4: Audience (December 2019)

This assignment continues my consideration of issues in documentary through exploring different ways of working from photographs taken from a (generally moving) car on three road journeys linked to my professional work:

  • Ethiopia
  • Philippines
  • Kyrgyzstan

On these trips I have very little opportunity to take more considered ‘documentary’ photographs of the communities I am working with. In the case of Krgyzstan many of the photographs are good enough to stand on their own as photographs in a photobook. In the case of Ethiopia and Philippines the images are much more obviously snapshots. Those of Philippines can be presented as an on-line animated slideshow. Those from Ethiopia need a more illustration approach either as a Dan Eldon-style book and/or an on-line mixed media experience.

I will look at two main ways of involving an audience:

  • content development – I am planning to work together with colleagues from the different countries (together with further research) to help me update and understand better the content and meanings of the images.
  • visual feedback – I will post drafts on-line and invite feedback from all my professional NGO networks as well as visual communication platforms for illustration and photography.

The assignment continues my interest in the ways that style and technique affect the interpretations by different types of audience. The body of work will explore different ways of visually representing the visible journey compared to an ‘invisible’ journey in my own imagination. Following the priorities indicated in my personal statement I will focus on:

  • collage and photomontage to produce multi-layered digital images on iPad and/or in Photoshop from  photographs
  • gouache and quick drawings from selected images
  • prints in different printmaking media

I am also very interested in the ways that style and technique affect the interpretations given to the same text and vice versa.

 Depending on audience feedback, I envisage a number of outputs:

  • a series of on-line slideshows of the photographs and illustrations
  • a black and white photobook from Kyrgyzstan
  • a Dan Eldon-style collage book from Ethiopia
  • printed cards in different printmaking media