In my photography project I tried bring together two seemingly contradictory positions – the deliberate construction of an image in contrast to photography’s ability to capture a ‘decisive moment. Prior to photography’s invention, painters would attempt to depict a precise moment by carefully assembling elements within their work resulting in a work that appeared to show a transitional moment or ‘representative fragment’. The term tableau is used to describe the staging of narratives and this sets the foundation for this module. The moment chosen to be depicted by history painters was known as the peripeteia – a moment where all hangs in the balance or as it is known to photographers the “decisive moment.”
The images I produced are demonstrating the construction of an idea in the way that a painter creates a painting. I tried to make it highly conceptual, controlled and creative. They have been achieved by careful construction and control of the elements in the image, use of lighting to create atmosphere, mood and orchestrate my subjects to convey the precise moment.
I hope you enjoy the work as much as I did creating it.