After having conversations on two different days, I edited them onto photoshop to make one file. I edited them to form a typology of conversations, in the style of Eadward Muybridge and Burnd and Hilla Becher.
However, this format didn’t show the duration of the conversations clearly. Visually all the images form a striking composition that looks interesting; emulating the work of Muybridge and the Bechers, but the message of the work wasn’t shown well. For the work to be effective, each conversation must be presented chronologically, given a row each so that the duration is clearly expressed.
I intend to create a generative experience; a set of prints that communicate the duration of each conversation. Looking how the Becher’s have their work presented in gallery’s were of use. Their exhibition at the Sonnabend Art Gallery in New York was presented in a grid format, but each print was isolated within its individual frame.
Comparing this to some of Muybridge’s prints, the space that separates the individual images is part of the print, and therefore becomes the image. This black blank space in between resembles a contact sheet; suggesting that the images presented were photographed in sequence without any blank spaces, showing more of a truth to the audience.
However, photographing and editing the project was a digital process. Having all the conversations on the same print would make the negative white space part of the image and seem as a gimmick if intended to form a digital contact sheet. In the photo that I’ve edited on photoshop, the white space is prominent the composition, and therefore will be a noticeable feature that might distract from the photographs.
Instead, incorporating both methods, I could have each conversation printed individually and mounted onto mount-board, resembling a similar presentation of the Becher’s work in New York but still showing how the photographs are linked in each conversation by being printed onto matt paper individually.
The mount board will separate the prints from the wall and allow the viewer to notice what they are intended to see and not pay attention to the space in between.
When considering size, I wanted to print out the photographs to see if they would work with those dimensions. I thought keeping each image small but big enough to notice the details. I experimented by making the images 4inches and 6inches in height.
Looking at them both, the smaller one (4inches) suits the project better. I could still see detail in it, and it allows people to look into the photographs and notice the small differences. Furthermore, we you take a step back, you can still notice these differences.
The final intentions for this piece is as follows:
– Print each conversation individually (4inches by …)
– Mount them onto mount-board
– Place them in chronological order vertically (with a small space in between), first conversation first and last conversation last etc
– Mount onto wall with velcro strips