EXPLORATION AND DISCOVERY PT.3

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Another film I have decided to watch was ‘Battle of the Sexes’ (2017) directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris and written by Simon Beaufoy. The film is based on the real events that took place in the dawn of the sexual empowerment of women in the 1970’s. The story particularly follows the life of tennis champion Billie Jean King, played by Emma stone and her rivalry with the ex men’s champion Bobby Riggs, who is played by Steve Carell. Riggs, a mysogynistic gambler, bets King that he could beat any woman in a tennis match, despite his ripe old age, purely because ‘men are better than women’. Whilst battling for equality, King encounters uncertainty about her sexuality when she meets Marilyn, distracting her from retaining her title of champion.

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This film, although a documentary on the world of tennis, was far more inspiring than one may have initially thought. Watching this film, and ‘experiencing’ the wake of the female revolution that was set in the 1970’s, was very eye opening and made me understand the way life was for women back then, and how they were treated. Constant comments such as ‘women only have worth in the kitchen and the bedroom’ stimulated King to fight her her rights and at the same time, empowered me to continue what she fought for.

The colours and aesthetic of the film was also brilliant as it really did feel as though you were a part of the world you see in old photographs from the 1970’s.

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I really like the colour palette within this film and there is something about the red and pink combination in conjunction with other bright colours such as yellow and turquoise that were used throughout the film that really made the tone of the movie smooth and coherent.

From this movie, the themes and also aesthetic are huge inspirations and I would love to look research further to find more similar influences.

 

 

stay groovy x x

 

 

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Figure 1 – “Battle Of The Sexes Poster.” 2017, http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4622512/mediaviewer/rm3080331520.

Figure 2 – “Billie Jean King And Bobby Riggs Played By Emma Stone And Steve Carell.” 2017, http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4622512/mediaviewer/rm832053504.

Figure 3 – “Billie Jean King and Marilyn Barnett played by Emma Stone and Andrea Riseborough.” 2017, http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4622512/mediaviewer/rm1884037376.

Figure 4 – “The Women’s Tennis Team Travelling.” 2017, http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4622512/mediaviewer/rm2018255104.

Figure 5 – “Battle Of The Sexes In The Hairdressers.” 2017, http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4622512/mediaviewer/rm2135695616.

EXPLORATION AND DISCOVERY PT.2

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I recently watched the film ‘The Greatest Showman’ (2017), which is directed by Michael Gracey and the screenplay was done by Jenny Bicks and Bill Condon.

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The film is based on the real story, which follows P. T. Barnum from the moment that he becomes orphaned and work as an apprentice for a tailer. As a child, Barnum meets the girl of his dreams whilst working for the tailer and he promises her the world. As they grow older, he makes it his life long mission to give her the life she wanted and he does this by creating a show in a museum of oddities that features people who have features that are unusual. At the time these people were called ‘freaks’ and were mistreated due to their appearance. However, the film follows the journey of them becoming a family and accepting and embracing their qualities. Along the way P. T. loses his way and becomes swept up in the fame and fortune of it all.

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It is well known that in real life, P. T. was not necessarily and nice man all the time as he kept the animals and ‘acts’ in poor conditions and did not pay them what they deserved. Unfortunately the film, being a happy-go-lucky type of musical, does not touch on this. But what the film does do, is create such an overwhelming feeling of happiness and appreciation for people being different. Nowadays, we believe that different types of people are much more widely accepted however, I believe it is important to acknowledge that this is not always true. There are still people with huge prejudices and who act on them in horrible ways.

The film tackles the idea of identity and empowerment through following the ‘circus acts’ and their journey to appreciating and loving themselves as they always should have done. In the beginning, to each other they all seem completely different as they each have ‘abnormalities’ or different colour skin. However, as the film moves on, the characters acknowledge that they are all the exact same as each other and as the audiences who enjoy their shows for reasons that I believe are revolting.

I really loved the way this film really praised individuallity and I think this is something I have always done. Perhaps, individuality and being unusual is a part of what ‘Identity’ means to me.

 

stay groovy x x

 

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Figure 1 – “The Greatest Showman Clapper Board.” 2017, http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1485796/mediaviewer/rm2169845248.

Figure 2 – “The Greatest Showman Still.” 2017, http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1485796/mediaviewer/rm572021504.

EXPLORATION AND DISCOVERY PT. 1

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I wanted to update my blog to remember my journey, as I believe every single experience in life can shape your decisions and thoughts without you even noticing.

I watched ‘Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri’ (2017). It was written and directed by Martin McDonagh.

The story is of a lady who seeks justice for her daughter, Angela, who was sexually abused whilst she died and to solve the murder. The film, interestingly, exceeded my expectations for more reasons than one. The story was more than how it was described and more than the trailer gave away.

I felt as though identity was a sub-theme within this film due to the way in which each character is represented. Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand), Angela’s mother, is a strong woman who has gone through a divorce with her ex-husband who used to physically abuse her and is now a single mother of two, until her daughter is killed. In the film, even in scenes of violence, she never appears scared or intimidated. There is one main scene within the film in which Mildred shows the hurt she is feeling. It is when she speaks to a doe as though she is a reincarnation of her daughter, who visits her as she plants flowers beneath the billboards. Dixon (Sam Rockwell), Second-in-command Officer, initially seems like a strong, intimidating and ignorant character. However, as the story goes on, we realise his vices and the way in which he is completely devoted to his mother, a widow. The concept of identity within these instances is interesting as both characters choose to hide their flaws and insecurities to seem strong. The question to the audience is whether they do this because they care so little about what people think, or is it because they care so much.

As well as treating the subject of identity in a conceptual way, the aesthetic and tone of the film was very influential and powerful. The colour palette was muted and consisted of mostly earthy tones. To me, this gave more concentration to the story and also was in keeping of the darkness of the subject matter, as most films do.

The only bright colours within the film was the ‘blood red’ of the billboards and the colours within the fire that consumes the billboards later on in the film. Mildred Hayes also plants bright, red flowers beneath the billboards and many emotional and heart-wrenching scenes take place as she is planting them. The colour red, however, is never as bright as it is within the scenes that feature the billboards and the flowers. When real blood is depicted in the film, it is darker and more dirty looking.

The colour red is often used to evoke a feeling of passion, hate, anger and also love, so it seems only right that red takes such an important role within the film.

Due to the simplistic use of black and red within the billboards, this made me make the connection between the justice-seeking billboards and the propaganda posters used in Russia and the Soviet Union. I have been told that there is an exhibition of this work, at the Tate Modern, and I plan on visiting this exhibition as it will help me understand the use of colour for making bold statements.

I feel as though the use of colour palette and the use of a striking colour to represent something is a concept that I would like to explore further.

 

stay groovy x x

 

Reference

‘Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri’ (2017)

MEANING OF IDENTITY

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Identity

Identity is the accumulation of all aspects that make up a person. Such as physical appearance, beliefs, personality and expressions.

 

But what does identity mean to me?

When I think about what makes me, me, there is almost too much to think about.

 

My skin.

My genes.

My family.

My style.

My laugh.

My smile.

My sense of humour.

My faces that I pull depending on my mood.

My experiences.

My religious belief that I have no idea what to believe.

My belief that everyone is equal.

My diet that I believe is better for the planet.

My love for my friends and family.

My love for strangers.

My insecurities that I have overcome.

My insecurities that I have yet to overcome.

My thought that feminine and masculine does not really exist in binary senses.

My imperfections.

My hands.

My feet.

stay groovy x x

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The brief, although daunting, has really excited me. I am looking forward to starting this journey of discovery into what I believe identity means and the way I think about the body.

I have always been someone who believes that being one’s true self is very important, and empowering one’s self too. Therefore this project of identity and the body, I believe, will help me further my connection with the concept of identity and my love of the human body.

It is well known that most teenager’s have insecurities and worries about their ‘imperfections’. Some, as they grow up choose to ignore them, and other’s choose to embrace them.

Unfortunately, due to the world we live in now, that continuously demands perfection, the culture of cosmetic surgery and making changes to oneself has grown massively. ‘According to new data provided by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, cosmetic surgery has seen explosive growth in the US. Between 2000 and 2016, there’s been 132% more procedures — and that number doesn’t include reconstructive surgeries in response to injury, disease, or gender confirmation.'(1)

I think something I would like to look into would be how insecurities can shape people’s identities.

My aim for beginning my research is to begin with writing down and brainstorming what identity and the body mean to me. And, because I have just thought of an aspect about identity that interests me, I would be keen on delving deeper into this. However, I do think it is important that I do not make any final decisions and that I explore as widely as I can before I decide on the elements about identity and the body that interest me the most for my zine.

I would also like to research illustration and imaging artists, and other creators that I can gain inspiration from for this project.

 

 

stay tuned…

stay groovy x x

 

 

References

(1) Gould, Skye, and Dave Mosher. “Americans Spent $8 Billion On Plastic Surgery In 2016 — Here’s The Work They Got Done.” Business Insider, 2017, http://uk.businessinsider.com/plastic-surgery-growth-statistics-facts-2016-2017-5.

EXHIBITION ON THE CLOTHING OF SUBCULTURES

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I went to an exhibition on clothing throughout history of subcultures which was really interesting to see in person as visual research. I really enjoyed it.

  

 

 

stay groovy x x

 

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Photography by Kynza Kendall-Jones

Exhibition at Brighton Museum

MUSEUM OF TRANSOLOGY

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This exhibition was very interesting, particularly now when the topic of gender and sexuality is talked about so often. What I loved about this exhibition is that rather than just explaining what being transgender means, it did more than that because it really spoke about what it means to the person who is feeling as though they do not belong in their body.

The exhibition showed personal items of transgender people and the symbolism behind them. Things so simple as a can of Lynx deodorant made someone feel a step closer to being male when they were born female.

As someone who was lucky enough to be born into the right body, it is so hard to believe the anxiety and strain one must feel when they don’t feel comfortable in themselves. I felt as though this exhibition is so important and I want as many people to see it as possible. Especially people who find it hard to understand the concept of feeling like another gender, and also people at the beginning of their journey of self discovery as the exhibition shows the fact that you can end up being in a body that you feel is right and that there are so many other people that have done this.

   

 

stay groovy x x

 

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Photographs by Kynza Kendall-Jones

Museum of Transology Exhibition at the Brighton Museum

GLUCK, ART & IDENTITY

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This exhibition at the Brighton museum was very interesting, more so as I met a historian there who seemed to know a lot more about the exhibition than the information boards said.

She told me a lot about the more unknown information about Gluck, such as Gluck’s connection to the dresses that were on display and Gluck’s relationships.

Gluck did not want to be defined or known as any sort of label, just Gluck. This is very relevant to the research I have been doing in relation to subcultures. I suppose having alter egos that do not define as a certain gender is very similar to this, and it also relates very well to Sam’s turkish pop music photoshoot as he explores what it means to be masculine and whether being at all ‘feminine’ can change that.

I really enjoyed my trip and thought it was very eye-opening to the feeling in which an artist feels they need to express themselves whilst going through something, that at the time was not understood.

   

 

stay groovy x x

 

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Photographs by Kynza Kendall-Jones

Exhibition – Gluck, Art and Identity, Brighton Museum

~ TURKISH POP MUSIC ~

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Our next and final shoot’s concept was by Sam. He had researched into Turkish Pop Music and seen the huge difference between it’s pop culture, Turkey’s current climate and its traditions. He wanted to display this in a way that he tackled issues of masculinity and what that means within its pop culture and its contradiction to its traditions.

I felt this was such an interesting concept and styling this was lots of fun.

My styling and concept board:

Colin did the photography and played with the ideas behind camera angles and the intimacy you get from close ups.

We were all really happy with the shoots we did and Sam’s final layout edit is very good.

 

Art direction by Samuel Jarman

Styling by Kynza Kendall-Jones

Photography by Colin Kolmel

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~ GLAM ROCK ~

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Due to having researched similar subcultures it became obvious that we all had a strong connection and knowledge about Glam Rock as a subculture. Therefore we decided to assign roles and do the shoot. I styled, Colin did the Art Direction and Sam and I did the digital photography, although we decided to only use the film photography which I also did. This was another way of me improving my skills with film photography.

For the concept, something that stood out, was the way in which many of the Glam Rock icons in history had more than one ‘alter ego’ or character that they liked to become. However, much like many celebrities, there is more to them and their persona, than they like to evoke on stage.

This meant that the concept behind our photoshoot was to have our model dressed in a performance outfit, yet not really displaying attributes of being a performer. Ultimately the quality which the film photographs portray fulfils the rawness of the concept behind the images. We wanted our photographs and stature of the model to look light and airy, yet still powerful.

Unfortunately, our desired model, Liam, wasn’t available on the day that we had planned to carry out our shoot. But we wanted out shoot with him to go perfectly so we decided to do a test shoot with Colin as our model. We tried many poses and angles and by the end of it, we knew exactly what we wanted to do with Liam.

Colin Glam Rock Contact Sheet

Some of these images look beautiful and exactly in line with our concept, however, it got dark early and we didn’t get everything we wanted perfect, and also Liam was a slightly better fit for our shoot.

Here are some of the photographs with Colin modelling that we really liked.

 

 

Then, the next day, we did our shoot with Liam, knowing exactly what we wanted him to do and we finished in an hour. We learnt a really valuable lesson here as it is important to know what you’re doing, especially in industry so that can use your time efficiently and save money when hiring models and studios and the like.

Glam Rock Contact Sheet

Happy with our digital photos, we awaited the arrival of our film. When it was developed, we started printing in the dark room and we were so happy with our prints.

To save resources, we then just scanned the rest of our strips in and digitally edited and refined them.

We then chose our final images and I edited the layout and wrote the piece of writing to explain our concept. We were all really happy with the outcome and the way the story of the feature turned out.

 

 

 

 

Styling by Kynza Kendall-Jones

Art Direction by Colin Kolmel

Digital Photography by Samuel Jarman and Kynza Kendall-Jones

Photography in final feature by Kynza Kendall-Jones

 

stay groovy x x