'"See You in 6 Months"'
Original Title: On "See You in 6 Months"
On “See You in 6 Months” is a personal narrative visual essay on the memory of crying after looking at a friend’s photography project which she submitted as an application for a grant. The photos that I chose inadvertently supported a nostalgic aesthetic. I used the photos as a background to the handwritten text cropped out from the original manuscript. The photos reiterate a theme of nostalgia and home. The text taken out of the original story were chosen as instead of focusing on the actual memory of crying, provide context to the relationship, and the questions raised on my reaction to seeing my friend’s artwork. Choosing which parts of the original stays and what doesn’t need to be in the final work was a challenge, as was arranging the photos in an order that felt natural and relevant.
Revised Title: "See You in 6 Months"
The work remains a visual essay on the memory of crying after looking at a friend’s photography project which she submitted as an application for a grant. I replaced all the photos used for the collage except for the first photograph with ones of home in Kobe, Japan, and support the narrative behind the childhood friendship that is the topic of the piece The photos are split up to create panel-like squares. The squares of photos replace the squares of other photos as a transition instead of the previously used fade-in and outs. The handwriting has been replaced with a typed serif font for legibility and to push a sense of nostalgia and formality. The breaking up of the text into different boxes give the sentences a poetry-like rhythm for the audience to ruminate of the words a little more.
by Shina Peng