Week 8 Project development and Forum 21.07.2020
This week I did my final photoshoot of the module with Natalie in Brighton . Natalie is an artist who I met through instagram and her Birth undisturbed series, which I have written about on my CRJ before as inspiration in previous modules for staged tableaux scenes.
And below are the final photographs I took that day that I ended up shortlisting for the project. Figure 2 being by far the favourite of mine of the collection. Showing good use of light and composition and placement (I moved the chair and asked mum to sit in it as she had been sat on the floor breastfeeding her daughter and the chair was at a better height for the natural light coming in from the windw) Also the framing of the gold from the light, the photo frames and the mirror creating an almost halo effect. I love the way that the youngest daughter is asleep on mum after having fallen asleep being breastfed, yet mum is still multitasking , reading to her daughter. The engagement and eye contact from the eldest daughter is captivating I think. I did have an image of this without L looking at the camera, but I felt this one was a much stronger and more intense image. That spoke a lot about the family dynamics, learning and educating with siblings and also the personalities of the children.
The light being thrown in from the window onto the faces of mum and daughter in this image are beautiful. As is the glow from the lamp. I did edit out the door reflection in the mirror for one attempt, but it looked too fake so I reverted back to the original. Although somewhat distracting, Gregory Crewdson talks a lot in his two production documentaries about the use of doors and windows and mirrors in imagery, and how hey are symbols for other worlds, for alternate realities, this feeds into he narrative of the choices that are open to these families, the decisions they are making, and the ‘doors’ that are open to them. It is almost as if the light from the outside and the book and natural child led learning and education is illuminated, whilst they turn their back on the ‘alternate’ reality they came from through the door or the mirror, as they turn their back on their previous life and choices around education. It is an intriguing concept.
I chose this image as it was of L choosing which book she wanted. I loved how the light fell on her hair and her mum, but ultimately, you can’t see her sister, and I think the images are stronger where you can both her sister and L’s face as well, but I do still really like this image.
Again I liked the engagement in this image, and the fact you could see the younger sister asleep. Again, I didn’t like the door in the mirror. More so this time as because you can see the wall in the hallway behind as well, it is more distracting.
I really like the engagement between mum and daughter in this image as it shows learning and discussions, and collaboration at work.
L had just walked off in this image and I loved how it was all busy and a little chaotic, but mum was in the middle holding it all together.
The images in L’s room were lovely, but the light was just wrong for the atmosphere I am trying to produce in my images. Once I saw the room that was painted green, I knew that the images I would take and use for the project would be in there.
Name – Natalie
Children – 5 (Reception) and 1
Any previous plans to home educate ? Considered education and schools carefully and took the decision very seriously. Didn’t think she would home educate , steered away from that. Looked at lots of different types of schools, eventually deciding on a small local state school.
What have you been doing during lockdown? At first Natalie tried to replicate school at home, with a whiteboard and a desk , worksheets, spellings, maths etc went well for a few mins, then L would get silly, Natalie would get frustrated and stop, try a few more times and then stopped and waited for schools to just reopen. Then “I considered myself to of had a major epiphany with regards to homeschooling but more un schooling and how children learn much better when they are set free to follow their own curiosity. Then let L have a lot more freedom, do what she wanted , playing with toys, looking at books she wants. too. I want her to learn to read because she wants to learn to read, N doesn’t want to disturb that interest blossoming on its own.Not bothered about structured maths work, wants to incorporate that into everyday living . Going a lot more with the flow.
Why have you made the decision now ? Even if school was lovely and I had no doubts about the education part of it, I’d still wouldn’t be able to send her to school because of the Covid guidelines. The major thing is they are able to test children, including bringing mobile units in to test them. I fear if she in a government control place they will be able to do these things with out permission, or even worse, take her away somewhere, that is the number one reason. The second is the governmental culture , which goes against our beliefs and our questioning of politicians , government and what they are saying, which runs counter to what the culture is in school. I felt she may be confronted or questioned about the different ways we are dealing with things, and I feel like I should keep her out of that environment as she will feel like an outsider and awkward. but there is a whole bunch of other reasons that is more to do with education in schools. I don’t believe they should be teaching sex ed / LGBTQ to 4/5 year olds, wants this covered at home. Childbirth taught through discussions , uses her art series to discuss this naturally in their own way. Doesn’t want strangers in a different building teaching her 5 year old about sex. Politically ideology in the syllabus is off putting. Glad this has been the catalyst as was always concerned about he things they were teaching in school. Then into stuff to do with Joh Holt, AS Neil, etc and that how things are done in school isn’t how children naturally learn, and can turn off children’s want to learn. So got a whole stack of reasons.
Once lockdown is over how do you see your home education changing?
Positives so far –
Worries if any ? -
(Interview paraphrased / edited/ clipped/ shortened in parts for ease of writing)
Week 8 : project development . 21.07.2020
This week has been so busy with finishing the edits only last photoshoots, organising my socially distanced outdoor exhibition in the garden, helping on the curators team for landings 2020, and shortlisted images for and designing two newspapers, one of the children’s work from the zine workshop I ran, and one of my portfolio for this module.
Below is the time lapse I created of me shortlisting the images and doing my mock up.
Graham, Rebecca. 2020. A Heuristic interlude. You tube. Time-lapse of newspaper design.
For this week’s webinar, you are asked to spend time discussing workshop plans. Even if you are not thinking about workshops, this is still a good opportunity to consider possibilities.
For this week’s webinar there is an opportunity to share your plans for next week’s Landings exhibition.
Plans for landings : Try to remember to submit my own photographs and video as well as running the launch party on instagram. At the moment I haven’t got around to it, it is on my ever growing list of things to do !
I am currently renovating the garden where the exhibition will be, as for some insane reason I decided to redo the ground in the garden before everyone came to make sure it was both accessible and ‘pretty’ , this is great but it means I have been digging, and building, and buying, and had no time to actually put my images together and order them, or the magazines I will be handing out on the day !!!
you will do it, you are industrious and get things done!
Thanks Sarah, I did manage to do it and before the deadline as well …. Thankfully with the insane amount of hours and man power from the the kids and my husband whilst I’ve been building newspapers, our garden is now starting to look like a garden again. Newspapers and prints are now finished and ordered for the exhibition …. just a banner to create . It’s all very exciting !
Bekkie Graham. 21.07.20. You tube. ‘A Heuristic interval’ Available at you tube. (Accessed 21.07.2020)
Fig 1, Graham, Rebecca. 2020 contact sheet Natalie.
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Fig 8, Graham, Rebecca. 2020