Proposal for ‘Image and Reality’ Project
“I’ve dreamed a lot. I’m tired now from dreaming but not tired of dreaming. No one tires of dreaming, because to dream is to forget, and forgetting does not weigh on us, it is a dreamless sleep throughout which we remain awake. In dreams I have achieved everything.” - Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet.
My idea for ‘Image & Reality” is to explore fatigue which I experience myself and see in other people in London. When I walk around the city I experience this overwhelming feeling of exhaustion: everyone is chasing something, looking for fulfillment. We all have dreams that we want to conquer and sometimes the boom of the city can become too much; then we get this sudden sense of confusion, which leads to tiredness.
I intend to translate this through fashion and portraiture, which will remove all reality from my photographs, allowing me to depict my own story. I also want to add an element of water into my images as I feel this will evoke a sense of surrealism, transporting the viewer into a different world. Furthermore, my outcomes will be quite personal, as my condition makes me feel this way on a daily basis, therefore a part of me will be imposed within the images I take.
To support this project, I will look at relevant artist that construct emotionally powerful photographs, including Bettina Von Zwehl’s portraits, Erwin Olaf’s series ‘Grief’ (2007) and Corinne Day’s contribution to the ‘herion chic’ aesthetic . I feel that researching how we become fatigued will assist me in strengthening my narrative, as it will enable me to create more symbolism in my images.
Throughout ‘Image & Reality” I will explore various technologies such as analogue cameras, to broaden my photographic skills and knowledge. To further my research I will look at the distinction between the image and the perception of reality, by reading academic essays such as Truth in Photography: Perception, Myth and Reality in the Post Modern World, by Leslie Mullen (1998) and certain chapters of Mary Warner Marien’s Photography: A Cultural History (2014). By obtaining this information it will improve my ‘storytelling’ and teach me more about symbolism.
Throughout this project I will be taking experimental images using the aesthetic of the artists I research, in order to discover the complexity of the framing and form that are already out there and mold them into my personal style.