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  1. 1. Experimental Photography (Charlotte Shaw) 1
  2. 2. (Portrait Photography)
  3. 3. As a part of the original main image I have added a black and white filter effect to make the facial features stand out more as well as this I have increased the contrast and added curves to the photographs which helps to give a more highly defined professional image. Which also sits well with the newspaper print to the face. To contrast the fashion and happiness of the top layer stereotyping of the idea of women and fashion. the under layer of the models face uses a collage of different words relating to unhappiness and depression taken and cut out from different headline Use this slide to annotate your final image To achieve this type of experimental photograph I used a shadowing effect to define the lips more and making them look more cut out To enhance the eyes I have darkened under the eyes to make them stand out over the newspaper printed face. As a part my first image I have used Mixed Media to add to emphases the original image and some of the facial features. The technique that I have incorporated here works well at communicating the idea because as I have looked at self discovery and the perceptions that people can portray as well as the idea of what’s behind the smile, and so the use of multiple layers helps to do so. Suggesting this idea of a mask. The eyebrows, eyes and lips have been created out of a layer of fashion magazine cut ups to make a collage of colour, using the layer via copy techniques to replace the features that were originally The eyes are a there real focal point to the photograph as a stark contrast from the black and white, and draws the audience in.
  4. 4. Evaluate: ideas eg analysis, results; How well do you feel you have realised your ideas and intentions and what results have you got? Ensure you talk critically (compare, contrast, assess) about your work. You should reference your influences and assess how your work compares. Just like my proposal stated I was looking at the idea of self discovery I feel that what I have achieved fits with the brief and my intentions have been carried out fully. As my idea was inspired by what can be hidden behind the smile and the preconceptions of people I feel as a collection combined with the other 2 images there is a clear house style which runs thought out using the same model and resources for both. For example the use of the fashion and newspaper collages that have been used seamlessly within each of my final products, and so to incorporate this idea of self discovery into this image, there are two clear meanings within this as the top layer acts as the perceptions that they portray in this case the girls story linked by the idea of fashion and the stereotypical pastels and pinks, as the eyes, eyebrows and lips are made up of a collage of fashion magazines. Something which I didn’t initially think about incorporating but I feel the outcome has been more successful combining different techniques then first thought about. Because originally I was looking at using cellophane to create a stencil of the underlying scanography but I felt the result wasn't good enough marker pens didn't work as well which is when I looked into incorporating my mixed media collages onto Photoshop and combined with my photography's Qualities: Consider the aesthetic qualities of your work. How does it look? What do you like about it? What are the strongest and weakest elements from an aesthetic point of view? Consider the technical qualities of your work? How well done is it? What elements are strongest and which could need further work and development? Be sure to use technical terms in your work such as exposure, shutter speed, aperture and talk specifically about any post-production techniques you have used. The outcome of my first image I am overall very happy with as I have managed to transform the original image by using mixed media as I feel I have improved my skills in creativity and design ideas to create something new and innovative for the market, and so the areas I like best are to the eyes as using the magazine print contrasts the black and white and I feel is a great way of drawing the attention of the reader to the image and also like the use of the print to the face of the model and so by lowering the opacity helps to make it look realistic as the facial features can still be seen. However I feel if this was to improved upon even more I could look at defining these areas even more like I began to do round the eyes but other areas could include the cheek bones nose and lips to make an even stronger image. Using Photoshop really helped me to get this high quality and professional look to the image which was enhanced by adding curves a black and white filter and improving the exposure and contrast in the image, as well as the use of a dslr camera to capture the original photograph, and so when it came to adding the newspaper print over this in a cut out, angular way which achieves a modern and edgy 4 look.
  5. 5. How could you improve your work? Could you develop your work further with additional work? What would you try to achieve with this? Could you undertake further experiments? If so, what would they be? For my final image I have looked to make it apart of a collection along with two others that will be inspired by using the same photographs, colours, effects or content. For example the fashion collage can then be transferred into the background of some of my other final photographs If I were to look at taking this further I could look at incorporating the Harris camera instead of using a basis portrait photograph. Which could then be layered with mixed media forms. As it could also be a good way of portraying the idea of self discovery in movement and the different colours representing this. Another experiment could be photomontage of the face of the model and put together in blocks with a black outline round around each piece to give a distorted and abstract photography. However if I was looking at just developing what has already been created I could create this on paper to the be able to compare the end result and which I prefer and incorporating more patterns textures and designs. When talking about your work, Finally you should consider if the images consider formal elements such as you have produced fulfil the brief you lines, shapes and patterns as well as were set. Do they match the theme? the colour and contrast and also tone Are they experimental? Explain your of your image. Think about the answers using specific examples. composition of your work and where Looking back at the brief ‘Nunnington this could be developed. Hall is a Manor house on the river Rye in When looking at the angle and North Yorkshire. They regularly hold art, composition to the photograph, it has fashion and photography exhibitions and been specifically chosen to suit its are looking for a submissions of purpose for example the fact I have experimental photography on the theme opted for portrait photography is a of discovery.’ and so reviewing my first great way to show emotion and image the fact that I have incorporated express a certain feeling which also has the ideas of fashion within this final been shown by the use of a close up photograph helps to fit with the shot from the face . Which has also previous work found in Nunnington Hall been shot at eye level which in this therefore fitting with the brief. Which case suggests this idea of equality as I also states that images should decided against something of a high or communicate the idea of discovery that low angle, and is also a good way of also is shown in the way of self discovery attracting the attention of the reader. and what can be behind the smile and The colours behind the photograph is stereotypes. In this case the idea has an important part in this case at been communicated within the layers to communicating the message . Between the photograph. The black and white the monochrome and black and white, filter and newspapers prints with words and the pastel tones and neutrals that such as lost, truth, secrets and war all reflect femininity of the model and the words reflect the idea of depression and stereotypical ideas behind women. hurt that could be found from behind the And seen as the front that many smile which in this case is very people put up. pronounced from around the eyes and 5 mouth using a bright fashion print to contrast that of what is behind.
  6. 6. Mixed Media 6
  7. 7. A collage of different texts and fonts relating to the idea of depression and sadness has been created as a basis for developing and experimenting with my photographs and scanography. All over these words layered onto one page as a form of mixed media. Making sure a filter of black and white has been used to fit in with the theme and then words that have been incorporated. As you can see I have also experimented with the placement of newspaper print on specific part of the face and body cut out using the layer via copy techniques. As well as this cover the whole a4 page with the collage but then lowering the opacity so that the portrait can still be clearly visible 7
  8. 8. As well as the scanography I combined this with a mixed media collage created from a fashion magazine both an advertisement and the fashion pages. As you can see the advertisement has been specifically ripped into strips, while the background has been randomly but together. In this case you can see I have experimented in different ways to create my finished product. Using the lasso tool to cut out specific areas of the collage that I wanted to incorporate then when the rest has been hidden and my scanography has been added to the back the illusion of the paper been clawed and ripped through as a way communicating this idea of self discovery and breaking though of the stereotypes 8
  9. 9. (Scanography)
  10. 10. Use this slide to annotate your final image I feel that use of the scanography works well for this as it gives a shadow and air of mystery to it. Which continues with this idea of darkness and sadness behind the mask of someone as the eyes are a great way of showing emotion. For the purpose of this image I have experimented by combining two scanography that have a similar composition to them for example the eyes to this have been incorporated from a different image which has then been matched up with the lips, by lowering the opacity helps to make these merge seamlessly. The newspaper print has been used mainly for the middle panel of the photograph and the opacity lowered communicating the idea of unhappiness matching well with the scanography. the collage created previously has been reused for the purpose of my second image which helps to communicate the same theme throughout and the same house style, which will prove familiar to Using the opacity tool proved a great way of adding a number of different meanings between the multiple layers because of more than one image been used which will help to keep the reader interested. Of the scanography, p ortrait photography Using the shape tool to create these thin and the mixed rectangular for the right half of the image media all helps to add another dimension to the combined. photograph and another sense creativity, however, by lowering the opacity helps the image still to be seen through the original photograph. But still stand out among the
  11. 11. Evaluate: ideas e.g. analysis, results; How well do you feel you have realised your ideas and intentions and what results have you got? Ensure you talk critically (compare, contrast, assess) about your work. You should reference your influences and assess how your work compares. As I was looking to create a collection of experimental photographs that all fit together with a similar house style. In this case it matches with my first image because of the same model been used , and the use of the newspaper headline print which has been added to the original photograph, therefore my intentions that where addressed within my proposal has been carried out. When initially looking at the types of the experimental photography I wanted use for my project, research into scanography and the different effects and some of the existing work. For example some artists have been known to incorporate dried flowers, and different everyday object to give you illusion of still life. Other effects include adding different papers and textures to the scanner a portrait photographer known for doing this Liz Atkin ‘Skin is her primary source for corporeal art. Her work centres on a multilayered exploration of the possibilities of marking, extending and transforming the skin so as to question the limits of the body and the potentials for communication across and within the porous textures of light and surfaces.’ in this case I experimented using cellophane something which I looked at using within my proposal as it can still be seen through objects or portraits but giving it this creased effect but felt that it wasn't fit for purpose when testing it out. http://www.scannography.org/artists/Atkin-Liz.html Qualities: Consider the aesthetic qualities of your work. How does it look? What do you like about it? What are the strongest and weakest elements from an aesthetic point of view? Consider the technical qualities of your work? How well done is it? What elements are strongest and which could need further work and development? Be sure to use technical terms in your work such as exposure, shutter speed, aperture and talk specifically about any post-production techniques you have used. When evaluating my second photography I feel that there are both some strong points and some areas that could be improved upon as I feel that next I could look at using a higher quality scanner to create a more professional looking final image, as well as improving the colours as the overall pay off is quite dark making the portrait a little unclear to see and so with more time this could be developed upon. Another area which could be improved upon could be incorporating some block bright colours to help make it look a little more attention grabbing. However, in terms of the areas which I am pleased with I like small details which have been added such as the combination of the newspaper print and the lines incorporated into the design. Something which I didn’t think about using at first until it came to experimenting in Photoshop in the later production stages. In terms of the equipment that was used to create these images both a DSLR camera on an automatic setting which provided me with the quality needed, that adjusted to the right lighting and exposure for that environment, as well as this a scanner, to capture a similar photograph with just a different effect, that 12 have been layered on top of one another.
  12. 12. When talking about your work, How could you improve your work? consider formal elements such as Could you develop your work further with additional work? What would you lines, shapes and patterns as well as the colour and contrast and also tone try to achieve with this? Could you of your image. Think about the undertake further experiments? If so, composition of your work and where what would they be? this could be developed. With more time I could look at making when looking into the formal elements the scale of this experimental photography a lot bigger, with a colour of my second image the overall look scanner or using a photograph from a uses soft and smooth lines around the face of the model which helps to further distance of either a mid or long capture the femininity and the shot to get more of the body and in emotion within this that can also be some cases the way people stand and due to the fact that this is the effect present themselves is something else that can be addressed within this idea of that is created after using the scanner. self discovery. I could also look at adding The original photographs that where different textures and patterns to the taken had no real pattern to them and were basis in design with this type of scanner to create different illusions ombre from light to dark within the something that with research and grey scale until enhancing this on looking at other artists has proved Photoshop and adding different layers popular and very common. When and patterns such as the newspaper looking at this idea of self discovery I print created using mixed media could also look at using some other another form of experimental techniques that will reflect this such as using shutter speed to create something photography. When studying the colour content there are two ways that showing movement or example the it can be looked either with contrast expressions of the face or even using multiple exposures to incorporate other or complimentary colours in this case complimentary monochrome colours images within a basis silhouette that represent that persons personality. To have been used to achieve the finished products that help to link with the help show the feeling and emotion words and language used within the trapped within someone. Finally you should consider if the images you have produced fulfil the brief you were set. Do they match the theme? Are they experimental? Explain your answers using specific examples. As the brief states ‘Nunnington Hall is a Manor house on the river Rye in North Yorkshire. They regularly hold art, fashion and photography exhibitions and are looking for a submissions of experimental photography on the theme of discovery.’ key points which I have taken from this brief and incorporated into my own work including what Nunnington Hall are renounced for and have done previously of the important art influences which was when the incorporation of mixed media was involved in order to create something more unusual and abstract. With the brief also stated that it is important to communicate the idea of discovery within my final images in this case the idea of self discovery and what can be hidden behind the smile and stereotypes of this. For the purpose of my second photography this doesn’t as such use both smile and what's behind but instead the pain that can be insideand the use of a black and white filter helps to emphases this further as the scanography image didn’t allow the eyes to be seen the layering of the other photographer helps to capture the13 emotion through the eyes and the story’s they tell.
  13. 13. (Scanography) Before deciding on the images that I wanted to develop further in Photoshop I looked at creating some self discovery photography using the Harris camera and these are the results. After taking these photographs I think that the outcome allowed me to try something different and even though I aren't using this technique it allowed me to experiment with different poses and angles that work best that relate to the idea of sadness and depression from behind the smile. As I feel there are some strong messages and emotion in these photographswhich overall even though I feel the effect fits well with the theme I am portraying the quality of the images aren't good enough and have achieved other images better using cameras and scanography. However these types of images could prove interesting when overlaying other photographs on top something which I could look at developing further.
  14. 14. Use this slide to annotate your final image The overall effect has been created with my 3rd photograph is that of a neon/uv glow to the photographs, which really helps to grab the attention of the reader To create such an effect required extreme use of the curve tool which allows you to experiment with the lighting, exposure and contrast, without planning this was achieved spontaneously and experimenting with these effect as well as a black and white filters which was added to match the Most of the developments and changes made to these images have been created in Photoshop as I started out with a number of portrait photographs that express the idea of sadness and the personality and feeling that can be hidden ‘ what's underneath the skin’ For the purpose of my 3rd image I have not only used one but two images the fact that I have done this gives a really nice effect over the hand where the face can be seen through it. The opacity tool was an important part of the stages in production as it helped to give the right balance between both the photographs and so that one image isn't stronger than the other, which I feel I have striked the right balance between. Using a white background has helped to give the illusion of these photographs been taken in a studio making it look more professional and to a higher quality. In contrast to the other two images I have created I feel that it is stronger in terms of colours as the contrast helps to attract the eye of both black and white. Which still allows the silhouette to still
  15. 15. Showing the development from the two original photographs to the end result 16
  16. 16. Evaluate: ideas e.g. analysis, results; How well do you feel you have realised your ideas and intentions and what results have you got? Ensure you talk critically (compare, contrast, assess) about your work. You should reference your influences and assess how your work compares. When it came to the creating a final image for my collection I felt that it was important to look at all possible aspects and different ways I could target this from, and so from my initial intentions the outcome was very different, because as previously stated I looked to do something more on paper with this idea of creating a stencil outline on top of the original scanography using cellophane didn’t work as well as id hoped becoming difficult to differentiate between the lines. Which then resulted in a lot more experimenting and free to interpretation. That then resulted in something using Photoshop which helped me to create my final images just like what was stated in my proposal and planning stages. When looking at the other two images I have created and comparing them I feel that this is one of my stronger images. still fitting with the current theme and style because of the black and white colour scheme that compliments each other well. However in contrast the colours are a lot stronger with the other two using greyer pastel tones. Also the use of the same photographs helps to keep them consistent is style and overall appearance, but using mixed media collages from previous photographs will help them to fit together and a more coherent set of images. Taking inspiration from that of Christoffer Relander a well known face in the world of experimental photography with series of multiple exposure photographs. Qualities: Consider the aesthetic qualities of your work. How does it look? What do you like about it? What are the strongest and weakest elements from an aesthetic point of view? Consider the technical qualities of your work? How well done is it? What elements are strongest and which could need further work and development? Be sure to use technical terms in your work such as exposure, shutter speed, aperture and talk specifically about any post-production techniques you have used. Out of my final three images I feel that this is one of the strongest because of the creativity and then combination of two photographs that run seamlessly together. As it was important to get the right balance within the angle and composition of the shot, as well as the sizing so that either weren't to overpowering or small for the overall photograph. As one of the strongest parts I feel is around the face can been seen through the hand because of the lowered opacity. Which also has given this glow to the image to capture specific areas of the face around the eyes and mouth with the shadow that comes from it. Another part I happy about is the idea of this double meaning with more than one image that can be found among the overall photograph. In terms of technical developments that could me made I could looking into creating multiple versions of these but with an overall of colour to appeal to the younger audience in a number of bright, eye catching neon and primary colours. Or even looking that the work of other artists such as christoffer relander and putting landscape photographs as an overlay reflecting the opposite of feeling trapped, sad and lonely then instead 17 feeling freedom the idea of peace and happiness. as a way of creating contrast images instead of complimentary.
  17. 17. When talking about your work, Finally you should consider if the images How could you improve your work? Could consider formal elements such as lines,you have produced fulfil the brief you were you develop your work further with shapes and patterns as well as the set. Do they match the theme? Are they additional work? What would you try to colour and contrast and also tone of experimental? Explain your answers using achieve with this? Could you undertake your image. Think about the specific examples. further experiments? If so, what would composition of your work and where When looking at my final photograph they be? this could be developed. against the brief to consider its effects in Developing on from this image could involve creating a collection of these types when analysing more in-depth into relation to the brief. I feel it works well with these intentions because in terms of it of photograph but with different people some of the design element, the shapes are an important part to getting the supporting the idea of discovery I think the from different backgrounds and ages. As message across as the use of the curved lines of the body connects this well well as experimenting with the types of women figure shown through the showing the different pathways fitting well strong powerful images that can be with the travel and journey of this. created with just a simple movement or silhouette and specific areas of women shape. Another technique that could work that’s stereotypical, for example the use However, even though I feel this is one of of makeup and instead of showing my stronger photographs it doesn’t fit as well for the purpose of this project may strength and independence, a very well as well with my existing experimental involve the use of the Harris camera to different view has been addressed by photography's, because in this case the create a gradual shadowed colour effect the curved soft shapes and lines, with collages haven't been incorporated which which will also work with the layering effect that I already incorporated in this an idea of hiding from the world, using a became a running theme to help to show continuity. However there are still some and my other photographs, and will also very poignant strong image of self harm and the idea of death. The colours play areas that they match well in. for example help to bring some colour into the an important part expressing this the portrait photographs that I have used a photograph because currently it is very message using a black and white filter a running theme. Looking back at the brief monochrome and so by incorporating helps to express the idea of pain and ‘Nunnington Hall is a Manor house on the colour would help to stand out and grab sadness while trying to fit in with river Rye in North Yorkshire. They regularly the attention of the audience. To push my hold art, fashion and photography work further and incorporate even more society. However, the strong contrast exhibitions and are looking for a techniques I could use a photomontage to helps to represent the idea of trying to break free from and standing out from submissions of experimental photography present my photograph in whether this being on Photoshop or paper that could the crowd. I could look at developing on the theme of discovery.’ I feel that it will this further by adding even more layers fit in its surroundings because of the work by printing onto Polaroid placed of faces to either side of the main artistic, minimalistic style that 18 been has layered up in a collage and then photograph giving the audience even used as well as the fact that art can be seen photographed for a different effect.

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