Project Proposal: Is social media like a disease to youths?

Section 1 – Rationale

Throughout units 1-11, I have learnt the importance of research and deadlines. I managed to improve my research skills by completing thorough research and I have continued to stay on top of work to stick to the deadlines given to me. At the start I had trouble with timing as I am a slow worker but I have found that because I needed to complete a lot of work within a short space of time within units it has helped me to really improve. As I have experimented with many different materials and media throughout the units I feel it has helped me to gain a better knowledge of what media really interests me, photography. During units 6, 7, 8 and 10 I worked with photography; I found that this media was the one that compelled me the most so I want to continue taking it further within my work.

Section 2 – Project Concept

My idea for this project is to look into how social media has affected people in recent years, primarily teenagers. I will research the different kinds of effects that social media has on younger generations, collecting relevant facts and statistics. I will create a piece of work representing the negative effects of social media. As a result, the work will be themed around the words; disease, youth, consumption and distortion/disfiguration, as these are words that link to the negative effects of social media.

I aim to develop many samples experimenting with different media, processes and techniques to show my ideas, however they will primarily be digital based as I am eager to incorporate photography into my body of work. Some relevant processes and techniques that I will experiment within this project will include motion blur and collaging.

Since this brief is all about engaging with the audience, I know that my final outcome will be targeted at a younger generation and therefore my work would be best displayed as a large-scale poster in a city, such as on a billboard. The most appropriate way to display how the outcome would look would be to produce a smaller scale 2d piece of work for my final outcome.

I would like my final piece to be focused on photography, however I won’t limit myself to just this one media, I will use any media that fits in with my theme, including drawing and printing. As I begin to develop my ideas, I will create many samples exploring the different media options.

Section 3 – Evaluation

I will evaluate my progression by using feedback from peers to make improvements. I will reflect on each sample of work I create by looking at the good and the bad things about each piece and also figuring out which methods and materials worked and which didn’t, this will help me to know how to improve my work by using problem solving. I will write my reflections either in my reflective journal or on my blog. This will help me to analyse my progress, and present my problem solving and decision-making. At the end of my project I will write a written evaluation.

Section 4 – Project Action Plan and Timetable

Week 1 – I will research the effects of social media, both the negative and the positives effects.

Week 2 – Research artists who create work linking to social media.

Week 3 – Create responses to these artists by taking photographs.

Week 4 – Visit a gallery and look at photographer’s work and how they display their photography work.

Week 5 – Research photographers who use techniques that I could link to my theme.

Week 6 – Create responses to these photographers by taking photographs and experimenting with the same techniques.

Week 7 – Experiment editing photographs within Photoshop.

Week 8 – Start creating my final samples using my chosen techniques.

Week 9 – Complete finalising the editing of my final outcomes.

Each week leading up to the deadline I will experiment with a new technique and each night I will incorporate independent study.

Section 5 – Proposed Research Sources

For secondary research I will explore artists that interest me and use specific techniques and processes that I feel I could link to my theme, such as Douglas Gordon and David Galstyan. Since Douglas Gordan uses image manipulation, this can link to my chosen words disfiguration and distortion. David Galstyan’s work can also be linked to these chosen words as he uses motion blur within his portraitures. Furthermore, I will research photographers who explore the effects of social media through their work, such as iHeart and Jiyeon Kim.

For primary research I plan on visiting galleries and museums showcasing exhibitions including photography work.

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