After my recent tutorial my project has been thrown out. And now am left confused as to what my project is really about now. My tutor after seeing my work for many months and knowing what it is about decided he did not like what the work was about anymore.
The idea of who she was, who she wants to be and who she really is now isn’t the basis for the work. But rather now I am to play with the ideas of too many photos of Jess like capturing her in every way. Or break it down into images she both likes and hates and then ones I like and hate. Which to me is going to get repetitive as we have very similar taste in the images.
So going to my second tutorial with my other tutor I spoke about the problems I was having. And had narrowed down my Images with approximately 5 images from shoots I have done so far. This brought my images down to 64.. Not the ideal amount. And then to be told to get rid of half of them again.
To me I feel like I am wasting my images, which I know isn’t the case as even I would not want to look at a 400 page edit. That would be mad, I just realise I have to be critical and get rid of images that won’t help me in anyway. Just because I like the image does not mean it will fit into the sequence.
This photographer captures the saddest part of daily life today. That we are all glued to our phones at any given time. He has presented them in almost a commercial style, they look like they are intended for an advertisement of some kind.
He has photographed a series of images that show people caught up in there own virtual world that only exists in their phones and not in reality around them. We seem to forget that there is a world moving around us and concentrate on how we can get big in the world on our phones. And this sequence shows how in pretty much every environment we are can find someone who will be this absorbed into the world. Although the work is repetitive it captures just how many of us do this and how common it is. The fact the location changes makes it interesting to see the environment the people are in when they are scrolling through their phone.
I can relate this to my work as I have so many photos of Jess sat on her phone. From it lighting up with a new notification to her even sat mid studio shoot with it. It really looks at how often people need to have their phones in their hands. Like even Jess has to constantly look at her phone and know whats occurring in the land of Facebook and Instagram it is a virtual epidemic!!
There is one thing that I find sticks out a lot at the moment. And that’s how many followers or likes we have!
We all want to become this Instagram famous person. And I believe it is down to the people who influence us. For example the whole Kardashian bunch, they have millions of followers for the false narrative they create. And it’s rubbing off on women everywhere.
We like the idea that we can be anyone we want to be on Instagram no one really will know the real story. We can become what we think is an intrend unique person. But the reality is this narrative women follow is one that has rules. Gone have the days where you could post any old rubbish on Instagram not caring how many likes it got.
You become a category much like the work of Amalia Ulam who’s own work showed the three types of women we put ourselves in with. How all realities are fictions. No one really is who they say they are no matter how many times they put ‘no filter’ or ‘natural’. But because it is made to be so normal now. Between the rules of what you can post to how your profile should look we start to lose our identity.
No one really is who they want to be as much as they believe it. We all have insecurities in one way or another. But creating this whole new person makes us feel more inadequate when we put the phone down for those few minutes a day. All the followers we have are also their social media equivalents. Our own body image should not reflect that of who got the most likes on a selfie and has over X-amount of follower. Yet we have been bred to believe that’s how it is.
We need to move out of the virtual world and learn to like the reflection.