A way forward
Throughout the Surfaces & Strategies module, I have been confronting and questioning the reasons that photography interests me, and why I am looking to explore my current projects through photography.
I feel that photography is an extension of my theatre practice and that I am seeking resonance and presence that is often associated with theatre. The presence of the actor on the stage and the live performance.
I suspect that my reasoning for exploring the writings of Pessoa is my fascination with how one’s identity or self-identity is created.
It is through theatre and performance that I began a journey with the ideas of self. My theatre directing practice focused on creating a presence within the performer on stage, one where they could be free and moving in a forward motion with their characters and creative thoughts.
The Stanislavski acting process (or ‘system’) centred on creating a fully rounded character-based textual analysis. This was then crafted into a performance and used to support what is known as the “super-objective” of a play. The super-objective is the central, or overriding theme of the play. Of course, this may change from time to time, as what is happening in culture, politics or where that play is being performed at any one time.
Hamlet is about a boy who has lost his father. It is also about a man who is visited by a ghost. Or a friend who can’t make a decision. Or a girl who falls in love. Or a mother who remarries.
In “Photography Changes Everything”, Jim Moore says of his wife JoAnn Verberg photographing him: “I don’t know what she would agree with what I am about to say but I believe that one of the reasons she often photographs me asleep is that she is “practising” for the day when I will die”. Moore
I don’t see this statement as a morbid fascination on either Jim or Ann’s part, but rather understand this through thinking that we all have this in common. That our lives will end and that we will die. And that through art, or creating, or work, or play we create a new self as we fight against this inevitable death. (Heiferman, 133)
That we are looking to find our own presence within the now and that we need this drive in order to define ourselves.
This I feel is where I am heading with my projects. This fight against death through the creation of a new self.
Heiferman, M., 2012. Photography Changes Everything. 1st ed. New York: Aperture, p.133.