Monday, 12 December 2011

Not Quite an OGR, But...

Some initial thumbnails. I'm looking at how human life survives in adverse conditions, in this case some sort of social upheaval or apocalypse. My favourites on here are #2, #5 and #7 - #2 because the very idea of a kitchen jury-rigged into a field hospital is awesome (though it will need polishing to actually read properly), #5 because it reminds me of a scene in Threads where, in the midst of a ruined city, a single billboard still stands intact, and #7 because I wanted to take a very safe, idyllic theme and twist it into a 'what the hell happened here?' image. In hindsight it could probably use more booby-traps and sniper nests, but it's a thumbnail.


  1. good to see you coming up with ideas :) however, try going into photo shop with it and making it clearer as I am really struggling to see your images. But still good to see you getting your hands on this unit finally :)

  2. OGR 13/12/2011

    Hey Meg,

    Okay - not quite an OGR, but it's reassuring to see some Unit 3 activity on here - albeit very provisional. Not a huge amount to react to, so I'm hoping that your blog will burst into unheimlich life over Christmas (which, by the way, is a season that lends itself perfectly to uncanny inversions!), as I genuinely looking forward to seeing your thoughts on the various films we've watched together for Unit 3. Okay - in regard to these embryonic thumbnails, the idea of the billboard is potent, because it offers up opportunities for juxtaposition - i.e. the content of the advertisement is at odds with its surroundings. If you haven't seen it yet, you should watch The Road, based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy - a wonderful, spare book turned into an okay film that looks fabulous. I think there are opportunities here to play saturated colour off against desaturated environment etc - to play utopias (as expressed through advertising imagery) against dystopias etc.

    I don't know if you're familiar with this place?

    Also - for some great examples of 'imagined' utopian views of society etc - especially 'the American Dream' - check out the work of Norman Rockwell, J.C. Leyendecker...

    Anyway - get your Unit 3 stuff updated soon and I'll pass by for a nose in the coming days. I hope that your Unit 2 work is nearly there and your frustrations regarding your foot are subsiding and 2012 will be less about your staggering about the place and clogging up the lift... :)