From all the assignments, this is the one I have waited to rework until the end of the unit. The reason for this has to do with presentation of the work itself and the additional challenge of how to take into consideration my tutor’s advice on presenting the sequence and the implications this could have on how the series is understood.
Thus, the changes introduced for the rework do not include alteration of the images, but consideration on how to manage the text and data that comes with them and the arrangement of the work.
Together with the single images and text, I presented the self-portraits on a grid style sequence, stating only the time under each of them. My tutor comment here allude the absence of an actual “guide” on which order the photographs should be read and suggested (and kindly created) a slideshow style video where the succession of single images accentuated the passing of time, giving a better sense of the idea this project aimed to communicate. He also advised on the report to simplify the text reducing it to a few key words that would pinpoint the main events.
*Above is the grid style sequence I presented at the end of the original submission, omitting the text and keeping the times of each of the images.
In order to give this sense of continuity and passing of time, I first thought of creating an accordion type album where the printed images would be attached, alternating text and images. Once I built it, I encounter the problem of printing the text on it. I tried opening windows on the pages that would contain the text but I had increased worries about how professional the final look would be.
It would have worked if I could print the album through a lab or press, as I did not want the project to look crafty. Since it is not purely a work on self-portraiture (I have used myself only as a handy subject) I saw the making of an album from scratch would give the impression of something personal while I am looking for a more distant approach, almost as if it would be a research on lack of sleep. This reflection took me to the point of discarding the idea and find different alternatives for it.
I started looking at the printed images and found that classifying them as documents could work with the title of the assignment “Collecting”. I have resolved to present the images in a folder, with the images separated by subject dividers so the correct sequence can be followed in the correct order. At this point, I reconsidered the use of the text as an extra document attached to the folder but when seen together with the images I realised the text itself was not adding any useful information. The times at which each photograph was taken however are important to the work, and so is the date. Thus, I have considered including the times of each image and printing the dates at the front of the folder, acting as a guide to first recognise the images have been taken over the course of two days and then aiding with the notion of continuity through the times recorded. Here is how it would look (times still to be added):
Images are kept loose so they can be taken out of the folder easily and displayed together over a flat surface if desired to appreciate the sequence at once. Then, as each image is marked on the back, they can be easily put back to their corresponding section of the folder.
The presentation is simple and I appreciate the lack of text does not affect the work and its message. Each portrait has a strong presence itself and the sequence works fine without needed further information than the context in which the work is based.