Friday, 20 February 2015

Narrative Photography - Original Idea and New Idea.

My original idea for narrative photography was to capture photographs of a new born baby and a 100 year old man. With the photographs of the baby and the old man, I was going to interview the old man about his life and also take photographs of him and photograph some personal items. From the interview, I was also going to capture photograph of what he said through my own interpretation. My overall idea was going to be titled 'Narrative of Life' or '100 Years and Counting...', something along those lines.

I think the reason why I sparked this idea was because one of my sisters was due to have her baby and I had also found out that a man named Eric Walton at a Eothen Homes (a care home I used to volunteer at) had just turned 100 years old. I then found out that my sister had a baby boy (Figure 1) and thought that the idea fits. I instantly thought of capturing photographs of both, the 100 year old man, and the baby to create an over all narrative. Furthermore, my idea had grown and to create the narrative I was going to show the story in reverse. Showing the story in reverse of the man being old and then becoming younger I then thought of the film, 'Benjamin Button' and was going to used the sound track from this movie in the background.

Figure 1: First photograph for narrative old idea.
However, I did capture a photo shoot of my sisters new born baby boy, but wasn't able to capture the other part to my narrative, being in the care home. I had called the care home telling them what my idea was and asking if I could capture photographs in the care home. I then visited the care home with my brief assignment, identity of being a student of CCAD and also a bullet point list of what I would be doing.

Photographing Residents:
  • Portrait photographs of the residents.
  • Personal Items - Old photographs, jewellery, books, shoes, clothing, hairbrush, combs etc.
  • Talking to the residents about their lives to find out more about the older generation.
  • Documentary style photographs that will be presented to my photography class at CCAD.
The manager was more than happy to let me capture the photographs, but had to contact the care homes head office due to the date protection act. I understood that I couldn't just take photographs and would need permission from the head office, and also would have to get the residents or their family members to sign a form allowing their photograph to be taken. Photo copies of my brief,  a letter showing my identity  as a student at CCAD and list of what I was planning to capture had all been photo copied and faxed off to the head office and I was told I would be contacted further on the matter. A couple of days later I received a photo call from the manager of the home, telling me I wouldn't be able to capture the photographs of the residents. This was due to the head office not having control over what get photographed, how the photographs will be portrayed and how the photographs will be used. From the new I had just had, I knew I had to change my idea in that instant as I am running out of time for this assignment.

My new fresh idea is to capture photographs that create a narrative from a road trip. I will be traveling in the car and capturing photographs while I'm on a day out. For the photographic narrative I will show different places on stop offs at petrol stations, cafĂ©/restaurants and whatever I see while I'm on the stop off as well as on the road, before I reach my destination. The destination will conclude the overall narrative, but throughout will show the journey of travelling somewhere and things you see that reflect your mood while arriving at the desired destination. 

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