So for this project I would like to make another book. Instead of using paper cutouts as my pages I am going to use photographs that I will take with my film camera. When thinking about ritual, my first idea was to address the ritual of using products; shampoo, mascara, lotion etc, but I found that I wasn’t too connected to the idea. Then I tried figuring out what a ritual is to me and I figured that living a life can be considered rituals. Waking up every morning and doing something in your day to give that day value seems like a ritual that is universal yet personal. No ones day is exactly like anothers yet we are all living. So I am going to document my every day with the use of photography.
Some photographers that I have researched for this project are Sally Mann, Garry Winogrand, and Henri Cartier-Bresson. I like their work because it ranges in styles, subject matter, and technique all using a film camera. Here are links to their works:
My plan for this project is to take photos of things that go on through out my day such as school, homework, grocery shopping, etc, anything that takes place that I am a part of or that I see. The photos will all be shots of real scenes, not of fabricated or altered scenes that I create. The closest thing to a fabricated shot will be if I take some sort of portrait where everyone will have to say “cheese!” These photos will mostly be made up of candid shots. I will compile these photos in the order that I take them so it will be like a timeline of my days. I will not have a certain amount of photos taken each day, but whatever I feel I should document. I will be using black and white film for two reasons. 1. Because I like the focus that black and white photography brings to the subject matter, and the contrast of light and shadows opposed to colour, and 2. I have lots of film left over from my photography class last year that I don’t want to expire. The minimum of rolls of film I will be using is two so that would give me seventy-two photos. The size of the photos will be the average size, 4×6 so it’s simple to develop if I choose to do so myself or cheap if time becomes a problem and I have to get them developed professionally.
The question I have again is about the type of book. This time it could be either a book that I make or a photo album. Each type of book will give a different meaning to the photos so I would love to hear your thoughts.
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