Picturing the Body: Final Evaluation
The various tasks which I completed in this module ranged from negotiation right through to looking at the clothed body. It made me look at people in a whole different way. Something that is vital if I am to continue to create images of people. I need to delve deeper, to look at the person behind the image. I feel that I managed to achieve this through a combination of different shoots. I shot indoor, outdoor, clothed, semi-clothed and naked. I had to try everything to see what worked. There are certain ares that I want to expand on and intend to over the next eighteen months.
After completing a variety of tasks in this module I managed to create a one-off artistic piece. Something that is unique and special. Special, due to the time and thought which went into producing it.
On reflection I feel that this module has pushed me more than any other so far. Simply because it covered such a wide area of options. Much of my work was based around the naked body. Not in a sexual nature, although this can be a very grey area when the images are viewed by some. My problem could be that as an image maker I often look from the inside out. I probably don’t spend enough time looking from the ‘outside’ in. This is something I need to think more about in future now that I am entering the professional world of photography.
Technically, I managed to produce a large fibre based image from a darkroom set up at home. This for me was a massive achievement in itself. It also means that in future I can spend more time developing my practice and photographic techniques without relying on the help of outside sources. When I leave university I will not have access to a darkroom. So it stood to reason that if I wanted to continue to shoot with film, then this is something that would need to be addressed. I did just that.