Personal Space


Here is a personal space defanition taken off the internet.

Personal space is the region surrounding each person, or that area which a person considers their domain or territory.[1] Often if entered by another being without this being desired, it makes them feel uncomfortable. The amount of space a being (person, plant, animal) needs falls into two categories, immediate individual physical space (determined by imagined boundaries), and the space an individual considers theirs to live in (often called habitat). These are dependent on many things, such as growth needs, habits, courtships,

personal space being the space closely around a person and then becoming places they people occupie such as rooms in a house a house its self a car anything to think more abstract things like dirays phones computers things that are some ones with there personal things on.

intruding on peoples personal space is they way i wont to take this project.

personal space diagram

personal space

this shows the different degrees of personal space. one being public space there for the space one would leave from themselfs and a complete stranger and then the other extreme would be intimate space, which would relate to being close to some one touching and feeling perhaps close enough to feel other peoples breath.

this could be useful in helping me decide what i wont to  do i wont to look at something quite intimate, personal, social or public and how do i show this within my images. so i feel i wont to intrude on peoples as my first through. i wounder what it would be like to mix more than one of these degrees of intermusy together. first throughs are when poeple are some were public but dnt think there being watched, this would kind of be mixing to things together. maybe as a idea cars. when poeple do things such as sing along to the raido in there car and you catch site as they are driving pasted i dnt feel this is a grate idea but its a starting point.


Linus Ricard




this work is the work of photographer Linus Ricard.  i dnt feel that this work is looking at personal space of if it is its not the main focuse of the work. All these images are taken within a locker room / changing room. these spaces are normally fairly none descriped perhaps appart from maybe the coulor of them using such could like pink or red for a girls changing room and blue for a boys. so like i sed other than that they are fairly nodescriped making them and unpsersonal space one thing i find interesting tho is that from my own exsperience in school that people love the opertuity to personalise there lockers and make them there own, they like to bring somthing of them selfs to this tinny little space that among everything is there own.

In all these images the girl just seems to be a bit lost in this lonely enviroment. these image show the viewer a use of public space were there true image of this person may not be convaed completly were as if this were shot in the subjects home or more imperticuler her bed room then we would get a very personal feel with these images and that i feel is why the photogrpher choose the space that he did so that there were not other message cross read into this image.


Dinu Li

Here is some work by the artist Dinu Li


this work is dealing with people that have move to england and may not have a phone in there flat or were ever it is they live so they end up using a pay fone to call family friends who ever. The thing i find interesting about this is that the subjects have left the photographer intrude on what i feel is a privet thing making a phone call. as a viewer i almost feel like i am in there with them. i find my self really intersted to no whats being said in the conversations.

I like the idea of sneaking in on some ones privet personal space i like the idea of conversation taking place but in personal spaces were no one out side these space can lissen or atleast shouldnt be able to. people in cars having conversations safely in there privercy people in phone box’s

phone box’s!

try getting pictures of people in fone box’s from within the phone box’s itself. a place that is straglely seen as privet. you would go there to make a phone call on your own with out the inclusion of other people. however phone boxes are brightly coloured which attracts the gase of passers by and also what is even wierder is that they are at least over 50% glass so people can see your every move. This has made me think who use phone boxes anymore, with a mager part of the population if not most have mobliephones. in these modern days we live in are phone boxes leaving are streets. the only kind of people i could think that would us phone boxes are poepl who are making secretive calles that they cant do at home or they cant do on there moblie as it may show up on phone history or phone bills. perhaps people buying or selling drugs, people having effairs. who noes.


This wont work i cnt get in to the phone box to take a photo at the same time as some one is in the phone box.i am going to have to take pictures from out side the phone box. i think if i did this in a documentary style it would work best as i will get really exsprestions instead of models trying to act out what i ask of them.




Here are a few photos i have taken i don’t like them i think i just need to keep shooting i need to shoot loads and loads in the hope of snapping that moment in time i am looking for. i am finding it hard to invade peoples personal space i dnt feal conforabul doing this even tho im not that close to the subject as i am shooting with a massive lens.

More Research

i have gone back and had another look at duni li’s work trying to find perhaps more insperation. this time i opend my eyes more and had a browder look at his work i perticulery like the series called Secret Shadows and found that altho it didnt directly fit with the phone box idea that i am working on it does lend its self very well to this idea of personal spaces. anyways here it is.





The reason that i feel this work fit well with the personal space brief is because this work is all about how people have more to England from abroad and set up home in a new house or flat. lots of people us there home to make  some kind of statment. they us there home and an extention of there personality. poeple do this by decorating there homes and filling them with persetions that say somthing aobut themselfs. as u can see this work has photos of small earas of peoples home as its not trying to get a shot like u would for a funitch advert were you wont the hole room in shot and shown off to the best it can be but dinu li is focusing on the small very personal items that can be found around these homes that speak volumes about some more than the colour skeem of a room could tell u.

the image of a tv with and map on it tells u so much about the person. i may not no what the corect reading is but i would see this image  to me a longing for home an longing to see family and friends that have been left behind. i get this from the map which first makes me think of travel or wonting to go or be some were. then i see hiden behind a bag of sugur a photograph of what i gess is a friend or family member. now if u put these to clues together along with the face that we no this work to be about poeple coming to a new contry then u should see that this reprsents a longing for home or a longing to see some one left back home.

now the image with a towel hanging on a door and a box makes me thing that this person isnt staying. that this isnt going to be there long term home. i think this becouse the person has boxes in there room like they havnt quite unpacted yet or like they are packing up to leave. also the righting on the box being chines or japaines showing a that they have brought a peace of home with them and maybe held on to somthing as stupid as a carboard box just becouse in some small way it might remind them of home.

so in this images dinu li has gone out to document peoples personal space but by showing perseshons that they keep close and treasher dear to themselfs as aposed to looking at the way they may choose to decerat. u may notice that in all these images the rooms dont look like they have been decerated it looks more like person after person has moved in and out of these homes with out puting there own stamp on the rooms apart from these personal perseshions.


looking at this work has made me think about travelers. im thinking about how these people how may leave there normal lives and go around the world for a period of time maybe not around the world but travel from place to place not really living in a home but living in hotels hostels sleeping in friends homes these people in a one scens of the word personal space dnt have any there living in envroments that have already be decerated with out there input they cnt make this places there own. one way to make it there own is like the people in dinu li’s work have done.

Images from next shoot




After shooting more i still think that this isnt working my heart isnt in it anymore as it just seem to be going no wer. I do have a few shoots that i can us at this point tho so thats a plus.

i think that i have tryed to take on a project that has become a documentry project were i dnt have any interst this is why i feel it hasnt work that well

If there was more time i would like to do somthing different maybe phone boxes could still featcher but i would like to move away from looking at invadeing peoples privet space and love more at forceing people together. i could put loads of poeple sqwashed together in a phone box it could be quite a funny image or i could come at it from a more abstracted view and just focuse on small parts of the phone boxs with all the people still cramed in and see what kind of effct i get out of that.

All in all i dnt like this work i think it is badly shot there hasnt been much through go into it that lead to this out come i really needed to conect more with reseach to help me pull may ideas feaver.


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