Fragmentary. (2017). fragmentary.org — exploring photography & mental health. [online] Available at: http://fragmentary.org [Accessed 26 Sep. 2017].
Researching Fragmentary was somewhat useful as it enabled me to view new work in response to the issue of mental health, and although I’ve not found anything that I like, the work produced is quite interesting.
Fragmentary. (2017). Fragmentary — Danny Day. [online] Available at: http://fragmentary.org/danny-day/ [Accessed 26 Sep. 2017].
I haven’t found this interview to be particularly helpful as for me, his work doesn’t successfully portray feelings of anxiety and how this affects the individual. The obvious thing that ties the series together is the black and white nature, in addition to the inclusion of himself within his work, however there is no obvious connection to anxiety. What I am struggling to think of with this project is how to explore my own understanding and experience with anxiety into a fine art piece that hasn’t been overdone or looks identical to previous projects.
Zoe Amanda Jackson
Fragmentary. (2017). Fragmentary — Zoe Amanda Jackson. [online] Available at: http://fragmentary.org/zoe-amanda-jackson/ [Accessed 27 Sep. 2017].
What I find interesting about Jackson’s work is how she moves away from the current typology of this theme. Instead of using monochromatic images to highlight the negative effects and difficulties of depression, anxiety etc. she uses bold colours and still life images in order to draw the viewer’s attention to the smaller details. Her interview comments on her experience with social anxiety, and having and understanding of that context enables viewers to understand what is happening in the frame. For example, the solitary card missing from the pyramid is becomes a symbol for isolation and how some people may feel alienated in particular social environments.
Furthermore, I believe that as her work contrasts those of others so much, it raises more awareness and interest because not only are they well composed, but they are subtle and intriguing, and still quite pleasant to look at, whereas I think some people struggle to engage fully with more common methods of the portrayal of mental health.
I have also looked into other photographers on the website, but so far I still haven’t really found anything substantial, and I can’t think of any ideas on how to compose effective images to engage viewers and provoke response. I’m also concerned about the fact that it is an issue personal to me, and while I’d like to do it well, I’m not entirely sure if I want this presented because of that fact.