A retrospective view

This stop motion movie is a retrospective on my life represented by the rock bands and their music that have influenced me from my teenage years through to today.

It starts in chronological order from when I was 13 with my first gig t-shirt through to my latest gig t-shirt this month. It also catalogues some of the music I was listening to through the years starting with LPs, then cassettes and finally CDs.

In my final year of study I will be exploring themes on the celebration of life and death. This film fits in nicely with this theme as it represents a celebration of my life so far through music which has always been a major influence on me. Rock has helped shape the person I am today through the rock (&) role models I have chosen, fellow rock fans I have chosen to socialise with and the types of rock clothes I have chosen to wear.

My love of rock music is a significant part of my identity and I have enjoyed creating this movie, looking back, reminiscing and reflecting on all of the groups I have had an appreciation for whilst growing up and the influences they have had on me. Not least of all I’m chuffed to bits that the t-shirts still fit – all 45 of them!
To view this film please go to: http://www.furtherfield.org/inspiwrit/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/LiveFastDieOld.mov

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Shutter Speeds

Running alongside my degree, I thought it would also be beneficial to gain a national qualification in Photography, and combine the skills that I learn with my degree studies.  The first lesson was on shutter speeds which produced some ghostly affects which Im sure I will be able to use in my work.
To take a good picture which stops all the action a speed of 1/125 of a second is used or higher. Henri Cartier-Bresson’s concept of ‘The Decisive Moment (1952) states, “there is nothing in this world that does not have a decisive moment. To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event as well as of a precise organisation of forms that give that event its proper expression”. Not all photographs are of isolated moments in time though as they can be a collection of numerous moments.