Research

Surfaces & Strategies // Contextual research // Elena Damiani.

I have recently come across work by Elana Damiani, and have been very inspired by her project Fading Feilds which reflects on the past and present.

The viewer struggles to grasp at once to totality of the image, which keeps fusing with the space in the background. As a result, the works function as constant reminders that it is only through the eyes of the present that we can catch a glimpse of the past, and that both realms -virtual and physical- merge constantly in the act of remembrance.

- Elena Damiani

The images from this project of hers are printed on to silk chiffon, which is translucent and causes the image to fade in and out of site depending on the position of the viewer.

I find my self drawn to her way of layering and manipulation of the images without making to many changes to the actual photo its self and allowing each image to be its self, and this has inspired me to start thinking that rephotography could play a role in my work, to help make the past of certain area's like Twentynine palms more apparent and shows it’s evolution to the present.

I am also very inspired by the way this work is presented. Having it displayed at a large scale helps to really capture the viewer's attention and wonder, allowing them to "play" with images.

Surfaces & Strategies // W. Five course work // Roadmap // Refection

Roadmap

Title of work: High Desert.

Keywords: Land, Community, Interdisciplinary, Collaboration.

Methods and methodologies: With this project, I will be exploring high desert areas in the American west (California, Arizona, and Colorado ) I wish to do so with of mix of techniques, such as digital, 120/35mm as well as cyanotypes.  
These images will range from environmental portraits to landscape within the communities I will be visiting.

I feel that this approach will offer a wider perspective of the subject and hopefully and alternative approach to straightforward documentary photography.   

I have also considered producing a few short videos that will help document the people and surroundings, as well as show my process. I hope to do this with my creative partner Mae Frances, so I can focus on producing images for my project.

Number of shoots: I intend to travel to my chosen locations and spend a few days shooting at each.

Outcomes:
I plan to produce a number of images with my chosen mediums that will be made into a publication and exhibit. 

The relationship:
All the work produced relates to my final project and is allowing me to explore, and connect with people within certain communities  I am visiting as well as the approach and techniques I want to use during this project. I feel that is helping refine and explore new ways of using digital and alternative process alongside each other. 


Surfaces & Strategies // Contextual research //

JACKRABBIT HOMESTEAD

After my first trip to Twentynine Palms, I came across Kim Stringfellow. Her work explores the Mojave desert. The Jackrabbit Homestead, in particular, caught my eye. They are a collection of mostly abandoned shacks left from their former residents, who received the land from the US government as part of the Small Trace Act of 1938.

Stringfellow spent time documenting some of the abandoned houses as well as interviewing local residents, historians, and artist, which reside in reclaimed structures and use them as inspiration for their work.

This led Stringfellow to produce a photobook, photographic exhibit, and web-based multimedia presentation featuring a downloadable car audio tour exploring the cultural legacy of the Small Tract Act.

This work and other projects that she has worked on, has greatly inspired how I want to approach my own work and allowed me to truly think about the presentation and methods that I could use to present my work and make it accessible to multiple audiences.

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