To formalise your plans for your research project and help you to effectively plan and map out the development of your research project over the next year of the course, complete an Illustrated Research Project Proposal. It should be an engaging and enthusiastic document that communicates both your passion and enthusiasm for your project, and its broader relevance and importance.
Your proposal will:
Assignment GuidelinesThe Illustrated Research Project Proposal should also include:
My illustrated proposal
Consider your practice in relation to this topic’s presentation and reading. How does truth, reality and authenticity feature in your research project?
Select a single image from your project and post it to the forum below, along with a short explanation. You may wish to mention technical choices, methods and workflows, or research may play an important role for you. Your practice may make an effort to convey a realistic narrative around a subject, or questioning reality through your practice may be a strategy for exploring notions of truth, reality and authenticity.
In my project I am looking at our relationship with the countryside and the effect our surroundings have on how we feel and behave. I want my photographs to be immersive and engage the viewer to try and give them a sense of what I am seeing, feeling, and thinking through the narrative of the image. Consequently, I want the images to be realistic and authentic to give a more genuine aesthetic to the photographs.
While exploring new Ideas I took this image using Google Street View:
So, is this 360-degree image true, real, and authentic? It is certainly immersive and does indeed represent what I was seeing around me, but it was created by an app on my phone and stitched together from 41 separate images, taking several minutes to go through this process (if you look closely, you can see where the software hasn’t quite managed to stitch together accurately!).
AFTER PHOTOGRAPHY: Reflection
Consider how your ideas around photography’s relationship with reality and truth might have changed as your practice has evolved:
· Has image manipulation ever been a significant part of your practice – professional or otherwise? Have you ever questioned this? Do you have a particular stance?
Image manipulation plays a very significant part of in my practice as I shoot everything in RAW then edit in Lightroom before saving to Jpeg. As my background was from Professional photo labs I am used to ‘manipulating’ images, as we used to add colour and density corrections to negatives when producing prints. I think of Lightroom as a ‘digital darkroom’ and am just adjusting my ‘digital negatives’ (as I think of my RAW files), to create the ‘correct’ look of my images to make the subject look the same in the finished photograph as it looked when I took the original shot. Of course, sometimes a bit of ‘artistic licence’ does come into play to ‘enhance’ an image to make a scene look more how you would have liked it to have looked, rather than the reality of what it actually was, for example, recent shots of autumn landscapes where I have increased saturation to bring out the colours more.
· Have you ever consciously constructed an image, or a sequence of images, to try to portray a persuasive, positive impression, maybe market a product or construct a reality you were not entirely at ease with? Did you learn anything through that experience?
· Have you ever, as Sontag put it, "designed events to be photographed"? Have you ever been aware that your presence, with a camera, had a direct influence on a turn of events which might otherwise not have happened?
The only example I can think where I have done this is when taking publicity shots for a singer/ songwriter friend of mine and we have staged a scene specifically for the photo shoot.