I’ve re-worked the following montages submitted for Assignment 2 and as possibles for my 3rd. The new montages are created using my own personal archival photographs from the case originally belonging to mum and dad.
* The Lookout
* Passing Through
* Parallel Worlds
* The Sailor Boy
Jayne thought the contemporary image in The Lookout was too saturated hence I’ve remade three different versions, the first two using a (very) slightly different shot taken of my eldest daughter stood gazing out to sea at Mount’s Bay last October and the photograph of my dad standing on the same beach in the1940’s. I think the more muted sepia tones work much better.
My favourite of these is the first one. I notice small details, the cigarette in his mouth; interestingly he always smoked a pipe when I was child and most other photographs of him from this era show him with a pipe, never a cigarette. Yet it is his smart and fashionable attire that ‘pricks me’ (Barthes, 2000:96). The punctum is unique, subjective, idiosyncratic and unplanned ‘one is either pricked or not, but such a response cannot be cultivated, predicted, or explained’ (Zuromskis, 2013:41).
My third rework also uses the same photograph of dad in place of the found photograph I used in Parallel Worlds.
Jayne suggested bringing mum ‘back into the fold’ as she was separated from us in ‘Passing Through’. I’ve made two versions and really can’t decide which I prefer, possible the first one but hubby prefers the second. I will print both and prop up on the wall as I’m sure one will really ‘reach out’ to me (hopefully) ! Again I’ve converted to sepia, I will definitely keep to the softer more subdued colours but do not want to limit myself completely to monochromatic tones.
The Sailor Boy has been reworked and renamed as Dad at Mount’s Bay replacing the found photograph with one of my dad as a young man stood on the beach at Mount’s Bay and a contemporary image taken in approximately the same place.
Barthes, R (2000) Camera Lucida. London: Vintage
Zuromskis, C. (2013) Snapshot Photography The Lives of Images. UK: The MIT Press