Before I begin Part 3 of the course, I have jumped to the back of the section to get a look at the next Assignment brief. I tend to do this out of habit anyway, but for the first time, the course guide actually instructs us to read the assignment brief straight after the intro due to the requirement to keep a diary.
Drawing upon the examples in Part Three and your own research, you can approach your self-portraits however you see fit. You may choose to explore your identity or masquerade as someone else, or use empty locations or objects to speak of your experiences. However you choose to approach it, use yourself – directly or indirectly – as subject matter.
Keep a diary for a set period of time (at least two weeks). Each day write two or three pages about yourself – what you’ve been doing/thinking. This can be as specific or poetic as you wish. You may wish to pick a theme for the duration. This is an open brief designed to give you freedom to create something personal which suits you best. Use the artists you’ve looked at in Part Three or your own research for inspiration.
Select the most interesting parts of the diary (which could also be the most banal or mundane) and interpret them into a photographic project.
A good way to approach selection could be to ask a friend/fellow student/stranger to read it and send back a highlighted version. You could then base your project on those parts. This would take the pressure off you to find a ‘good story’.
You may choose to select a few days or phrases that spark an idea for you, or you may wish to exaggerate how you were feeling one day into a parody of yourself or the circumstance. You may wish to create a ‘document’ of that time in a re-creation of events – or direct a model to act out some of the content of the diary, making your own ‘filmstills’.
You could present your chosen diary entries as a visual diary or use it as a springboard for further exploration. You may choose to insert the pictures like snapshots into your diary and hand it all in together. You don’t have restrict yourself to the diary itself; you may decide to use it to take you into new territory.
Send your finished piece to your tutor by the method agreed together with an introduction of around 300 words briefly setting out your rationale and how you approached this project. You should also send to your tutor the relevant pages of your learning log or blog url.
As stated above, this is a very “open brief”. So open in fact that it’s difficult to tie down any specific first thoughts. It’s safe to say that I plan to do some self portraiture! I’ll be keeping a diary from tomorrow onwards which I’ll type up daily then post as a .pdf before progressing with the assignment. This may have to be password protected or have redacted information for work reasons, but I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it. In the mean time, there are plenty of exercises in part 3 to be getting on with which should keep me busy for the next few weeks.