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 the audience rather than focusing on content and subject. This was challenging, as I was questioning myself more than I usually would if the content was taking centre stage. It frustrated me as well, when if the lighting was slightly different or if I could not get the desired viewpoint, the image would not work. This also allowed me to be creative in a new way, in some ways referring back to painterly type techniques and ways of thinking. Developing this allowed me to explore these themes while using moving image. The longer timescale to produce this also allowed me to construct the visuals more. Using video also allowed me to document and play with how time changes light and view point, and how slight changes to these can enhance a mood.
I chose to develop the ‘make it sad’ question out of all four as it is the one I think is in some ways more difficult. Personally speaking, I find it easier to make something seem happy rather than sad and want to challenge myself rather than stick within my comfort zone.
When doing this task the first time around I went out and explored my surroundings, seeking inspiration and what to shoot rather than having a clear idea in my mind. This methodology worked well the first time round so I stuck to it, going out camera in hand looking out for something happy to make sad. All I knew was that I wanted to use video predominantly.
When I saw the dandelions I remembered the fun I had when I was younger picking them and blowing off the ‘fairies’ making a wish. This is happiness. Choosing the right background and lighting I set about videoing my friend blowing it, which turned out fairly dramatic and the composed elements gave it the sad feel.
The original video is only fifteen seconds long. Slowing it down and doubling the time intensified it and made it sadder. Rather than the ‘make a wish’ connotations, it seems to signify the death of the dandelion rather than its magic.