Wednesday, 1 February 2017

University Year 2 - Major Projects and Shows

University Year 2 - Major Projects and Shows

For our second year major projects we were give an open brief, to embark on any theme we wished. For mine I decided to further explore an idea I had earlier on the representation of the digital world. The following is an exert from my project description, I thought I'd knock it down to that rather than dumping all 4500 words from my development file haha. 

"The conceptual base of this project is to explore the ideas between the virtual world and the real, to highlight the ever-blurring lines between video games and war. As technology advances, the realism in videogames becomes ever more true to life and at the same time real life conflicts are resolved using more video game like processes. Along with this, I am exploring ideas of propaganda and the possible deceit in photography initiated by the artist. I hope to have accomplished this by forming a project around these ideas on war journalism and more specifically war photography and video games as simulacrums for war.

The work consists of a series of virtual images transformed via analogue techniques with the intention to showcase a fictional conflict that has been brought into reality via its presentation. My images are born from fictitious origins and presented in a way that takes them from that and into reality."

More information can be found about my current and future projects over on my website at www.tomsimmonds.com!

After my initial presentation I had to reconsider my method of display for our upcoming exhibitions. The image below is how I originally envisioned the process of viewing the project. For the exhibitions however I created a wall mounted light box to display a small number of the negatives.


The above image is from the installation in our group show titled NINE, we showed our work at the wonderful Gallery 40 for a few days before moving on to our year group show.


My contribution to the second year show was design related and along with the posters I made this animation to represent everyone involved. Our title '55 Ways of Seeing' was a reference to John Berger's book - Ways of Seeing.


With our designs and plans complete it was just a matter of repainting the walls, installing the work in the space and arranging our opening night!


During the opening we had a pop up photobooth for everyone who visited to get a visual memory from the night! Along with some props and a little alcohol it became a wonderfully fun success!


A huge thank you to everyone who came to both our group and year group shows! 55 Ways of Seeing runs until the 15th of February, if you're in Brighton please come and visit! For more information you can check out the event page here! 




Monday, 9 January 2017

Stars Above Her Head

Stars Above Her Head

A few weeks ago at the start of December I met up again with the lovely Elizabeth (of GalleryGirl) for our third shoot together! This time we were using a headpiece she had created as the main part of the costume! We met up in London and shot our first look outside a beautiful 18th century building and then made our way to Richmond Park to have some fun with smoke bombs! :D



 Be sure to follow Elizabeth over on Instagram to see more of her and her work! 


Saturday, 18 June 2016

University: Year 1

University: Year 1

It only seems like a few months since I received my letter of acceptance from Brighton University, now I’m third of the way though! Since enrolling, the fashion side of my photography work has taken a bit of a back seat. For the duration of the year we have been working on 18 summaries, 2 essays and 4 main projects, as it doesn’t really match with the style of my other work I have decided to show them here as opposed to my website!

Project 1 – Portraiture:


For my first project I was compelled to stay relatively within the bounds of fashion by combining previous work with new portraits. I decided to take a set of imaged from previous fashion photoshoots, I then shot again with the model in a new context, this being their rooms. I wanted to portray the models as they are in their regular lives outside of fashion. Presented as a series of paired images in a two by four grid in the order of room/set. I decided to present the images of the models in their rooms in black and white, this was to contrast them from the original images but to also focus the work on the model and their emotions without the distractions on colour.


Project 2 - Landscape:


For my second project I decided to take a more experimental step. I didn’t want to just shoot regular landscapes as I found it difficult to find any meaning at the time. I decided to create a set of snapshot style Polaroid photos taken from a collection of screenshots I took many years previous in the virtual worlds within a specific video game. It gelled with the theme of holiday snapshots because I spent a lot of time playing it as a child and it is now inaccessible, an environment that has passed by with the progression of time. I also chose to shot the images using instant film to bridge the gap between the virtual and the actual. The physicality of the images obfuscated a certain amount of the digital evidence that was visible within the original screenshots such as the aliasing along the edges of the objects in the scenes.


Project 3 - Document:


After the second project we moved on to semester two and a less broad remit. For my third project I decided to investigate and catalogue a series of murders that have occurred around the BN area of Brighton. Using a combination of news archives and public police reports I was able to plot a set of homicides on a map of the area. After collating the information I then went to each of the locations and shot a photograph of each scene. For my final presentation I displayed them along with the map of locations that I had created.


Project 4 - Fiction:


For my final project of year one I wanted to continue in similar vein to my previous project by focusing again on crime, this time specifically fictional crimes scenes. I put together a series of five case files containing detailed documents such as coroner’s, fingerprint and scene reports. As well as this I included photographs of the scenes along with images of the fabricated evidence and linked correspondence. For the presentation of this final project I decided to fabricate an office environment by adding a lamp, map and laptop to the scene, this combined with the case files completed the feel I was aiming for.


Now, time for summer and some fashion shoots! :D