When I went to Berlin in April last year I bought a beautiful book called ‘Anna & Eve’ By Viktoria Sorochinski, and was even really lucky to hear her talk about it at the book signing. The book is a long term project (lasting from 2005 – 2012) which contains staged images which reveal the relationship between a mother and her daughter from Montreal. When Viktoria met Anna and Eve in 2005 the mother was 23 and her daughter was 3 years old. The images in the book are absolutely beautiful, despite being staged I can see a clear relationship between the mother and daughter, as this is a narrative story which goes by a linear structure it highlights their relationship as they both grow up.
Here’s a few images from the book..
Having brainstormed quite a bit I realised that I want my narrative story to be one that is documentary, this is my favourite style I feel I can work well with.
My first idea for this project stemmed from when I was sat in Starbucks having a coffee, I overheard two women talking, both sat with their children in their prams. They were both talking about their husbands and how life at home was for them, it became quite interesting when one of the women said to the other “… and then he just got up out of bed after we’d had sex and went to the shower.. no hugs, affection or anything, he just got up”.
I felt really nosey having listened in on their conversation but also straight away had an idea for the project, what if I was to sit in coffee shops (Starbucks, Costa, Cafe Nero etc) and write down the stories I happen to overhear, and then recreate their stories how I visualise them. This would all be anonymous of course, its just the stories I’d be interested in.
We was lucky enough to have a lecture with photographer Finn Taylor, he showed us lots of his images, told us about his life and how he’d been able to develop into a successful stable career after much hard work.
I found his work really interesting, he has documented many things from British youths in chicken shops to East London Team GB athletes leading up to the 2012 Olympics. Finn’s diverse scope of variety in his work is definitely one of the things I enjoyed seeing from his talk, along with the great amount of advice/tips he gave us.
Some of the advice Finn gave us was..
- Have a story – its important
- Try and get past the ‘staged’ look within your photos
- Plan everything down to the bone, have yourself a back up plan – Be prepared
- Be thick skinned, don’t take everything to heart
- Practice, Practice, Develop
- Push past boundaries and create something different
- Don’t force anyone to do anything, let them be comfortable. create environments for them to feel at ease
- Start building your contacts now, talk to people
- Get advice, take it on board and take criticism too
Here’s a few images of Finns that I enjoyed the most..
( I do not own any of the above images, they are from Finn Taylors Website http://www.finntaylor.com/index.html )
LINEAR – This type of story flows from start to finish, this type of structure is used greatly in soaps because its easy to follow and easy to create new stories. However this type of structure could also be seen as boring.
NON – LINEAR – The story does not flow from beginning to end. For example it could start in the middle or even at the end (use of flashback).
OPEN/CLOSED ENDINGS – An open ending is where the story is left to the viewer to guess what has happened at the end (usually for sequels). A closed ending is where the story is all wrapped up in the ending (for example a crime show might like to show the criminal using this type of ending)
FLASHBACK – Usually used to break up a linear structure to make it non-linear.
REALIST – A narrative story based on real life events and things that the viewing public can relate to. These types of narratives can be easy for people to relate to but sometimes can offend people.
ANTI – REALIST – A narrative or plot that is not meant to be easy to relate to and is normally something out of the ordinary. An example of an anti-realist film is Star Wars.
The different genres for narrative stories are:
The different strategies for narrative stories are:
- Textual narrative
- Text as image
- Still image
- Moving image
David Campbell on ‘Narrative’
I find David Campbell’s lectures really interesting to listen to, this particular one (link above) on ‘Narrative’ has helped to guide my mind a bit and understand more about the narrative side to Photography. There is a link to his soundcloud lecture on the page. Very interesting, give it a listen!
1. A narrated account; a story.
2. The art, technique, or process of narrating.
1. Consisting of or characterized by the telling of a story: narrative poetry.
2. Of or relating to narration:
Woo first post..
Going back to uni after Christmas was a bit of a shocker, but looking forward to getting the ball rolling with this new project we’ve been introduced to for our second semester called ‘Narrative’. The brief of the project asks us to construct two ‘narratives’ for a single theme of our own choice, they both need to be in different formats, one which will be screen based (slideshow, video etc) and the other a printed publication (book, postcards, newspaper etc) – this is quite exciting as i’ve always wanted to make a book!
Digital Form – 13th February
Printed Form – 3rd April