Task 1 – Project 1a

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The first series of photographs depict clouds, drawings taped on a wall beside a bed and an illuminated fairy light. Why I chose these photos is because they represent the parts of me that others are not aware of. The clouds show how easily influenced and easy going I am, given that clouds easily change their shape and they go with the flow of the wind. The pictures taped beside the bed shows that I am a day dreamer, and that my dreams are a culmination of experiences and aspirations. The fairy light shows how I “come alive” in the dark and also the dark background shows my love for the dark and how I seek comfort and security¬†there.

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The second series of photographs show my relationship with my object, my childhood pillow. Whenever I am with it, I always feel happy and relaxed. I am always looking forward to seeing it whenever I return to my room and I must have it whenever I sleep if not I would feel that something is missing and I would not be able to sleep well without it. This pillow gives me a sense of security and comfort as well, portrayed by the photo of me hiding in my blanket with my pillow, as I am able to hug it whenever I need to when I am scared or stressed out. This pillow has been with me through all the good and bad times I had and I wanted to show that it always has my back no matter what the situation may be and I can always rely on it to bring me that comfort and happiness I need.

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The third series of photographs show my world, which is Bedok reservoir. I used to dislike coming here because my previous school used to organise cross country events here and I hated cross country a lot due to my hate for running. However, now I am coming to Bedok reservoir for a different reason, which is for dragon boat training. Joining dragon boat was a new thing for me because I have never dragon boated seriously before. Why I chose this place as my world was because of the peace it brings to me during training due to the calmness of the environment, it allows me to take my mind off school work or other stresses and just focus on training. The photo with the paddle and school bags show how different people from different courses different backgrounds come together for the same reason, which is to dragon boat and train together as a team. Also, this place brings my teammates and I closer as we would come together to train and improve together through feedback and encouragements. The photo with the blurred image of a dragon boat out in the reservoir shows the uncertainty of my journey in dragon boat. This is due to the high commitments from dragon boat and the trainings. The uncertainty stems from my doubts of being able to balance my school work with trainings and also my doubts about myself about whether I would drag the team down or not, as my teammates are able to lift heavier weights and run faster than I am able to. I do not know how this choice to join dragon boat would go, but I would like to see where it brings me to.

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What I learnt from this project was how to express your intentions and messages through images, and how the way you take these photographs can affect the messages you want to tell. You have to use your surroundings or the things you have effectively and to your advantage as it is hard to portray intangible things such as personality and emotions.

Final presentation displayed:

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