Tentative Series Name: Nostalgia Lane or The Weight of Living
State Idea: I want to make a series of photographs highlighting the contrast of being a kid vs being a young adult.
How will I execute the idea: I plan to shoot environmental and creative portraits of my friend at a few different parks, specifically at a playground. I want the color scheme to mostly consist of primary colors. The model’s clothes will match the colors of the playground and/or be inspired by 90’s clothing, and her makeup will look messy. She will look sad and also be smoking to emphasize the contrast of being somewhere that used to be fun.
Why is this topic important to you? What do you want other people to understand? What do you hope this series will accomplish?
This topic is important to me because of I’ve always been fascinated with the concept of nostalgia. Sometimes I find myself zoning out and thinking of a time where things were life was simpler. When you’re a kid, you want to grow up, but once you’re older you realize it’s not (all) fun. I like the idea of taking a childhood memory and comparing that to the harsh reality of the present; it’s the pain of remembering. Obviously there is no one thing that causes nostalgic feelings for everyone, but I plan to shoot on a playground because they are a pretty universal nostalgic/childhood place for most people.
Any special conditions, equipment, or techniques needed?
As of right now I don’t think I need special conditions, equipment, etc.
Output Method and Size: For this series I plan to either print a variation of 8×10, 8×12, 8.5×11 prints or a variation of different sized prints and organizing them in a specific way to create a nice visual aesthetic.
Self Portrait: For this portrait, I was thinking of playing around and manipulating a mirror. I’m not exactly sure how yet but I like the idea/concept of looking into a mirror, almost like I’m going through some internal struggle. Another idea I have is to sit on a stool and portray negative emotions. For this idea, the background will be very simple and the focus will be solely on the emotions I’m portraying.
Simple Portrait: Similar to the self portrait, I will have my model sitting behind a white backdrop portraying different emotions/facial expressions.
Environmental Portrait: My brother likes to make music and he has a small makeshift studio in his room, I think it would be cool and interesting to photograph his process.
Creative Portrait: For this portrait, I really want to play around with color and fashion choices. I want to use bright saturated colors but also juxtapose this with something random like a doll or another prop.