Chapter 1 is very much about Cotton’s proclamation
of how photography has now become a contemporary art practice. Cotton describes
the practice as, “evolved from a strategy or happening orchestrated by a
photographer for the sole purpose of creating an image”. Chapter 2 was of the most appeal
for me. As someone who loves to create their own story, many of the photographs
invite the viewer to do so, pondering about what may have occurred or may be
about to occur. Having
explored fictional photography on a somewhat intermediate level, I am very
intrigued by tableau photography; simply the fact that it manages to combine a
whole world of narratives within one frame. I find these photographers or
artists to be much like film directors. They create these narrative fantasies
while working with a cast, crew, actors and a staged setting. Even though Cotton divides
the photographers into chapters, it is clear that many of these artists share a
similar method or technique to photography, despite having very different results
on different themes.

 

Of the many photographers discussed, I found Roy
Villavoye, Yinka Shonibare and Tom Hunter ideas and motivations particularly
akin to the idea I am pursuing. Villavoye’s Presents
(3 Asmat men, 3 T-shirts, 3 presents) shows highlights the physical
exchange between two cultures and the eagerness of westerners to impose their
cultures onto colonised people. My photo series, much like Tom Hunter, presents
contemporary reworking of art paintings, with a major focus on the Primitivism
art movement that borrows much of its inspiration from Africa. Yinka Shonibare’s use of
constructed scenes to reconfigure iconic imagery from the Western art presents a
world of possibilities to be explored. 

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