When we started the AS to A2 project, we were looking at all the possible themes that we could choose from : Landscape, Architecture, Contemporary, Fashion, Portraiture, Victorian, Figure Studies and Documentary. We researched different artists within these themes, such as Cindy Sherman for Contemporary, and Helen Starkey for Contemporary. We then had to choose which theme that we wanted to continue with, so I decided to pick the theme fashion, as I have a strong interest in fashion photography.
I started looking at artists such as Annie Leibovitz:
I also looked at the work of Emily Soto, a photographer that I found whilst researching for the project:
I also found her work very inspiring, as I liked the fairytale feel to her images, which is something that I would like to reflect in my own work (which I did for my AS final outcome - Alice in Wonderland).
We then moved onto a photoshop experiment called Typography. This work wasn't inspired by anyone in particular, but was interesting to learn. I used a photograph by Annie Leibovitz, (like above but a different disney image):
I thought that this idea was interesting, but it didn't really work for me. You couldn't see too much of the image, just the mermaids which although makes the viewer focus on them, it wasn't the desired outcome. Overall, I probably wouldn't use this technique again.
We then looked at a technique called 'Painting Nature' inspired by Norm Magnusson:
I created my own version:
We then learned how to make GIFs on photoshop. This was a technique that I personally really enjoyed and can see myself using this technique in the future, however I would like to do it more in the style of a cinemagraph, inspired by the artist Jamie Beck.
Jamie Beck's cinemagraph:
Then, we looked at the artist Geraldine Georges:
I personally disliked the work of Geraldine Georges as I didn't find it particularly inspirational. I won't be using this technique again. I recreated my own version on photoshop :
I also created one not on photoshop:
I also looked at the work of Jan Von Holleben who is famous for his photographs that are shot from above (aerial views):
In groups during class we created our own versions :
I don't particularly like this technique so I most likely won't be using this technique again.
We then moved on to looking at the work of Markus Kisson, and his collection titled 'Dissecting Polaroids'
I found this technique really interesting as you could use contrasting images to create an overall creative effect, and you can play around with the positioning of the cut outs.
Here is my version using images related to my chosen theme : fashion
The first artist that I looked at for my summer assignment was Quentin Jones. This work involves different images made into a collage:
Overall, I like this work and might be inspired to use this in my final piece.
The next artist we had to look at was William Hatch Crosby. I really liked his work as I found it interesting experimenting with different colours, brushes and patterns. :
I think that I'll definitely be using this technique in the future.
Then, I looked at Amy Friend who uses a pinhole technique in her work with lighting behind the image to create a star-like effect:
Then I looked at Greg Sand. who uses a weaving technique in his work:
We then had to look at the work of Michelle Thompson, who incorporates graphic design with photography :
I thought that this technique was really fun as well as interesting and I will think about using it in further work.
I then researched the work of Stephen J Shanabrook who distorts his images to give them a new look and feel :
Rebecca Chew's work is mainly based on changing the shape of an image, for example by using origami:
Stacey Page uses embroidery in her images and works by creating layers and layers of different colours to create an overall more interesting image:
I like this technique however I'm not sure how I would continue it or make it better for future work.
ENHANCED IMAGE PROJECT
We first learned how to vignette an image on photoshop using two different methods :
We also did this in the darkroom :
We then learned how to edit a photograph to give the Instagram Nashville effect, which I personally really loved :
We also learned how to create an HDR effect on photoshop. I didn't really like this as I think that it made the image look really harsh, and I personally prefer softer photographs:
We were then taught how to highlight areas of particular interest in our dark room experiments :
In the dark room, we also did press printing :
I liked this as it creates a blurry, dreamy and imperfect effect which I thought worked really well. You could use objects related to the photograph to press print with. I'd like to use this technique again.
We then used a technique called dodging :
I don't think it worked that well for me but I still liked the effect that it gave.
We looked at the work of Leslie David, who is known for layering paint on top of images:
Man Ray's work involves solarisation - a technique that I really enjoyed doing:
I really think that I'll be using this technique again in the future as it creates an almost x-ray effect which I found interesting to look at.
As part of our photoshop experiments, we learned how to tone the images :
In the darkroom, we learned how to create handmade negatives which I think would be interesting to layer over photographic negatives to add more texture and depth to the images: