Week-16-Contestual Research


My FMP Series/Editing.

I have done a series of images and finally roughed them down to 16. I was hoping to come in at 10, but  think the minumum requirement is 12. It is quite a challenge getting them into an order, but as my series follows a mythical journey and I applied my  script writing skills to the order, in terms of story, plot, characterizarion, key events, intiating incident, turningpoints, climax and denouemont.

I finished up the series  in Adobe Lightroom and fine tuned the B+W images. They will be my reference refernce  of what I would like them to look like when I print them in the dark room.

During the MA it was stressed to make cheap prints of the images, hang them on a wall or board, study them,  then arrange in order and work order till  happy with the series order.

As I built and constructed each image, I thought my order was selected. My beginning, middle and ending is firmly in place. I made a new collection for 705 (16 images) and  arranged them in order on  Lightroom’s  Filmstrip (E) below. E for Filmstrip, go Eigure.  I was content with the order and was tempted, albeit briefly, to skip the printing/sticking on wall method.

Lightroom Workspace. Image courtesy of Adobe.com

However, I decided I would follow the suggestion of the professors and print out the images and stick them on the wall/board and arrange accordingly.  I made some B+W prints on plain paper and hung them in the order I had them in my Light Room film strip (E) in the collection I had made. I really thought  the paper on wall a waste of time while P   R   I   N   T   I   N   G.  I am capapble of thinking abstractly, why did I have to go through all this???.

However, I made myself a promise at the very beginning of the MA; If I found myself resisting anything during the course, I would muster up and embrace it with all my ability. This has paid off handsomely in the past, so I applied that experience and promise to my present resistance not print out the images physically, and to just go with the film strip edited in Light Room.

I printed the 16 images, and began to write down the titles of the images, thinking about the captions as I write.  I am past (at least for now) of not giving the images titles and or captions, I want my viewers to be informed, however, they will be informed by myth and poetry, and hopefully bring this together with their own knowledge and experience, they will not be force fed.  Hopefully will have some background in Greek Mythology and Biblical knowledge.

I stuck them to the wall and mediated on the series briefly and within a few minutes, I thought one image would be better upside down, so I inverted it. Then I thought the encounter of the poet with the challenges should be re-written so I changed that, then I changed the beginning of the series, then made some changes in the middle.

I made three re-arragements, caption modifications and one image flip.  These ideas would not have manifested themselves had I not printed them out and stuck them on the wall. I am very glad I went against my intellect and went with my promise and past experience.

First order of images. Images property of Pierre Chemaly©
Second order of images. Images property of Pierre Chemaly©


Third order of images. Images property of Pierre Chemaly©


Provoke Magazine and Fukase Masahisa:

Fukase Mashisa (The Solitude of Ravens)  had his work edited by:    It was after seeing this series at FOAM in Amsterdam, that the realization of editing came to full power.

I decided to re-read my Provoke Series 1, 2, and 3. The collection of Japanese photographers form the 1960’s  Fukase’s influence on my work has been monumental. I use grain, contrast, soft focus now with joy. I have always loved it, but seeing the work of Fukase and Moriyama over the MA just re-inforced my passion for it, and now I incorporate it in my practice.

Provoke Magazine. 1,2,3. Photo by: Pierre Chemaly©


I re-watched Solitude of Ravens on youtube. The book is thumbed through showing all the images of the book. I do not have it in my collection, but will purchase a copy of it at some point. The editing in this book is monumental, it was Solitude of Ravens that made me realize how powerful image editing can be.

In addition to the editing of my images, are the captions.  The series is my mythical journey in search of the Divine Lodestone. It took me a long time to come to terms with what I am looking for in my life as a person and an artist.

The Divine Lodestone is the compass that points the way. Word choices are difficult. In PROVOKE issue 2, They chose the word EROS as the theme of the book, and the editor mentions that they had a difficult time and struggled with the vast expanse and semantics of the word. I can relate, a word can mean so many things, and at the same time it can mean nothing (if not fully understood) Words are difficult to concretize,  and like images they remain abstracts, no matter how well understood or explained.  I am going to capitalize off this in my own work, in other words I will give a title and a caption, and hopefully the reader (word and image) can understand it, at least to some degree. This is all I can hope for at this stage of the game.


Joshua Cooper:

Listening to the Audio bytes of Joshua Cooper, forwarded to me by Dr. Wendy, about the journey of photographer Josuha Cooper.  I find the work interesting from the point of someone doing a physical journey around the globe and making images of it.

What intersted me most was how long it took to do this project. Thirty two years from idea to manifestation.  I will go next week to LACMA to see the exhibition. He also most died numerous times. Sometimes I wonder to what degree of hyperbole is used here. I think everyone like to ‘dramatize’ the events to make them more interesting. I have learned from my studies with the MA question everything. With an artpiece, where is the provenance? With experience, where is the proof? (sinking into a sinkhole audio commentary 4) (Machine gun bullets at his feet; audio commentary 12)

It is nice being able to listen to the podcast and read the audio commentary below. This direct account is very informative and gives one the ability to scan material quickly without having to re-listen to the podcasts if I want to reference something.

Also discovered that LACMA has ‘LACMA In Your Neighborhood‘ community arts programs, that my be interesting to get involved with. So this was a nice byproduct of watching this podcast.




LACMA: https://www.lacma.org/neighborhoods

Joshua Cooper: https://www.lacma.org/cooperaudio

Solitude of Ravens: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hx4FhAljFnE

Fukase Masahisa: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/may/30/ravens-masahisa-fukase-review-are-celebrated-photo-book



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