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Someday.

Much like the character I created, I’m not very spiritual. However, when I looked at Holly’s photographs, the atmosphere of her location felt very spiritual and heavenly, so I decided to explore the spiritual aspect of child loss. I came up with the idea after recently watching The Help, which touched on the issue of miscarriages.

My research mainly consisted of blog posts of women discussing their experiences and spiritual connections, which I used both and research and inspiration for my story. The major plot point in my story was inspired by Lorna Tedder, who talked about seeing her unborn children in her dreams and through meditation.

“I’ve recently been introduced to several shamans…They urge women who are facing untimely or unwanted pregnancies – not always the same thing – to go into a meditation and talk to the soul who wants to come through as a new baby.” (Lorna Tedder, 2010)

Additionally, the opening scene of No Country for Old Men, where the Coen Brothers displayed scenic still shots with a voice-over introducing the characters and the storyline, was the style I wanted to achieve.

I used a sound piece that contain diegetic, ambient sounds along with musical tones in order to convey the environment as well as the spiritual atmosphere of the locality and the experience.

Spatial portrait of Fairy Meadow station.

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My spatial portrait was centred around Fairy Meadow train station. The sound project that I based my photographs on depicted the anxiety that comes from being at a train station, and the loud, jarring sounds that convey that. I decided to convey that anxiety through isolation. The capturing of people in one photograph symbolises that the feeling of isolation and loneliness still exists even if we aren’t physically alone. The overcast sky creates an overpowering shadow over the area, an embodiment of the melancholia of anxiety, which was also conveyed through the lighting and offset. As well, I decided to use centralised focus, for both aesthetic reasons, and that it represents the desperate attempt to focus on something else to rid feelings of distress.

The struggles of an artist (more accurately, a wannabe artist).

In this past week’s MEDA101 Computer lab, we were given the task to recreate a photograph, we were able to choose that photograph from a given selection.

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My partner and I decided on Bill Henson’s, Untitled, 1985/86, (as shown above) the most beautiful and yet the most difficult photo to emulate out of the selection we were given. However, we were willing to give it a shot (pardon the pun).

This is what we managed to create.

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This photograph displays a suburban area, seemingly late at night. The moonlight reflecting off of the rooves of the houses and shining through the clouds, and children playing in the grass fields that are in the foreground.

The lighting was perhaps the most difficult part to recreate, as we were shooting in the middle of the day. Luckily, it was overcast, so the clouds in our photo look somewhat similar. Although our photograph captured more pink shades, whereas Henson’s has more dark, brown and green shades.

In Bill Henson’s photograph, it’s almost as if there are 3 sectors; the clouds, the rooftops, and the grass field. Due to the low exposure and contrast, all of those sectors seem to blend together to become one. In our photograph however, we only managed to capture 2 sectors, which strongly juxtapose each other as light and dark. This is partly due to the time of day, yet we also mistakenly captured more sky than necessary.

Henson’s POV also seems much closer to his subjects, because of this, Henson’s photograph almost creates a 2D effect.

Bill Henson has been working on his Untitled photographs since 1974 and has built a collection that spans over 3 decades. All of these photographs are “Untitled”, yet they are categorised into different time frames, and are all similar in style. All have low lighting, usually coming from one source. His aims to capture light through the dark hours of the night create an isolated and tranquil effect. He has also sought to give visual representation to the awkward and unsophisticated experiences of adolescence.

Whilst my partner and I couldn’t exactly capture the essence of Bill Henson’s photography, we like to think of it as a valuable learning experience.

Perhaps photography isn’t as simple as I thought it was.

I’m Lovin’ Fairy Meadow

My recordings were heavily based on the two lane round-about on the Princes Highway and the inside of McDonald’s that’s located right next to it.

The roar of the cars as they drive past blends with the mixture of sounds inside McDonald’s. The chatter of people and the various ambient sounds, such as the moving of equipment and slamming of the register, are almost indistinguishable when they’re combined. I put these sounds together in order to convey that this locality is never quiet, constantly moving, flowing together almost as if all of the different sounds are one whole sound.

One project that influenced my project was ‘An Evening over the Water at Port Germien’ from ABC RN’s Offtrack. The narration, the feeling of the movement from one place to another as they walked together and the ambient sounds created an atmosphere that I was inspired by.