Online Gallery – Work in Progress

POSITION & PRACTICE – WORK IN PROGRESS PORTFOLIO

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I’ve created an Online Gallery which includes my work in progress Portfolio and some old works to give a more clear sense to the path I am currently following.

The published works are related to street photography, portrait, architecture and fine art, but all of them are connected to People, to be considered as the “cornerstone” of my whole practice.

It aims to represent my past, my present and my future in Photography.

To visit my Portfolio: http://cargocollective.com/dayanamarconi/

Week 11 Reflection – What does, and doesn’t work for a Project Proposal.

POSITIONS & PRACTICE – WORK IN PROGRESS PROPOSAL

Searching online, I found many different approaches to Project Proposals, all of them presenting different strengths and weakness.

Hereafter, two examples:

The first one, “Sensing neighborhoods”, is a 2014 project that analyse how future technologies can promote stronger relationships among neighbours in Pittsburgh area http://www.slideshare.net/00o000/finalpresentation-30304268?qid=e5dde493-b635-435f-977d-8b3491da8777&v=&b=&from_search=30 (Links to an external site.).

The project is catchy and presents contents in a very clear way, also using info-graphics in order to better clarify all those information that would require a long description. Graphs make all details more clear and easily develop each step in a more simple way.

Objectives, context and outcomes are well defined, but, unfortunately, the path is interrupted, instead of progressing, when the project should concretely explain how to proceed and what kinds of technologies should be used in order to reach its goals.

At this stage, the proposal becomes extremely vague and does not offer indications related to potential budget/funding, timescale and how the project might position itself among all different existing platforms (and how it could “collaborate” with them).

The second one is a 2015 Marketing Proposal related to an Android and iOS app, Made in Ukraine, with the aim to improve “Your business” http://www.slideshare.net/ssuser170f381/commercial-proposal-51621287?qid=e5dde493-b635-435f-977d-8b3491da8777&v=&b=&from_search=29 (Links to an external site.).

Meanwhile the provided services, the costs, the technical background (explained for non users) and the general audience are clear, they only provide, as an example, a small business like a restaurant or a café, without explaining how the same model could be applied to a bigger business’ reality or to a different one.

The presentation is not really catchy and does not give the sense of the diversity of the project itself, that, in this way, looks like any other customer service/fidelity program, not offering something different and/or explaining to such a difficult audience, like small businesses one, why spending money in such a tool and not in another one might be the best solution for them. They don’t even provide some interface examples to make this tool become more interesting to the reader, that, in this way, does not know what to exactly expect (and small businesses owners often want to know in advance what to expect for).

I think both Project Proposals are interesting but incomplete, somehow: probably the best solution could be to join their strengths and create a new presentation out of them. Must be said that, in my opinion, there isn’t an exact formula to write the perfect Project Proposal, all depends on aim, context and situations. Some parts might be missing on purpose, but, in that case, the reader should be enable to understand why they are not included or necessary.

The main point, anyway, is that any presentation or proposal should be catchy and appealing, not only complete in most of its parts, since a Proposal is created when we want to “sell” a concept, an idea: contents are vital, but the packaging is very important, too.

Raw and Natural

POSITION & PRACTICE – WORK IN PROGRESS PORTFOLIO

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Image: “Raw and Natural”, Contact Sheet – Turin, Italy.

A journey into female body to discover and exhibit her femininity and her intimate complexity. Woman as a natural element, raw, without social conditioning, exploring herself, proud of her interior world.

The work is divided in three stages: approaching, questioning and exhibition.

It wants to go deeper and deeper to discover the anatomy of interiority starting from observation.

The project wants to portray the female body as something natural and uncontaminated, in order to represent the evolution of the mankind from its primordial traits to its current context, immune from all that social brainwashing that aims to shape it. The fish, both representing an animalization of the individual and a religious symbol, wants to reinforce the idea of naturalness of the body from different perspectives.

Link to full-project images: http://cargocollective.com/dayanamarconi/Projects/Raw-and-Natural

© Dayana Marconi Dec 2016. Copyright for this photo belongs solely to Dayana Marconi. Images may not be downloaded without her permission.

Week 10 – Communicating Your Practice

POSITION AND PRACTICE – PROJECT & CREATIVE DEVELOPMENT

I want to transform my past, current and future practice into a sort of human-being Manifesto.

What I care the most is portraying people, their inner self, their strength and their fragility. I want to do it using different approaches (sociological, psychological, laying bare their interior world) and by following different paths.

I believe that subjects can be both photographer and observers’ mirror: this is why I think creating a body of work in which most of people can find themselves is important.

I am doing my best to keep my subject in a comfort zone while, at the same time, I must escape mine experimenting more both at a personal and professional level.

I think experimentation is another key-word related to my future in Photography, since I want to approach different styles, tools, techniques and process. This is something I realised confronting myself with others during the past weeks, and I think that confrontation and being inspired by others is something I will never want to renounce to, since it’s integral part of the process itself.

I believe in a Society made of individuals so, portraying them in a more creative and constructive way, I will be able to portray Society itself and, maybe, give a small contribution in the meanwhile.

#FalmouthPhotoInParis

STREAM OF CONSCIOUSNESS – CREATIVE PRACTICE

During week 8, we’ve been asked to share something about our experience in Paris by sharing images including the hashtag #FalmouthPhotoInParis.

Hereafter, some images related to my experience, including my portrait of Sebastião Salgado taken during Paris Photo Fair.

© Dayana Marconi 2016. Copyright for this gallery photo belongs solely to Dayana Marconi. Images may not be downloaded without her permission.

Commissioned Micro-Project

POSITIONS & PRACTICE – CREATIVE PRACTICE

WEEK 7 CREATIVE ASSIGNMENT: Taking inspiration from the practitioners discussed during this topic, form pairs and set each other a short brief to work on throughout the week. You should be sympathetic to each other’s locations, circumstances, resources, commitments and also – their current practice. The ‘shoot’ should not exceed a couple of hours at most, and you may be as prescriptive as you like. When your partner sends you their brief for you to consider and then fulfill, try to keep track of your creative thought process.

Brief Originator: Mandisa Mauring – Assigned Photographer: Dayana Marconi

Brief Title: Turin in Your Suitcase

Completion Date: Friday, November 4, 2016

DESCRIPTION/REQUIREMENTS

“Turin in Your Suitcase” is a project aimed at attracting visitors to Turin using a visual narrative that highlights some of the city’s interesting tangible facts.

Assigned photographer/s will be expected to produce photos that ‘speak’ to the viewer using creative formats that are visually clear, authentic (not overly digitally enhanced) and compelling.  Interesting facts about Turin are listed as a guide not a rigid requirement to duplicate. The photographer is expected to conduct his or her own research prior to selecting a set of interesting facts to cover.

In keeping with Falmouth University’s suggestion:  assigned photographers should consider ways to reduce any economic costs in relation to the assignment. At the completion of the photo assignment, the photographer must provide a reflective blog post along with the assigned photographs on his or her CRJ blog site.

INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT TURIN: The Mole Antonelliana was once the highest brick building in the world, Turin created the world’s first sealable solid/hard chocolate, The Fiat car gained popularity thanks to Turin, Turin’s Egyptian Museum has the second most important collection of Egyptian antiquities outside Cairo, Turin is home to the grissini breadsticks, The famous Shroud of Turin.

Turin in Your Suitcase – Interesting facts about the City.

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Turin’s Egyptian Museum has the second most important collection of Egyptian antiquities outside Cairo.

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Turin is considered the Italian Capital of the Publishing Industry.

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FIAT Automobiles Company, now FCA, is born in Turin in 1899.

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What most people don’t know is that FIAT’s historical headquarter is now a Museum dedicated to the history of this important brand.

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The Mole Antonelliana was once the highest brick building in the world, but this isn’t only an important monument: it hosts a panoramic lift, a restaurant, a café and, in its basement, the National Museum of Cinema.

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Turing is considered one of the vertex of a White Magic triangle with Lyon and Prague. One of the most important places in the city, that mix Magic, Religion and Myth, is the statue in front of the Cathedral known as The Great Mother. This statue, that symbolizes the concept of  Faith, represents a woman covered with a veil who holds a cup observing a distant point. According to the legend, her eyes indicate the direction to find the Holy Grail.

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At the same time, Turing is also considered one of the vertex of a Black Magic triangle with London and San Francisco. One of the most popular touristic attraction for passionates of Magic is The Doorway of the Devil. Its door-knocker represents the Devil who observes those visitors who want to enter into the building and, according to the legend, it was placed by the Devil itself to imprison a wizard; what it’s sure is that this building is historically connected with famous murders and disappearances.

© Dayana Marconi 2016. Copyright for this gallery photo belongs solely to Dayana Marconi. Images may not be downloaded without her permission.