Exercise 4.12 Presence/ absence

Familiar environments, we tend to ignore or not see certain things. Explore the absence and presence of an object you are accustomed to, in order to bring to the surface an altered ambience. Convey the trace of an absent person or thing. Express something of an altered mood by a particular emphasis. The documentation on…

Exercise 4.11 Emulation

Choose one key photograph to use in the next exercise. Emulate the photograph chosen. Make the image your own. Identify in the photo what appeals to you. I liked the similarity between a photo by Keith Arnatt and one I had found from the Illustrated History of Clowns and Clowning. The visual quality – The…

Project 3 Learning from other photographers

Throughout this course you’ve been introduced to the work of different photographers to help give you an understanding of the creative potential of photography. Now it’s time to question your own work and identify anything you think is lacking. You don’t have to be overcritical, just honest. – Write down any areas in photography you…

Exercise 4.10 Processing technique – film look

This was an interesting project for me. I have been trying to do extra work on some ageing with Photoshop. I have a tendency to over use Lightroom for processing. I have a few books I have been reading which offer projects right through from lighting, to shooting, to processing – these have been quite…

Exercise 4.9 Repetition

Repetition of one image, whether the same or with slight differences in exposure, crop or image quality, elicits an inquisitive eye. Repetition emphasis the sameness and yet paradoxically indicates a difference. Andy Warhol used this strategy in his screen prints and photographs. I decided that I would continue with the Warhol theme. I wanted to…

Exercise 4.8 Photomontage

Search your archive to make a photomontage with your own photographs. Decide on background, parts of the environment, objects and people in the environment. I decided to print out the pictures, cut them and glue. I did this really because of having done the photoshop element before, so i thought this would be more old-school…

Exercise 4.7 Juxtaposition

Get a few old magazines and newspapers. Decide on a background picture. Now add to it a figure. Substitute the head. Photograph the result. This was an interesting playtime. I quite like doing these forms of artwork, but should probably have planned it better. My magazines were limited to some photography magazine, the Argos catalogue…

Exercise 4.6 Using image layers in Photoshop

Layer a series of photographs that include deep shadow – Choose 4 final images – Place the layers on top of one another and change the blends. This exercise was quite fun actually. I used 4 images I have taken over the last couple of weeks. I did this essentially to provide variety in the…

Exercise 4.3 Assembly

I set up the camera outside – I had an idea that I would build a big tower – if I can’t succeed in terms of quality then I can at least do well in terms of scale. Its difficult finding an empty space in our garden, so I chose a least full section. The…

Picture Analysis – Laura Letinsky

My autocorrect keeps wanting to change Letinsky to Lewinsky, which shows that even successful photographers have a smaller profile than White House interns. The image quality in the handout seemed quite poor to me for what was expected – not especially in comparison to others in the book – but considering the difficulty in assessing…

Assignment three – And another one

As I mentioned last time the printer has managed to speed up some of his processes, and hence this page was reproduced much quicker than before. Now to be fair to the guy, this page was in better condition, with less creasing and foxing. So according to our discussion today, that made it much easier…

Assignment Three – Another clone

This morning I went to the printers to pick up the latest re-print of pages from the Illustrated History of Clowns and Clowning. Because of the high quality of the work the printers are producing, it has worked out very expensive to get it laid out, copied, images made, and then finally printed. Because of…