P.283 Shawn Records and Lucy Turner

Task 2

Out of your Head

Step 1, Original Synopsis:

Step 2, Original Post:

Through the task leading me to a specific building, I was made to look into the details of things a lot more than I normally would. This led me to noticing the graffiti on the pillars surrounding the building; I found a pattern of ‘BF’ written on each one. When photographing these I used my smart phone, aiming for the same amount of wall at the side of each one. This was with the intention to make a collage of them all next to each other, to create a typology. I kept all the images in colour, increasing the saturation slightly. I felt this showcased the design of each image more than black and white would. I wanted to showcase the design because I realised I wouldn’t normally notice graffiti marks like this as I walked past, but when you look for them, there are so many different designs and individual identities behind them.

Step 3, 5-8 Image body of work:

  

Step 4, Critical Rationale:

I have expanded upon the original class task as it made me think about the hundreds of unseen marks left by people that I walk past everyday but never take note of. Due to this I focused on one road, Far Gosford Street, and photographed various different graffiti marks left by people. I focused on one road to view the variety of individual traces left by people in a confined area. I mainly only photographed a detailed section of the graffiti I found, as each of them is very individual and I wanted to showcase the design elements. I have presented them in a grid format as a typology, through inspiration from Bernd and Hilla Becher’s industrial typologies. I shot the photographs all in colour using the same digital camera, keeping the concept the same for all to create unity between the photographs but to also highlight the individual aspects of design in each.

This task has helped develop my photographic eye, in the sense of creating story narratives out of details I would not normally notice. In addition to this, it has made me focus on design within the image. Not just relying on the content, but how the photograph is captured and explored to help guide and expand the story. Furthermore, it has helped with the way I present work; exploring different avenues that help aid the narrative behind the images. Using a grid format helps represent the similarities yet differences of peoples traces from one singular road, something a projection or prints on a wall may not do, which I feel I can expand into a larger project.

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