Elsewhere in the course we were guided to look at the work on Elina Brotherus and in doing so I was moved by her photographs.
My idea for A5 is ‘post-cards home.’ Since I live in a place that is considered exotic to many people back where I am from they think my life is really amazing when it is anything but. I have a full time job as a teacher and a family, so that means my life is just like any other person’s life with these conditions, I just happen to be in Istanbul. People are so often disappointed by that.
Springing off of A3, I decided to create a series of post cards that would document the mundane or melancholic parts of my life. Thinking about truth in photography, I think a lot of expats tend to glamorize their own lives by sending home or posting to social media the cool parts of expat life. I myself am guilty of that because there are some parts of my life abroad that are really quite amazing but for this I wanted to capture something that is more ‘real’ or at least portray a side of my life that many people don’t imagine or think about.
Brotherus’ photos, the ones I am focusing on, have a sense of melancholy and vulnerability that I am trying to capture in my photos. Below are a few that inspired me:
I love the this last one and would really like to re-create it with one of my cats maybe, but I fear maybe it would be to literal an interpretation of her work. But I think it is a brilliant photo and I love the sentiment behind it (my dog is cuter than your children). Brilliant. I also have members of my family that did and do cause me a lot of stress–one of the reasons that cause melancholy in me that isn’t from normal day to day life and I would love to send a photo like to this two of them.
So far, I have taken shots of:
me on the bathroom floor
me amidst piles of laundry
me under the washing as it dries
me in bed alone
me in my classroom
to be continued…
Source of images: http://www.elinabrotherus.com/