What I wanted to show in these 3 images are little snippets of myself and the reason why I chose to take the pictures in my room is to show that I’m most comfortable and that I can be myself in my room. I may appear outgoing and active when I’m around my friends, but at the comfort of my home I’m reserved and enjoy having my alone time. I also love to work with my hands, and I aim to create art that is a reflection of myself.
Artist reference: Nan Goldin, Self Portrait in the Mirror
Nan Goldin’s self portrait in the mirror gave me a fresh perspective of how self portraits may not necessarily need to be seen as a physical body so I tried experimenting based on this for my last image.
The object that is most significant to me is the first camera that I bought with the first internship pay I received. This camera is a symbol of achievement and triumph to me and whenever I look it at, it reminds me of the many obstacles I faced during my internship days and to be able to buy something that I’ve always yearn for with the money I earned with my blood and sweat is something special. After officially owning a camera for myself, the mere hobby of photography has steadily grown into a deeper passion. Even though I now have a second camera that I use more often, it cannot replace the feelings I have for this camera.
I moved here when I was 3 and spent more than 15 years growing up in this little area by the sea. My kindergarten, primary and secondary schools were in this area so I guess you could say that I literally spent my childhood here. Every memory I could remember about my childhood, good or bad, revolved around this place and little did I know that those memories would be part of the reason of who I am today. Whenever I felt stressed or sad, looking out of the window from my house would bring me peace and I chose to photograph these views to relieve those memories of my childhood. Going back to this place for this assignment really gave me a very strong feeling of nostalgia and it has made me realise that truly this place is a place that I say is my home, my world.
Reflection: Through this project I was able to discover more about myself and how I really love to go out and take photographs of objects and sceneries. I was also able to realise the significance of the object that I chose because this was something that had never occurred in my mind until I was given this task of searching for an object that is significant to me. And lastly, through research and also the discovery of new artists like Nan Goldin, Jo Spence, Cindy Sherman, artists that we’ve learned about in class, gave me many fresh and new perspectives of how a self portrait can be experimented, and also how images that have a mixture of portraits and landscapes is also able to portray something with a strong message, and not just something visually appealing.
Final presentation displayed