I just finished my crit for the semiotics brief. It was interesting to see the different avenues everyone has gone down and how they’ve interpreted semiotics. A lot people had chosen to do “classic graphics” and work with branding, fonts, everyday objects that we recognise instantly and other signs and symbols. A couple of us had looked more into the human body and physical semiotics. It was really helpful for me, as I had started with my initial idea and hadn’t really expanded on my thoughts so having people give me the feedback and help my generate further ideas was great. There were a few options people suggested, including taking loads of images and having different chapters of my photo book, for example, positive marks on the body, negative ones, ones from strangers, ones from family members etc. I was worrying a lot about how I could make images Ive taken in a very set up, studio type situation look similar to those of images I’ve collected out and about in less professional looking situations, so this chapter idea would allow me to have a different editing style for each chapter so therefor overcome issues around image continuity.
Another idea I’m interested in looking into was how people try and hide or cover up marks on the body, as someone in my group mentioned they have a scar on their finger which they hate, so they are planning on having a tattoo done to cover it up. Another person mentioned when they get tired they have a black eye, which they cover with concealer. I’d like to collect the stories linked to these marks and maybe include them in the book, some images with text, some without, so people can have an insight into which marks are important or stand out to individuals which you