In the spirit of keeping an open mind about the subject for my Body of Work, I am currently pulling together all the scraps of ideas from the last few years and working through what still resonates and interests me.
This was my ‘statement of intent’ as I progressed to Level 3:
Studying Gesture & Meaning has been a great experience, supporting the development of my practice, which is mainly focused on photographing people and the marks we make on the world.
As I continue on my student journey, I aim to improve my visual language skills to be more nuanced in my approach, seeing beyond the obvious and overcoming the challenges of being too literal in my work. I would like to build the confidence to transform abstract ideas into intriguing, multi-layered narratives.
I am particularly interested in ways of representing the ‘other’ in an ethical way and using this as a tool to bring about positive social change. I am also fascinated by how photography is deployed as a weapon of oppression and control and how easily this can be abused – at a State level but also by individual portrait photographers.
Moving onto Level 3, I would like to be more bold with my experimentation, taking an increasingly imaginative approach to projects, including looking at mixed media options. I hope to continue my exploration of photographs as ‘momento mori’ and would like to incorporate more found photography into this process. I would also like to research psychogeography in depth, as I strengthen my analytical skills and critical position.
My ambition is to have a show, one day, at Les Rencontres de la Photographie in Arles. In the meantime, I plan to continue to improve my technical skills and contextual understanding of contemporary photography and keep on making more, and better, work.
To make some sense of my current thoughts and to help shape Assignment 1, I have mind-mapped a few themes to look for the overlaps and intertwines:
Not necessarily much closer to nailing a ‘main idea’ but plenty of thoughts to start kicking about.