A significant part of this project is the pairing of fragments of text with the glove images. While preparing the last version of this project I tried out a few different approaches before settling on the execution below, text against a coloured block side-by-side with the image.
The idea behind the colour blocking was that by picking out the colour of the glove, I was making a visual connection between the memory lapse and the glove – to indicate via a kind of equivalence that one reminded me of the other.
A few people, including my tutor, felt that the colour didn’t add much, and may subtract from the overall ‘mood’ of the piece. I concur – it does look a bit ‘bright and breezy’, when I’m aiming for something more poignant, more elegiac.
However, I still want to create some kind of visual connection – to repeat something from the earlier post linked above:
Whilst I acknowledge that some viewers are still likely to read accompanying text as a ‘caption’ (and assume an anchoring purpose), I am interested in ways I can discourage a literal text reading and encourage the idea that the text is somehow an equivalent to the picture.Me, 2018
At the moment I am working with two particular ideas (more may be added).
1. Shape and position matching
Continuing to work with the earlier idea that the text is on an adjacent panel, I envisaged something as simple as approximating the position, size and shape of the glove would help to make the visual connection:
This layout suits the book format used in Assignment 3 – though the last thing I wrote on presentation format is that I’d ideally prefer to end up showing this as an exhibition. So I need to bear in mind how to display this layout on walls.
2. Text in the image
Last time I showed a version of this to peers, another student (thanks Yiann!) suggested trying text within the image itself:
The advantage of this is more straightforward presentation, especially in an exhibition environment.
The downside is that some of the images might be difficult to place legible text on.
- First of all, as usual now I’ve actually created and published something, I’ll live with it and think about it for a couple of days or so
- At the next student hangout I’d like some feedback from my study buddies
- If I think of additional methods of text pairing, I’ll try them out