When I was first planning my images I had a vague idea of what I wanted to do. I wanted to create a collage of things which
were to do with my life which were showing different moods, but the things I had in mind weren't involving any of the
techniques and all the ideas I had didn’t really fit together. So I had a think about what other techniques were going to fit
with what I wanted to use and I really liked the idea of Scanography, as I really liked this technique as when I looked up
images for my moodboard I found some really good ones which I thought looked really good and they were really creative.
For my first image I thought I would represent moods with a person showing expressions but I didn’t want to just take
images and then edit them – this is why I chose scanography as it makes the image look weird and ‘misshapen’ compared to
if I just took them and just edited them to make them look ‘full on’. I wanted a person like I said in my images as I thought it
would be a good idea to show different things that represent moods – people, objects, colours etc.
I wanted to make the images stand out as they were quite dark when they were taken so I edited each image to make them
brighter and then I made them into one image – I did need to edit them as it would look very dull otherwise and I wanted it
to look kind of shocking but it turned out better than I had expected, at first though I wasn’t to sure how it would turn out
using a person and if it would go ok, but after putting them all together and editing them I think they look really good
together and it gives a good impression of the moods however I think I could have tried other expressions rather than just
the basic ones, I could have used a different people in each image but I think mostly I should have made them bigger as they
look a bit small, but I kind of like them in the strips but they need to be a little bigger to just give a better look into the
This final image does match the brief but I think there are things to be improved on like I mentioned before but overall I
really do like it and I think it maybe my favourite out of all of them just because of they way its done and edited as I like the
way I made it really bright it gives it a good effect.
For my second image I wanted to use things that represented moods – objects and colours instead of just using people. I
wanted to show that colours could also represent moods bright and dull colours. To create three of the images (heart and
two faces) I used coins to represent the moods as I thought it was a basic but an effective idea, also thinking outside the box
moods are sometimes based around money youre happy if you have lots and depressed if you have none so that’s why I
thought it may be a good idea to make the faces out of money. The rest of the images I thought it would be interesting to
see how moods could be defined by colour – bright colours for happy moods and dark, dull colours for when people are
depressed, I tried to use a range of different colours and thought that they came out quite well.
I think the images turn out ok, I did put a lot of thought into them and liked using the scanography technique as I thought it
was really cool, I think the things I chose to do were really random but I think the final outcome is ok but it could be
improved as some of the colours are bright but you could say some look a but ‘tacky’ like the pink and green, I think in other
shades they would have been better. I think the heart image is good as it is quite passive and dull and the heart just stands
out – I could have put more thought into it and thought that on one side I could have put the smiley face and a brightly
coloured heart which would show love and happiness and the other side would show a depressed/sad face and a dull heart
which would represent breakup’s or something like that as that may have been better as I just have to random images in the
middle – I like them as they are bright and showing how colours represent moods but I think the other idea would have
been better, so next time I think I may do something like that.
After scanning the three ‘coin’ images in I had to edit out the background as it had the top of the scanner on and they
wouldn’t scan without the lid down so this was a problem I experienced as with the first lot of person images they didn’t
come out that well as they were scanning right – so I edited the colour out and made it white and changed the colours to
make them brighter and just to make them stand out. The image in the middle I just made brighter so it would stand out
more and look brighter as it came out quite dark, and the final one in the bottom corner I made the hand stand out as I
wanted it to look as they were ‘grabbing’ onto the emotion and blurred out the colours.
Overall I do like the final collage but like I said I should have done the idea I mentioned as it would have looked better but I
do like the way it is showing moods though objects and colours as I was just trying out different things. But I think this is
most likely my least favourite just because I think the colours don’t look right together and it’s a bizzare image it also looks
quite childish with the same of the images so next time ill rethink how to do it.
For my third image i had used to main points of things for my images – a person and objects and colours to represent
moods so I thought a mask may be a good idea as some people ‘hide behind a mask’ and cover up how they are feeling – if
they are depressed for example they will hide away not wanting to speak to anyone so I thought that this would be a good
idea to do. I had some masks at home which I like and thought I may use as they are really detailed and I thought they would
fit to the image really well. I tried out a few ways how to do it first and I was just placing it on the scanner which didn’t look
to interesting and just looked very basic so I decided to move it around a bit so it would capture the movement and it did
and I really liked the way that it got it, it is meant to look like a ‘swirl of emotions’ leading down to the mask which is
covering them up.
I then proceeded to edit it on photoshop as it didn’t look quite finished so I cut out one of the masks of the images that I
had taken and placed two of them onto the final image I wanted and changed the opacity creating the final image, I wanted
to just show the masks going down the image but I didn’t want them to stand out, this is why I changed the opacity and
made them hardly noticeable and quite dull.
I really like this final image and the message behind it as I think it does represent moods and I like the way I have edited it – I
think this one and my first image are the best two – I aren't that sure about the second one as I just think its really basic and
I havent put a lot of thought into that one like I have these two. I think which this one, things could be changed such as the
brightness of the image could be a bit brighter so it makes it more clear or I could add in more colour to the image so it is
showing a range of different colours, but I quite like it the way it is.
Final images - Conclusion
Overall I do like my images, I think they fit which the brief and the theme of ‘Discovering different moods’ that I chose. They
are however quite different as to what I planned in the first place. At the start I planned to use things such as the ‘Harris
Shutter app and the photomontage/joiners technique – I was still considering using the Scanography technique however but
I did like those two and thought that they would go with what I wanted to do. But when I was experimenting I found that the
ideas I had wouldn’t really work and the images I had in mind were better and the final outcome would be better with the
Scanography technique, I did like photomontage technique and I had some good ideas for it but I wanted to do a mixture of
images and not just one main image – I wanted to use a technique then make them into a collage (like the second image)
and therefor that would be comparing the moods rather than just making one main image like I said as that wouldn’t be
comparing the moods it would just be showing one image. With the Harris Shutter app technique I really liked it as like I said
before I thought you could get some really good images with it – especially movement I think that would be the best way to
show it as it shows it in steps and gives a really good finish to the image, but after thinking I decided that this technique
wouldn’t be the best to use as it wouldn’t show the images well compared to the other techniques so that’s when I decided
When I was creating the moodboards for this technique I found some amazing images and thought that technique would go
really well with the theme that I was doing so that’s why I decided on the scanography technique. I wanted to show different
moods and compare them with different things – people, colours and objects. I think my images have turned out well and
they are better then I had first anticipated the first one I like as it’s a person showing the mood and I like the way it is edited
as its really bright which makes them stand out. I arent so keen on the second image and I think that would be improve upon
like I spoke about before but I like the idea I had of showing and comparing moods with colours and objects. I think the final
image with the mask is my favourite I like the way it is edited and I like the way its edited with the lightning and isnt too
bright as if it was bright that would show that it’s a ‘happy’ kind of image and that was not what I was going for, I wanted it
dark to represent the emotion and therefor I like the way its turn out.
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.
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.
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?
When talking about your work, consider formal elements such as lines, shapes and
patterns as well as the colour and contrast and also tone of your image. Think about the
composition of your work and where this could be developed.
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