Inspired by the task set, Words and Photographs, and by Alec's own practice, I decided to make my communication to him in the style of a newspaper article. This gave me more to consider, such as length. I had to get to the point, word it well, and condense it into the size of a small newspaper article. This was quite a fun exercise, allowing me to play with layouts and putting my image within a journalistic setting to see how it works. Below is the article.
For this task, I interpreted and adapted slightly. Although it does not specifically state to use a photograph taken previously, and not specifically taken for the task, it is implied. This was my plan, to rummage through old projects. However, while out hiking I took a photo that seemed to be perfect for this task, and was partly inspired by Soth's style.
Below are the final images (original, and printed with text added), and the critical rationale.
For this portrait in the style of Alec Soth I primarily focused on three things, light, truth, and story. In some ways this image was taken somewhat unexpectedly. I knew I wanted to create a portrait, with strong narrative, but was not going to do it when I did. However, everything came into place perfectly.
Whilst waiting an hour for a train home from a long day hiking in the British Countryside, the lighting was perfect, and the story was there. The day was spent exploring the countryside, and my friend was...
Alec Soth is an American photographer situated in the Midwest. His work is highly influenced by the exploration of the American Midwest, away from the highway. His work is explorative, and often transcends beyond photographs, drawing inspiration and creating a body of work with the use of text, found letters, and video. Gathered Leaves (2015) exhibition and accompanying book set showcased a selection of his most well know and iconic work, including work from Broken Manual (2011), and Sleeping by the Mississippi (200...
Hope you have found this letter okay! I decided to do an open letter, as in my interpretation of your self-portraiture task, I feel they go well together within the idea of honesty and vulnerability. I am a second year BA Photography student at Coventry University in the UK. Our current module, Phonar, revolves around The Photographers Playbook, which you contributed to. I was lucky enough to get assigned your task, The Self Portrait.
I have said that every task I have been set has been challenging, which...
Janet Delaney is an American social documentary photographer, who is well known for her series South of Market. This has been on and off since 1978. This project documents her neighbourhood in San Francisco and the changes it goes through due to urbanisation and regeneration. Her work focuses on the more negative changes and human impacts of the developments.
Despite her work mainly revolving around urban themes and cities, another project that caught my eye was housebound. This gives an intimate loo...
For this task we had to develop one of the tasks that was set in class (which are all below), but use video and or audio to capture them. I decided to develop one of Lucas Foglia's Make it Seem tasks, make it seem sad.
Tim Walker - Photograph Something you Love
Lucas Foglia - Make it Seem
Susan Meiselas - Finding Letters
I chose to develop the Make it Seem task as it is the one I found most fun, but also the most challenging. It was strange focusing mostly on the viewpoint and light to convey a feeling to t...
As part of our tasks for Phonar, we have to create some form of communication to the author of the task. For my communication to Reid Callanan I wanted to keep it fairly simple, and immersive. Therefore leading me to write and post a letter. I found an address on the Santa Fe Workshops so will be posting it there, hoping it gets to Callanan.
Below are the scans from the letter I am sending (I know, my handwriting is atrocious).
For this task set by Janet Delaney, I had to create a raw and honest self portrait. To help with this, I had to start by writing a list of ten nouns, adjectives, and verbs that describe how I feel about myself and who I am at the moment. Drawing from that list, you shoot. This was something I found very challenging. But I feel it has helped me as a practitioner. Once again putting myself into the work.
Out of all the tasks so far – and potentially the rest to come – this task, set by Janet Delane...