Wednesday, 27 March 2013
Above is the video for the 'torn collage' technique. I worked in a group of three other people, and we ripped up photocopies of photographs and allowed them to drop onto the paper. We then stuck the majority of them down so that they wouldn't move when we added more to the paper. We squirted paint all over in green, blue and yellow to create a contrast as well as adding texture which I think looked cool and also made the artwork look more random and spontaneous. Someone in my group then decided to take some tape and use it to drag the paint around the paper, which looked quite different and added to the messy look. Overall, I personally really liked this technique and I think that it distorted the photographs in an interesting and unique way, and it would look different every time that you tried it. I think that if I were to recreate this technique just by myself, I'd use my own images that related to my current theme/work and I'd like to experiment more with colour and create 3D layers with it (for example, paint). It could also be interesting to experiment with other materials, such as fabric - such as ribbon to be comparable to the paint, or lace, to distort how the viewer perceives the torn photographs.
Above is the video for the 'cubomania collage' technique. Again, using photocopies of photographs that had been provided, I cut them up into squares and placed them fairly randomly on the yellow card. If I were to try this again, I think I'd chose more relevant pictures (again, like before) and I would experiment more with colour and perhaps place it on different fabrics like silk which would reflect light when making the collage, which could bring an interesting feel to the image. It would also be worth playing around with the timings of the stop motion, as this could make the same artwork seem different depending on the timings.
Overall, I really liked trying out these techniques, and it has made me think about experimenting more with colour, as well as different ways that photographs could be presented - not just on photo paper. I also really liked using the iMotion HD app on the ipads, and would definitely consider using them again to create stop motion animations of the process in which I went through to to create the art piece. Again, this is helping me to experiment with other possible ways of presenting my final outcome for my exam piece.
Wednesday, 20 March 2013
To begin with, I cropped these images to make them harder to see what the image is actually of, as this is the first way that I was able to distort the image (other than by using the water filters). Then, on photoshop I played around with the saturation, the contrast, and the lighting settings. I think that this creates an interesting look to the photographs, and distorts them in a really unique way. Overall, I really like the effect, for example, in the second sets of photographs, in some ways the tree branches look like the eiffel tower, which I think looks quite cool.
When taking these photographs, I was mainly thinking about cropping them done to a smaller size on photoshop afterwards, rather than having the larger original photographs, as I think that the photographs look more distorted this way.
Tuesday, 19 March 2013
Monday, 18 March 2013
Jorma Puranen (born in 1951) is a Finnish photographer based in Helsinki, whose work involves a lot of experimenting. I like this particular piece above as it is something that I have been experimenting with myself. The use of water makes the photograph look almost like an oil painting. The colours in this particular photograph as strong and contrasted, and I love how the clouds fade from white to pink (from right to left). The photograph itself is simplistic, being of a sunset/sunrise but I think that it works better with this technique, rather than the photograph being complex with a lot going on in the frame, and with a lot of detail as I don't think that this would work as well with the technique which is something to bear in mind when I take more of my own photographs. My favourite part of the image is the bright yellow streak, as this draws the viewers attention. This technique also creates the idea of perhaps the photograph was taken through a window on a rainy day, which is another form of distortment and makes the viewer think about how the image was created, making it thought provoking and therefore more effective. The material used (whether it was water or not) appears to be quite smooth, as apposed to the approach that I decided to take of water droplets/splatters. There are many different ways in which the distortment can be presented and this would be an interesting thing to explore in greater detail. I could also try using oil, ink, vaseline, washing up liquid and more which would all create something different, even if you placed them in the same place and in the same way each time. I could also try applying the liquids with a paintbrush, to create a streaked effect, rather than a splatter/rain droplet effect. This relates particularly well to the exam theme of inside, outside and in-between as it is a photograph of an outside setting, the filter of distortion is the in-between, and the camera could be considered the inside, or if perhaps the photograph was taken from looking through a window, the subject of the photograph would be the outside, the window would be the in-between and the setting behind the window (most likely inside somewhere) would be the inside.
William Eggleston is an American photographer who was born in 1939. To begin with, he photographed only in black and white, but began to experiment with colour films 1965 and 1966 after being introduced to the medium by William Christenberry. Eggleston's work has been used for advertising for Marc Jacobs, as well as for album covers for bands such as Primal Screams album 'Give Out But Don't Give Up' as well as Jimmy Eats World's famous album titled 'Bleed American'.
I chose to analyse this particular photograph above as I found the shadows and reflections interesting and inspiring. I love how the light (which would appear to be natural light from the sun) shines through the window and we can see the colours of the drink on the table. This photograph looks like it was taken on an aeroplane from the shape of the window and the clouds outside. The models hand looks interesting in this photograph as we are not as to weather it is a man or a women - could it be the photographer himself? It creates an interesting shape as a shadow and this is a form of distortion, which I'm currently experimenting with myself. It wouldn't be too difficult to recreate either, and you could change the setting so for example on a bus or in a car that has one of those fold out tables.
This photograph has a vintage feel about it, probably because it is not a particularly modern piece, however this would be a technique to research and use in my own photographs - making the photograph look more vintage with the colours slightly faded. Below are some more examples of the faded effect:
I think that his photographs are interesting and unique, and can relate well to the theme of the everyday, which is what I plan to continue with. I also like how when there are people in his images, such as the ones above, you never see their faces, so there is a sense of anonymity about them, making them open to interpretation.
When on the photography trip, I decided to take some photographs inspired by the portraiture theme. I really experimented with the depth of field, using a 50mm lens, with an aperture of f/1.8. I think that this worked well and created an interesting overall effect, and also makes the photograph look more professional.