For this exercise, we need to look through our own family archive and try to discover a series of portraits (four or five) that have existed within this archive but have never been placed together before. The portraits can contain individuals or even couples; they may span a generation or just be of the same person throughout the years (chronotype) the aim of the exercise is that there must be a reason or justification for your choice.
So while reading the brief I had many thoughts going through my head some positive but mostly negative thoughts. How was I going to approach this exercise? The first thought I had is what is a family? well, the Oxford dictionary gives us to definitions of family one it is a group of consisting of two parents and their children living together and two it is all the descendants of a common ancestor.
So how was I going to approach this exercise, I did not have many images of my family as I was growing up, I asked my mum to send me some when I was doing my Context and Narrative unit so this was my starting point –
So looking at the photographs I have they are all about me my next thought is to look at my photographs of the last 10 years since I left South Africa and met my husband but I find that most of my images are of my children I find that I try to photograph every minute of their life so that when they grow up they have a box full of memories.
So my first attempt at creating my family archival series the idea is to show a series of images about me –
My first attempt and I am looking at the series in deep thought does it work I ask myself? I am not sure. I then remember that I had saved some images of my great grandparents and grandparents that my uncle shared on Facebook, to be honest, I don’t know why I saved them. I think that when I saw them I just could not help myself these were my great grand parents I never meet them and I never ever saw a photo of them before and then I looked at the images of my grandparent (my Oupa and Ouma) they look so happy and so beautiful that was the first thoughts that came to me it was lovely looking at these pictures I never ever really seen any pictures of them when they got married this was the first time. I had a real close relationship with my grandad and it was really hard when I lost him to cancer I only have one picture of him really which I keep close to my heart.
So how was I going to create a series of images from these images and then I had a thought what is a family? well, the Oxford dictionary gives us to definitions of family one it is a group of consisting of two parents and their children living together and two it is all the descendants of a common ancestor. So my aim is to create a series of images showing this common descendant of ancestors