MEDI 504 COLLABORATIVE PRACTICE: My Work

For the exhibition we all had to create a piece of work to fit in with the theme of Home and what home means to us as individuals.

For me this was a chance to show my talents as a practitioner as well as try something that I haven’t done in a long time. For ages now I have wanted to buy myself a polaroid camera and take unique pictures  that there will only be one copy of. With digital media being so widely available it’s so easy to be able to have a copy of one thing or another without having an original, let alone know who has the original etc. I thought to myself that this is the perfect time to buy myself a polaroid camera and although I managed to get one cheap, £25 off Ebay, the film was ridiculously expensive at around £15 for 8 exposures.

When I was 6 or so, I started out with a polaroid camera, and this is what I think tarted the photography bug, where the passion started from. Somewhere  in my Pre teen stage i threw away this camera, but was to sentimental to throw away the polaroids. These polaroids have now been floating around my house for 13 years or so, without any real purpose. Sometimes they seem to disappear and other times I will be looking for something completely different, a particular pair of shoes, or a letter, and i’ll come across them.

The beginning of my idea was explored in my first blog post, but at that point the images were not finalised. Below are scans of the polaroids, both from 13 years ago and Easter.

These images seem slightly back to front, mainly for the reason that the older pictures look newer than the new pictures! This is due to the fact that the pictures taken at Easter were taken with an older camera, and I think that is what makes the picture quality lower.

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These images have a blue hue to them, and it was mentioned in one of our first meetings after easter (18th April 2016) it was suggested that I can scan the polaroids and edit the hues of the image. I was contemplating this, however I feel like it detracts from the unique aspect of the product. Polaroids are a snapshot of something special, and unique moment captured, as well as a way of taking pictures from a different generation where digital editing software wasn’t available; therefore I felt like it would almost challenge the authenticity of the pictures.

Originally I wanted to present these in a grid, held together by small wooden pegs. However when exploring the decorating options for the Dome I found out that the option for me to hang them in that way wasn’t possible. Because of this they were placed on the coffee table with other photo albums. This gave the audience the chance to pick up the pictures and flick through them. I liked this idea because it meant that people could really interact with them.

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