Final Presentation, May 9, 2017:
Pictured above is how this project remains currently. I am strongly considering doing something to further degrade the photographs towards the center of the piece. I feel that my concept of fleeting moments in time would be made stronger by having images appear more weathered or faded; in essence, ghostly.
Week 6: up-date, March 7, 2017
This week I did some further experimentation with my presentation strategy for my Time Project, “Fleeting Moments.” My maquette explores a wide variety of photograph sizes and shapes, plus higher quality prints juxtaposed with prints made on regular printer paper. I am very pleased with the degradation of the poorer quality prints creating ghostly-like images. The faded images are working well to represent moments long gone by, verses the more clearly seen images, representing moments not that long ago. The layers of this maquette have come together nicely, and I’m feeling more confident now, to move on to making the actual final piece.
Week 5: up-date, Feb. 28, 2017
After we gave our PowerPoint presentations, I learned that what I thought was working for my final presentation strategy for my TIME project, was not working at all. The feedback I got was that it was not unified due to the different canvasing methods, and that it looked too commercial. Meaning, it looked like a purchased multi-frame with family photos in it. The black and white photos were questioned as well. Is it necessary to make my photos black and white to convey my message of “fleeting moments in time?” Also, the composition of my individual photographed paper Christmas ornaments was not working either. So, back to the thinking chamber I went! I decided to make some changes and do a couple of experiments. For these experiments, I kept my photos in color, purposely printed blurry images, and tried two different methods of adhering the photos to a piece of raw canvas. The first method, I tried using homemade wheat paste. This method caused a lot of ink to bleed from the photos. The second method I used Mod Podge Exterior, just behind the photos, avoiding brushing the Mod Podge over the photos to reduce ink bleed, and then sprayed it with a coat of clear acrylic spray. Here are the results:
Week 4: up-date, Feb. 21, 2017
Week 3: up-date, Feb. 14, 2017
I have continued photographing old pictures, many of which have been crafted into ornaments that decorate my Christmas tree each year. I have discovered that photographing my homemade ornaments makes a very interesting image, especially for this project. Photographs of anything capture fleeting moments in time. Christmas ornaments are used only one time per year, and they are usually very cherished items. Each year, when the tree is decorated, memories come flooding in as each ornament is rediscovered. Now, I’m recapturing the captured moments of my photo ornaments, and their inclusion in this piece I feel will be the thread that ties it all together.
I have played around with different methods of making my prints as one with their respective canvases. Some are image transfers made with regular printer paper. Others are image transfers made with matte photo paper. The latter resulted in a truer black and white image transfer. I have also painted the edges of some canvases black, and then glued prints onto them. I like the mix of the different canvasing methods. I believe it gives the overall presentation a more organic feel. Some images appear more deteriorated than others, and that works well with my theme of a fleeting life. Our lives are made up of layers of moments that we just keep adding to as time passes by, whether we capture those moments in photographs or not. My approach to this project is to keep adding layers of moments to it, that have been captured in photographs. Through photographing, selecting, editing, and crafting my canvases each week, I expect to have a rather large display of canvases reflecting the time that has passed.
Week 2; up-date, Feb. 7, 2017
After class last week, I have decided to take a different direction for my project on “time.” For me, time is about how fleeting life is. When looking at old photographs, I am amazed at how I can often remember being in that moment; either as the subject or photographer, and then I’m hit with “how was that so long ago? It feels like only yesterday.” So, I have started photographing old photographs that I would like to layer in with recent self-portraits in my finished presentation of this piece. The self-portraits that I took this week were done with a “luck of the shot” approach. I put my face on the receiving end of the lens of my DSLR, while I hand-held the camera and took a series of photographs. I will continue to experiment with self-portrait techniques as I also continue to photograph old photographs.
This week, I made all of my photographs black and white. So far I am liking this choice because it limits the palette and it gives them a timeless feel. I am influenced by the artist, Annette Messager, and her layered hanging photograph pieces such as the one titled “My Vows”, 1988-91. Seeing her artwork made me think about layering photographs in a collage for my final presentation on this project. I experimented with mounting photographs on stretched canvases as an alternative to framing them and I plan on continuing with this approach. It gives the photographs a crafty feel which I like. It will add some great character to my finished piece. I haven’t figured out yet if I’ll hang them with strings like Messager does, or if I’ll glue them together and hang them as whole. I do envision a thick, layered collage of my photographs though. The old photographs mixed with new self-portraits, and layered thoughtfully in final display, I feel will convey my message of a fleeting life.
Week 1 Jan. 31, 2017
The main idea behind my project for “time” is to take selfie shots with my iPhone on a regular basis over a fifteen-week period. The older I get, the more fascinated I become when I look back a family snap shots in my cell phone from just a couple of months previous, and there are noticeable subtle changes I see in myself and my family. I hoping to allow myself to become very vulnerable with this project and not color my never-ending growth of snowy-white gray roots in my hair. They return almost as quickly as I put the empty bottle of hair dye into the garbage can. Perhaps it is time for me to embrace this honorable badge of living a stressful life, and well, getting older. I’m interested to see how that goes and what my selfies will look like as the weeks progress. The question remains; however, will I be able to stay away from the hair dye?
I am planning to play with interesting compositions perhaps involving head and shoulder views, full face shots, and cropped close-ups. Out of my first round of selfies, I have grown a liking to the square frame available for picture taking on my iPhone. They remind me of polaroids, which evoke nostalgic feelings for me. I will also be experimenting with black and white images and thinking about creative ways for my final presentation of this project. My idea dovetails into the conceptual construct of the assignment “time” by documenting how I will change in my appearance over the course of fifteen weeks. The mood I’m in when the selfies are taken will also change how my image looks. This is a stressful time in my life for many different reasons, and also for the entire country. I’m curious to see as I get closer to graduation from Westchester Community College at the end of this semester, May 2017, what my facial expressions in my selfies will divulge.
I think the strength of my idea will fall greatly on how vulnerable I allow myself to become with this project. I also find portraiture to be very strong, and thought provoking across the spectrum of art making, especially self-portraiture. I am hoping that there will be fifteen – twenty-four images in the finished series. In order to get that many photos I think I am going to have to take a minimum of twenty-five selfies per week, as I did this week, but I most likely will take many more than that moving forward. My time management strategy to ensure that I complete the entire project is to just commit to taking selfies on a regular basis. My cell phone is almost always with me, so this should be very doable. Some of my concerns about the project are the quality of photographs that can be achieved with my cell phone. I love getting behind my camera and composing a shot, looking at everything in the frame. When you are doing self-portraits, that’s difficult to do. Selfies with a cell phone allow me to compose the shots more easily. I’m going to look into a lens that could be attached to my cell phone and see if that will help to improve the quality of my images.
I am influenced by the photographers Nicholas Nixon and Sally Mann, for their black and white portraiture, and the artist Christopher E. Manning for his use of polaroid pictures and his pieces that combine photography, painting and sculpture all in one.