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…

Exercise 3.11 Visual Evidence

“Make four photographs that document the place where you’re reading this and the act of reading it. Be as neutral, as dispassionate as possible. This is visual evidence.” I simply sat in one of the places I sometimes do my work – not always the same place as I get bored – and took 4 shots – front, left,…

Assignment 3 – Clones

I am always interested in ‘found’ works – the act of finding, and choosing to present, and present in a certain way making them a certain type of art work. I have used them to some extent in this segment of the course. In 2012 I was browsing through an Oxfam book store in Balham, London. It…

Exercise 3.10 – A formal portrait

Who means a lot to you? It could be the person closest to you emotionally, with whom you’ve shared important life experiences. Or perhaps its an old friend you haven’t seen for a while. Make a formal portrait of the person standing in the significant place of the previous exercise. A ‘formal’ portrait is generally full…

Exercise 3.9 – A significant place

Think of a place that holds meaning for you. Note down the reasons why it matters. (For reasons of practicality, choose somewhere accessible – see Exercise 3.10.) Think about how you could photograph that place in a way and in a light that reflects its meaning to you. Is there a particular viewpoint in your mind’s…

Exercise 3.8 – Re-photographing

Take a photo of a person’s face. Set up a small arrangement of objects. Re-photograph a photograph or collection can help different elements in the composition to gel into the same visual ‘space’. I am trying to move through some of these exercises a little quicker than in the past. I have been spending too long…