As my project has gone on the objects in it have changed or removed and I have added some new objects too.
- Black satin background: as this was created in response to Prince Alberts Death I felt this would be appropriate, as it will mirror the dresses Victoria wore post Albert’s death.
- Black lace: to add texture to the background and to reference a veil, like the Guinness was used to place a veil over the Champagne
- Champagne flute: how you serve the drink
- Orange blossom: this was part of the first gift Albert gave to Victoria. Also to represent the white flowers she put on his bed after his death maybe in a wreath to mimic the headwear she wore on their wedding day
Originally I had a few more items but I wanted to put in but I didn’t want this to be too complicated. I wanted to get across the idea of loneliness so just having the glass on it’s own I felt really reflected that. Similarly, with the flowers just to have a small bunch as to not over power the photograph
- Tomato juice/salt/lemon/pepper/celery/ice: the ingredients
- Shaker/measurer (jigger)/lemon squeezer/knife: bar material
- White dress with tassels and sequins: for the evening gown and to mirror the flapper dress of the 1920s
- Pearl necklace: to mirror the evening gown
- Collins glass
- Bar floor/chopping board: background
I decided not to add in any sports wear or equipment as I felt it would be too distracting from photo and was giving too much information and may not make sense. I removed the vodka for a few reasons, mainly because it didn’t look right but also the original ingredient wasn’t vodka – I also didn’t want to be brand specific where it wasn’t needed.
- Cocktail glass with ingredients in.
This was was potentially the biggest change as I took out everything. I thought, ‘why fake a blue sky when you could have the real thing?’
- Coffee beans: ingredients and to represent the mess of the machine
- Party poppers: representing the ‘f**k me up” and having a ‘messy night’
- Martini glass
- Make up, cigarettes: mirroring a night out
- Bright patterned background: invoke the theme of the 80s
I removed the ingredients for a similar reason to the Bloody Mary I didn’t want to be brand specific and having a bottle with ‘vodka’ or ‘coffee liqueur’ would look ridiculous.
- Blackberries/crushed ice: ingredients
- Basket: blackberry picking
- Grass and gingham background: Gingham in Europe and US has been a associated with country and wholesome image. Grass to show sitting on the ground
- Sandwiches, tarts, fruit: picnic food
- Picnic basket
- Tumbler glass
I decided to create a picnic scene, in the aim to bring back childhood memories of blackberry (or other fruit) picking. That way I could get across the feeling of being a child without being too obvious about it.
- Smirnoff/ginger beer/lime
- Knife and stirring spoon: equipment used
- Copper mug
- Polaroid camera
- American coins: to represent lack of money
- Oak floor background to mirror the warmth from the copper mug
I didn’t change much to this, I just added the equipment in, to give more substance to the image and to continue the silver for the coins through the image. I removed the polaroid photo as I just didn’t like it.
Remember The Maine
I thought I would remove this from the set, I really couldn’t visualise anything a photograph for it. Also I liked that each photograph had a different glass in it, with this I would be repeating one.