To clarify my stance on the project I aim to answer the following bullet points:
- What is the story that is told?
- How were the images created, who created them, are they archives?
- What is the final selection of images going to be? Editing selecting etc.
- The presentation of the image and text, how will it be shown, who’s is it?
- The overall design and presentation of the book and how will it come together?
- What is the story that is told?
The story that I am telling is not actually told by me. It is the story of my participants Andrew and Lynn King. I am using their own words to tell their story. I have asked them a few questions about their life and reasons why they chose to migrate abroad as a means to start the topic of discussion so this is what the story being told will be about. It is important that the story is told through them or by them because this means there is less room for misrepresentation and also allows them to tell their story as they want it be read by others.
2. How were the images created, who created them, are they archives?
Because Andrew and Lynn live in France, this means that it would be particularly hard for me to go and photograph over there. This has meant that we have jointly decided to use their own archive photographs instead of me trying to take photographs. They have also said they can take photographs on the day or as recent images to add into the narrative, especially in the case where we want to show the comparison between their life in England to France. The images from the archives will come from a variety of sources so I won’t know the full copyright for every image, but they own the images so the copyright will be assigned to them for the book. The images will have been created in lots of different locations, on different formats of camera and different mediums. This will all contribute to the different styles of images that are seen in the final book when we piece them together because the quality will be different from a scanned image to a newer digital image.
3. What is the final selection of images going to be? Editing selecting etc.
The final selection of images is going to be a varied selection from the archives they have sent me that compliment the text they send. I want the images to link into the text and convey what they are talking about at the same time as a visual example. I feel this will also be beneficial to them because it gives a clearer idea of what their life is like that can be conveyed more visually to an audience. Editing and selecting will be a join process. They will have pre selected the images because they will have sent the images that would like to use or think conveys their lifestyle. I will then hopefully be able to select the best photographs from this selection to cut down further which I can then link into the wording that I have received. I will have an editorial control that they can challenge when they aren’t happy with a selection or the way I have done something as this still gives them control.
4. The presentation of the image and text, how will it be shown, who’s is it?
The images and text will be presented in a book format and any of the work included will be all of my participants materials. None of the material will be my own so the book is very personal to them. The presentation will change as it goes through editing stages, but they will have strong control over what they do and don’t like about the book so that the final product can be one we are both happy with.
5. The overall design and presentation of the book and how will it come together?
The overall design and presentation of the book will come together as a process of my editing and designing which will then be influenced by feedback that I receive from my participants. I will be presenting it in a way they are happy with and that incorporates their own ideas.
My participants have been happy with and have agreed to all of the above which is great because it means i know where I stand and what to expect from the project. It also gives me a good place to work to as they understand the expectations and the contributions but it is all tailored around them and how they wish to be perceived.