Over the course of this part, I have found myself constantly changing ideas of what to photograph and where to focus on. I wonder if in this Assignment I should choose to work with a specific style that was discussed in the course, follow a particular photographer or idea, or find my own style, influenced by many, in the process itself. I decided that a few elements have to stand out:
- The photo has to have a narrative on its own, this means that the composition and elements in the single images should tell a story, or convey a strong idea and should be able to stand on their own, even though they all represent the same abstract idea.
- The photos have to be in black and white and should have a similar visual language. This means that in my post processing I will try to keep the same tonal contrasts and structure as much as possible.
- Even though the theme is abstract, I think it is important that the viewer can read the narrative clearly, without too much explanation in the captions. I will keep the captions short and let the image try to speak for itself.
- Even though my photos are quite defined by Indian culture and religion, I aim for the photographs to have a universal message, that doesn’t need too much explanation.
- My aim is not so much to show my personal narrative when it comes to faith, nor do they reflect the beliefs of a specific religion, but the images are recognitions of what I believed and experienced when I was a Christian. Some images might reflect my personal opinion, but most are reflections of the tensions between religion and modern life, questions of life and death and sacredness or secularity.
Ever since I started working on part 2, I have had this assignment in mind when taking photographs. Most were not planned, but I knew beforehand what I might come across when visiting temples, cremation sites and actually being on the streets of Delhi. As you will see, I have attempted to stage one photo, but it did not work well in the series, so I am not going to add it. In the next blog I will show my contact sheets and explain my selection process.