Reading “Into the Darkest Corner” by Elizabeth Haynes with my cat, Lyon. This book is a psychological thriller that gives a really gritty insight into OCD and abusive relationships. This book is amazing so far. Haynes makes you really feel for the MC Cathy as she struggles with her OCD and fears after she is attacked by her abusive boyfriend Lee. Its to the point where even I was feeling anxious and scared reading her go through her ‘checks’. As we watch her slowly get better (so far! I’m not finished yet but I’m praying she continues on the path to recovery) we are, at the same time, getting to see how her relationship with Lee started and progressed. That in its self is heart breaking because as the reader we know already Lee is a monster and we see the signs of it where poor Cathy tries to ignore it. This book really has me hooked and I need to know what happens.



Unit 10: Extended Project

This piece was
created by Sanna
Helena Berger, a specialist in fashion &
design photography

The poster
looks at the features of OCD from an artistic viewpoint. The piece has a
powerful impact with a strong central focus point. The sequences of photographs
layered above ne another draw the audience in and the emphasis on the door
closing creates a whimsical effect as if it were something taken from Alice in
wonderland. The repetition shows how those who suffer with an Obsessive
compulsive disorder often face much repetition in their live repeating tasks
constantly to satisfy their problem.  The
exact measurements between each photograph also shows the cleanliness OCD can
often produce with the need to have all things exact even if realistically its
not achievable. The dismal colours could represent the diseases way of taking
away colours from its sufferers life/ the colour of spontaneity. The visual
dynamic of the door closing can show how OCD can stop a persons growth and
progression locking them in a reoccurring cycle focused on organisation and routine.

The placement
of text draws your eyes central without the text actually being perfectly
centred. This keep the focus of the doors closing and makes the text more
visible.  The typography is black making
It the darkest tone on the page to create something more powerful, the spacing
between the letters again could show the drawn out processes many people with
OCD undertake. These include obsessing over number or quantity such as only
have 6 slices of an item or washing their hands 3 times exactly in succession.

I could use
this photograph to inspire a shoot which explores repetition and organisation.
I could explore a range of Obsessive Compulsive traits by asking others things
they feel they have to control. I could explore this through cubist
developments by using isolating segments and repetition to show the constant
redoing of tasks or facets to explore the dents it creates in personalities and
daily routine.