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  • <Time x Age> - Sep2012 - May2013
    Self-directed Study as a graphic design student in UWE, Bristol

    This is a final-year project as a graphic design student in UWE, Bristol. The aim of my project is to encourage people to treasure their time by studying the relationship between time and age. People always say older
    people may experience more in their life and have a stronger feeling of time, such as the changes of city,
    culture and lifestyle in the process of aging. Therefore, I want to focus on documenting the experiences and
    stories of older people and find out how people of different ages think of time and age. In response to
    ageing, I aim to collect people’s feeling of time and age, and use “photos” as a medium to relate the
    changes of time. It helps to remind people that time is invisible and allows them to reflect on their own life by
    understanding more about old people’s feelings and stories.
    Laser-cut Box-set with following works
    Posters of etching works on eye
    Publication of etching works on eyes telling time and age
    Publication of Story of older people <Your Story>
    Publication of Process of etching <Process of etching>
    Video of process of etching
    Video of street interview in Bath
    Video of street interview in different cities, London, Brighton, Bristol and Bath
    Video of formal interview with older people in St Monica's House
    Followings are the product by photography

  • Why photography?
    After doing a lot of primary research on older people by doing interviews
    and getting along with them, I will keep on recording the progress by taking
    photos, sound recordings, and trying to collect things they love. I want
    to do something with greater impact instead of just a booklet recording
    stories of older people. Looking back to the day of my first tutorial, I recalled
    a series of photographic works called “Family Affair” done by an Austria
    photographer, Pilo Pichler. His works achieve physical, emotional, spiritual
    and energetic levels that inspire me a lot. Therefore, I choose to make use
    of photography hoping to respond to what I have experienced instead of just
    taking photos during the interviews.
    What I want to do is to ask people to pick an old photo of themselves that
    they really like, then share the story of the photo, and finally take a photo of
    them with the picture.

    How will I present the idea?
    I will present my works with the use of different
    media, for the interviews with older people in St.
    Monica Trust. I will do documentary photography.
    When preparing for photography work of older
    people, in October, I asked for advice from
    the instructor in the Photography department ,
    Frank, and told him about my ambition of doing
    photography. Since I wanted to set up an indoor
    studio, he suggested I attend the workshop, location
    photography, held for photography students.
    The materials for photography, including lighting,
    backdrop, tripods and the camera itself, are very
    heavy so I could not take them alone. Without a car
    to transport the materials, I have to ask for help to
    take the material to St. Monica’s Will House, which
    is around twenty minutes from Coronation Road.
    Location and setting
    There are so many things to take in to consideration when choosing
    a location. In this case, regarding to the problem of mobility
    of the older people, I would choose the indoor location that older
    people live. I prefer St. Monica Trust because of several reasons:
    I have attended the discussion group regularly and I know some
    older people who is welcoming me to visit.
    Although it is an indoor area, there are a lot of rooms like, hairdressing,
    activities room, common room, gym, swimming pool,
    and roof garden.
    There is natural light spreading in the common area of the building,
    I could also choose the area out of the room to get natural
    sunlight which makes the picture more natural.