I wanted to explore the idea of pink in my personal archive. I wanted to look in detail at the pink things that I photograph, especially in the context of my ten year old daughter who is indirectly responsible for a lot of the pink in my life. I wanted to avoid “colour pop” style images, and simply removing the pink did not work so well as if the picture included a face then the face took the attention. I have therefore isolated the pink elements of each image. At the moment the landscape/portrait/square formats are dependent on the original image however I think this can easily be changed. I chose a fairly bright green floral background to begin with, but am trying other choices at present as there was some strong adverse feedback to the relationship between the lime green ness of the background and the pinkness of the images. Options now are to use a plain background, to use a set of “sugared almond” themed colours for the background or to work with different shades of pink. I have to say that I still have a fondness for the original clashing colours but recognise that I am probably in a minority here. My photoshop selection skills are still a work in progress so some of the images here definitely need more attention, especially the last one of the leggings.
My questions at the moment are:
Thoughts on the various backgrounds. What works?
Use of text. I would like to include text in some way, either as a simple caption stating what the image was of (eg “B in H&M changing room”), or as a brief feminist quote (eg “Women may be the one group that grows more radical with age.” Gloria Steinem). I need to decide which if either set of captions to use, and how the work will be presented to include both image and text. One option on a plain background is to make the text look embossed within the background of the image (a nod to old studio photography), but without a change of colour so that it’s not immediately obvious.
I am drawing a blank on inspiration for the presentation format, I suppose this is related to the use of text above. I’m loosely kicking around the idea of fairy tale related formats.
Context – most of the images are related to my daughter but some are not. There is the opportunity to increase these second set, concentrate on one set or gain a better balance across the two sets. There’s also the unexplored area of my husband and pink, though that would garner rather fewer images and they would have to be taken rather than fished out of the archive.
These are some of the images that I’m working with at the moment.
As always, thank you for reading and I welcome feedback.