I bought some off-white textured paper to write my quotes on; I cut the paper to size and then measured out where the halfway point was so that I could write the quotes in the centre of the paper. This also shows the style in which I decided to write my quotes in.
This is a close up of how I displayed my quotes in my frames that I got; I chose a dark, rustic wood for the frames as I liked how it wasn’t as neat and tidy as some others and I found this frame a lot more interesting. The inside border in the frame also works well with the off-white paper containing the quote.
These are all 6 of my frames up in my degree show; after my artist research I decided on the simplistic layout for the frames- all the same size, same frame, level with one another with the quotes positioned in the same place.
I was quite pleased overall with how my degree show turned out, as well as how my photos looked- as I thought they were quite bold and striking to the viewer. Therefore I was thinking about a way in which to encapsulate the essence of my exhibition, yet in a different form.
That is when I started thinking about creating a book with one of my photographs on the left page, and then facing the photo on the right page would be a quote from that person. I am going to pursue this over summer, as well as take more photographs, so I do not lose my interest in art after University.
Throughout my artistic practice I have used photography to get a greater understanding of peoples insecurities about their bodies. In my photographs I have been focussing on singular body parts that people have told me they are most self conscious of. To get a deeper appreciation of the insecurities that people have about themselves I have also been asking for quotes on what they are most insecure about, as well as the reasoning behind it, and trying to find creative ways in which to display these feelings and thoughts about themselves.
I have been looking in to peoples insecurities as I find it interesting how people view themselves in such a negative way; as well as how these body image problems affect them in their everyday lives. I have been using photography as a medium to show that these flaws that people think they have should be celebrated rather than hidden, yet still keeping the people photographed anonymous in order to make them more comfortable.
Throughout my whole artistic practice I have focussed on body image issues; throughout my sketchbooks containing life drawings as well as photos. It is important to me that we strive to help people accept and love their bodies, and the way I have chosen to do this is by photographing their bodies that they are most insecure about in an attempt to show them that they should love these parts of themselves as they make them who they are.
I chose this select few photographs from my edited photo collection and thought that I would test how they looked in an exhibition space; as I have done before.
I chose to do another exhibition at Missoula because I particularly liked the wood panelled background as well as the corner section of the room I displayed in. I used the latest photos that I have taken and edited, as well as the ones I plan on using in my exhibition. I used 14 edited photos in this exhibition; 6×4″ in size. I chose to use more photos in a smaller size because my quotes are not yet complete therefore I can’t display them. It also gave me a better idea as to how to display my photographs as well as what order to put my photos in.
Then these are my final outcome in the degree show. I used black carpet tacks to secure each corner of each photo to the wall as I found that the rough black tacks went well with the black and white photos; and the fact that they are half sticking out of the wall, some of them bent, gives the imperfect, striking look I was going for in the theme of my work as well as the photos. I only used 8 photographs in my degree show, as I had another wall of frames along side my photos and I felt more photos would have been too much to take in for the viewer. As I have previously explored, I went with the simplistic layout, with the photos also being in line with the frames.
These are the photographs that I have edited and that I am thinking about using in my degree show. I couldn’t decide between some of the more similar photographs, therefore I plan to print them all out on to photo paper so I can see which photos work best together. I also need to go through my past photos that I have taken this year to see if any of them are suitable for my exhibition- however I can’t choose too many as I want between 10 and 15 different photographs and quotes.
One thing that I have decided from these experimental edits is that I am going to have all my photographs be black and white for my degree show. I want to do this because I have found that the photos are more effective in black and white; making all the edits identical so there are no anomalies as well as making the shadows and shades throughout the photos stand out more to the viewer.
After doing my developmental photographs I wanted to take some body image photographs in the photography studio with a proper white backdrop and lighting. The following photos are the ones taken here, however not yet edited.
These photos are my unedited pieces taken after asking about peoples insecurities. I wanted to take some photographs in the studio as they are better quality and the edits will be clearer on account of the better lighting. I am quite pleased with these outcomes so far, as they really delve into the peoples insecurities that I photographed- however when looking at the photos there is a level of grace and beauty to these so-called imperfections.
The next thing I need to do is edit all my photographs and decide which to use for my degree show; and possibly take more photos if I don’t have enough.