything eventually does.
This post has taught me that meaning is so very, very important, and that sometimes leaving a bit of mystery and letting the viewer decide for themselves what they think the meaning is, can also work wonders for an image as no two opinions will be the same.
Thankyou for viewing!