My inspiration came from Larry Sultan and Jim Naughten, Sultan took photos of his parents while Naughten took images of re-enactors, something that my parents both enjoy. The two approaches combined offered me an excellent opportunity to further develop my skills. I had come across images of family or couples which had poses with emotionless faces that covered up the real characters.
Overall the photography had curiosity in terms of unclear poses and facial expressions which creates an ambiguous meaning instead of just having 1940s clothing, the answers to this eccentric drama remains a mystery, I thought at first this was criticising, however in further inspection, The series rather developed more interesting images in the respect of the photographs expressing anonymous interpretations for viewers to depict on.
My feelings when developing this project were thrilling since I was combining both the hobbies of photography and re-enacting into one project, this may have had worries in terms of struggling with the cameras technical side, but honestly had been very enjoyable to perform on.
The camera settings were challenging to control, mixtures of sunlight appeared every few minutes which made me constantly tweak the camera to improve the exposure. However, the positives in this project were the creative skills of re-enacting of I and parents, my mother had creative knowledge as much as myself to ideally perform poses and facial expressions which I found beneficial because it built bigger opportunities of capturing photographs that were strong enough to be final images, however my father was finding his acting more difficult and the only solution that worked for him was characteristically posing with my mother.
When analysing, I learned throughout my development. I was at first focusing on the 1940s style in terms of clothing and some acting that would narratively fit it, but the acting part in development was a struggle for me, however, new interpretations were discovered and would support the photograph which may have been curious, but leaves the viewers to spend more time to investigate the acting instead of only seeing one narrative.
I could have worked harder to create better images with my father, he was more of a lindy hopper than an actor in clothing, so something that was related to the 40s dance could of been a bigger opportunity for me to capture my father being more of another character. As for the soldier, I also could have had the same representation as the one of the final images along with my father. With the camera, I could have tweaked with the ISO settings more than mostly using the white balance.
I would definitely use the ISO more to improve the exposure on some occasions in the photo-shoot, I also would of got my mother and father to try on more costumes as I was the only one to try on the most costumes, my persuasions towards my father wasn’t as clear to him, so perhaps a little more thinking and planning in terms of possible ideal actions for my father could of been further developed.