Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Exam Review.

I started the project by choosing a starting point/theme. The exam title being 'Inside, Ouside, Inbetween' could cover physical spaces and inner character of anything living. I started with inner character because of my previous success with taking photographs of people so I thought this was a perfect opportunity to bring this into my work again without having to follow too much guidance in the early stages. I looked at a list of photographers which related to this theme and found an idea to photograph someone masked which stemmed from being inspired by Bruce Davidson's 'The Dwarf'. I then started to explore spaces. I had seen the work of Klaus Pichler and I liked the idea of food rotting and gradually taking photographs of it. I thought that rather than going for an obvious choice and photographing actual spaces, I could photograph the fruit and link it to how 'spaces' effect it (in this case rot it). I preferred the inner character photographs and went on to analyse Bruce Davidson's work. I then found a personal interest in an abandoned ware house I had found, I thought that I could use this as photographic material. I found a photographer named Henk von Rensbergen and analysed his work which was all based on abandoned places he had found as a personal interest. To consolidate my start to this porject I shot a black and white film (black and white so I could experiment on my results in college because of no chemicals for colour films being available) based of three ideas. I stuck to the same starting points - I staged my Davidson inspired shoot again to have some dark room prints of it too, I took photographs of the ware house and some photographs of a friend walking by college to experiment with in a way that photographer Joshua Arter did because he was on the starting list and I found this interesting.
Digital Davidson Inspired Photograph
My ideas have changed mainly on subject matter. I decided my abandoned photographs were my strongest point and I developed them by looking at Alain Paiement's work. This appealed to me because it involved mess and clutter and one photograph I analysed by him was of an abandoned place in itself. The difference was his shots were mainly taken from birdseye angles capturing the mess below. I gave this a go on my second film. From Paiement I was lead to looking at Tracey Emin's famous installation 'My Bed', this captured mess randomly too but in a bedroom, I involved this on my second film too. I then put the two ideas together and thought that by framing more mess in a claustrophobic way I could involve some personal ideas to it, almost going back to inner character because I would still be focusing on the abandoned ware house but presenting it in a trapped and confined way.

I have mainly experimented in the dark room at this point. I have tried liquid emulsion which was partially acceptable but could have been improved by not over exposing them, selective developing went well because I developed parts in a relevant way rather than just randomly. Solarisation wasn't too good because I didn't gain much contrast with my photographs, particularly my Rensbergen inspired ones. I did a wide range of reversals which worked very well, I reversed my selectively developed prints to extend their enhancement even more. I also reversed my solarisations of my Davidson inspired photographs which were a huge success with the silvery tones. I also reversed the digital photographs that I had printed onto newspaper. The layering of materials (rice, celefane) onto the prints didn't work so well at first, the rice needed such a long exposure time it took me very long to get it right and I didn't enjoy it much, I found the successful results quite boring too. ANother experiment was masking the prints which went well because I kept the subject matter and composition relevant.
 Reversal of Selectively Developed Print
 Masking Prints
Reversal of Solarised Print
Digitally I have printed my Davidson photographs onto news print and graph paper to see what effect it gives. I have dripped ink down them too and combined both these experimentations together which went well. I photographed apple peelings and parts on top of my existing apple photographs to combine colour and black and white together which also went well. I also experimented with an Ipad for the first time and captured/recorded group work with a moving imagery a similar way to a gif or cinemagraph but more movie like.
 Digital Davidson Photograph Printed on Newsprint with Ink Drippings
Spaces Photographs With Apple Peelings on Top
I have experimented with cutting up my photographs and re-arranging them, I extended this by combining more than one photograph together. I followed collage tasks in group worked - cubomania and exquisite corpse which I enjoyed and a random ripping and tearing collage which was too random for my liking because of the lack of relevence. I am yet to develop my Emin and Paiement work.

I want to develop moving image further, I want to try and do this with stil photographs on Imovie and on Photoshop to see what works best. I will also involve experiments such as solarising and reversing to my video results to see how I can present this well. I may also experiment with burning photographs again and photographing these results again.

Artists I am looking at now include Paiement and Emin, I have also looked at Juergen Teller and Man Ray after seeing their work on exhibiton. I also want to look at Lucy Dobinson's work which includes moving images focused on the theme of claustrophobia which would be perfect for my next step to go from mess/spaces/claustrophobia to going to involving people in this theme.
Lucy Dobinson's 'Claustrophobia' Moving Image Still
My plan for the exam is to produce a moving image at the moment, I want to experiment with how I can do this and how I can change the effects, also how I can go from recreating Dobinson's shoot to adding my own personal touch to it.

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