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Research report

PHTO A306F Expanded Imaging

Assignment One

Research Report

Topic: Self-portrait/ Selfie

Chiu Chor Wai Summer

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A. New Definition on “self-portrait” and “selfie”

During the presentation on class exercise 1B, I heard some of our student’s ideas on “portrait” and “selfie”. Then, I rethink again. I have some clearer directions on these two subjects. Let’s skip the details. First of all, I think the biggest deference about portrait and selfie is, selfie is a technique which we take photos of ourselves, mainly focusing on our appearance or the venue included. Portrait is not just only showing ourselves face, it can be anything, that represents yourself. For example, what you like, hobbies you do, your favorite food…etc. The method can be anything, too. For example, drawings, words, poems, photographs, shows, music…etc.

I would like to focus on self-portrait. Because I am not good at showing my appearance to talk about myself, also, I think how you look doesn’t mean the story you have.

B. Mind-Map

Every idea I think may be possible:

 Magic Power

– My favorite things to imagine

– Magic power always can easily solve problems

– It is shiny, dreamy, powerful, beautiful

– “Transform”  to become a better self, usually looks pretty with special costumes, hair styling, accessories, color (which provides the self-image)

 Disney

– My favorite place to go

– The magic kingdom

– A dreamy place, full of happiness and childlike, no pressure but joy

– The comparison of fairytale “happily ever after” and the reality

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 My best “buddy”

– Bunny the rabbit

– Sam the cloth

– They are part of me

– Since I was born

– Have feelings (X not death things)

 Movie “Madagascar”

– A movie I recently watch, which inspires me a little bit.

– Thought / Culture / Race / Skin Color / Talent / Dream

wild animal vs zoo animals

Source: Madagascar @DreamWorks

– Desire

– Eve one have their desire (what they truly want, what they truly need)

– Friendships

– We fight for what we want

– Friendships are sometimes very weak, easy to brake

 “They judge me before they know me” Shrek

C. Concept of my work

Taking photography which represents something important about yourself, without showing your face in the work.

I choose “Bunny” as my sole-mate to be my topic. He is very important to me, as he is part of my life, part of me. He lights me up when I’m down; he gives me courage to face problems; His cuteness make me love him! Also, he always knows what I think.

We always have conversations with or without talking. We give love and courage to each other.

In my work, I want to show that Bunny is part of me, we are never being separated, like we are born to be one. No him, no me. That’s why my self-portrait would have him.

D. Tools and Equipment

I would like to create my work in digital collage. I will need to combine my work, my photos with Photoshop, to let it become one picture.

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E. Technique, technology, method and medium

In Photoshop, I used the technique of opacity and combining. I used the concept of “Never be separated”, so I think of the pattern, which looks like a web. It is the pattern

that shows the relationship and connections, like me and Bunny, are never be separated, because we are two become one. So, I tried to try the arrangement like the picture on the left, I want to create an image that make reader feels we are close, we cannot live without each other, just like this web, cannot be a real web, because it needs both of the straight lines and horizontal lines. Neither one of them can develop a web like this with one line.

F. Meaning of the setup/ installation/ way of presentation of my work

I picked the details part of Sam, Bunny and me. These are the parts we often have in touch, and also it is the part that show how old is Bunny and Sam, it proved that they are over 20 years long. Also, it represents the texture of us, 3 different textures for 3 different characters.

Sources

Warner, A. (Producer), & Adamson, A (Director). (2001). Shrek [Animation]. United States: DreamWorks Pictures.

Soria, M. (Producer), & Darnell, E (Director). (2005). Madagascar [Animation]. United States: DreamWorks Pictures.

Todo, I. (Writer), & Sato, J. (Director). (1999). All episode. Japan: Toei Animation

Kastanka (unknown). 斜的格子圖案 Retrieved from

https://tw.clipartlogo.com/istock/diagonal-plaid-pattern-1468586.html

Artist Statement

This is the work of my self-portrait. It is a story about me and Bunny. Bunny is a “rabbit”, which he appears since I was born. I loved him when I was very small, until now. We know not just only friends, Bunny is part of me, part of my life. From other’s angle, it is just a toy, but for me, it is a real rabbit. He talks, he has emotions, he knows what you think, he would like to share your worries…etc. There would be no me without Bunny. Just like the web, the web is developed by lines, each line is very important to each other, it would not be hold still if one of them is missing. So, this will be my main concept, me=Bunny, we ca not lose each other.

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Artist Statement

This is the work of my self-portrait. It is a story about me and Bunny. Bunny is a “rabbit”, which he appears since I was born. I loved him when I was very small, until now. We know not just only friends, Bunny is part of me, part of my life. From other’s angle, it is just a toy, but for me, it is a real rabbit. He talks, he has emotions, he knows what you think, he would like to share your worries…etc. There would be no me without Bunny. Just like the web, the web is developed by lines, each line is very important to each other, it would not be hold still if one of them is missing. So, this will be my main concept, me=Bunny, we ca not lose each other.

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