Sometimes when you've failed once before, it's hard to get back on the horse. But at the Monday night lecture, Bryon Darby, the photo media professor, gave us a quote from Jan Svenungsson (a famous writer): "I write to find out what I know." Bryon flipped those words around and said that the most successful photograph are familiar things. It had been a difficult past couple of days with my failed first attempt, but I knew I needed to take a deep breath and dive in again. This project was familiar, I knew that kitchen well. With a plan in mind, a motivational quote in hand, and a third Walgreens picture pick up run in progress, I was ready to go.
A lot of my initial collage was done within Photoshop. I stitched bits a pieces of about 20 photographs together to form a bigger more monumental image.
My result of my third Walgreens run (I think I ordered over 250 pictures from them within 4 days)
May gave me my own table to work on because taking up too much room, sometimes big ideas call for big spaces.
Looking back at the critique from Tuesday, I was hesitant to continue with the idea of pasting brands over various appliances. To figure out the tackiness value, I photocopied parts of the collage and experimented with what each section would look like if I incorporated this kind of color within the black and white image. My conclusion became that yes, the color was necessary, but it needed to be controlled. I liked the geometric value that the textile in the the chair cushion offered as well as the color opportunities that the inside of the refrigerator provided, so I decided to collage those areas and leave the rest of the image in black and white.