modern families.

for my uni project this semester i’m again photographing families, this time however i am not limited to large families. i put an ad in the paper once more, putting the call out to any ‘family’ at all – basically using the idea that in 2013 ‘family’ is no static idea, it’s a hard thing to define. participants therefore nominate themselves. in a way, i’m trying to deconstruct what a family portrait really is, when compared with the reality of daily life + relationships. i’m trying to look beyond the facade of a smile and see what really lies beneath.

whether or not i will be successful in my efforts is  yet to be seen, but i am creating some photographs, video & tangible photo experiences that hopefully will work out well for me. i’m using a variety of capture techniques – digital cameras, disposable cameras, the Mamiya RZ67 for medium format images, video, stop motion etc.  i will post photos of the finished works, but until that’s done, here are some i’ve taken in my exploration of this idea…

second ad in the paper which gathered a good response, always a good start.
second ad in the paper which gathered a good response, always a good start.
mel, symon + jess (digital)
mel, symon + jess (digital)

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i've been taking a few around our flat, many of which centre around the kitchen.
i’ve been taking a few around our flat, many of which centre around the kitchen.
mel, jess + symon, shot on the mamiya.
mel, jess + symon, shot on the mamiya.
from a disposable camera.
from a disposable camera.
another mamiya image - living space at the mcbride's family home.
another mamiya image – living space at the mcbride’s family home.
mixing images of the domestic living space alongside portraits etc - all exploration at this point, not sure what the finished product will include.
mixing images of the domestic living space alongside portraits etc – all exploration at this point, not sure what the finished product will include.

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a "family" portrait of sorts from last semester, beginning explorations from my big family project.
a “family” portrait of sorts from last semester, beginning explorations from my big family project.

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exploration of classic studio portraiture, including backdrops (potentially pixifoto inspired), lighting + posing.
exploration of classic studio portraiture, including backdrops (potentially pixifoto / vintage wallpaper inspired), lighting + posing.
this is totally inspired by Felix Nadar, one of the early portrait artists who created a revolving self portrait. i plan to create these as tangible flip books.
this is totally inspired by Felix Nadar, one of the early portrait artists who created a revolving self portrait. i’ve made these into tangible flip books, but want to reshoot so the background looks less leopard print-like…

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