Stories of Encounters

Competition Brief

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I have chosen to start my project being inspired by this image of the album cover art for Mumford & Son’s new album ‘Wilder Mind’. I enjoy looking at this image for it’s ontological incompleteness. By leaving the park bench empty we imagine ourselves in the image, looking over the city from it’s view point. The lighting on the bench, possibly from a flashgun, draws your eye in to the space we are meant to fill.
This image by Emily Morris-Ashton of the BA last year stuck with me after being it at the Exposed 2015 exhibition. I enjoy the idea of juxtaposing a character in an unexpected and contrasting location. This type of context is something that I would like to explore with this project. This particular image works well by contrasting the brightly coloured costume with the dull dark naturally coloured surroundings.
This image by Emily Morris-Ashton of the BA last year stuck with me after seeing it at the Exposed 2015 exhibition. I enjoy the idea of juxtaposing a character in an unexpected and contrasting location. This type of context is something that I would like to explore with this project. This particular image works well by contrasting the brightly coloured costume with the dull and naturally coloured surroundings.

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Z for Zachariah is a post-apocalyptic science-fiction novel by Robert C. O’Brien (an American author and journalist for National Geographic Magazine) that was published posthumously in 1974. After the author’s death in 1973, his wife Sally M. Conly and daughter Jane Leslie Conly completed the book guided by his notes. Set in the USA, the story is in the form of a diary written from the first person perspective of sixteen-year-old Ann Burden, who has survived a nuclear war and nerve gas through living in a small valley with a self-contained weather system.

This was a novel which was part of the curriculum and we had to read as teenagers in Australia.

Whilst there are few encounters that occur in the book, they are heavily loaded due to the circumstances in the novel. In a post apocalyptic world who you do or don’t encounter can become a matter of survival and this ever present threat in the book is what makes it such a gripping read.

For this project I would like to possibly explore the idea of a character in a world which has been destroyed by past ‘encounters’.


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Rather than a Hazmat suit I thought it could be interesting to have our character dressed in a space suit – referencing that of having to live as if in a far off planet due to the destruction that has occurred to the air and atmosphere. This reminded me of a sci-fi horror movie which I watched years ago which, for lack of a better description, scared the living daylights out of me! The unknown and space movies such as these are a scary concept.
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Gravity was also a space movie which terrified me – being alone in space, not knowing what is out there and with no one to help you but yourself.

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Ziggy Stardust was a fantastic character with narrative created by David Bowie. A persona he adapted in the 1970’s, this brought about worldwide attention to his album. Listening to ‘Star-Man’ this made me realise that the project should really be about putting an obscure character in a picture of ‘Earth-like’ surroundings gone wrong rather than going full ‘space-man’

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For this shoot I would like to combine my idea’s of a person in a post-apocalyptic world looking over the city that once was with the space-suit idea. The character has to wear a space suit due to the destruction that has occurred on the planet and upon looking closer you can see that the strange character in the suit is actually on Earth. Many of the images that I have researched ares et on other planets – Mars etc and so have a warm read and yellow glow to the shots so this will be part of my final image also.


Potential Location – Old Napier Campus, Craiglockhart

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Test Shots

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Lighting Diagram and image Idea

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Twilight Times

To get the colour palette that I want and to add interest and drama to the image I have decided to shoot at Sunset. The skies are beautiful at sunset in Edinburgh this time of year and so this should mean that I will achieve variation on shots.

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Twilight Subcategories
Twilight Subcategories

Costume Solutions

Costume 1

Costume 2

For the helmet I will be spray painting and re-designing and old glass fishbowl:


For this shot I would like to use a very ‘raw’ colour palette, low contrast and somewhat yellow hues. Much like the style of Juegen Teller.

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Encounter Contact Sheet – Best Captures from the ‘Stories of Encounters Shoot’ Pre Edit


After shooting I went to the cinema to see Ridley Scott’s new film ‘Martian’ starring Matt Damon. It was interesting to see such similarly framed shots in the film. It is wonderfully filmed, but although Matt Damon is on Mars, I couldn’t get quite that far and so I settled for Edinburgh.

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Evaluation

My final images worked out well in terms of the idea that I wanted to achieve but at the moment I am not 100% certain that it directly refers to the ‘Stories of Encounters’ brief. I decided to go with an abstract concept and may have possibly ended up a little far from the point of the brief.

With regards to the colours for the images – I struggled to work on the Juergen Teller type style as it doesn’t sit within my own. I am used to working with much more contrast and brighter colours and so attempted to find something in between to the  two styles.

I have 2 final shots – one I believe works better for the brief I set myself and the other works better in terms of composition, however you cannot see the city and so I feel that the context is then lost in the image. In future it would be better to scout additional locations in order to be able to combine both strong composition and context.

FINAL IMAGE

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