Photographic Post Production
Last thursday was the very successful private view of our End of Year Show “Hidden Rivers“. Numerous visitors were on hand to admire the varied and interesting array of works presented by the Class of 2014, BTEC National Diploma in Photography, of the Kensington and Chelsea College. The 2014 End of Year Show Photography Prize was won by the talented and creative Gesine Garz, whom I had the honour of modelling for many times during the past year.
For those of you who have not yet visited our exhibition, I present my contribution.
This is a series entitled “The Internal State of Men”, created in 2014, a group of portraits inviting you to identify the internal state of the model.
The title of this picture, inspired by the oeuvre of Sarah Moon, should speak for itself.
I also included some images familiar to the visitors of this blog, “The Dowager” and “The View, Horizontally“. The photo of “Los Espantos de Baldí” was included in the post about the colours of Costa Rica.
The final image I submitted to the Exhibition was one taken during my fashion shoot. It was created using my very own technique of rescuing photos which would otherwise be discarded. I call the photo “In a Different Light”.
If you like what you see and you are within the “neighbourhood”, stop by and visit our show.
Ever since I was a young boy, I was intrigued by the idea of perception. If something is there, but you do not see it or experience it, is it there. Obviously in your occurring world it is not. How much of the world and of life itself simply does not exist for us, because we do not perceive it? Following my typology of circles, I continued to study the idea of things which are within our view yet we are not aware of their existence. Something that fulfils that description, is the horizon. The horizon is always there, even when we do not see it. And horizontal lines are an integral part of life, even if we are not conscious of them. Inspired by the typology work of Steve Tyler, I created a 9×9 grid to present a typology exploring the view we see horizontally. Four rows were left blank to create a typology of horizontal lines. Then I took the idea even further and created an imaginary horizontal line through each row of pictures. To the sweet sound of Caribbean Soca music, enjoy the View, Horizontally
In order to inspire you, something must first move you. To move you, it must first touch you. This unique assignment required me to find inspiration in two different artworks, only one of which could be a photograph. Using these two artworks as starting point, I had to either interpret, subvert or deconstruct to create five original and creative images of my own.
My first inspiration was the song “Lyin’ Eyes” by the The Eagles. This is one of my favourite songs of all time and I was particularly touched by the line “There ain’t no way to hide your lying eyes”.
For a while I struggled to find another source of inspiration. Then we visited the exhibition “About Colour” by Sarah Moon and I found my muse. I was truly moved and inspired by all the images and in particular by the photographic style of the artist. The images are painting-like, grainy and with soft focus. My best way to describe them would be a modern interpretation, in colour, of Pictorialism.
I chose to interpret the line “There ain’t no way to hide your lying eyes” with my own version of Sarah Moon’s photographic style.
For our digital darkroom (digital manipulation) Unit, we were required to produce a series of eight related, digitally manipulated photographs. Using Adobe Photoshop CS6, I produced a series on the evolution of photographic portraiture. Starting with the very early image, through the Pictorialist movement, Solarization, the Mod Sixties, Warholian imagery, Polaroid photos and Iphoneography selfies, I ended up with an imagined photo of the future.
With special thanks to my model, fellow photographer, Rodrigo da Silva
One of our assignments for the Digital Darkroom unit (Post Production of Digital Images) was to recreate images of photographers of the Pictorialist movement. According to Wikipedia (the encyclopedia of the Digital Age):
“Pictorialism is the name given to an international style and aesthetic movement that dominated photography during the later 19th and early 20th centuries. There is no standard definition of the term, but in general it refers to a style in which the photographer has somehow manipulated what would otherwise be a straightforward photograph as a means of “creating” an image rather than simply recording it”.
My best result was with an image by Alvin Langdon Coburn, taken 110 years ago. What do you think, did I nail the assignment? (Mine is on the right, just in case you have doubts!)
With special thanks to my beautiful model Etty Devereaux!
A long exposure on a very windy (and extremely cold) night can produce some interesting results.
For this assignment you have to produce a number of digital photographs on the theme of “Fears and Obsession”. You will need to plan your photo-shoot and consider the type of lighting most suitable for the style of your photos. All work need to be shot in the photographic studio. You will experiment with high-key and low-key lighting and use a reference white/mid gray card, in order to set your White Balance in ACR later. A strong concept and the right props, combined with the appropriate image manipulation techniques, could produce outstanding outcomes. For the final submission you need to choose two digital images and manipulate them in Adobe Photoshop.
For this assignment I opted to depict the actual bodily sensations one feels when experiencing fear or obsession, rather than represent a specific obsession or fear. The images were converted to black-and-white and then given an overall colour to emphasise the feeling depicted, fear being a rather cold emotion and obsession a warm one. With special thanks to my awesome photographic actress/colleague photographer Katerina.