During this weeks Picbod session, our next task is to photograph those who are close to us. I feel Ross Rawlings does such a beautiful job of this, his work is full of emotion and truth as he gives us an insight into his relationships and also the time he spends by himself.
I have no Idea how I am going to approach this task, so I decided to listen/watch a talk Ross gave to Coventry University last year.
His photographs are compelling and stunning, but it seems like it had a huge impact on his relationships. Rawlings describes the camera being the third person in the relationship with Charlotte, and it got to a point where all they did was fight and take photographs. His second relationship he talks about his girlfriend Abby, and how he felt like he was repeating himself with her, creating a similar body of work, and how he didn’t want her to feel like she was in his life for the sake of the project.
I don’t feel like I want to let a camera into my relationships, I think it would be a burden, but I am also finding it really intriguing, after all, the easiest people to photograph are the ones closest to us.
“Pre-visualize and produce a self portrait [using only available light*] unrestricted in theme and technique yet still supplying a message to the viewer. You should spend time first understanding what it is you wish to convey before then looking at the composition and mechanics of the image and finally production.”
This self portrait was taken during the twilight hour, just as the daylight was fading.
In our society we are constantly used to being stimulated, whether we’re watching TV, on our smart phones or on the Internet, how often do we make time for ourselves to totally switch off, to sit and think?
When it comes to our work, we are our own worst critics. After I had taken my portrait I wondered whether it was good enough, or if I should have another go. But after talking to Matt Johnston, he encouraged me to post it into the Google+ community. I was nervous to say the least, but decided to do it. Since putting myself out there I received really positive feedback, which boosted my confidence as an image maker. I hope to also gain skills in critiquing the work of others in this module as well as stepping out of my comfort zone.