During this body of work i came across a lot of different obstacles, the main one being the amount of time i had to build a set and also the fact that i think i added more pressure on myself than i should have, the other being a cross between artistic values and the documentation style i wanted to show throughout my work and images. I found that this project was actually very taxing, mainly due to the fact that i had to follow the notion of the circular narrative which meant i had to finish on the image that i started on, as well as using the keyword that was given to me as the subject matter.
I was given the word ‘Lock’ as my keyword, i thought about how i could play with the word and not make it too obvious. I remembered an episode of Dexter i had watched just before we were given this assignment. It was about a serial killer who kept locks of hair in a book as their trophy, this was in order for them to keep the victims close to them even after the kill.
So with my initial idea down i had to create a narrative that circulated back into the first image, which was going to be a lock of hair in an old dirty book. I got to it and started researching about serial killers so that i could use examples to try and cross reference into my work. I found a lot of great yet extremely dark articles and accounts/ documentaries about various famous and in-famous killers from around the world. There were a few that had created cults and been found with satanic bibles and excessive scribbles in their dens etc.
After researching into this i got about actually building my set and creating a dark environment. I used maps and put crosses on them as well as pins to add suspense and make the audience ponder the reasons behind this. I even had a taxidermy alligators head placed next to some scalpels as a reference to the killer ‘Ed Gain’, who used to skin animals and make taxidermy, until he turned his skills onto real life humans. I had a lamp as the only light source, this was create a one and only light source so it could give the effect that there are still items or objects that are not clear or still hidden from the audience, thus hopefully creating a more tense atmosphere.
After carefully and purposely placing my objects i started photographing the scene in a circular narrative style fashion, starting at the main book then left to right, on the desk and up the walls. Finally ending with a zoomed out shot of the whole affair then back to the book to finish. The POV is from the killer looking over his stuff, then taking a step back to see his killing den in its whole entirety then going back to looking over his trophies.
I am proud of what i achieved and i like the work that i have produced, However i would have tried to shoot it a little more in depth and maybe not in black and white. However saying that, i am proud of my work and have enjoyed this experience.