Typologies are all around us!

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A typology is a study of types or groups of similar thing. In a typology everything is the same, yet different.

A photographic typology is a series of images shot in a consistent, repetitive manner and presented in a grid. Every image has its own space, equal to that of the other photographs and there is great attention to composition. The subjects are often mundane.

CIRCLES-typology

The first typology I created was one of circles. The idea was to make the viewer think about the presence of circles in our lives. You may not realise this, but circles are all around us!

For our second typology we were placed in groups of 6 and the assignment was to create a typology of the group.

FEET-typology

I chose to make one of the feet of the group members. The images are all appropriated as each member of the group took a selfie of their own feet.

To be Inspired

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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.

With special thanks to my models Gillain Berry, Marjolaine Costé, Brigitte Gonesh, Katerina Panagiotopoulou and Pamela Winkel, I ask you: are any of these lyin eyes?

 

 

The Evolution of Photographic Portraiture

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IN THE BEGINNING

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

The Colours of “Pura Vida”

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Pura vida is a characteristic Costa Rican phrase. The literal translation is “pure life”. However, the expression is used to convey different meanings such as “plenty of life”, “full of life”, “doing great” and also “this is living!”. The phrase can be used in many ways and even as both a greeting or a farewell, as an answer expressing that things are goingwell, or as a way of giving thanks. 

It is clearly evident in the Costa Rican attitude towards nature, which is celebrated, appreciated and protected. Therefore it should come as no surprise that the predominant colour in Costa Rica is green. In the rural area you are treated to miles and miles and miles, as far as the eye can see, of green. Many different textures and tones of green, often uninterrupted by any other colour.

Maybe to balance out all that green, the urban areas of Costa Rica, like its capital San José, display bursts of strong and vivid colours. It is an environment one would imagine William Eggleston to be very happy to work in.

Pie in the Sky

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Pictorialism in the Age of the Digital Darkroom

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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!

Blurry, Blurry Night

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A long exposure on a very windy (and extremely cold) night can produce some interesting results.

On a Sunday Afternoon in Miami Beach,

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armed with an Iphone camera!

Fears and Obsessions

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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.

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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.

The Reluctant One

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Some time ago I published a picture of Dante, my youngest dog, who is a very willing model. Alfita, my oldest dog who passed away last friday, was a very reluctant one.

At a young age, she would turn her back whenever she saw a picture and walk away. As she grew older, and especially after Dante joined the family, she relented a little. After moving to London in 2011, she finally decided that it was OK to be photographed.

At the ripe age of 15 1/2 she left us to join her family in doggie heaven. We miss you “cosita linda”…….