I’ve been experimenting with different images appropriated from Coming Home and these two below offer a good representation of what I have been considering.
Firstly, and forgetting the subject matter and concentrating for a moment on the aesthetic style, I really like the colour and over exposed effect and think there is a lot of mileage in it because it hints and suggests through a rather surreal dreamlike quality and so not only offers a sort of commentary on my experience and outlook but does so in a warm and natural way. This is much more than a realist approach.
So which way should I face? The problem with the images that don’t show a wheelchair user is that any connotation to do with paralysis will rely on association with other images and or labels. Moreover I have already noted in my research paper that there is a good reason to include some reference to the body in my work as disability doesn’t, no can’t, exist without impairment, and so I will focus on images of the body.
However if I focus on images on the body without reference to the wheelchair I come up against the same problem. See below.
This image provides too wide a connotation – illness? Medical setting? So I am going to stick to imagery of movement of characters using wheelchairs.