352MC Professional Photographic Practice – Revised Proposal
Coventry University BA (Hons) Photography
Professional Photographic Practice: 352MC
REVISED PROJECT PROPOSAL
Student: Holly Constantine Date: 03/03/2015
| 1.TOPIC / TREATMENT & AUDIENCEA brief description of the project you will be carrying out including the methodology you will undertake, the presentation strategy you aim to employ, and the context for which you intend to create the work.The themes that I will be looking at throughout this project include: memory, reminiscence, reconnection, association, and landscapes.For this project, I want to go back to my photographic roots by focusing on the area of Landscapes. My underlying inspiration and influence for my love of landscape photography stemmed from the relationship I had with my (deceased) Grandpa and the numerous family holidays we experienced in the Lake District. This project will involve me walking down paths that I experienced with him, allowing me to not only (physically) retrace my Grandpa’s steps, but to also recall the memories I associate with the journey, enhancing the idea of reconnection. As this project is dedicated to the reconnection and memory of my Grandpa, I thought it would be a good opportunity to invite my Dad to be a part of the projects process, which will allow him to reconnect and reminisce about his father through assisting in the creation of the project.
(The paths that I plan on revisiting within the Lake District include those that go around/up: Buttermere, Haystacks, Latrigg, The Langdales, Loughrigg Tarn, and Surprise View)
Re-walking these paths that hold a personal memorial significance within the Lake District, will provide me with the opportunity to create visual representations of my personal memories (and the process of remembrance) through photographing the path that I not only associate with the memories, but that have also triggered the recollection of these memories. (The paths that I will be photographing will essentially act as a pathway to the past through initiating my process of remembrance). In relation to the composition of these pathway images, I am currently planning on photographing them using a “middle-of-the-road” aesthetic which, through the perspective this style provides (due to its incorporation of leading lines), will enhance the ideology of journeying towards a particular destination, and could therefore be used to symbolize the idea of travelling down this pathway to the past. Also, with regards to the memory aspect of this project, I am planning on including the use of accompanying creative text in order to document and display the memories I recall; this will enhance the accessibility for the viewer by providing them with textual context, which will allow them to achieve a greater understanding of the project.
As a part of the methodology of the project, I will obtain and search through some of Grandpa’s old photographs and letters that, if I decide to use them for my final outcome, will enhance the projects theme of reconnecting and revisiting places and things in the past, through the addition of an archival aspect. (Taking this into consideration, through the development of this project, I am also planning on experimenting with the recreation of some these found photographs, which, once again, will be used to enhance the idea of reconnecting to things in the past). Throughout this project, I have also made the conscious decision to document the process of revisiting these places by taking polaroid snapshots of the experience and collecting different items (such as receipts from different hotels and car parks, as well as natural materials from the different locations), in order to showcase the methodology behind the project as a way of enhancing the personal reasons behind its creation. Finally, as an experimental aspect of the project, I am also considering creating soundscapes of the ambient noises of these revisited paths (as well as potentially holding an interview with my father to discuss the personal memories we associate with each of these places), which the audience can listen to whilst viewing my work, in order to create a tool that allows them to immerse themselves, and gain a greater understanding, of my personal, documented memories.
In regards to the presentation strategy, as this project is very personal, I am planning on including a number of different aspects within my final exhibition piece (including photographs and text) in order to present a more comprehensive project which, as stated above, will increase the viewers accessibility and understanding. Although this project is incredibly personal, and as I have made the conscious decision to produce this piece of work, I personally feel that the presentation of my piece should reflect the fact that I am embracing the sharing of my story. As a result of this, I am considering more “open” exhibition displays (including a solitary wall installation of the photos and accompanying text). However, as my project continues through stages of development, options regarding the presentation of my project will continue to evolve.
Relating to the research for this project, as you may be aware, for my Symposium, I looked at theories surrounding remembrance and reconnection through the use of landscape images as memory triggers. Throughout the Symposium module, I was therefore introduced to a number of academic and photographic resources that has provided me with relevant information that applies to the overarching themes of my Final Major Project, which I will spend time revisiting, in order to aid the academic contextualization of my project. (For example, the case studies I analyzed within my paper (Ann Chwatsky and Mikael Levin) provided me with ideas surrounding ways to best represent memories visually (increasing the viewer’s accessibility to a subjective and personal project), whilst the general research regarding the broader topic of memory has provided me with a theoretical understanding associated with the personal reasons behind this projects creation). In addition to this, through the participation in one-to-one and group tutorials with a number of university tutors and visiting practitioners, as well as independent research, I have been introduced to a wide range of photographers, artists and academic resources that I feel will be beneficial to reflect upon for the development of my project. These can be found below (excluding the resources that I gained from my Symposium module):
| 2. SKILLS AND RESOURCE REQUIREMENTSIdentify the skills you think you will need to develop, and the resources you envisage being required to enable a successful resolution of your idea within the given time and theme.Some of the skills I think will need to be developed, or used, throughout this project include:
The resources I will need to create my project include:
Please note: This project will be primarily self-funded (with some financial assistance provided by my parents in regards to travelling and accommodation) and will, therefore, mainly include the use of resources that I own or can get access to through the Media Loan Shop.
| 3. TIMETABLEPlan how you will use the study time allocated for this Module. This would include dates for tutorials, seminars, workshops, shooting, processing, printing, editing, mounting etc. (You are advised to build in a one-week buffer zone – i.e. have everything ready a week before the deadline, as something always goes wrong..!)August:
|4. OBJECTIVES AND OUTCOMESWith reference to the Assessment Requirements (see below) and Intended Learning Outcomes for this Module, specify what you intend to achieve by the end of this project and try and summarize what you hope to have learnt. This section should also include a sentence describing how you want your audience to respond to your work – how, ideally it would be appreciated and understood.Within this module I have many aims and objectives that I intend to achieve through the creation of this Final Major Project. Personally, I would like to create a final project outcome that I can be proud of. I want to create a piece of work that will allow me to develop my professional independence through the defining and contextualization of my work within contemporary practices and ideas, whilst also producing high quality photographic material. This will then allow me to include the work within my portfolio, diversifying the evidence of my range of photographic skills, which will increase the professionalism of my portfolio and therefore, hopefully, my employability.Another personal aim that I would like to achieve throughout this project, relating back to the context and reasoning behind the projects creation, is that I want to be able to experience a strong sense of reconnection to both my (deceased) Grandpa and my Dad. However, in terms of my specified audience, and how I want them to respond to this piece of work, I feel like my project will be accessible to a wide audience through the fact that it is exploring a relatable subject area: memory. I therefore want to create an immersive exhibition piece that will allow the audience to empathize with this feeling of connection, by allowing them to connect to me through the memories that my work displays. With this being said, I also want to make this immersive and empathetic piece reflective by enhancing the audience’s understanding of the process of recollection (e.g. faded memories become clearer through the introduction to a memory trigger). This will then allow the audience to apply this newly gained knowledge to their personal remembrance by encouraging them to consider their own memories (and memory triggers) that will later allow them to reconnect to their own lost loved ones. (To make this project more accessible to the viewer, I essentially want to focus the project more on the generalized act of remembrance, as this will later allow them to understand the more personal aspect of reconnection).
(These aims will be achievable through the choices I make in determining the outcome of my project, as I will be considering them through the developmental process.)
In regards to summarizing what I want to have learnt by the end of this module, the main skills I wish to enhance are writing (critical, reflective and creative), photographic (technical and creative) and research skills, as these are the main skills I will require if I am to pursue the future career option that I am currently considering (photographic features writer). Throughout the creation of this project, I would also like to challenge one of my main weaknesses (experimentation), by opening myself up to forms of experimentation without concerning myself with any possible negative outcomes that could be associated with it (i.e. ideas that the specific technique could be deemed inappropriate for what I want to achieve). Finally, I would also like to try and enhance my verbal and visual communication skills (to a proposal review board and specified market) throughout this project, as I feel that these will be required of me, on numerous occasions, in future careers and projects.
Remember the Assessment Requirements:
- A Body of Work appropriately formatted and presented. Produced in relation to the Project Proposal, the creation of The Body of Work should be realized through a rigorous process of critical research and creative experimentation. The final outcome should evidence ability to produce lens-based work of the highest technical quality, conceptual rigor and critical awareness. What constitutes a ‘Body of Work’ is purposefully defined loosely here. This should be self-determined in consultation with the module tutors and be concretely addressed in the Project Proposal. For example, it may be a series of 20 images, a video-work, or a sound and image installation. Whatever form the Body of Work takes, it should be conceptually resonant with the topic explored and represented in the work.
- Evidence of Research and Development, a Blog Booker summary of your blog, along with a paper copy and a digital copy of your updated Project Proposal. This should clearly illustrate the development of your strategy for making work and the research, development and experimentation underpinning it. The Research and Development may be comprised of blog entries, workbook, contact sheets, work-prints, tests etc.
- A Reflective Report no longer than 800 words. Through this piece of writing, the strengths and weaknesses of the methods used to create the final work should be considered. In addition, this critical analysis should consider how the work may function within the context(s) it was created for and how it relates to contemporary photographic practice. The development of this piece of writing should evolve through consultation with the module tutors. Draft and redraft, and bring these drafts to tutorials for feedback.