“It’s a funny thing about comin’ home. Looks the same, smells the same, feels the same. You’ll realize what’s changed is you.”
In a world plagued by the normality of everyday routines, there lives a boy not quite like any other. Christopher Turner was not like any normal 12 year old. He had a wizened face and a back slightly hunched. His twinkling eyes were framed by thick white eyebrows and on his stubbled chin were white whiskers. Christopher may be 12 years of age but his body was that of an old man about to reach the end of his time. However, for each year that is added to Christopher’s age, his body grows stronger, his sight grows sharper and his limbs move faster. In a world where he’s the only one moving backwards, Christopher is faced with many difficult life situations and challenges. However, before we embark on the secret life of Christopher Turner, we would have to go back to the spring of 1945 when he landed himself into Orange County’s state prison.
My storyline was mainly inspired by the movies ShawShank Redemption and The Curious case of Benjamin Button. I was really intrigued by the idea of a person aging backwards and thought it would be really interesting to see what it would be like if the person were to live his life in prison. The idea of him getting younger as the people around him ages away in life long confinement.
The main character with this bizarre condition that got himself imprisoned.
A fellow inmate which Christopher befriended and went along with him on his many adventures in prison.
A love interest of Christopher’s but they met before he went to prison.
To bring about awareness of certain social issues prevelent in our society today such as pollution, body imaging, drunk driving and cultural conformity.
This visual is to create awareness regarding the issue of water pollution and its effects on marine life. I subtracted the interior of the fish and replaced it with garbage to show how pollution has affected marine life throughout the world. The consequences of our neglect has not only adverse impacts on marine life but ultimately our food sources as well.
This image depicts the issue of body imaging in our society. I warped the image of the barbie doll to represent the unrealistic standards we hold of beauty in our society. A barbie doll is an iconic representation of a child’s ideal standards of beauty that we were all subconsciously brainwashed into believing from a very young age.
This image depicts the issue of drunk driving in our society. A prosthetic limb was used in place of a normal leg to show the consequences and danger of reckless driving and drinking.
This visual depicts the conformity of traditional Chinese customs and beliefs. For instance, the belief that wearing dark colours during lunar new year will bring about bad luck for the rest of the year. Hence, a rice bowl, a food staple for any Chinese family, is placed inside a cage. This represents how some may feel trapped or tied down by these customs and beliefs unable to have the freedom to express their own views and rights.
This project was really a new experience for me especially since it was my first attempt at using photoshop. Even though i struggled a little with the use of this medium to digitally manipulate these images, it allowed me to express my ideas and realise the power of visual imagery.
Moving forward, I hope to continue to grow and experiment with the different forms of medium and techniques that can be used to portray a message through visual imagery as well as improve my photoshop skills for future projects.
My name is Cassandra and I’m currently pursueing an arts degree at NTU hoping to enter a career in the creative industry. If I have three words to describe myself, it would be friendly, easy-going and blur. The super power(s) that I’ve chosen is the ability to throw fire balls and fly into space to explore other planets. Shoutout to Dora for the amazing drawing and chubb photo of me haha
“When you’ve been fighting for it all your life You’ve been working every day and night That’s how a superhero learns to fly” – The Script