P11 – Defined Personal Practice
Primary Statement of Intent Two
For the P11 – Defined Personal Practice module
My intentions towards my response to this module and its expected outcome will be detail here.
After the perceived success of my previous module, P10 – Negotiated Contemporary Practice, I have decided to further explore the subject of memory through the exploration of the familial home. My mother passed away after a long illness in the summer of 2012 and my intended approach will be to examine this difficult subject through my fathers relationship with the space they shared for the duration of their marriage. Having not lived in this space for many years I have become less aquainted with the subtle changes within the space but on my frequent visits I was always conscious that my mother’s tastes predominated.
Soon after the funeral my father (I had no input myself) had to decide what evidence of my mothers life he would keep but also far more painfully, which he would discard. This, I believe to be a slow process and one which is still ongoing. It is also one which, I feel gives a certain comfort to my father because he is now able to reconcile his feelings with that of the home they shared and he now has more control over how he choses to remember.
An example of this reconciliation is in the fact that my mother would never have dreamt of having a photograph of herself on show. My father now has many. Another would be that my mothers tastes went through different phases, especially for interior decor and colour schemes. Her favourite colour was always green but in the last months of her life she obsessed about the colour red. The house now has a curious mixture of red and green throughout the ground floor.
In conclusion, my exploration of the family home my father now inhabits after the death of my mother and how he has changed it in order to accomodate his memories will form the central motif of my visual and conceptual response to the P11 – Defined Personal Practice module brief.
For my initial research I will consider the photographic work of Kaylynn Deveney, Seichi Furuya, Larry Sultan and the book, Camera Lucida by Roland Barthes.
I intend to produce a photography book from the edited body of work I create. The book will have a hard cover and there will be a small introduction to provide context to the photographs. As well as this book, I also resolve to generate a minimum of 12 high-quality prints for display at the Hereford College of Arts 2014 Summer Show.
I feel that to accomplish my envisioned outcome for this modules final body of work I will use Kodak Professional Portra 120 colour film at ASA 400 with a Mamiya 7 medium-format range finder camera. This is due to the fact that I will be photographing subjects exclusively indoors which will entail uncertain lighting conditions. My choice of camera is simply one of expedience. I am comfortable with its use and am confident I can obtain the resultant aesthetic that I have anticipated for the final work.