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David Hockney

Probably an obvious artist to jump to, Hockney makes collages out of his photographs, which I think are amazing and well put together. The main theme behind them is discussing the way the human vision works. It fits in with Cubism. Here is Hockney’s site … http://www.hockneypictures.com/home.php

Young Me, Now Me

Photographs of the young them and the now them, in a similar position, very much like the Like Mom, Like Dad photographs … http://www.zefrank.com/youngmenowme/

Like Mom, Like Dad

This is quite simply a site that has photographs of peoples mums and dads from when they were younger, with a picture of their child retaking an image of themselves in the same position … http://www.zefrank.com/lmld/

Dear Photograph

This is a site that shows a collection of photographs within photographs. The photographer holds up a photograph in the same position and place and then retakes the image. This could be an idea for my project, but I don’t think I would properly pursue it as a final idea seeing as so many others have tried it. I’d like to come out with something as original as possible. Here’s the site … http://dearphotograph.com/

Nicholas Nixon

He has created a lovely series of his wife with her three sisters, named The Brown Sisters. Each year he retakes a photo of the four women, like a family photograph. I think it’s a beautiful series and I can imagine the sisters looking back at the images and feeling nostalgic of not only the day it was taken, but also of how they felt at each age and what was going on in their lives every time. Here is a link to the Fraenkel Gallery that has the whole collection of images … http://www.fraenkelgallery.com/index.php#mi=&pt=1&pi=10000&s=0&p=1&a=23&at=1 Also here’s a site with information about his project … http://www.nga.gov/press/exh/219/index.htm

My Major Project

As is said on http://dictionary.reference.com nostalgia is “a wistful desire to return in thought or in fact to a former time in one’s life, to one’s home or homeland, or to one’s family and friends; a sentimental yearning for the happiness of a former place or time.”

This nostalgia will also relate to photographs and objects, it’s a moment where we think back to the past and wish to be there again or feel how we did when it was going on. I did a project on nostalgia back in my second year, using my trip to California as inspiration http://www.rachelmoss.clickgarden.net/2011/05/my-flash/ as this project developed, it made me think about many things from the past, the main being how much I loved spending that time with my family and being all care free and unaware of what the future held. I want to develop this look into nostalgia further for my major project.

As I have become interested in rephotography as of late, I wish to bring this into my project as well, I have begun thinking about a now and then project using my family and memories. I want to look into the concept of nostalgia and create a series that focuses on this. A few ideas for photos are finding places that me or a family member used to go to, or even still do and take along an object that makes me think of them to place into the picture. This way the photograph works in two separate ways with nostalgia, one with updating and recreating the nostalgia and also adding another item of nostalgia to the photo.

Another option is creating a remade photo album of places I went as a child, but with me the age I am now.

As my grandmother died when I was born, I’ve always been very interested in who she was, I’d be intrigued to visit places she liked by talking to my dad about her, creating a series that works with my fathers memories of his mum and also creating a kind of nostalgia for myself. Even though I never properly knew my grandmother, the objects I own that are hers and the stories I know leave me with a feeling of nostalgia or never knowing, I wish I could go back to when she was alive and get to know her.

I will begin looking into artists that work within rephotography and also who use found photography as a part of their works.

Simon Norfolk

Norfolk is a documentary photographer; one of his main passions seems to be war photography. The last ten years has been spent looking at the term “battlefield.” My main interest is in his collaboration with John Burke’s photographs of Afghanistan in the nineteenth century. Norfolk returned to Afghanistan in 2010 to rephotograph the war scene. He updated the photographs Burke originally took by showing the modern day war. I think they are beautiful images, even in such a sad scene. He has his own site http://www.simonnorfolk.com/ and a linked site to the Norfolk + burke … http://www.simonnorfolk.com/burkenorfolk/

John Divola

Divola has done many projects throughout the last 40 years, most of which revolve around the landscape in some form or another. Series’ that have caught my attention are the Zuma series that works with an abandoned house, Divola records the changes that happen over time within the building, both natural and human alterations.

Another is his Isolated Houses series, which is exactly what the title states, a series of isolated houses out in the desert. His websites is http://divola.com/