My approach with this set of photos is to offer both a visual discourse into living as someone with spinal cord injury and offer a sense of visual spectacle by creating a pleasing form. They were taken over the first 9 months of 2014.
In this shot I have taken a point of view looking down from my bedside. It shows the edge of my wheelchair, a night urine bag, grabber and incontinence rubbish in my drawer. This is just after I have changed my sheath and urine bag ready for the day and so am about to get up and dispose of all this stuff.
This last photo is taken from the same position as the last one – I am in bed – but here I have changed the point of view to look side on and the image shows my feet and wheelchair reflected in the mirror and my trousers hanging on the back of my door so I can reach a fresh pair.
The strength in this set is that they all have a strong form or Gestalt, and interesting points of view, and so work well graphically I also think the decision to focus on my domestic setting works well and makes the set very personal. Each image hints to varying degrees at impairment management and so can also be read as narratives and as each photo is seen in conjunction with the others a bigger picture is built about how I live, as well as the place I live in.
However the set could be made better – tighter – by:
- removing the bedside and wheelchair images and a couple of images that almost duplicate the set and;
- reordering it so that the set begins to offer both a narrative of my day and greater consistency.
Yet the set still has a major weakness in its different colour values. For example when viewing them as a set the colour temperature looks cool in some and warm in others and even when I adjust for it the images still don’t share common colour or temperature values. This is almost certainly because the imagers were never taken with a view to being part of a set. Rather they were shot on different days for a variety of purposes.
So I think I need to take the images back to the raw original form and work from there.
However it’s not just the colour values I need to think about but also what the end product is going to be. If its going to be a digital platform then I need to tailor the production values specifically to it because different platforms render images differently. For example, look at my photo of the day as presented on this blog Flickr.
I know it’s hard to see because you are reading this on my blog but this blog renders items with a little more contrast than Flickr and there is also a light difference in colour temperature. So decisions about final versions need to be thought about in terms of specific sites rather than whether they are shown on line or not.