Stripping the image back to its bare pixels

I’m interested in thinking about the duration of an image and where the image comes from. This sure enough was a photograph that I have digitised and done some repair work to. However, I wanted to see what it looked like as the individual pixels its made up from. The image on the right hand side is just that. A stripped back to 12x8.5 Pixels squared. A contrast of the new from the old and the analog to the digital.

WIP: Great Great Grandfather on the Philips side.

WIP: Great Great Grandfather on the Philips side.

WIP: Great Great Grandfather on the Philips side stripped back to its bare 12x8.5 pixels squared.

WIP: Great Great Grandfather on the Philips side stripped back to its bare 12x8.5 pixels squared.

Project Development: 1

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Ive been spending some tie with these images recently to see what jumps out at me and what it is that I find so special about my family archive. I remembered the super 8 film stills I took of the television whilst playing ym grandparents super 8 video and in particular I found myself staring at the distortion of the picture, and the RGB distortion. It creates a new images, one that appears to be in a contemporary setting and shows the sign of the digital hand. Its quite amazing that this duration of time captured on super 8 by a close fiend has gone form one state to another and finally ended up being rephotographed again at the end.

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I recreated this distortion on the photograph of my great grandfather in a more controlled setting than the distortion from the super 8 video.

This if viewed with a pair of 3D glasses gives the illusion of a more present image. An image from a private archive of someone who is no longer alive made public, larger and more ‘alive’ adds something to the conversation about making my private archive physically public.

Turner Prize 2018: Charlotte Prodger

I was very interested indeed to hear Charlotte talk about “fixed lengths of film” and how they “correspond to a fixed period of time”. The intertwined relationship between the body and technology. I’m personally not so interested in this relationship between the body and technology but I am interested in Prodger’s discussion on technology and in particular this idea of the fixed duration fo time determined by the length of film.

I have never really thought about this duration being determined by a physical length of material before and its a really thought provoking idea. Particularly the idea of the family photographs Ive ben looking at are a sequence that ave been determined by a duration fo time and the length of the film.

Prodger also talked about her fascination with 16mm film, and this has come at an ideal point in my research as I have just been looking at my grandparents super 8 wedding video wondering how I can work with these images. Lots of ideas and thoughts about it to come…..

Holy Land Slides

Whilst thinking about the metaphorical journey taken by my grandmother as part of her arts of memory approach in The Holy Land, I keeping looking at both he image and the physical object of the slide. Interestingly these slides are undated and are labeled ‘Original on Kodak’. I find this even more interesting as it seems these aren’t original and are in fact tourist memorabilia. This also links quite nicely to the fact my grandmother spent many a year there as a tourist. One other point I would like to raise is the link these physical slides have tot hat of the family album photographs taken whilst on holiday. Although these are in some ways eluding to be that of the amateur holiday snap but are actually professional reproductions.

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Travelling along a familiar path - Memory Palace

Thinking about the idea of travel, in particular travel in a metaphorical sense along a familiar path is part of the arts of memory technique. I started to think about this in relation to y grandmother and her familiar travels to The Holy Land years after year on pilgrimage. Is this a familiar path? It almost feels like a familiar path to me although I have only travelled it once.

Taking influence form Thomas Albdorf’s use of Google Street view I had a ‘cyber’ look around Jerusalem using Google Streetview. One image was particularly interesting to me.

Tourists always get in the way, Jerusalem, 2018

Tourists always get in the way, Jerusalem, 2018



Exhibition Space

Ive chosen a rather large space to exhibit my FP in. mainly due to a good discount and its underneath where my co working space is so easily accessible for measuring etc. Its also in Bethnal Green so a pretty good location for people to visit if they should wish.

Installation Views of Four Corners, 121 Roman Road, London where I shall be showing my FMP.

Initial Test shoot

Some initial still life studies shot a few weeks back of some of my grandmothers objects from her cabinet of curiosities. They feel almost fetishised in some way here. Out of context and a little non descriptive. I feel like they are void of anything to do with my grandmother which is what this whole investigation I suppose is all about - MyGrandmother, and me, my identity?

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Grandparents Super 8 Video revisited

I wanted to recreate some more stills from my grandparents super8 video but in colour using a digital camera. They have a certain distance to them which I didn’t feel from the black and white versions. I quite like the blur and out of kilter framing of the images and the almost ‘between' image’ that has appeared where I have shot a frame between the super 8 frames. Perhaps it would be interesting to see if these could be scanned professionally to create higher resolution still frames… Something to look into.

Working with archives: David Fathi - Anecdotal

My recent experiments relating my grandmothers cabinet of curiosities has lead me further down the path of working with archival material rather than making new imagery. I wanted to look at other practitioners who have created new narratives out of existing works and was directed towards the work of David Fathi.

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I love his reworking of images and especially the window the viewer is given to see into his research methods. The projects are all very well researched and then displayed in a very succinct fashion on his website and in print.

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Similarly to what attracted me to Daniel Sheas work, Fathi has a fantastic way of visually showing the narrative by using three similar images showing a sequence of time. There is here also a very clear cinematic approach to his image curating.

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Family Album - Scanning the archive

Having been given a box of slides from my grandmother I wanted to look at another strand of where I came from - my identity. Apart form the nostalgic feelings surrounding looking at archived images, this is the first time this slide has ever been scanned or even seen larger than through a slide viewer. In some ways this also comments on todays digital workflow where images are shot digitally and then uploaded to a cloud.

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My Grandparents Super 8 Wedding Video

After listening to David Campany talk about photographing his television screen as a young photographer I wanted to give it a go but with something of value to my project. The relationship between time and duration interlinks here with the moving image being frozen in time. The refresh rate lines appearing on the image because I had chosen a shutter speed to slower the refresh rate on the television. This however is an element of new technology, and nothing to do with the actual super 8footage being viewed. I would like to photograph these again using a more appropriate shutter speed to see what results.

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Grandmothers Archived Material

Whilst completing my project proposal, I wanted to start looking at and spending time with some of the objects I am to work with on this project. I had thought of shooting these with window light to add a little character into he images. However, even on my first look at them through an iPhone camera I realised that the background will need to stay consistent throughout. Ideally this means shooting in a controlled studio environment and all at the same time.

Another issue I have thought about it actually the Cale of some of the items and the minimum focus distance of my camera lens. Im going to look into Macro lenses to see whether I can hire one to shoot this project on.

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