Hi, everyone so this afternoon I’ve decided to spend some time writing up my lecture notes from Monday’s lecture which was again delivered by Wendy McMurdo.
During the lecture she focused on the theme of self-portraits and broke the lecture down into the two following categories:
- Imposters, impressionists and fakes
- Appropriation and self-portraiture
During the lecture we were shown a variety of work from the following photographers and artists:
- Nikki s Lee
- Cindy Sherman
- Marina Abramovic
- Sophie Calle
- Man Ray
- Richard Prince
- Erica Scourti
- Amalia Ulman
- Melanie Bonajo
- Francesca Woodman
All of the above photographers looked at identity in different or similar ways and based their work on self-portraiture whether it was based on themselves or someone else
Through the lecture the artist’s work that for me stood out the most and linked to my project was Sophie Calle and her ‘the hotel’ series of work where she photographed personal objects that belonged to various hotel guests that she then produced narratives about based on how she thought the guests acted. In the images she doesn’t always appear in the images but when she does it is usually as a blurred figure in the distance.
An article based on her work and info about the photographer can be viewed on (http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artists/sophie-calle-2692)
Here are some examples of her work from ‘The Hotel’ series of work:
(The hotel, Room 47, 1981)
(The Hotel, Room 29, 1981)
As you can see from the above two images, Calle has taken a photograph of what looks to be the top half of the bed in the hotel room and then at the very bottom of the image there is a section of text which lists an account of the date and times the photographer enters the room, what’s inside the room e.g. any personal objects and the position of where they are in room and what room they are in e.g. bathroom etc…
The image that can be seen at the bottom of the of the first image shows a selection of photographs that are of the personal objects that belong to the hotel guest and look they also show the position of them in room and how they have been left out, whether it be in a suitcase, on the bed, or in the wardrobe.
The photographs give the viewer a brief insight into the hotel guests lives through the objects that have have taken with them and also the way that the rooms have been left whether they be neat and tidy or messy and unorganized.
This has also made me think about photographing objects where they appear, I have already done a shoot where I went around the house I live in and photographed the various shelves that are seen around the house, in bedrooms and in the living room, the images showed the objects that are visible on them that have been owned for different lengths of time but all in most cases mean something to the owner / owners and in some cases may mean nothing to anyone else looking at them or the images of the objects can be related back to something that looks like something that they own themselves.