I have spent several weeks with ideas and thoughts going round and round in my head. But, making the transition from ideas into photographs caused some angst….then my mind would go blank again. It has been difficult to unravel concrete ideas which could be developed.
Then it struck me that this whole dilemma is taking over my life and therefore this is what I should be portraying – how I’m feeling right now! I set about shooting images that are confined to home (inside and out), because that is where I do my studying. I also feel that the ‘confinement’ represents how I feel about this assignment.
Using the self timer option on my camera I have experimented with coloured gels in attempt to capture different moods.
I am pondering whether to submit just one image or several, or whether to incorporate my images into a photo-montage or collage? I needed to research both to understand the differences.
Dictionary definitions read as follows:-
Photo-montage: a combination of several photographs joined together for artistic effect or to show more of the subject than can be shown in a single photograph.
Collage: a technique of composing a work of art by pasting on a single surface various materials not normally associated with one another, as newspaper clippings, parts of photographs,etc.
For photography purposes however, I think this is a more accurate definition:-
The collage is an artful, illogical, arrangement. There is little or no theme in the images used. The “photo-montage” by comparison, is an arrangement of photos to show off a common theme in the images. The theme is normally presented in a logical way.
So, now I’ve read these ‘definitions’, I think both would work well with what I am attempting to achieve – a confusion of images to reflect my mood. Looking through student blogs I note that this technique is well used and I’m not sure this is what I really want to achieve for my finished article. I want to push myself to develop the creativity in my photography work. I hear my tutor’s encouraging words; be bold, take risks, experiment, turn ideas on their heads!
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