Creative Piece – Rest.

Rest

verb

  • to refresh oneself, as by sleeping, lying down, or relaxing.
  • to relieve weariness by cessation of exertion or labor.
  • to be at ease; have tranquillity or peace.
  • to repose in death.
  • to be quiet or still.

To expand my thoughts and ideas of what ‘rest’ means, I asked a number of people what it meant to them.

“having a break from life so anything that makes me feel relaxed”

“letting your body wind down and being relaxed in your mind – that to me means just lying down and reading/watching/something/talking to someone and sleeping of course”

“sleep”

“just chilling in front of the tv or surfing the net, being with friends, being lazy”

“my sleep as i don’t really just sit and relax so the only time i rest i when i’m sleeping”

“a night in with my boyfriend watching a film”

“time to relax forget about my work – usually flicking through facebook and twitter”

What is rest to me?

  • Spending time with others.
  • Watching tv.
  • Lying in bed.
  • Relaxing/winding down.

Following this research, it is clear that rest to a lot of people is about unwinding and taking time out from the things that would be classed as ‘work’. With this, in my images I want to represent this sense of relaxation through the various ideas shared.

Ideas & artist research.

  • Idea 1: Create a series of montages/collages integrating a persons response to ‘rest’. This would include photographing them in a relaxing environment or somewhere that they feel comfortable, along with the other things that they consider as rest.

This idea made me think of the work by Thomas Barbey who creates really interesting montages by combining a number of images together.

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I absolutely love this work as it gives a completely new perspective into viewing imagery and the best of more than one piece of work at once. It’s so imaginative and creative, for example the underwater image with people walking through is so unreal but so stunning and believable. I find the eye intriguing and inciting and the combination of soft textures compliment each other. Also there is a great range of tones in all his images which contrast each other well and draw the eye to different parts of the image.

  • Idea 2: create a series of images photographing myself doing relaxing things, but in each image I have my phone in my hand and my attention is on that rather than the actual activity of rest.

This idea made me think of the work ‘Bloggers’ by Gabriela Herman.

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Herman has used available light to her advantage to create some really interesting photos. Whilst their surrounding environment is mainly in darkness, the light from their digital devices lights them up showing their how they are soaked up in their blogging. Whilst this work could be considered as rest, because they all look fairly relaxed and people do consider blogging as a relaxing past time it also shows how we cannot detach away from digital media. This is something I want to be able to capture in my series of images.

For my set of images I decided to go with my second idea as although I think the first could have been interesting, I don’t think they fitted the brief of digital media as well as photographs of rest with my phone included does. Following this choice, I decided to look at the video ‘I forgot my phone’ to inspire my photographs further.

I absolutely love this video just because it is so true and I can safely say I do this myself. I’m sure there are many others whom also do the same. Many of the things she is doing in this video reflect ways of rest and it is interesting to see how phones are integrated into the situation. On one hand it’s entertaining, but on another it shows just how unsociable we have become constantly attached to our phones. But can using Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media apps on our phones be classed as socialising, while we ignorantly dismiss the company around us?

What equipment do I need?

  • Camera
  • Tripod
  • Phone
  • Other appropriate props/set ups.

I brainstormed a number of things which I would consider as rest to make up my 10 images.

  • Reading.
  • Painting my nails.
  • Watching television.
  • Lying in bed.
  • Yoga.
  • Meditation.
  • Listening to music.
  • Socialising.
  • Drawing/colouring.
  • Having a drink/eating.

Final images.

1

socialising

2

listening to music

3

reading

4

meditation 

5

having a drink 

6

painting my nails

7

colouring

8

yoga

9

watching television

10

lying in bed

Evaluation.

I am fairly pleased with how this set of images has turned out as I feel they represent exactly what I wanted them to. I like the repetition of the phone in each image as it is something that we recognise and creates a sense of unity. There is a clear disinterest in each image as to what is going on, with my eye line always averted towards the phone. Although the images are not the most visually pleasing they serve the purpose of showing how we cannot detach ourselves from this digital environment, a constant need for information. This made me think of the article ‘how the brain hard-wires us to love Google’ by Emily Yoffe where she comments upon how we are constantly trying to get our ‘fix’ of information through the Internet. If the Internet and this digital environment consumes us so much know, who’s to know where it will take us in the future?

Bibliography.

Dictionary.com. (2014). Rest. Available: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/rest?s=t. Last accessed 4th February 2014.

Barbey, T. (2013). Thomas Barbey. Available: http://thomasbarbey.com. Last accessed 4th February 2014.

Herman, G. (n/a). Bloggers. Available: http://gabrielaherman.com/bloggers. Last accessed 4th February 2014.

CharstarleneTV. (2013). I Forgot my Phone. Available: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OINa46HeWg8. Last accessed 6th February 2014.

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~ by victoriasimkissphotography on March 2, 2014.

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