This task was quite similar with the appropriation
task in techniques but there was a difference in
the kind of content we used. Unlike appropriation
that we borrowed someone else’s work, we used
just our own work, in our case photographs, to
combine them and construct something new out
We looked at artists like Idris Khan whose
work really inspires me. Idris has been mostly
appropriating but not only. His way of combining
photographs together is unique. An example would
“Every…Bernd And Hilla Becher Spherical Type
Gasholders” which is literally a different and more
contemporary point of view on their strict set up.
It actually allows us to still compare the similarities
of those buildings.
With previous sessions dedicated on combining,
appropriating or stitching someone else’s work like
the Photoshop workshop, the Appropriation and
Google Task, I felt free to do my own combinations
of my own photographs. I recall many times where I
took photographs of something in order to combine
them later or just manipulate them in photoshop.
For this task we had to use our photographs from
the trip to Normandy and produce something in
Khan’s style of working. We were told before the trip
some guidelines and that we should take pictures
thinking how we would combine them later. The
overall task dealt with History and Memory.
We visited many historical places in the shores of
Normandy. From the beach Omaha where the first
landing happened to inner parts of North France
and the American-allied memorial for those who
died during the WWII.
I produced a combination of two to three
photographs of the Omaha beach and the
memorial. The second photograph is the
same as the first one with these arrows
added in the sky. The arrows were the
landing positions on France’s shores as
well as the development of the allied forces
towards the enemy lines.
And here is another composition out of the task’s
guidelines. This one is the Omaha Beach Memorial.
See the original here.