It is a very basic storyboard as it is something that I haven’t really considered before as well as being lacking in the drawing skills department. The story also is basic but it’s the point of the exercise that is important rather than the content.
The main gist of the story comes across in the sequence so it is pretty obvious what is happening. I did two sets of captions to see if the way I looked at the narrative changed, and whether I could change what the story was by changing the captions. The first set was very basic and not really adding anything. In fact they reinforce the narrative rather than add something different. The story is: going out for a walk with the dogs; one disappears; then the other; nothing while all parties are looking for each other; one appears; greeted with joy; other one appears; firmly on the lead to go home.
The second set I tried to be more obscure and suggest a darker meaning. It could be that the person is in a much darker place and going out with possible bad consequences. In fact there are a couple of perspectives at work with one possible scenario being that the person goes out and tries to leave the animals behind but then thinks better of it. The alternative is that the person goes out with the intention of losing themselves but the animals prevent them from harming themselves by looking for them and finding them.
Adding captions was harder than I thought because I think this is one of the weaknesses that I have generally anyway. Titles can be very literal or banal and I am always impressed by really good titles that can add something to the image. This is something that I will need to work on, and I found it particularly tricky in Assignment 3 where I had a lot of images and not enough of an idea to caption them so that the titles added something to them. This exercise, while not being particularly creative, made me think about how artists caption their work and how the caption along with an explanation creates the context in which to view it. They do guide the viewer looking to understand work. I was thinking this when looking at David Favrod’s work Hakiri, because my view of the image was enhanced by the explanation although not necessarily by the title. Sometimes I find Untitled the most frustrating title as I am left wondering about meanings, but perhaps that is why they do it, to allow the viewer to make their own narrative for the image.
As an additional thing, I went out with the dogs and using my phone tried taking some images that would tell a similar story, not easy when it all has to be at arms length! It was interesting looking around and seeing how I could translate the storyboard into actual images. Here are the images for a set that varies a little from the drawn narrative: