For this task, I looked into the previous tasks I’d responded to and made a project out of it. Here are the tasks I responded to via twitter:
Christine Shank – For this, we were given a random pack of objects and had to photograph the contents on our own, outside.
Shawn Records – We were given a set of directions and had to follow them and then photograph what the directions led to.
Aline Smithson – We were given 10 questions to respond to for this. I can’t list all here, but here’s an example of one.
The task I enjoyed most was the Aline Smithson one which we had to answer questions with. Within this, I found it interesting answering the question “Who Are You?” This is such a tough question to answer, and lots of people will probably have a different response to who they think I am. I wanted to focus on my own response to this and go further into portraiture as it’s something I’ve never really done before. I focused on what I’m self-conscious of and made quite vulnerable images, to allow people to see who I am more and for me to understand the answer better myself. I used out of focus shots for a lot of the images to show that even I don’t know who I am, and I think a lot of us never really will, we learn more and change each day.
1. This image would be the starter image, and you can tell I’m taking the picture myself due to my outstretched arm. This shows it’s portraiture, along with the title. The out of focus shot also shows what’s to come.
2. I feel like the thing I often notice most about myself is my slouched back and this is something people often point out too and tell me to stand straight. I often wonder if this is due to lack of self confidence that I hunch over, and is something I wanted to explore here.
3. I liked this image as a follow up image as it’s out of focus but I like how it makes my insecurities more appealing due to the lighting, which relates to how I’m trying to accept my insecurities and find beauty in them.
4. I wanted to take a picture of myself for this image, but realised I really hate having my picture taken and I wasn’t wearing makeup which is my mask and makes me feel so much more confident. Until recently, I’ve always had long hair too which I think I often used to hide behind due to a lack of self confidence.
5. I think this follows on from the previous image really well as I’m still not showing my face properly, but again it links to how I’m moving in the direction of accepting myself. I also placed my face in direct sunlight to show I’m exposed and vulnerable when I could’ve chose to hide in the shadows around my face. I kept this out of focus as I’m still not in a place where I’ve fully accepted myself, but I am moving towards it, and to also show I don’t really know who I am either.
For our first group task, I most enjoyed the Aline Smithson task which involved answering a series of questions with photographs. I most enjoyed this as I’ve never really focused on portraiture before or explored who I am within my photography. I was really interested in the question “Who Are You?” and the more I thought about it, the more I realised I didn’t really know. I realised everyone will have their own idea of who I am, and I often go on what other people say, but I’ve never really thought about it myself and who I think I am. I thought about my insecurities, and the things people don’t really know about me, to break away from what other people think I am, and to focus on things only I really know.
This was quite a vulnerable mini-project for me and isn’t something I’m often comfortable sharing, therefore I tried to make my images quite beautiful. I didn’t want to appear ashamed of my insecurities, I wanted to show that I’m growing to accept them. I used interesting lighting patterns to make the images more beautiful, and to also shine the light on my insecurities more to make them stand out rather than hiding in the dark. I’d really like to explore this more in future and develop it further, and there could be the potential to look more into nude portraiture which creates an even more vulnerable image, which is something I’ve been even more scared to try but think it can be done very tastefully and doesn’t have to show any body parts I wouldn’t usually show.