Framing The World Through My Photographs
Site Specific Brief
Adding to previous experiences and worries, your task is to make a piece of work that combines your personal interests with a assigned site in Coventry which you can choose from one of the maps that have been posted on moodle, be wary that students may pick the same map as you.
To help clarify your personal response, you should research the site that you have chosen, before you start taking photographs. Consider the use of local, social and cultural history, myths and or the local geography as starting points.
This is a camera-based project but there are no restrictions about which direction you develop your project. The project is designed to encourage your own interests and direction, though your project should be original to you. Its advised to use the flexibility given to you to explore your own photographic direction, and explore an area of photography which interests you. The presentation of your project should be appropriate to its development.
The final submission of this project is the 25th November. You will have to formally present your final assignment on this date. If you don’t present your work it will affect your grades. In addition you will need to evidence your work and the development of your project on your blog and write a summary of 300 words which should be a reflective statement about your assignment.
If your work is deemed to low a standard you will be asked to re-submit your work, but it will be capped at 40%.
Our task is too pick one of the fifteen maps that have small sections of Coventry on them. Research into that area and create a photographic response in that area.
As the brief is so open it allows me to create a response my own way. Though my interests are mainly portraiture, I feel that the areas I am interested in looking at don’t allow for the portraiture that I am interests in doing as I prefer to be based in the studio, Therefore I will be working slightly out of my comfort zone.
At this current moment there are two maps that are interesting me ( see below):
The second map that interests me is that of the Cathedral, as I know it holds a lot of history.
Research- Research into the selected areas .
A. Coventry has had three Cathedrals in the past 1000 years:
1. The 12th century Priory Church of St Mary
a. St Mary’s Priory and Cathedral was a religious institution in Coventry, England.
b. Founded in the 12th century by transformation of the former monastery of St Mary.
c. And destroyed during the Dissolution or suppression of the Monasteries in the early 16th century
(1) legal processes between 1536 and 1541 by which Henry VIII disbanded monasteries, priories, convents and friaries in England, Wales and Ireland,
d. It was located on a site north of Holy Trinity and the former St Michael’s parish churches in the centre of the city
2. The medieval Parish Church Cathedral of St Michael
3. The modern Coventry Cathedral, also named for St Michael
A. In 1539, with the dissolution of the monasteries, the See of Coventry and Lichfield was transferred to Lichfield and the former cathedral fell into decay.
B. Only in 1918 was the modern diocese of Coventry created in its own right, and the church of St Michael designated as its cathedral.
C. On the night of 14 November 1940, the city of Coventry was devastated by bombs dropped by the Luftwaffe. The Cathedral burned with the city, having been hit by several incendiary devices.
D. The decision to rebuild the cathedral was taken the morning after its destruction.
E. Shortly after the destruction, the cathedral stonemason, Jock Forbes, noticed that two of the charred medieval roof timbers had fallen in the shape of a cross.§
1. He set them up in the ruins where they were later placed on an altar of rubble with the moving words ‘Father Forgive’ inscribed on the Sanctuary wall.
2. Another cross was fashioned from three medieval nails by local priest, the Revd Arthur Wales. The Cross of Nails has become the symbol of Coventry’s ministry of reconciliation.
Cathedral layering the cathedral
– use found imagery of the cathedral
I want to use found image of the Cathedral just after the bombing attack in 1940, I want to go to the ruins as they are today and match some of the old photographs to the ones I take.
Singer Halls – Canterbury Street.
From the late twenties to the mid thirties, the Singer Car Company was a prolific manufacturer of a wide range of automobiles. In fact, by 1928, the company had become the third largest manufacturer of private cars in England, thanks largely to the success of the popular Singer Junior.
What really began to set Singer apart from the rest of the crowd, however, was their success in the trials and reliability sporting events of the day. During the early thirties, sports cars in many cases were thinly disguised competition vehicles.These were cars that could be driven on the road as normal transport during the week, and with little more preparation than the removal of a spare wheel, could be entered in a sporting competition on the weekend, with a reasonable chance of success.Accordingly, by the early thirties, Singer had introduced a wide variety of sports cars that seemed to cover just about every niche of the market.
Canterbury street is predominantly a student area as singer halls is located there as well as a number of student houses, which is where I currently live.
I am interesting in the student houses and how different people/households choice to leave there community spaces with in there house. As from going to different flats in Singer Halls in my first year at university, each flat had a very different view on what was acceptable to leave there communal areas like. The kitchen is particularly interesting to look at.