I wanted to see what the quality would be like if i painted the images instead of using photography. I’m very happy with the first painting, however the second I didn’t feel worked as the execution of the hand isn’t great and I feel the photos give a much stronger aesthetic.
I wanted to combine some of the images together, and I ended up taking sections of the body and combining them into one large bath. I purposely dismembered them and put them in the wrong order to add a chilling quality.
I took these myself in the bath filled with milky water. The idea behind it was a lot more simpler than the outcome. Originally I just wanted to show the human form in various ways however the context became much greater. Milk became the core context, bringing about the ideologies of innocence, youth and purity attached with milk. I wanted the viewer to make their own conclusions and tap into their own personal feelings.
To start a new idea for this book, I realised I could use the fingerprint patterned heads I created last year. I’ve been meaning to use these images for something and thought this would be the perfect opportunity.
I started by just testing what the image would look like with the title and the given text they’ve asked for. I feel like it works really well with the style and time of the murders. The fingerprints represent the forensic side and the multiple heads represents the multiple murders.
I’ve swayed more towards the red image as it’s more eye-catching and also represents murder (red = blood).
I also decided to do ‘In cold Blood’ by Truman Capote as well as To Kill a Mockingbird as my favourite genre is thriller/murder. Even though I thought I would find this easier to design than Mockingbird I actually struggled at the start with ideas.
The first idea I had was outlining a dead body as if at a crime scene. I decided to use patterned lines to create the outline as if it’s emerging from the ground.
As I finished this image I knew it was not right for the book as I didn’t look like a murdered body at a crime scene. However I did really like the image so I continued to experiment with colours. I feel It would also be too busy and didn’t suit the style of a Non Fiction journalistic book.
When I started photography at college (had no previous experience before) I took such an interest in self portraits. Self portraits allow me to become so invested with my work and hence become very personal. At university I felt I lost this, so this past summer I took it up again and came out with project ‘Milk’.
Milk is often associated with innocence and purity, yet the images I create should make you feel unnerving yet you do not want to look away. That was my aim.
Also if anyone wants to know yes, I did pour a few litres of milk into a bath and submerged myself within. Dedication.