Image & Text: Cinematic Black Bars and Melancholic Prophecy

This is a typographic series. In the following pieces, I will dramatise the stigmas attached to some the most stereotyped occupations.

These pieces are framed both cinematically and metaphorically to explore how such stigmas can prophecy these occupational scenes. I place ‘SU’ – the letters in my name – as hints to items of melancholy.

Items of melancholy –

White cloth on railing
Crouched posture of painter
Shadow cast on canvas
White cloth on easel

Visual language –

I wanted to create a cinematic teal and orange scene in a dark and isolated studio. Light shines boldly through the small window and creates a dynamic in the composition. A culmination of these elements make for a mellow and isolated mood.

Items of melancholy –

Serpent on arm
Smoke from cigarette
Arm extended to ask for service
Shy posture of woman
Yellow posters in background
Shadow on wall

Visual language –

This scene was inspired by Wong Kar Wai’s In The Mood For Love. I wanted to emulate the colour and cinematics of that because it gave me an uneasy sense of melancholy, and I felt that that was a good contradiction of emotions to express in the stigma of a prostitute.

Items of melancholy –

Lasso/slipknot on ram
Shadow of ram
Red sun and scape shadows
Crouching posture of girl
Straw hat

Visual language –

I wanted to create a reflective yet sinister scape of a plain. The unidentified gaze of the girl allows for a reflective tone, yet with that line of sight, we are led to a symbol of sacrifice under a red backdrop.

Items of melancholy –

Wheel
Cloth in bottle
Reflection in bottle
Shadows on girl
Hand on wheel
Traffic booked in background

Visual language –

I wanted to create a really drowsy scene for the taxi driver. To do so I played with lights and colours on a highway, warmed them then muted them. There is a deadness amongst the arrangement of colours, which is made even more cynical for that exact reason.