Eographies of an Imaginary World. Fantasy, imagination, story telling. (HUMAN GEOGRAPHY)

Geographies of imagination and fantasy. Fantasy for real through a camera lens.


The dissertation is based on one artistas photography project with over 30 works. It is conceptual photography and images are made to look a little bit fantasy looking, magical, enchanting and slightly fairy tales like. A lot of hand made props are used and costumes play a big role in the project. Images take sometimes 2 year to make because artist had to wait for the right time of the year landscape wise (flowers blooming etc.).

I am studying the images and their content:

i.e. the imaginary worlds that they create; the production of the images
i.e. the processes behind their making, from the practicalities of the shoot and the models to the photographeras inspiration.


For the literature review:

1. The geographies of art and the geographical imaginary (of urban, of rural, landscapes etc.) i.e. Steve Daniels.
2. Research on the geography and photography i.e. James Ryan, that talk about technologies, spaces, and practices of making also KEY is Gillian Rose and her a?sites of the imagea?.
3. Geographical discussion of the imagination, so more Tuan.
4. Geographies of storytelling, myths etc. maybe also general literature on fairy tales, maybe in journal Childrenas Geographies, but also Marina Warneras book (not a human geographer but still).
5. Piers Britton argues that costume designers should be accorded the status of authors just as screenwriters or script editors because the costumes contribute a visual a?texta? which is an equally important component as the script itself (Britton, 1999).
6. Stella Bruzzi also writes about the clothing in film rather than the people who produced them (Bruzzi, 1997). Costumes play the main role in the image and have a character to them enhancing the entire piece.

Basically the literature review needs to cover the geographies of fantasy and imagination and literature available in human geography. A general overview of what people have written about imagination and how geographers study images and what is important to look at etc.

The artistas main things:

The props a hand made, take hours to prepare, vital part of the image
Landscape, most images are taken outside in the countryside, the artist thinks the places are beautiful and add that little fantasy world to her work

Thus, towards the end, I am interested in literature that talks about these things in a broader context.