p.271 John Pilson and Katie Bywater



Step 1: Tweeted summary of task.

Step 2: Visual Portrait of Artist.

John Pilson believes that in our our daily lives which are saturated with photographs is not necessarily a negative thing to ambitious photographers. He believes that personal work continues to be made from a thoroughly degraded material. For this portrait of I have expressed his love for videography as well as demonstrating the creation of something new from used material. Adding his video clips together can be seen to create a new narrative.

Step 3: Image in the style of the Artist.

John Pilson’s photography explores the corporate space, linking the ordered logic of the grid and line of modernism and minimalism to the rigid grids and lines of the office. I have emulated Pilson’s approach from his photobook Interregna (2007)by photographing the work space in my house focusing on lines and shapes, as well as being devoid of human life to animate the room leaves the image cold and impersonal, like the corporate environment.

Step 4: Completed task.


Step 5: Critical Rationale.

This task was very exciting as well as challenging; I had never sat down and considered which artists I admire. It was a learning curve in itself to research the artists and styles I loved. I firstly began to look at Francesca Woodman’s work as I have studied her before; therefore one style I wanted to use of hers was to use my own body as self-expression. Another artist I came across was Sara Larusso who describes her images as “a gentle metaphor of sex” (Baritaux, 2016), which I found so beautiful. One aspect of her style that I wanted to emulate were her use of objects to explore the female form. This reminded me of Viviane Sassen’s photobook Roxane II that inhabits similar themes as well as self-identity.

Each of these artists had stylistic aspects that I admired and wanted to use for my own images. The task instructed me to ‘shamelessly copy’, which I found uncomfortable doing, copying styles straight from an artist feels like plagiarism, however as the next part of the task instructed me to ‘use more than one style at once’ which put me at ease. This meant that from using all the different styles I liked from each photographer, I was able to create something new and personal to me.

I really wanted to make use of the word ‘shameless’ in my imagery, as the task also instructed me to ‘photograph the things I desire’, I wanted to push myself out of my comfort zone and be free to self express without being shamed for doing so. This task gave me the opportunity to do just that. Here I have used my nude body to explore my female identity, without sexualising it as that is typically how the female form is portrayed. I also adopted Marilyn Minter’s approach to crop into my images to only reveal small details at a time.

Baritaux, Z. (2016) Photographer Sara Lorusso’s sensitive take on sexuality and self-discovery [online] available from https://i-d.vice.com/en_us/article/photographer-sara-lorussos-sensitive-take-on-sexuality-and-self-discovery [27 April 2017]

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