4D – Project 2 Concept Development 1

I want to work on my Project 1 which is on the topic pair. However, I do not know what can I do to make it stand out from Project 1. Thus, I went online to search on pair. All I get was couple photo everywhere in google. This is not what I want to work on. Thus I was kinda stuck with my idea here.


After consultation, I realize my friends and Robert love how my initial idea was on Project 1 which is taking object against white/black background as compared to my Project 1 final submission.

Initial Idea:

Final submission:
The background is fighting for attention and it is too complicating that the main object does not stand out.

I went back and thinking if I should continue on this topic or come out with a new one. I went to look at different magazine to get inspiration. As I was going through the magazine, I realize how magazine only shows one side of the shoe in almost every photo that is related to shoes. So I wanted to focus on only shoe for found images. However, Robert throw me back a question, “what are you suggesting by simply looking for just one shoe?” Then I realize there is no purpose to this range on found images. Thus, I decided to abandon this idea.

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As I was going through the magazine to look for pair, I came across many girls with make-up images. I wanted to portray how can make-up change a girl confidence/self esteem and etc. The comment I received was it will be a more interesting approach to look for images without make-up because that would be a more critical stance on how woman are always portrayed with make-up in the media.

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However, this two idea was too literal to match the idea. I have to think is there any other way I can look at this two idea different?

Robert suggested that the idea is to flesh something that is originally not there in the images, and not use them as an accompaniment to illustrate what is obvious.

Thus, I went on to research more on still life photography.

Robert Mapplethorpe

He is an American photographer, known for his sensitive yet blunt treatment of controversial subject-matter in the large-scale. His photo are mostly in black and white medium. He also experimented with various materials in mixed-media collages, including images cut from books and magazines. I like how he uses a simple background to allows the audience to have the full attention on the object itself.




I should research more before concluding on which idea I want to work for in Project 2. I tend to drift my thoughts towards something too literal and that is something I should work on.

2D – Project 1 “My Line is Emo”

There will be 18 line works corresponding to the various emotions in total. Each line should carry the name of the emotion used. The project outcome will be in black and white only.

The 18 emotions – longing, affection, intimate, cheerfulness, contentment, relief, energetic, hope, disgust, irritation, rage, hate, suffering, rejection, sorrow, anxiety, curiosity and timid.

In the mind map below, there are explanation of the emotions and what kind of aspect I am going to focus on. For example, to me affection is something more of a soft and gentle concept. There might be changes along the way as I explore and discover more on the different emotions, thus there will be changes around.

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