As my first task with Phonar is nearly done, I am already feeling the buzz of what is to come. This is due to having an experimental first task where I had to be simultaneously laid back yet busy at the same time. All the steps given worked as guides to show how capable I really am and how much I enjoyed the idea of sharing my work on Instagram and Twitter.
Despite a fair bit of my recent works in photography using film cameras, I felt digital was appropriate as Phonar itself is a modern creation. Another point of persuasion was that my Photographers Playbook author Sarah Palmer uses digital as the final stage of her creations, almost to document the final project but then the image itself becomes a part of the art.
Armed with my digital camera, I experimented into the world of Art Photography with a fresh perspective and numerous ways I could respond to my tasks. I did not strictly follow my task closely as I should have however I think a slight deviation from the plan can be a positive outcome that showed my new enhanced creativity. As my final piece progressed from featuring two objects to one glass trinket box, I found I was struggling to come up with that final concept and so often read back to the task for inspiration or note down ideas in my sketchbook as Palmer tells me in the Playbook. This would get me further but still I’d send myself in circles so I decided to take probably one of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever been given, to just have fun with it. This was my solution, to not take a task so seriously and follow my gut instinct. Following this advice I decided to show both my learning’s from Palmer and reflections on my own instinct by creating a series of images on my love and obsession with trinket boxes and the mysteries they may hold. Below are the final 6 images.
This was not quite the end, to follow I had to write a letter to Palmer expressing however I wished. Here is a PDF of the outcome, we were given various ideas as to how to send them but I decided that a plain letter containing some poetry was a nice simple contrast to the hectic reality of art photography.