I will be creating a photographic portraiture project addressing the issue of self identity after death: raising the question of whether our self identity is only present in our lifetime as a set substance, or whether it stays alive in the memories that you leave behind after you die. To address the issue I will be incorporating the idea of abjection and mortality.
To create the image I want, I will take studio portraits of my subjects, and then separately photograph images of mould and fabricated bodily fluids/ parts etc. I will then photoshop the images to create the illusion of rotting body parts on the subjects.
As I mentioned in my previous proposal, I want to use the conventions of fashion photography in my photographs, so I plan on using vibrant colour palettes, creating a contrast between the rotting body and the rest of the image.
My partner Emma and I will be carrying out some test shots in the next week or two, where we can both take sample images to see how I can make the rotting skin images look realistic and possible to photoshop, I will also be renting a macro lens as I think this will help me achieve the desired effect.
My photographs will be presented in print form.