Upon looking at the images created in the studio workshop, I started to see them as a collection of images, taken of archival objects. Something sacred and revered, something to be risen above the humdrum of normal objects, raised up on a pedestal for all to see.
This started me thinking about the importance we place on objects, and why we photograph them.
Working with this idea I started experimenting with placing, everyday, disposable objects on a pedestal, and adding a small amount of text as if they were in a museum
I also attempted this
While I like this concept I think the composition and lighting is wrong. These were only taken as an experiment to see if the concept had any merit, I am also contemplating if i should add text to them, to give them a made up history, though the worry is that the text may become more important than the image, thus destroying the idea of elevating the common place.
Peper Stetler in their Essay "The Object, the Archive and the Origins of Neue Sachlichkeit Photography", in the History of Photography (2011) discusses the idea of new objectivity (Neue Sachlichkeit) in which he quotes Wilhelm Lotz (1920) saying that a growing number of photographers "want only to capture the object well and objectively" This is what I want to try to do with this series, presenting the images/objects from the objective viewpoint of an archivist, who is documenting these items for posterity. In essence Neue Sachlichkeit Photography aimed to provide an alternative to the sort 'arty' pictorialism and the experiments of visual distortion
Following on from this we had a session on using the portable lighting kit, during which i had chance to play with the idea of lighting the objects in a more, museum/archive like way.