30 September 2014
With only a few days before my original deadline is due, I have emailed my tutor to arrange a new deadline. This is now set for 5th November. I am writing about the formation of the ideas for the images although the whole assignment will probably change several times as I get more ideas.
Over the weeks I have tried to find subjects from observing a lot of different activities but I have not been satisfied that I have the control over the narratives in the images, let alone a single theme.
20th October 2014
A recurring thought I have had for some years “time robs us of immortality”
Perhaps the theme could revolve around memorials or memory?
Record the way in which people choose remember or make a memorial
I presented a few ideas at the Brighton Study weekend which included some ideas about “what we leave behind” and some discussion about unusual found objects. A couple of days walking around city centres and out in the countryside was not very productive. I decided to concentrate on “Remembering” as I had already photographed some memorials. I also recalled a hand written memorial to a fallen soldier in the Guardroom at Fort Nelson. Using personal memories as well, I think I can come up with the eight images with the abstract notion of remembering and the different way that people choose to remember.
29th October 2014
I am finding it difficult to form a consistent theme so I am letting the ideas come, I’m making images and hopefully it will gel into something. From “Time”, I have moved into “What we leave behind” and now into “Remembering and how we chose to remember”.
1st November 2014
With this being the season of remembrance, I have stayed with the “remembering” theme, choosing personal memories of my family and “found” personal memories, restricted to those of ordinary people. The Graffiti memorial to 7/7 was found painted on the wall of an old Army assault course in Alexandra Park near my home. The pencilled memorial to Pte Turner was on the wall of the guardroom at Fort Nelson on Portsdown Hill (more on that story later) and the memorial bench below the harbour wall in Old Portsmouth.
2nd November 2014
Today I added two final images to the collection to commemorate the life of my father and a memory from the family archive of the father of a friend. The layered montage of the Read family was finalised also. I can now work on preparing the web page to display them.
3rd November 2014
I have discovered that my web editing software does not work with my current operating system. As a consequence I cannot use my website to post these images. I have looked at the gallery/slideshow feature of WordPress but it will take me too long to set up (I find the instructions and language used in the help sections confusing). As I use Windows Live to write my blog, the quick answer was to use the Gallery/Slideshow on One Drive. Each image is captioned and I have made notes about each one below: