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.
Initially, this task set by Alec Soth seemed easy and straightforward. Picking an image and enhancing it with the addition of text. Despite these initial thoughts it was more of a challenge than I anticipated, the image had to work better with text than standing alone, and may images I looked at worked best alone.
However, when I shot this image it clicked, the image alone worked, but with text it could answer and ask questions about what is going on. Subconsciously I was probably working on the task while taking photos, baring in mind how text could enhance what I was showing, and even referencing Soth’s style in my image making. I started thinking about what to write, and despite knowing what I wanted to portray – a sense of location, escape, and what the subject is doing – it was very difficult to word it while avoiding simplistic description of the image. This was the trickiest part, really considering the relationship between the image and the text, and making it stronger rather than just captioning it. The text that I chose works well as it answers the question of what the man is doing, while creating a stronger narrative.
There is probably still a way to improve what I have said about the image, perhaps it could be seen as too ‘dreamily’ written, but despite wanting to play with a journalistic approach, I wanted to keep narrative and elements of adventure and storytelling.