Documentation of Journey as Portrait.
The project will draw from a documentation and recording of places I have travelled to. Looking at ‘Self-portrait’ relating closely to self-narrative of geographical and psychological location/state.
This is to allow me to further develop my ‘self-portrait’ work with photographic based printmaking. To build a narrative, placing myself in context with time, place, or memories of that place I have visited. (Object and place relationship)
I am using this portrait has been to get a better understanding of myself, a form of self-analysis I guess? A theme or word that keeps coming into my head although maybe not evident in any one single piece of work is ‘Home’ and how dislocated one can become from home geographically and psychologically.
“You know that point in your life when you realize that the home you grew up in isn’t really your home anymore? And all of a sudden the idea of ‘home’ is gone and you feel like you can never get it back. It’s like you’re homesick for a place that doesn’t even exist.” – Quote taken from the film ‘Garden State’ (2004)
Relationships also play a strong part in what determines a place to have meaning or memories, or who I was with while at that place, and these places are often returned to.
One of my main aims or initial problems with this project has been how to move away from just having a print or piece of paper on the wall. I want it to be seen as more of an installation than a print, which I have begun doing by using a projector and recording video, but it’s very easy to forget this and get caught up in making an ‘edition’ of prints.