I have just completed a BA in Media Production at Lincoln University where
I specialised in Still Image and New Media for my final two years. The
work shown here is a small collection of the images I took for my final
project. I decided to do this on the historic English dance, Morris Dancing.
Dance is one of the most accessible and universal mediums of communication,
which is the reason why it is used by traditional cultures as a visual
form of storytelling. Meaning is conveyed through movement of the body,
facial expressions, gestures of the hands, elaborate costumes or masks,
and via the accompanied music. For this reason, to create a full documentary
of the Morris I wanted to convey a sense of all of these qualities of
the dance. I also wanted to show an in-depth documentary that will catch
the atmosphere that the dancers try to express, besides breaking the stereotypical
image that surrounds Morris Dancers. For this reason I incorporated some
series’ of events, such as the May Day Dawn ritual which is celebrated
across the country, and portraits to take the project past the idea of
being based solely upon Morris Dancing but to the characters that make
it possible. Hopefully by doing so I conveyed that there is a very large
variant upon age, sex, costume, dance etc. and try and show a small illustration
of a mainly unknown subject which makes up a part of our British heritage.
University of Lincoln : BA Hons Media Production
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