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INITIAL IDEA STUDIO
Street performers in Rochester High Street to show the daily struggle and hard work they have to put in put out of context to create portraits that make viewers question about the subject, raising curiosity and interest. Things that will help the viewers would be clothing, body language, colours and facial expression of the subject.
- Their own idea of themselves.
- Directing themselves.
- How they feel about themselves. - Natural body language/stance. - Being comfortable.
LOOKING AT EXISTING PHOTOGRAPHERS
CHANGE OF IDEA
-After the tutorial, I realized that there would be problems in managing time. Set studio photo shoot times, can‟t be changed around the subject.
-Therefore, I decided to change from Street Performers to more professional performers and such as it isn‟t very different to my initial idea. -Continue to look at the photographers mentioned.
Subject’s gaze. More engaged to the viewers directly. Isolated feeling, more personal feeling. One light source images more interesting and less overpowering. 3 Dimensional. American West series BOOK Interesting body languages. A lot of negative space. Plain background.
Body language. Neutral background. Using the subject only to build up a profile about his character. Gaze.
His studio portraits not as lively and much more deep in a sense. Curiosity as to why the subject is gazing or looking at something else. Body language.
Letting subject to express themselves and portray themselves their way without the help of other objects. Playing with Shadows to create a mysterious side to create curiosity. Lighting is very interesting, sharp contrast. Certain body language of the subject, not standing or sitting still. Thought provoking, increasing curiosity and interest.
Alphonse was a police officer who devised this technique to keep records of the prisoners held. Focusing on Facial features to create a profile of person. Used for distinguishing those who are different from the average through comparison. I want to create profile of my subject in the studio to add a contemporary touch. I want to use this idea to create profile of my subject but with added emotions on top of the anthropometrical study of the subject‟s facial features.
Passport style photographs.
More engaged to the viewers directly.
Isolated feeling, more personal feeling. Unnatural lighting makes it very strange as it takes away shadows and tones, meaning no emotions.
REMBRANDT HARMENSZOON VAN RIJN
Standing out from dark background. Chiaroscuro Lighting, the triangle. Contrast between light and the dark. One light source for natural effect.
CONCLUSION FROM RESEARCH
Like the idea of having an interesting body language, pose. Usage of one light source to create high level of contrast (Rembrandt), adding the element of mystery and of the “unknown”. Having neutral background. Just the subject with their clothing, stance and appearance to tell the story. In colour for a contemporary touch and to complement the expression of the subject. Profile of a Subject I want to create photographs that are expressive and say something – rather than being solely for the purpose of anthropometrics. > Therefore, less of an anthropometrical study. Clothing such as hats still on. Usage of one light source to create high level of contrast (Rembrandt) with the triangle. Having neutral background. Black and White as it is going to focussed on the facial features. Therefore, the tones would be much more interesting.
REMBRANDT LIGHTING WORKSHOP IDEAS
Initial idea for a set up to create natural portrait of the subject but I found out that it wouldn’t be suitable for what I am after.
Revised version after the workshop on lighting. This set up allows me to create accurate images that I am looking for like the work of Irving Penn and Avedon.
INITIAL IDEAS LOCATION
Portrait of a subject in their natural working space providing context and visual elements to form a background/story. Subject from the Rochester High Street. Street performer/busker/vendors or even cleaners. Show struggle and determination. - Jacob August Riis - Lewis Hine - August Sander - Eugene Atget
Lewis Hine: The child labour photos that shamed America – BBC Article Campaign for social reform. – helped convince lawmakers to set new regulations for industries in regards to protection of children.
Very provoking images.
Sense of innocence, vulnerability and danger. Very direct and impacting, gaze, body language.
Isolation and cold feeling.
Body language/stance is distinctive in the characters. Appearance, clothing gives an idea of who they are.
Confident, curious, lost
The objects and belongings help describe who they are.
Body language suggests in middle of action/routine.
Showing the streets that they spend their life in.
Interested by Student life. Personal thoughts and feelings. Loneliness and different perceptions/awareness. Different levels.
Loneliness Isolation Imagination Lost in thoughts , metaphorical
Idea of getting lost in thoughts. Imagination filling that void. Insecure and vulnerable. Alienation
Using objects to create a profile or the portrait of the person. Shadow as metaphor for mark of presence. Interesting lines going across as well as vertical.
Self portraits, Surrealism. Influenced by De Chirico – profound inspirational figure for Surrealists, founder of Scuola Metafisica. – Usage of Contrast between light and shadows, mysterious quality. (Objects of Desire – Margit Rowell) Apple used to block that which is visible while we want to see the face it is hiding – apple as a symbol of life and thus suggesting possibility of it being any one of us. A lot of metaphors used to convey his ideas. Usage of horizon, lines to dissect the image in parts. Boundaries/limits. 2D effect.
Now Again Leftovers to represent presence, that particular moment. Used objects and fruits, interesting. On the edge of the table suggesting vulnerability. Plain table tops and background make the objects stand out, emphasizing the focus and importance.
Although the actual meaning behind the images may differ, one cannot deny the element of anonymity and isolation. Minimalistic visuals, very inspiring and relevant. Dissection of image and being on the edge.
SYMBOLISM OF APPLE AND COLOURS
Apple – Symbol of Life, Knowledge, Youthfulness Greek mythology – Power, Immortality Norse mythology – Eternal youth Biblical meaning – Immortality, Knowledge, Sin, Temptation
My own interpretation of an Apple would be,
Memento Mori – Latin for „Remember your mortality‟, „Remember you will die‟
Ironic Black – Death, Vacuum, Void, Night White – Purity, Sacred, Clean, Fresh
Green – New life (Egyptian mythology), Vegetation, Growth
Compositions and colours. White seems very off from what I am trying to portray which is to show the void, emptiness. The portrait mode is much more suitable because I want this to be like a person‟s portrait.
Object and Body Representation is what Photography is and it can be very powerful as well as problematic. To me, representing someone or something means to show it through my perception and what I believe to be is true. For my Body unit, I wanted to portray the subjects in such manner that it brought out their strongest characteristic or personality. My research for the Body part to me seems quite narrow and focussed as I knew what I wanted at the end. For my Object unit, my ideas weren‟t as clear from the start but I got to develop it as I did my researches and eventually came up with a visual concept which I then translated into a test shoot. My photographic choices for the body unit was influenced by the reference images from my researches and I was able to produce similar images through the knowledge and skill I learned from workshops. For the still life, the choices I made were again, heavily influenced by the research on paintings and photographs and my visual imagery as a result of those research. Although I have managed to produce the work required, I still believe that I could have done this better with a much more intensive and in-depth research into art movements such as Surrealism and also contemporary Still Life paintings. I made usage of books on different Artists and Photographers alongside the Internet which I am pleased with but I would like to expand more on this and make this a habit. Also I would like to look into different medias such as Music, Films, Sculptures and so on to have more inspirations and motivations. The most significant challenge in this unit has been the planning and organising of time. It was very tight towards the end for printing.
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