Back in June, I did some work on a Project that I tentatively titled "Tied". It was linked with Assignment One, and I blogged about it here - http://stansocapwdp.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/tied-project-derived-from-assignment-one.html. What started as a documentary-style project about the methods used to tie field gates in my immediate area - albeit one with symbolic possibilities - became, like many projects that I've looked at lately, more about the process of producing photographic art than about the subject matter (albeit, that subject matter remains in place). I did more work on it at the time but then got sidetracked into other things. Since these images might well form all or part of my final submission for Assignment One, I've been back to it again in the last week.
Reflecting on what it's actually about, rather as I did with Assignment Five:
· It certainly stems from a documentary-style interest in this phenomenon of tied gates and an inclination to record them.
· But, finding myself thinking about whether the subject would be better photographed in sunlight, even light, low sun, or whatever, I came to realise that I was actually getting (overly?) concerned about the 'craft' aspect of the photographic process - as much to do with what others might think as it was to do with my own aesthetics or interests.
· This coincides with the Assignment Four research on Still Life and the transparent image processing of Lucas Blalock (who, by coincidence, often includes rope, hoses etc in his images). I began 'playing around' with the images in Photoshop, leading (and some Mishka Henner influence to be acknowledged here) to the idea of completely removing the very subject I'd set out to photograph.
· In some cases, that processing went further, highlighting the strings, ropes etc in different ways.
· Finally, with one image, where, as one would expect, the string passes out of sight behind a gatepost, I came up with the idea of 'creating' an image of what couldn't actually be seen in the original image.
· And so, the images have probably come to be almost entirely about the presentation of any subject matter in a photographic image. They deal with the issues of truth and reality in photography, and with the layers of influence and decision-making in the process of making photographic images - in a not dissimilar way to my series for Assignment Five.
I've been thinking about how they might be presented and have explored the idea of combining different version/stages together. There are four examples below.
Presentation needs a little more thought & I would need to process some of the other images in a similar manner, but I'm quite interested in the way these explore, and maybe question, the extent to which photographic image-making plays with truth and reality. Maybe?