I researched about the idea of phototherapy years ago when I was shooting my project "Sarah". I looked at how Jo Spence used image making to come to terms with her illness, and it is something that I now have started to look at again in a wider context.
"Traditionally, the portrait is typified by the notion that people can be represented by showing aspects of their 'character'. We understand the portrait differently. Instead of fixity, to us it represents a range of possibilities which can be brought into play at will, examined, questioned, accepted, transformed, discarded. Drawing on techniques learned from co-counselling, psycho-drama and the reframing technique we began to work together to give ourselves and each other permission to display 'new' visual selves to the camera." Rosy Martin and Jo Spence
Spence also worked with ideas around family I'm beginning to wonder why it is that I photograph? Why the huge interest in the family album, but yet the lack of new family photographs? An almost obsession with the characteristics of the album photograph described as its own aesthetic of "the snapshot".
When I think about the photograph as an object, and the viewfinder I use to constantly look through, to record, I wonder what it is that I am searching for? Whatever it is I am starting to get the feeling that it isn't so much what it is that I am photographing, but what I am not photographing. It was talking to Cemre my tutor about the editing process where she described an edit as just as much about what to leave out as what to include . Thinking about the same process in my broader practise leads me to think more about the photographs I choose not to make and why....?
Whilst scrolling on Instagram, I came across this post which made me stop and read for a little longer than I would normally spend with an image on Instagram. "Made me feel" is a photographic project by way of Phototherapy. The photographer who I had never come across before had used this act of making new work as a therapy - as a phototherapy. As it was also made into a hand made zine it also filled the obsession I have with printed matter.
Donnelly, K Made to feel - 2017, Instagram, 20-03-2017 Available at: www.instagram.com/kza_ [accessed 1 Jul. 2018].
Spence, J. (2018). Jo Spence: Work. [online] Jospence.org. Available at: http://www.jospence.org/work_index.html [Accessed 1 Jul. 2018].