Contextual research week 5
Am I really just photographing motherhood ?
The depiction of Princess Carolyn’s struggle with early motherhood, and all the balls she is juggling in the new series of Bojack horseman that just aired on Netflix , is nothing short of genius. It is literally every mother, ever , trying to do everything, for everyone. Never have I felt such an affinity with a cartoon character.
In episode 2 of the new series on Netflix, we see Princess Carolyn trying to comfort her crying baby, run her business, organise parties, all whilst trying to deal with the pressure of picking out a name for her newborn . The depictions of the various tasks Princess Carolyn has done, is doing, or needs to be doing, in presented as Princess Carolyn in multiple forms in various shades and transparencies. It is a visual delight, and something that could inspire the most awesome photoshoot, with multiple exposures, and given I am planning on doing some more staged tableau shots during this project, and I have been toying with the idea of photographing the ‘expectations vs reality’ of home education, it is definitely something I could be incorporate into a photoshoot like that . Before the show ends you are kept on the nail biting edge of your seat with the repetitive crying of her baby, and other repetitive audio, as well as the stifling, and claustrophobic amounts of Princess Carolyn that keep appearing, the scene in the car below where she is literally cramped into the car with all the versions of herself along with her ‘still’ crying baby, is totally inspired, and something I think, most mothers I know could relate too.
Bojack horseman series 6 episode 2 . Image Bustle.com Rebecca Patton . October 25th 2019 . First accessed October 26th 2019.https://www.bustle.com/p/princess-carolyns-new-baby-ruthie-in-bojack-horseman-is-her-toughest-project-yet-19266148
Princess Carolyn tries to have it all in a tongue-twisting, plate-spinning BoJack Horseman. The Av club . Les Chappell . 25.10.19 First accessed 26.10.19 https://tv.avclub.com/princess-carolyn-tries-to-have-it-all-in-a-tongue-twist-1839275104 Bojack horseman series 6 trailer youtube, via Netflix. Accessed 27.10.19 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOGxOQxXjdo