Re-Enacting ‘I’: Between Photographs as Fragments
Corrina M. Bean
In speaking of the photograph Roland Barthes says this:
It is as if the Photograph always carries its referent with itself, both affected by the same amorous or funereal immobility, at the very heart of the moving world: they are glued together, limb by limb. (5-6)
Barthes speaks of the photograph being part of the body; subject and photograph connected “limb by limb”. The photograph contains a trace of its subject, it acts as a symbol of remembrance through this trace. If this is the case, that the photograph is inseparable from the subject it depicts, what does this say about how we situate the photograph in our lives? Or the ways in which we use photographs to narrate the self?
This thesis explores the photograph’s capacity to tell stories, miniature visual narratives that speak about the essence of a subject. It is divided into two parts: the creative work, entitled “Take Two”, a series of nine re-enactments based on family photographs from the late 70’s to early 80’s; and the dissertation, writing about the body and photography, the performative aspects of re-enactment and the use of photographs in narrating the self.