What is my FMP?
My FMP is a online photography story book throughout someones live via their eyes. It will start from their birth, first sights, to the point where they are old enough to leave the nest and start out on their own life for uni/work. The idea behind this project is to think of someone’s eyes as a camera, capturing moments in your life and displaying them as a book. The question of my project is: “What do we see throughout life?”
What Research can I do?
I plan to research multiple things to cover this project. One of the things I will need to do is research and plan the stages of life the individual from baby to adult. What things they might see, interact with, behave with and react too. I can do this by doing some online research for secondary sources as well as doing questionnaires, interviews and/or surveys to find out what people can think of that sticks out when they interacted with things at a certain age.
Once that is planned out, I will need to research the stages of eye development for the infant stages as a child’s eye sight isn’t clear / wide until a later age. Once I learn and find out all the information I need for this topic, I can research as well as practice methods on how to give off this effect with my camera. I can obtain this information by using both secondary research, primary and qualitative. If this however doesn’t happen due to it being a vast subject or not getting enough information to be comfortable to practice it in, I shall style all the images still through the point of view as planned but in the style of an online scrap book instead.
Finally, I will create a storyboard for m photography timeline. It will be around 5- images per year of age. I will design this in the usual style of a storyboard if this was a video, however keep the images basic due to there being so many because of the ages going between 0-18. Once this storyboard is done, I will be able to use it as a checklist for what photographs I will be taking.
With this information and research, I should be able to produce a final project without many flaws. It covers the topics I need to learn and understand as well as plans out my project smoothly so I can follow a complete timeline of what to do and how to do it. Once the research is complete I will create the storyboard, then proceed to complete the project by following it to the best of my ability.
Questions for Interview: These are the questions I shall be asking a group of people the following questions, aiming for simple answers. The reason for this is because I want the simplistic images of the words the say. If something needs describing or they want to explain in more detail, I will ask for them to do as so if they can.
1/ What is the first thing you remember seeing?
2/ What is your earliest memory?
3/ What memory comes to mind when you think of your childhood?
4/ What memory comes to mind when you think of your teen-hood?
5/ Is there a memory which comes to mind that makes you feel happy?
6/ Is there a memory which comes to mind that makes you feel unhappy?
7/ Are there any mental images from any years of your life that stick out?
“Surveymonkey: Free Online Survey Software & Questionnaire Tool”. Surveymonkey.com. N.p., 2017. Web. 16 Mar. 2017.
Evaluation: Through these results, I can see that there is a vast amount of memories that people can have but can connect together in away. Some feedback I got about these questions was that they were rather difficult to answer and I got a response that looking back at some of their memories was almost painful and upsetting.
The results on the question about “are there any upsetting memories that come to mind” had some similar results such as loosing someone or failing at something. Another answer that had similar answers was the question of “What is the first thing you remember ever seeing?” which lead to answers mostly consisting of them seeing their mother and/or father.
From this information I have gathered, I have gained more of an idea of what I can capture throughout the photography progress and using some of these ideas to show through my project that life has many ups and downs like a roller coaster.
Project Layout Designs:
I am gonna have my project in the style of a scrap book. When asking around my class for some unique and personal design ideas, a couple of classmates offered to show me what their scrapbook designs looked like to give me a vast idea of what II should do with mine. Each page or two will be related to the age of the child, depending on what part of the book we are at. As the point of view individual is getting old, so do the pages with the surrounding pictures and related background growing up with them. This is one of the styles that I could do for my project, thanks to Zoe Midwinter, a scattered image style with interactive background text and images related to the images. I like how every page is different in its own way and how the images sizes and positions are all different on each page.
The next design I looked at was from another classmate, Meghan Truscott. Her scrapbook has a more simplistic and neat style to it unlike Zoe’s scrapbook. It has room for more images on it as well as some related captions that are next to some of the photos. Another thing I like about Meghan’s design is that it has a lot of subheadings such as “Sisters” and “Best Friends” so you know what you are gonna see on each page. It also has room for some little designs of art around some of the pages such as flowery banners and some little faces. This scrapbook is designed to look cute but maintain a consistent nostalgia feel to it as you read on. The style is simplistic and effective with pages easy to locate when you are looking for something specific. I would take the subheading idea from this design to help tell with my book what stage of growth we are in when you open the book on a random page.
After looking at both designs of these scrap books, I can see the pros and cons of each as well as see how both are effective and stylish to show off their images and tell a story. However, the style I would like to use for my project would be similar to the first scrap book design. I like how this one makes the pages look unique on every page with lots of information and creativity behind it all. I feel that I can make some pretty creative pages and evolve the book in general as the book moves forward to grow up with the child who is portrayed. A weakness of this design however could be that there can be too much on one page that will loose focus of the actual story being told, so finding the balance will need to be one of the top priorities.
Overall, my findings though not as vast as previous projects, have been effective. Through a simple survey, I found out a lot about many peoples past memories and favourite moments in their life which I will use towards my storyboard and book. I learnt that even though there are lots of happy memories that people cherish and protect, that there are also a lot of sad and dark memories that haunt the paint and cannot be forgotten, yet help us move forward and make the future us stronger because of them. So my images wont be just a “fairy tale” like story where there is only positivity and happiness, because that isn’t how life is sadly. It will show the struggles, challenges and tough times of a typical human being to help create a more believable and relatable person within the book.
With this topic that I have chosen, my research was limited, however it will continue to conduct research as the project goes on. I did surveys and interviews with other people to get into their mind and get some personal and unique information as well as read some personal stories of my own to get an idea of the timeline I will have to complete. I did look into the biology of the human eye’s development at a young age, but due to lack of source material that wasn’t online, as well as the interview with a local opticians having to be cancelled due to time constraints, I decided to not put any more pressure on the topic and move forward, using my contingency plan of laying it out as a scrap book instead. I would of liked to of continued to try and follow with the idea of the whole human eye development idea due to the chance to show off some unique camera skills and show real growth and progression in not just image form but also in senses. I feel it was the right call to do however as I don.t want to rush this project, nor make any mistakes because I set the bar too high. Through this research process, I have been able to conduct a large amount of primary and qualitative research with some secondary research too.
The next tasks for me now is to create a storyboard for all the years from the start of life to the age of independence (18). Once these storyboards are done, I can use them as a check list to take the photos of what I need to cover a page of each year, then design the background covers in relation to the age that they are.