The beginning of my Photography domain.
1. 100 word synopsis
The concept of this project is based upon the discovery found from talking to a number of different people, both religious and non-religious. Discovering the variety of opinions and beliefs that they each had on what happens to them after death. Each of these beliefs is then represented through the means of a shadow, which is then cast upon an individuals face. This imagery is then projected on to an object resembling an open coffin, onto Perspex symbolising the people with the casting shadows of beliefs souls/spirits.
2. Written Directors Statement: Why I produced this project?
Reasons for my asking this question in my project and for wanting to carry out a piece that has this particular subject was because I felt it was a question that each person in a way could ask themselves or question, as it inevitable to happen to us all as it’s a fact of life. It will always be the most unanswered question through time, ‘what actually happens when we die?’
It’s not a subject people mostly want to talk about as death it a daunting concept, but as I’ve just said it is experienced by every individual in themselves. For them to experience it with people around them also.
That is the reason why I wanted to cover it for my Final Media Project at University, as it’s a very relatable subject, and my aim is to make it one that isn’t always daunting. But one that you can look at and think it does happen to everyone so why should it scare me?
3. Photography and Installation Piece Poster
4. Stills from Production (used in final piece)
5. Production Stills
6. Link to Behind the Scenes Footage (online)
7. Link to film (online)
8. 1 minute directors statement to camera (online)
I’m Chelsea Ballaam, and I’ve studied Media Production at Coventry University.
For the first two years of my degree I carried the uncertainty of what I wanted to do when I finished, but always had a passion for photography. In my final year I embraced this passion and that’s where the fundamentals of my final project began. I created a photography and installation piece, based upon the beliefs and opinions people have on what happens after death, which were then portrayed in the representation of shadows within a portrait photograph.
This project has helped improve my skills both technically with camera work, and my personal skills, in my confidence and enthusiasm for success.
I can say that I thoroughly enjoy capturing each memorable moment with a photograph. I have captured many in my time at University. Now at the end of those memories, it’s time to capture a new photograph, one that represents my future and creates those new memories.