For the Ways of Seeing module, we were asked to storyboard our journey through the first two briefs of the module, showing our research into Dundee, considering where we’d been, what we’d learnt, what we did and who took part. I started the process of this brief by looking into storyboards and artists that use it as a form of expression rather than the very sketchy, simple form of storyboarding that only informs the basic principle of the process. I used Pinterest to look for artist source from which I intended to develop my own concept for a storyboard that would depict my journey through our projects.
I liked how experimental these storyboards were, especially how the fashion storyboard used layering to create depth and add a bit more interest to it. This made me want to use this technique in my own storyboard so I started thinking about the pictorial element of my storyboard : what story was it going to tell? I decided that simply, I wanted to show how over the duration of this semester so far I have become more familiar with Dundee and it’s people as a city and the work that I have done for this project has been an important aspect of that familiarisation. I came up with an idea quickly. I would keep a map of Dundee as the main focus of each frame of the storyboard, with more layers at the beginning to depict the confusion and uncertainty I felt towards my new home. As the semester developed, I became more certain with my bearings and more confident with my surroundings, and this would be depicted by the image becoming clearer as the frames developed. I was reminded of a project that I did last year at college, based around pathways and I had looked into the work of artist Matthew Picton. He uses cartography as a basis for his work, and a particular series of drawings that I had been particularly drawn to used layering of maps.
I decided I wanted to use a similar technique to depict my journey through the module, using tracing paper to create the confusion and distortion of the streets of Dundee.