Jennifer and I meet up on a regular basis, she was the whole reason I started this project and she is a main character in the project. This was very ad lib, as I wanted to just get my juices flowing after a week or so of not shooting on the project. We are going to arrange a shoot in the studio – I want to create a very minimal image without Jennifers make-up/wig/clothing to create a bare portrait which we can then add layers upon through text and paint.
I have been looking at different artists that are using different mediums within photography and it is somewhere I would like to go in the future. Gender is a construct which is embroiled and eloped in stories of age and culture within a recipe of biology. I want to carry on documenting certain characters journey, but in order to explore gender further I want to take my photography down other avenues that explore truth and perception. How can we truly represent ourselves, our identities and can a photography hold all that weight? What better portrays an individual – a video, a photograph, a painting, a collage? All or none?
Below are some images from Dada artist Hannah Hoch. I am aware that this module wants a documentary outcome, but I also think that looking at other avenues of portrayal is important when creating any form of photography project.
Studying documentary photography particularly highlighted by the topic of gender has just made even more aware of the complexities of depiction.
Much like a stroke of a brush, gender is just a performance a layer to ourselves. The film below, with all the extracts from newspapers over the years is another element that can be incorporated into a project about gender and societies acceptances and changing views on the idea of gender being fluid and not so binary as we think.
This is Jennifer in my bathroom, I was just messing about with light so these are just test shoots – not very good quality lighting in them. But very strangely, Jennifer’s shadow looked like Greg… it was a very bizarre situation and highlighted the performance/illusion we create.