Experimental Photography Evaluations

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  • 1. Experimental PhotographyChloe Stead1

2. Multi- media experiment 1 3. Here I dotted acrylicpaint in a formation thatenhanced the shapes ofthe bubbles.I edited the lighting onthe image onphotoshop. It started outa bright white, but Ifaded it to a duller grey-ishcolour.On photoshop Ienhanced the brightcolours using the spongetool. 4. How well do you feel you have realised your ideas and intentions and what results have yougot? Ensure you talk critically (compare, contrast, assess) about your work. You should referenceyour influences and assess how your work compares.When I first began the project, I had a clear idea of what I would like to do. I knew what Iwanted from creating mind maps and mood boards, and looking for inspirational work. My maininfluence, Sebastiaan Bremer gave me a lot of ideas for my work. He inspired me to use paintover my photographs. Sebastiaan Bremer uses a lot of small dots of paints on his own work,which inspired me, and I decided to use his technique.When I created my mind maps and mood boards I considered aspects such as my colourscheme, shapes and the content I wanted in my images. I thought about my theme and what Iwanted my images to tell my audience. I wanted my audience to see that my theme is aboutfear, and more specifically about the term being thrown in at the deep end. I decided on usingthe colour blue throughout my work, which is commonly associated with water. I also wanted tocreate shapes that reflect water such as waves.4When creating my mind maps I also considered using some scannographyalong with multi-media photography. I was inspired to use scannography byOlga Guerra. For my first image I attempted (1) I used scannography. Idecided not to use this method anymore because the scanner and the waterreacted with each other, and the image came out too blurry to use. I didnt(1)like the size of the bubbles in this image. Every time I tried to capture in imageof the bubbles with the scanner, my the time the scanner had scanned it the bubbles had 5. turned to foam. I decided to use a camera as it is much quicker so I can capture the bubbleswhen they are at their best, and because the quality of the image was much better when I usedthe camera.5Another thing that I considered was using food colouring in the water to make my bubblesbrightly coloured. This again was inspired by Olga Guerra. Image (1.5) is apiece by Olga Guerra. As you can see she has used scanography, and she hasalso used some sort of red colouring in the water. I decided I wasnt going touse food colouring in the end as I liked the rainbow colours thebubbles produced naturally. I realised that I could also edit the colours onphotoshop to give my photograph a tint, and I would have more control ofthe colours that way. Though if I were to have used this idea, I would haveput either blue food colouring in to enhance the colour of the water, tomake it look more like how we imagine sea water to look. I may have alsoused red colouring, like Olga Guerra has done in this image (1.5). The colourred has connotations of danger, which relates well to my theme of fear.(1.5) 6. 6On the left you can see a piece of workby Sebastiaan Bremer, and on the rightmy work. Sebastiaan has clearly usedmany more dots of paint to make up hiswork than I have. They appear to bedifferent in size and shape though seemto be strategically placed to enhance thechild in the image. Like me, he has alsojust used white paint. We have also useddots of a similar size for our work,though some of his dots vary. Thecontents of out images differ a lot. Iwanted to keep my images clean andsimple. I used as little colour and detailwhere as Sebastiaan has used imageswith a lot of detail and colour. I think thatperhaps adding a lot more detail usingthe white dots of acrylic paint, like withSebastiaan Bremers work, wouldimprove the look of my work. 7. 7Qualities: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?I think that my final image reflects my theme and the idea I wanted to convey quite clearly.Especially with the shapes I have with the dots. The main theme I chose was fear, though Iwanted to show the idea of being thrown in at the deep end. Feeling nervous about tryingsomething new, and feeling afraid of not succeeding. I think that the bubbles demonstrate thisidea somewhat. I thought that bubbles might be easier to work with than with water which iswhy for this image I decided to use bubbles instead of water which relates directly to my theme.I also thought that bubbles were much more interesting. I love the way that bubbles createbright colours on their surface, and I like the shapes they make. Using bubbles enabled me tofollow their shapes when painting on my dots to create wave patterns, reflecting my theme alot. The only problem with using bubbles I think is that they do not necessarily link directly tomy theme of fear. Though they have links to water, and they create shapes that I wanted toinclude in my work, I think perhaps my audience will not understand the message I was trying toput across.(2)I think that some of my experiments have turned out really welland look really nice. My final piece only has a small amount ofdetail on the bubbles which I think looks better than my piecewith more detail (2) as I think that the way I have done it looksquite messy. The dots vary is size, each wave differs in shape andthe wavy lines dont all go across the page at the right angle. If I had taken more time over it and 8. planned out where I was going to place the dots before hand it would have looked a lot nicer. Ilove the effect that dots have, because though you are painting over it it doesnt look as if it iscovering the image. As you can see with image (2) I have covered a lot of the page with whitedots, though it doesnt obstruct the image. I think the dots look integrated with the photograph,especially with my final image. I think that the dots add a surreal element to quite a seeminglyplain image.combination of really dull colours and then really vibrant splashes of colour. I think that it couldlook better if my images were purely made up of large bubbles rather than some small bubbles,as the smaller bubbles didnt come out so clear when I printed my images. This was because theprinter reduced the quality of the image. I ended up choosing the final image that I did becausethe bubbles in the photograph were much larger than on some of the other images I took. Forexample image (2) on the previous page.8I really like the images I have taken. The images of bubbles look really beautiful, with the 9. Consider the technical qualities of your work? How well done is it? What elements are strongestand which could need further work and development? Be sure to use technical terms in yourwork such as exposure, shutter speed, aperture and talk specifically about any post-productiontechniques you have used.For my work I needed to take really good quality images, use photoshop to edit the lighting andcolours and then paint over them. I had to have a few practices, playing around with the camerasettings and with paint. At home I practiced using scanography to capture my images, and Ipracticed using a camera.When scanning my bubbles, I filled a clear plastic container with a little water and washing upliquid to create bubbles. I scanned and photographed the bubbles from outside of the containerin order to not accidentally get the scanner or the camera wet. When I tried scanning thebubbles the first time they didnt come out very clear at all on the paper. The white bubbles andthe clear water didnt show up on the white paper. In order to create a contrast so that theimage would show up on paper I decided to put some black card on top of the box of bubbleswhen I scanned it. This helped the bubbles show up better on paper. One problem I had withtaking my photographs from the outside of the box is that you could see aslight glare in some of my images. There is also a logo on the box which Itried to keep out of my photographs. I decided on using a camera in theend because I had a bit more control over the way it looked. The scannerand the water in the container reacted and the images came out too blurryto use. The scanner also made all the bubbles burst. As you can see fromimage (2.25) I didnt manage to capture any scan images of large bubbles, (2.25)9 10. only small blurry ones. I could have perhaps prevented this by being quicker at scanning thebubbles. Rather than scanning lots of images of the same lot of bubbles I could have made somenew bubbles and scanned one image. If the image didnt come out how I wanted it I could havemade new bubbles again, stopping me from capturing images of small bubbles.At home I also practiced with using the paint over photographs. I experimented with dots, likewith Sebastiaans work. Looking back at image (2) you can see what my beginning experimentslooked like. The dots are quite messy and a much larger than the ones on my final image. I thinkmy painting skills improved the more I practiced. I think that I got so see what size dots look thebest, and I think that as my hands got steadier with practice the dots got neater.On photoshop I edited my chosen images. I wanted them to appear slightly dull in places andbright in other places. I think I achieved this. The bubbles where they arereally dense appear to be a dull grey-ish white, where as there as somestreaks of vibrant colour that came naturally from the bubbles. You can seein image (2.5) how at the bottom of the image it is just dense bubble, andAt the top there are larger bubbles and more vibrant colour. I used thesponge tool on photoshop to make the bright colours appear brighter. WhenI printed my images they initially came out too dull and dark. I practicedpainting on them but you could hardly make out the detail so I went backand edited them