Television is a way to experience things within a safe environment. We are in control of the television in a way in which we are not in control of our lives. We have the ability to change the channel, mute the talking and turn the television off as and when we please. There are certain uses of objects/settings in films and television that I have always found extremely interesting, and one of those things for me is a television set.
I once saw a play a few years ago in which an elderly gentlemen spent his days in front of a television. From the way the audience viewed the scene, all we were able to see was an elderly man reclining in a chair with a soft, red, scattered glow radiating upon him from the ‘television’. That image has remained with me for the longest time.
Over the past couple of years I have subconsciously managed to collect a vast archive of television pictures from various sources around the web. Here is a glimpse in the collection:
From ‘The Virgin Suicides’ by Sophia Coppola
Before I was shot, I always thought that I was more half-there than all-there – I always suspected that I was watching TV instead of living life. Right when I was being shot and ever since, I knew that I was watching television. – Andy Warhol
Laurence Philomene’s photographs are vivid, delicate and very pleasing to the eye.
Sometimes you just need to try things out. Experimenting with lights.
I’ve always been slightly obsessed with the colour pink. I seek out my childhood and regress back to it quite often. I stumbled upon these photographs and thought they were beautiful. I love the colours, the context and the minimalistic quality.
This series explores issues surrounding young women in their transformation from adolescence to womanhood. It seeks to address ideas that begin at birth and continue throughout their adult life, such as misinformation on sexuality and their own bodies, to gendered expectations of what’s ‘right’ and ‘wrong’. A mixture of still lives and self portraits, these images become isolated in a hot pink, hyperbolic world, setting out to represent this constructed culture for young women.
Shot with a Hasselblad, Portra 160.
So, assessment time is over, and it’s time to reflect.
I received a lot of positive feedback, but now it is time to continue on and start creating again. Sound art seems to be a positive direction for me to go into, in reflection of the discussion I had with the tutors, however I am also still very much interested in continuing to combine video, photography and further distortion work. I would also very much like to get back into performance art and perhaps revive a few characters as well as looking into creating a website as an art form within itself.
It is a very interesting time for my own personal evolution, and I am rather excited.
I’ve been experimenting further into different ways of producing glitched art work.
I would like to turn some of these images into gifs.
Here is my homage to the video ‘Life’s a bath’ starring John Frusciante.