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C&N: Assignment 5, Development

Back - submission - rework - development - contact sheets - tutor feedback
Asg.1 - Asg.2 - Asg.3 - Asg.4 - Asg.5

Initial - Assessment criteria - Reflection

Construct a stand-alone image of your choice. Alternatively, you may choose to make a series, elaborating on the same theme.
As the culminating assignment for the course you may wish to draw upon skills learned from Parts One to Four – using various forms of Earrative, using yourself as subject matter, telling stories and reading images. The only stipulation is that you produce work that has been controlled and directed by you for a specific purpose. Remember to create a story with a specific context like the artists you’ve looked at in Part Five. This means you need to have an artistic intention, so a good place to start would be to write down some ideas. This could then form the basis for a 300-word introduction to the piece. You may find it helpful to draw storyboards to help you visualise your ideas.
The aim of this assignment is to use props, costume, models, location, lighting, etc. to contribute to the overall meaning of the image. (Use flash/lights if required but available light is fine as long as it is considered.)
If the narrative is to be set in a different era then the elements of the image must reflect this. Also consider the symbolic meanings of objects and try not to be too literal in your approach. For example, don’t automatically use red roses in a love scene but try to be subtle in your ideas to obtain a more true-to-life scenario.
For this final assignment, you should also include an illustrated evaluation of the process you went through to produce your final image(s). Include snapshots of setting up the work and write about how you felt your direction went, how you found the location, props, etc. How did this process affect the final outcome? Write around 1,000 words in total (including your 300-word introduction).
Send your final image(s) to your tutor, along with your commentary and relevant pages of your learning log (or blog url). C&N p.122

This page holds a detailed timeline of the project(s) undertaken for Assignment 5, the last of Context and Narrative.


Initial thoughts

All photographs are fictions, to a far greater extent than we are able or willing to acknowledge. Yet most of them still pretend to a high degree of verisimilitude and transparency, to the impersonal neutrality of windows on the world. A.D. Coleman, introduction to Theater of the Mind, 1967, pages unnumbered

So wrote A.D. Coleman in his introduction to surrealist trickster Arthur Tress's 1967 compilation of images, Theater of the Mind.

And as we learned in Asg.4 (well, I learned at least: it seems to have been fairly common knowledge), my hero Bill Brandt had a habit of faking images, using family and friends.


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References

Tress, A. (1967) Theater of the mind. NY: Morgan & Morgan.

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Barrett, T. (2000) Criticising photographs, an introduction to understanding images. 3rd ed. Mountain View, California: Mayfield Publishing

Fox Talbot, W.H. (1844-46) The pencil of nature. London: Longman, Brown, Green and Longmans

Friedlander, L. (2011) In the picture pelf-portraits 1958-2001 New Haven: Yale University Press

Lorant. S (1940) Chamberlain and the beautiful llama and 101 more juxtapositions. London: Hulton

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