Personal Touch

Dead Media Archive was about making something new out of something old. I found the difficult parts were correcting the negatives digitally and also going an extra step to showing the new.

Using personal material gave me the opportunity to put my feelings into the work. For me, showing old photos can make me uncomfortable because I am a personal person, as in I do not share a lot about myself unless asked.

I have distorted sections to hide information in the photo. This can be faces, full figures or objects.

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The atmosphere is quite scary and you can also see the awkwardness of revealing information.

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Jason Lazarus

Jason Lazarus’ installation, Too Hard To Keep immediately caught my attention because of the name. Lazarus started an archive of photos that were too hard to look at but too hard to destroy. He collected photographic material from participants who had this type of memory.

Some physically show the difficulty, as they are taken from their original narrative contents, or display a hard time in someone life and even torn to crop a person out. But yet the owner cannot throw the material away. Us as the viewer, we come at a stand still as we try to understand the meaning behind each photo.

The layout of the installation gives the thousands of photos its own attention and there is flow. And having the objects in there original form make it more personal and unique in there own form.

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Evelyn Sadler

“The camera is my brush. Blurring the line between photography and painting, my intention is to create intriguing compositions that trigger emotion and contemplation. Reflections and movement allow me to generate a poetic effect and show multiple layers of truth. I discover pieces of reality that we often overlook, and deliver them as captured with minimal post transformation. I am more interested in evoking a mood and a sense of wonder than in documenting life objectively. My multicultural background and love for impressionist and abstract art inspire the way I see and create.”

Evelyn Sadler uses photography in a fine art manner. Like she states, she is not attracted to perfection. This allows the reality to shine through. Her technique of creating a blur emphasises a memory. Most memories are not fully clear and we can only remember a vague amount especially in our minds. That’s we have photographs to document something with no faults.

When looking at her photos, I feel melancholic because there is a beautiful sadness. I feel as though I know the places or remind me of place I have once visited or seen. The atmosphere can be silent which allows me to lose my thoughts and sink peacefully in to the scene.
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Diane Meyer

From a distance it may look as though Diane Meyer has only blurred out sections of her photographs. But in fact she has used embroidery to create a similar vision. The pixel effect is very detailed, as she has payed attention to the colour and tones in the images.

The photographs are of a certain point of Meyers life and she illustrates how a snapshot can show a hidden truth about the reality of the moment. The photographs a very nostalgic but obscure.

There is something about family photos that always strive to portray a perfect life and everyone is smiling to cover the reality. However, Meyer tends to embroider spaces that may not just covering faces or people. When this is done, many secrets are being shown as untold.

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