Final Installation Display

I finished the Installation and after some playing around with height and positioning, I reached a point where I was happy with it. The following photos show all the elements of it, I am very pleased with how it turned out.

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Final Reflection Statement

Overall I feel like this unit has been beneficial to my photography work as well as using my textiles-based skills throughout, I wanted a challenge with building an installation in a space as I tend to prefer to work in 2D rather than 3D. I particularly enjoyed looking into my family history too and I think this is something I want to carry on with in general, as I feel like as the older generations get older and forget, there’s going to be a lot of information missing in a few decades time, and the fact that we can trace a family grave back to the 1700s already is amazing to me. While visiting these abandoned places and graveyards, I managed to get a few good photographs for my Subject module too on religious architecture. I also plan on taking my photograms and other traditional techniques of photography into my Subject unit as I feel like this would be a natural continuation as I have been enjoying the photography so much as it can clearly be combined with textiles techniques such as sewing into them.

I never really thought much about how to display my objects before this unit, even something like mounting my work I would do the same each time without consideration of what am I looking at mounting. Now I started with ideas of a gallery setting of some high quality images, then progressed through various forms of installations inspired by Annette Messager and her hanging work, as well as my family image from 1910. I felt more confident with this and thought carefully about each element of the installation, from the images all being in black and white, to the thick visible elastic thread suspending the images, which was heavy enough to hold them down but light enough that they still had some light movement to them, which worked well with the powerful lighting that I used to project the images and shadows onto the walls behind it.

I think one shot in particular that I tried where I was lying down under the installation was very successful, it gave me a further idea of having the photos getting tighter into  a tunnel shape as I thought the photo would look interesting, although this would mean much more intricate construction, something I would like to improve in anyway.

Any other installations I completed while in sixth form or younger, I would have to rely on others to help me with practical elements of it, so I was feeling improved in this element as I did a lot more myself than I would have thought of myself, including the ideas of how to get it up on the ceiling too and figuring out the lengths of the images hanging to give the best effect.

Overall this unit has been interesting and helpful to both my personal interests and my current Subject work.

Building the Installation

The installation needed a home first, so I managed to find a corner space that I wanted where the light could be used to project onto the walls as well. The actual building started, so the metal ring was made from wire and sealed together with smaller wire making a large circle shape, that I then started to attach the photos too.

I decided to use elastic on the photos which I think was a really smart decision, as well as being more harsh and obvious to see which is what I wanted, while transporting the installation where photos would sometimes catch on things, it means I had more time to notice as it just stretches rather than snapping straight away.

My friend, Elin, was a huge help in the construction of this, holding it up for me to see the lengths of the photos. At this point it had started to look quite dense and interesting, I think at this stage the only thing that was bothering me was the backs of the photograms being white when the see-through images obviously had the image visible on both sides. I really like the effect of the thread hanging off of some of these too as it gives this unravelling effect.

I next wanted to make sure I had the light under control, as I really wanted to make sure the projections worked. We have been experimenting so far with small phone lights which work really well producing sharp images, and assumed it would be the same with the large floodlight, however it does not produce as vivid of an image that I wanted, although I do like the effect of movement in the piece and the bigger light does show that really well. I also briefly tried the idea of using a projector which I could have used had I thought of it a week ago to work it into the piece better.

The first installation of it took a while, after figuring out places where we could put hooks on the roof I managed to get it hanging with the help of Elin again, however after seeing it up, I think it definitely needed to be up higher. So this was worked on and some the photos were extended so they still surrounded the doll at floor level rather than just all the photos floating above it.

The final placement I am quite happy with, although I think I really need to try and photoshop the radiator and plugs out of the image. I think the shadows and projections have worked well here and I think even some of the white backed images with sewing on them are unique as well.

Ideas on the final Installation

The final installation is starting to come together more in my head, I know I have to complete more photograms and more acetate prints to be able to hang them, I think around 40-50 will be good, as I think if I wanted a really dense piece in the style of Annette Messager I would need a great deal more and I would be concerned with losing the photos in a massive block so they wouldn’t be seen or projected so much.

As shown here, I plan on suspending the photos in a circular shape around her at varying heights, with the idea that a person could walk in and join the doll and also be surrounded or ‘possessed’.

Abandoned Farm

Farming was an occupation that was popular in my family, and now my own parents have done it themselves on a small scale. I found some abandoned farm buildings and sheds that were interesting for images.

I love the rust and objects that just cover the floors and how the age of the places is shown in the visual view of it. I think overall these were interesting to see however I did not have my doll that day which is a shame as I could have used her inside to create some interesting photos where she was hidden in amongst the debris.

Abandoned Colliery and Tinworks

Relating again to occupations my family have done throughout the generations, I decided to visit an abandoned colliery I have been in before and a tinworks nearby that I had actually never heard of. I was really disappointed when I got to the colliery that it had been completely bricked up whereas the door was just open last time I was there. I took advantage of the visit anyway and used the setting to take some photos of the doll and some without, exploring the idea of concealing it and making someone look twice which I think I managed particularly well in the tinworks as the heavy overgrowth makes for a really good cover.

I was happy with the images as an outcome of the visits, but I really wanted to get inside the buildings instead and work in there.