His and Her's - Photo Essay
The above video follows the theme of pairs with a sub-theme of romance in the everyday, it attempts to find the ‘beauty in the mundane’ (Murray 2008 pg. 155), the sentimental value in the ordinary. Objects of little significance around the house such as shoes are paired as part of a couple to show the photographer’s fleeting emotional response to them in their everyday life as Murray (2008) indicates the most popular images are usually personal.
The choice of music relies on the viewer feeling the ‘emotional reality’ of the images (Frith 1984 pg. 83) as well as the viewer’s ‘subjective reaction’ (Frith 1984 pg. 86) to the images, hopefully the viewer will be able to connect the everyday items with memories of their own past and current relationships. A piano score was chosen as ‘the piano now is played to connote the piano then’ (Frith 1984 pg. 82), a period of classic romance and provides the images with their sub-theme.
As suggested by Murray (2008 pg. 154) photographs do not ‘create eternity’ and so the images are preserving only a feeling in time and as discussed by Murray (2008) a sense of loss is evoked in response to images. Also suggested was the ‘temporariness’ (Murray 2008 pg. 155) of the images and so the images are organised from room to room with a constant and fairly quick stream of differing items replacing the last set, the viewer continuously being exposed to different and similar kinds of pairs hopefully achieving a sense of motion as described by Murray (2008).
This motion is central to the video as it highlights the way in which we now consume images, fast, self referential and en mass. Singular images are no longer paused upon but large amounts of images are assessed as a whole and this video attempts to convey this.
Frith S 1984, Mood Music: An inquiry into narrative film music, Screen, vol. 25, no.3, pg. 78-88, viewed 31 January 2012, http://screen.oxfordjournals.org
Murray S 2008, Digital images, photo sharing, and our shifting notions of everyday aesthetics, Journal of Visual Culture, vol. 7, no. 2, pg. 147-163, viewed 24 July 2008, http://vcu.sagepub.com/content/7/2/147