For my FMP, i created a series of images titled ‘Mental Mayhem’ with the aim of spreading understanding of a small variety of psychological issues. I decided to do this as it’s hard to understand how somebody truly feels, but i felt that portraying it through a visual aid would capture the readers eyes and really make them think and place themselves in the subjects shoes, experiencing what they’re experiencing.
I feel that with my results i met my goal of showing how crazy it can get inside your mind whilst looking and acting just like everybody else.
Each of these pictures represents their own thought process/emotions. For example, the above image represents Bipolar disorder, which is a condition that affects your moods, which can switch from one to the other drastically.
But you can’t always show EXACTLY how someone feels. The things they think about themselves constantly, the things that affect their social behaviour and self confidence. There’s millions of things we think to ourselves and never admit to which start to corrode our minds and break down our walls,not only effecting us mentally, but also physically. This would make us feel like a open book, leaving us vulnerable.
I shot my images on a Nikon D7100 with a tripod in various different locations and used a variety of techniques to create them, such as overlaying/layers and long shutter speeds, even a mixture of both. I used a ISO of 100 for the image above and an ISO of 400 for the rest, alongside a small aperture for good contrast and colours. Even with this i decided to burn the edges of my images to draw more attention to the centre of the image with a dark, moody feel to it without losing colour. The image below is the best example for this.
I also used black boarders around the images instead of your regular white boarders so that the presentation of the image was black fading into the image with its burned corners, keeping its sharpy edgy mood and yet again keeping focus on the lighting and colours in the image. When combined with black frames, even with the fancy boarders, the attention is still focused on the centre of the image.
My first idea i was following through with was the idea of a ‘Freakshow” , inspired by a Derby University students work i saw at an exhibition.I then developed this idea into my current idea of ‘Mental Mayhem’ which you can read about in my project proposal.I am happy with my results and i have had some great feedback from friends, family and peers.After experimenting with many different styles of imagery, this project has really helped me explore how i want to shoot my images from now on.
I think my results are good and fit the criteria of my proposal well. I have achieved what i set out to do.
I personally think i could have done better if i had achieved the same feeling that Jared Tyler’s images give me in my images, but the aim was for that feeling to be spread to the audience, not the photographer.I think this is affected by the fact that i know everything behind this image so i don’t get the same sense of relativity i hope the audience gets.
I think i could have improved a lot more on my images if i made them surreal but easy to understand, much like:
Although you can possibly relate to these kinds of images, my images are relatable in a separate, more realistic form.
If i had the skill i would have attempted a series of images much like these, but i would need a lot more experience in photoshop, unless i did a series of images using the double exposure technique i learned on my course to create images in the style of :
I have set myself a personal assignment to still continue to experiment and develop my skills through first attempting these ideas.