The Senior Summer Never Sleeps
“Remember when you were young, you shone like the sun.”
“Blown on the steel breeze”
“You cried for the moon”
“And sail on the steal breeze.”
“Come on you boy child, you winner and looser”
“Come on you miner for truth and delusion, and shine!”
Throughout my studies of photography in the past month or so, I have come across many different authors and how they verbalize the connection between image and text. Barthes hones in on the necessity for a photograph to have a punctum or an element that reaches out and grabs the beholder. This capitalizes on the idea that there needs not be a photographer in the equation at all, only the observer in integral. Mitchell brings about the idea of an imagetext. This describes how an image or text can work together (or separately) to express one idea or inner thought of the creator. This idea from Mitchell puts the photographer and author back into the equation. Finally Muhr and Berger continue to probe into the importance of the creator of a collection of photographs and text. They push the limits and continually insist that they are the vital aspect of the photograph that brings it to life and gives it meaning. In creating my photographic narrative, I hoped to bring all of these thinkers together in order to create a piece specific to me.
In my photographic narrative, I chose to use photographs from my summer vacation in order to outline the lyrics of my favorite Pink Floyd song. This past summer that I spent with my boyfriend and my family was one of the greatest ones I have ever experienced and I felt it necessary to showcase that in my project. As you go through the photos, you read on the bottom the lyric from the song Shine on You Crazy Diamond that I was thinking of when I chose it. For every photograph, there was some sort of punctum that put me into the words of Roger Waters and took me back to the summer I spent under the sun. Each photograph tells this story seamlessly with the lyrics that go along with it. While the appear to go together, they in fact tell two different stories but work in tandem. Being that in the end, these photographs express the story of my summer and display some of my favorite things, my role as the creator of this photographic narrative can not be forgotten or denied.
In the beginning stages of my photographic narrative, I had originally intended to use photos that were not from my own collection to go along with the Pink Floyd song. But as we have seen before, it is hard for me to stay dedicated to anything for long if it is not personal enough to me. But throughout the whole project I was relieved that I didn’t have to add any kind of words to my project because I don’t like to explain my creative process (mostly because it tends to be kind of random). But now that I am able to add words, I think it is kind of vital to add the Pink Floyd lyrics seeing that no one picked up on the parallel (not that I was expecting anyone to). The whole point of choosing the photos that I did was not just to outline my summer but to integrate photo and music. For example, many of the smaller sequences within my photographic narrative have photos chosen to go with the rhythm or volume of the song. At first it was very hard to incorporate all of the visions of the different authors we have read from but in the end, I think it would have just come naturally. For the most part my project stayed the same but I did decided that captioning the photos with the accompanying lyrics was the best choice for the success of the project after getting feedback from my peers. All in all, the project was an enjoyable success.