Again I have done another shoot at a Casino gig. This was based in a different venue and with different lights. Also I looked at creating stronger imagery and using different angles to before. These are the images I created of Casino and their support Blue Nation.

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Extra Curricular Task

A task I was given for my assignment was to create a series of images that was based on something that I do outside of university. As I had already used my key past time before and my other past time was based in a location where photography isn’t allowed, I decided to focus on drawing.

This is something that I do quite often so to relax me and encourage my artistic skills and imagination. This is also a tool that I would like to incorporate in my artwork more often either through drawing or graphic design. Due to this I documented my steps through it by the use of my camera and print screens. These are my final images that I captured.

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Influenced – Music

To help me get through my university work I found that I work better when listening to music. From this I resorted to some old stuff that I hadn’t heard for ages. These were:

Nine Inch NailsThe Hand That Feeds

This was based on the tone, the way in which the tune can change from one style to another yet still have the one set theme throughout, like being a dance song with a rock theme. This makes you think about how the art is portrayed.

The lyrics are also encouraging

“when you are telling me,

can you get up off your knees,

are you brave enough to see,

do you wanna change it”

Although you only taking in something that is using one of your sense at the times. You mind is registering it so that it spurs you on to gets through it. Which at times is all you need!

Guns ‘n’ RosesSweet Child of Mine

They’re album Appetite for Destruction is iconic it has a sense of having a good time feel while being grungy and dirty at the same time. It is an album based on iconic songs. This is due to having their own style, the smoothness so that the different features work well together. The mellow-ness from being mainly instrumental so that they don’t run in to what you are thinking and start writing them. It also runs like a poem in many like with Sweet Child o’ Mine, which works well as a narrative and even more so alongside the video. Which uses a set tone so to be uplifting while dark at the same time. It gives a story that means one thing yet at the same time can mean something different to someone else. The imagery is also simplistic so that there is a main feature like with just Slash playing his guitar, in the song it’s just his instrumental and in the video it is just him away from the world. Making it the main focus. Which is key to photography also.

Foo FightersBreakout

This is one of my favorite songs, a song I can relate to. This was due to the person Dave Grohl, the vocalist and main character. Is based on something that I used to be like, someone who was always quiet, never said anything, never spoke to many people as I was too shy. However, like in the song I snapped in the end and thought what’s the point I only live once I would rather been seen as being strange, hyperactive etc and actually enjoy myself be happy being me than care about what others think. From this I grew in confidence and I still am growing. Although at times I do lack confidence it has become clearer even to me that I am now a much happier person who feels more comfortable in myself and around people. Someone who is much happier with their life as it is now more fulfilled as I am prepared to try new stuff and not afraid to jump in feet first with something. However, when I do feel like I haven’t got my full confidence, shy or afraid to try something this video is always available to show me, remind me how it is a sort of reminder that I can do anything and how life is better from it.

Papa roachNo Matter What

A song based on different tempos; here it had a dark sound, a way of fighting through bad times yet sticking together. It is a mellow sounds for them, yet in it the song when reminiscing on the bad times and facing problems it has more of a mellow reminiscent sound. Compared to the fighting being more of an upbeat tempo. This I though was creative and gave me ideas of how I could create set pieces of imagery.

However, what set out most on this album is that being live, they encourage the viewer more I what they do by getting them to join in. A feature I feel is key to getting people interested in your work. They do it though by telling people what to think and how to feel… an interesting feature to use.

LostprophetsIt’s Not The End of The World

A song with key lyrics when after watching the video based on how art needs to link with what is happening at the moment but also make sense n the future. This song reminded me of it. As throughout time, especially recently, after this song and video was created. These words stick out of

“It’s not the end of the world now baby,

So come on dry those tears,

It’s not the end of the world now darling,

But I can see it from here”

Something people say regularly and frequently, too much of sometimes, their world is going to end because something hasn’t gone right for them. It’s like the world is coming to the end because of how dark it has suddenly gone from the weather etc.

Yet as shown in the video, which mimics the 9/11 attacks, the people’s worlds have come to an end and people (the band) still carry on. This made me think of how people on regular basis lose someone/something they love yet still carry on because they have to, because they have strength, it’s the way the world works. Whether it is down to illness or down to someone/something else you have to.  This is something people have always done, do and will do, just like the meaning of art.

The Black Out Boom Shake Shake The Room

No matter how embarrassing some songs can be the tunes are still always good party time songs that make you feel upbeat, energized whenever you need uplifting from what ever is happening.  Just because they always remind you of a good time and due to the feel to them you can’t help but be upbeat and have to join in. This is an impact that I find interesting to include in art. Something I’d like to try in my imagery.

New!

Alongside the old stuff I also heard the new stuff of:

Kids in Glass Houses

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Since their last album In Gold Blood, I hadn’t really listened to much of Kids In Glass Houses songs as they wasn’t played so much on the radio. However, when I heard that they had a new song out I decided to buy it as I’m love the different tones that each album seem to hold that I have come to expect with Welsh bands in particular. This was the case with the new song Drive.

The first time I heard them was when they had out the album Dirt out with some of their most known songs on. Yet I got into most when I saw them perform support for Stereophonics around releasing the album as a celebration for the Millennium Stadium being opened in Wales.  This gave them the standards of which I come to expect them to reach, for me to be impressed with their songs.

The new song Drive reached this, starting off with low tone like it was going to be a ballad but hinting at more to come from the enthusiasm in the vocalist’s voice. This lead into a sudden upbeat playing with the instruments and vocals with high-pitched turnings yet still sounding tuneful although different to previous songs. The part that I found most strange yet interesting was how the lyrics seemed to hold a contradictory turn compared to the tune. The lyrics were more of a dark appeal, being harmed and hurt by the one they love. Being in a dark place where they are feeling low and haven’t got anything left to live for. There life is terrible as it can get yet. At the same time the sound was upbeat, hyper and conjured up the image of having a good time at a party, laughing, enjoying yourself with people you love while the song being blasted out the speakers till late. A confusion in the mind of all thee different moods and feeling being felt all at once, a sense of good and bad. Yet at the same time they work well together to create a musical tone.

This I felt worked well together and although is darker compared to the previous albums it encapsulates a lot in one song. Makes me excited to hear the rest of the album.

The Rolling Stones

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A legendary band, the Rolling Stones, have been round for many decades now. Most of which they had their songs as being number 1’s and are still classed as being iconic now such as Gimme Shelter and Jumping Jack Flash. Recently though they had a new album GRRR! With the song Doom and Gloom on it, this had much of an anticipated comeback.

The song started off with a in your face outburst by Ronnie Woods guitar, quickly joined by Mick Jagger’s vocal. Tunefully coming together to give a high melodic tone as Jagger speaks of financial implications and how the media only advertise the doom and gloom. Yet all they want is to have a good time and enjoy themselves, not get tied down by the bad stuff.

This I found to be iconic and interesting as it relates to what is going on throughout economy at the moment yet while hearing it. You hear the same strong and tones from Mick Jagger as you do on his past songs when younger. Meaning although it is clear about here and now all you envisage is the band performing the song on stage when being years younger.

This was a nice sound to hear as it meant that although time moves on you could keep that tone and having a good time as you did when young without it going wrong for you. I feel that the song is still of the standards expected and that the Rolling Stones still have that spark that they had when they first reached the heights of their career.

Stereophonics

Stereophonics are one of the bands that are underestimated bands in my opinion. Throughout their time they have had many number 1 albums however they are mainly known for their only number 1 single Dakota. I think this is due to them not being classed with all the other songs that they have done and had do well in the charts over their 16-year career. As with each album they have a new tone that always holds a surprise to listeners. This was the same with the new album Graffiti On The Train.

A usually pop sound to the album’s, which has gone darker over time, has reached an all-new level of darkness for them. With a sense of anthemia feel to the sound, a theatrical feel with high influences of James Bond films throughout.

The songs have a sense of mellowness, creates a relaxed feel when listening which adds a haunting chill from the instruments of the band, orchestra and Adam Zindani’s backing vocals plus guitar playing, especially on solo’s. With so much going on it is busy yet not overdone, just enough so that you feel energized yet calm at the same time. Creating a mix of emotions for the listener.

The key part that sticks out to me alongside the sound is the strength of the narrative told by Kelly Jones. The feel of the story conjured up in your head just from the instruments, the feel of sinking on the solo. The actions happening, along with being able to envisage them in your mind from how simple yet clear the story is created that for a few minutes you feel like you are watching a short film

This I feel is another strong album from the band yet although they do musically interesting and creative album. This one feels to me as though it has hit a new level to previous albums as if they are growing from strength to strength so far in their career.

It influences me in how it shows me how effective using a narrative can be, the clearness and captivation it holds. How key the imagination can be as a tool in art and how the different emotions can be combined together to make such strong bold work that is eye-catching whether visual or through sound.

Thirty Seconds to Mars

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My first introduction to this album was hearing the song Up In The Air that showed a new direction for the band. A song that made me wonder as it took me some time to get into it however after a few listens I was caught by it. Although an introduction to the up and coming album I could not work out what the album would hold. A sense of pop maybe?

No instead it has a sense of darkness from mainly an instrumental, orchestral introduction based on birth of the album. Soon sent into a level of pop, dance song with a rock tone to it. Holding a sort of strength throughout the songs, like they are against a war, taking everything on as an army together. So to combat the bad and make everything good being led by band, fronted by Jared Leto. All of which is told as a story, that are reminiscent of the past but now telling them as looking back and as a story to the followers of how the fight from being lost and not having much to becoming someone, doing something with his life. How he has won a fight set upon many people in their lives.

This is a key album to influencing me as something that is key in 30 Seconds to Mars work is all based on encouraging people to do better to out-do themselves and go as far as they can. It encourages the listener to do better, no matter what life throws at you if you hold onto your faith in yourself and those who you look to you can get through it all. From having nothing to having the world and everyone looking to you. So long as you want something enough you can grab it with both hands, you just need to keep at it and believe in yourself.

When finding new music to listen to I was introduced to “Of Monsters and Men” by a friend, until this point I had not listened to their music as they were not a band who stood out to me. However, as I was looking for new music I decided to give them a chance. From this I found that there music wasn’t as I expected it. I was expecting it to be more of a mellow quiet sound. Instead it turned out to be a lively, upbeat music that had a cheerful affect on me. From this I learnt that the best way to find new styles is from seeking others opinions as it could also impact and that deciding on something from a cover is not the best option.

Live

Although I like going to music events and I have been involved in many gigs. Something that didn’t really didn’t stand out to me was going clubbing. This was due to how music being usually a key source and club scene music being looked down on by music. However, for a friend’s birthday I decided to try this. Instead I found that clubbing wasn’t as bad as I expected. Instead people were more interested in having a good time together and getting along than how the music sounded which was in fact enjoyable. This makes me consider that I should in fact be more prepared to try new things more often.

Letter 2

Dear Deana,

I have been busy recently due to the changes in my life. However, I am doing well, there is a lot to get use to but I seem to be doing ok with that luckily. I know I had so much I planned to get done in the space of the year and I have got quite a bit of it done surprisingly.

Photography has taken up a lot of my time both educationally and outside. I tend to be going out doing a shoot close to each weekend if I am able to on top of doing all my assignments. I also have plans for shoots to do in the holiday time these are both locally and a bit further a field. I am doing well! I will soon have an even larger range of imagery to choose from at this rate. This is even better for me as I sometimes have this as a way of meeting up my friends from college if I don’t have much free time.

University is going well also, some of the assignments I have done before so I got to spend more time just working on making them better really. Although there were still some glitches, they are better to what they were before. Also I have learnt some new stuff and try stuff that I haven’t done before plus some lovely cameras.

However, I still manage to have time to enjoy myself and do other things. I am still spending a lot of time involved in music, which is going well with being interpreted into my photography more. I’ve also tried teaching myself to play my guitar. Also I’ve managed to do quite a bit of drawing compared to what I usually do and some graphic design.. I am doing well! So really all is going well.

Other than that I am still into my sports quite a bit but not as much as I had planned to be this past year. Nor have I managed to get back into my drawing but there’s still next year for them to join the list. I have got more into films though and have watched more this past year than in the whole of my life I think. It is fun though.

I still have so much that I plan to do and want to do but I have done quite a bit so far I guess so it’s a good start. Just got to look forward to all the stuff I’ve got coming up. On the bright side though although I wasn’t organized at the beginning, I have become organized at least in this last term. Think it’s due to having little time free compared to usual; it means I tend to be able to focus better. I’m going to stay organized though. Hopefully I will be able to if I try hard enough.

Any way, back to everything I’ve got to do now. Speak soon

previsualisation

When creating imagery where you need to build the set-up to start with. You have to use pre visualization as a key tool.  This was a term created by Ansel Adams. Who sees it as “The ability to anticipate a finished image before making the exposure” this is done mainly through storyboarding.

Some artists have become known for this tool such as:

Jeff Wall.

Gregory Crewdson

David LaChapelle

Philip Lorca DiCorcia

Crystal Lebas

Tim & Sue

Henry Peach Robinson

Oscar Rejlander

Ton Hunter

Erwin Olaf

Rineke Dijkstra

Hiroshi Sugimoto

Jeff Wall made this work out, “A Sudden Gust of Wind, 1993” out of 50 images. The image was based Katsushika Hokusai painting “Ejiri in Surua Province”. Due to the amount of images used to make the final piece this work had to be pre visualized so to come up with the final image intern replicating the painting through scenes that he saw.

Here the image shows how a sudden unexpected action can change things and throw you of course if you aren’t prepared for them. Intern losing things and having to start again or be prepared by considering the unexpected.

Gregory Crewdson series called “Twilight” holds a cinematic feel to it, which is influenced by David Lynch films and the American suburb. He first starts off with pre visualizing the image so that he can construct the full scene from scratch. He also builds up a full stage so to hold his camera and lighting, with a crew of people intern turning his photographs more into film set-ups. This can also include calling people so to join the imagery or closing off roads. Followed by digitally combining images to make the final piece.

The series “Twilight” is based on the aspect of the day changing from light to darkness, so to capture the witching hour aspect. The main theme behind the imagery is to capture the anxiety created from displacement.  Through creating scenes where two location are brought together when it is impossible for them to be seen together.

David LaChapelle work is based on series of famous stars that influence the imagery LaChapelle creates. He first starts by pre visualizing features about the select person and trying to coming up with features that is not seen of the person but which describes them. From this he builds a scene up from painting the walls to the props needed so to create the select idea in Lachapelle’s mind. This work also holds a film set-up so to hold the equipment and crew so to get the set impact that is wanted.

Here the image of Elton John with a childish outlook so to show a youthful, wild, playful look to him. While having a range of tiger statues surround him showing both his riches and security. This also shows how he fame and fortune also holds a sense of control and respect although he has outlandish behavior.

While this image of Madonna, she is shown as an Indian swan through the use of colour and company of swans while being dressed in Indian clothing. At the same time being based in front of the sun so to enforce the belief of her being the Bird of Light as swans are seen. This also holds a look of love, beauty, unity and harmony. From the use of colour and the way in which the swans are joined together so to form love hearts in their necks.

Philip Lorca Dicorcia work holds pre visualization through the set-up and colour of his work although it has more of a documentary outlook to it. The work is based on what is actually seen such as typical innocent behavior but due to the context, the meaning is changed so to add more of an emotion and psychology to the work. The work is also questioned of how honest it is due to the image being set as a scene from a film although known to be documentary.

Crystal Lebas focuses her work on the impact of colour, which is predominantly around blue. She does this through the use of a panoramic camera. Intern it enforces the aspect of the witching hour in the work.

Tim Nobel and Sue Webster create their work “Nihilistic Optimistic” in the studio using the form of silhouettes from items.  They pre visualize this so to use found items to create the silhouettes with action and behavior through lights. The pre visualization has to be done so to having everything set in the correct place for the whole image to come together.

Henry Peach Robinson, 1853, “Fading Away” is based on pre visualization. This is so to consider the layout, the tones, colours and how the characters are stood in the images. Enforcing the mood of what is happening in the images.

Tom Hunter creates work based around imagery paintings by artists such as Vermeer but holds an updated outlook to the imagery that are mainly set on a council estate.

Erwin Olaf series “Grief” is based on pre visualizing scenes that are common reactions to people who suffer grief. He however, sets these up so to capture the responses in wide spacious areas. Enforcing more of the subject’s feelings.

Hiroshi Sugimoto pre visualizes his work so to be able to control the light so that only the one source of light is available and it is visible in the select area. This is predominant in his series of work called “Theatres”.

Research lecture

When finding research for a project you have to consider what you are looking for. In particular the subject, type of lighting used by the artist, how they produce the work, publisher etc. This will create a general theme of running ides.

This will lead you on to creating a full idea in your head of how your own work will look and what will be successful to use to capture your imagery the way you have it in mind. Doing so will also help you consider your own work in a wider context such as how does it fit in with other practitioners work in that it becomes similar or different to work already seen.

From this I was given the task of finding a theme in a range of books. These were:

Gregory Crewdson –

Here his work is seen as film stills, where certain areas are lit up. This is so to show a glitz and glamour look to the work of an area. However, when looking back at the image you see that the items highlighted with soft light are abandoned. This makes the viewer feel sorry for the items as they are forgotten about.

William Klein –

In this work, Klein uses contrasted highlight to show both good and bad. He also controls the eye so that you are drawn to the barrel of the gun through the highlights. Giving a bad feel of the image until you then realize it is of a young boy playing while having a sinister look on his face. In the background a girl is doing gymnastics. Showing the innocence of the children but also pointing out the danger.

Mapplethorpe –

His work was based on flowers where he looked at the beauty of them but also removes the stigma that is linked in with each one so that they don’t hold the expectations. This is by setting up the flowers as a portrait instead of still life. Making it easier to have the item away from it’s surroundings. Like with the rose where he uses a soft light to make it graceful and shows the beauty but surrounds it with smoke to enforce an idea of deconstruction. In turn bringing the flower away from the stigma of showing love.

William Egglestone –

In Egglestone’s work he uses a strong midday light, which is flat and evenly spread over the image. Then uses other light to illuminate parts of the image that makes you wonder what the story is as the highlighted features are one’s that won’t cause much offence. In turn pulling you away from other parts of the image. This light is used to enforce the realism of the work that is mainly landscape or documentary however in some it is artificial, depending on the image. The main focus though is his use of colour as he is a pioneer for when colour was first used in photography.

Richard Moss –

In Richard Moss’s work he looks at stuff that is out of the ordinary to most people, like with life in the Congo. The images are mainly cover with a soft pink fairy tale glow as a light. Which you realize when looking at the subject, it represents death. The light though adds a beauty to the imagery so you enjoy viewing it. However, the curve ball thrown in is that the subject is a feature such as child soldiers. Then you feel bad for liking the image because of its context. You do tend to look at the images more because of the contradiction held in the work. Especially with the landscape pieces that are close up so hold a purple capillary and cell creating a bloody feel. While the purple shows an unnatural representation with war and how far across the world war has spread. However, in the full picture the location could be some where near to so to bring the point of the picture home to the viewer. These images show the extent of the problem with firearms and war.

Misrach –

This work is based on Golden Gate Bridge from the exact same position, here the artist captures the mood and atmosphere created from the light of the day and night. This is so to create beautiful imagery seen by people with a large amount of money. These images also hold resemblances of Constable and Szane paintings so to enforce the beauty formed. However, as a twist it also provokes a reaction through the beautiful imagery holding Alcatraz Prision in the mist. This gives a political outlook as then the imagery is seen to represent how the prisoners are seeing the same image twenty-four, seven from the exact same place. This is enforced by the layout of the days and how the colour has changed but nothing else has. Also in this twist is how the location that the images are taken from hold a wealth through it being the rich people who live in the area and who have paid to see that view of what would be mind numbing to the one’s on the opposite island.

Outdoor lighting

Today we did a shoot that was based outdoors. This was classed as location.Here we used natural, artifical and combined light.

The location was based infront of a wall full of gravity. So using the equipmentof a softbox, battery pack, reflectors, umberellas and an exposure meter to work out the settings. Here we considered moving the set-up created forward so that the light from the subject wouldn’t affect the wall. This is the image we had.

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Afterwards we went to another location where it was mainly shadowed. Due to this the main light supply was artificial.Image

Another shoot we did though was based in an area where there is light and shadow so we had to use both types of light. giving us images like this.

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Studio Lighting

There are three types of lighting. These are

Natural – daylight

Blended – daylight and artificial

Artificial

Today I did a shoot that was based outdoors. In a group of six, we had to create a set- up where the background was darker than the model. For this we used a studio light with soft box, sync cable, battery and exposure meter. Through this we came up with a range of imagery but this was out final shot. Making it blended light but was mainly natural.

Here we had to work out how far away we needed the subject and lighting from each other and the background. This was made tricky though as when we did get the settings right we had to capture an image quickly due to the sun keep going behind the clouds. Meaning we lost the main source of light. However, the shoot did end successfully.

Afterwards, we did a shoot that was based in more of a shadowed area. From this we still used the sunlight as the main source but also needed the studio light much sharper and more prominently. Due to this we didn’t use the soft box for this shoot. This is our best shot from this shoot. This was more of a blended set-up.

As a final shoot we also did a shoot based more in the openness but where there was also high amount of shadow. For this the shadow was more prominent and the artificial and natural lights were both key pieces. This was the chosen image from this shoot.

From this I found that choosing the light was more difficult when it was based more on the sunlight than on the studio light as it was harder to control. However, I found that working on location with both types of light interesting, as I had never done this before. So it was something new to me.

Too add to the lighting tasks, today I did a shoot based in the studio. Here we had to do five different tasks. For this we used:

List of items

Soft Box

Single Head kit

Exposure Meter

Reflectors

Task 1

Using a soft box or reflector, light the model with direct lighting. Do this with a white reflector and a black reflector.

Image with white reflector

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From this we found that the white reflector created extra light.

Image with black reflector

Here the black reflector created extra shadow.

Task 2

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Place the light at 90 degrees from the model; take a shot with and without a reflector. What is the difference?

Here the difference was that without the reflector there was a shadow created in the area where the light couldn’t reach. This is due to light travelling in straight lines.

Where as here with the reflector, light could be directed meaning that it could reach more areas. So there was no shadow.

Task 3

Place the light above the camera. How different does the light look in a different position?

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From doing this the light covers more area intern the model was lighter and less shadows were formed. It also meant that the background and surrounding area was also lighter compared to before.

Task 4

Does different light placement work better with different faces?

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From doing this test it was shown that with darker hair and skin. The light would work well on a higher power compared to people with lighter hair and skin. Where the light would become more washed out. Meaning that the power of the light had to be changed so to benefit the model more, giving more detail and colour in the model. With less light and power.

Task 5

Using either the snoot and/or honeycomb repeat the task.

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When using these, the light appeared in a clear circular position. Which depending on the size and space they determined how much light was allowed through and the size of the circle of light. This led to there being more darkness with a smaller honeycomb or snoot and more light with the larger honeycomb.

The smaller amount of light was also easier to control as it covered less space. However, the larger surface of light meant that all the area had the light spread over it evenly.

Product light

For a shoot today I had to find some items that were rough, reflective and smooth so to capture how the light affected them. This is through doing some product photography.

Here we used a table with and without a cove on it plus two Bowens lights, one on the left and one on the right of the items. Here the lights were then altered to higher, mid and low level – to below the table with part of the light shining inline with the items. This created a different mood and shadow on the items.

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So to make more effective the way we wanted them we also used both white and black paper to help reflect the light. This intern gave a set mood to the items.

As well as that we tried the imagery with material items for bases such as a black cotton coat and a leather jacket. This gave us these images.

From this we felt that the black leather worked better with the item as it reflected the light better and had a smooth affect. From using these items it made the perfume inside the bottles more visible with the light and also the light emphasized the colours more. This made these images the strongest when it came to showing the detail of the items.

When finding research for a project you have to consider what you are looking for. In particular the subject, type of lighting used by the artist, how they produce the work, publisher etc. This will create a general theme of running ides.

This will lead you on to creating a full idea in your head of how your own work will look and what will be successful to use to capture your imagery the way you have it in mind. Doing so will also help you consider your own work in a wider context such as how does it fit in with other practitioners work in that it becomes similar or different to work already seen.

From this I was given the task of finding a theme in a range of books. These were:

Gregory Crewdson

 

Here his work is seen as film stills, where certain areas are lit up. This is so to show a glitz and glamour look to the work of an area. However, when looking back at the image you see that the items highlighted with soft light are abandoned. This makes the viewer feel sorry for the items as they are forgotten about.

William Klein –

In this work, Klein uses contrasted highlight to show both good and bad. He also controls the eye so that you are drawn to the barrel of the gun through the highlights. Giving a bad feel of the image until you then realize it is of a young boy playing while having a sinister look on his face. In the background a girl is doing gymnastics. Showing the innocence of the children but also pointing out the danger.

Mapplethorpe –

His work was based on flowers where he looked at the beauty of them but also removes the stigma that is linked in with each one so that they don’t hold the expectations. This is by setting up the flowers as a portrait instead of still life. Making it easier to have the item away from it’s surroundings. Like with the rose where he uses a soft light to make it graceful and shows the beauty but surrounds it with smoke to enforce an idea of deconstruction. In turn bringing the flower away from the stigma of showing love.

William Egglestone –

In Egglestone’s work he uses a strong midday light, which is flat and evenly spread over the image. Then uses other light to illuminate parts of the image that makes you wonder what the story is as the highlighted features are one’s that won’t cause much offence. In turn pulling you away from other parts of the image. This light is used to enforce the realism of the work that is mainly landscape or documentary however in some it is artificial, depending on the image. The main focus though is his use of colour as he is a pioneer for when colour was first used in photography.

Richard Moss –

In Richard Moss’s work he looks at stuff that is out of the ordinary to most people, like with life in the Congo. The images are mainly cover with a soft pink fairy tale glow as a light. Which you realize when looking at the subject, it represents death. The light though adds a beauty to the imagery so you enjoy viewing it. However, the curve ball thrown in is that the subject is a feature such as child soldiers. Then you feel bad for liking the image because of its context. You do tend to look at the images more because of the contradiction held in the work. Especially with the landscape pieces that are close up so hold a purple capillary and cell creating a bloody feel. While the purple shows an unnatural representation with war and how far across the world war has spread. However, in the full picture the location could be some where near to so to bring the point of the picture home to the viewer. These images show the extent of the problem with firearms and war.

Misrach –

This work is based on Golden Gate Bridge from the exact same position, here the artist captures the mood and atmosphere created from the light of the day and night. This is so to create beautiful imagery seen by people with a large amount of money. These images also hold resemblances of Constable and Szane paintings so to enforce the beauty formed. However, as a twist it also provokes a reaction through the beautiful imagery holding Alcatraz Prision in the mist. This gives a political outlook as then the imagery is seen to represent how the prisoners are seeing the same image twenty-four, seven from the exact same place. This is enforced by the layout of the days and how the colour has changed but nothing else has. Also in this twist is how the location that the images are taken from hold a wealth through it being the rich people who live in the area and who have paid to see that view of what would be mind numbing to the one’s on the opposite island.