Image manipulation

Here is my contact sheet for the image manipulation assignment.

All images on here were taken with the same camera, Nikon D7100.All of these were taken along the same route in Derby centre.Beginning from Roundhouse campus, all images taken are leading up to the Joseph Wrights new building which, as you can tell, was under construction at the time.

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I think it was best to shoot all these images in colour as it gives me more of a variety to manipulate, as if i had shot in black and white, it wouldn’t be suitable for any present or future images, only past.

Here’s a selection of the images that i like and i think have potential for some decent editing opportunities in Adobe Photoshop.Some of them are fairly simple ideas, whereas some are a little more complicated.I know i am able to create simple image manipulation but i am still learning, so anything more complication would be more of a challenge but on the bright side it would increase my editing skills for the future.

DSC_0004With this image, the doorway seems to be the main focus, so i was thinking of using the lasso cool to cut out the contents of the cupboard and replace it with something










What i have narrowed it down to is shown below.
I have multiple images below, 2 for past , 2 for present, and 4 for future.I only need one of each and the decision was hard for me, so i seemed the advice and feedback of other studying photographers to help me make my decision.


old world war

This image got a vote of 1/4.
Meaning that this image is not the best out of my selection for that selected audience.
Personally, i enjoy this picture as it’s realistic unlike the other past image.

Past Derby This image was chosen for my final piece.

This image received a vote of 3/4 proving that it is preferred amongst my audience to be chosen as my past piece.
This image has had a lot of technical work applied to it, along with a fair chunk of my time and effort.



This image was selected by 2/4 people.
Meaning this image had a 50/50 chance of appealing to the public.
For me, this image is more about the narrative i have wrote about it in a previous blog post, rather than appearance.

Punk vintage thingyThis image was chosen for my final piece.

This image got the other 2/4 votes.
I think i may choose this image as the purpose is to visually appeal to the eye in a poster format.
The image is more visually important rather than narratively.


galaxy copy

This image received 1/4 votes.
I admit that this image was infact a simple image, which is why i don’t think it should be chosen for my final piece, no matter how appealing it looks


This image got 0/4 votes, i’m guessing due to it’s plain background.It’s not very enticing.


This one also got 0/4, probably as it’s way too extreme, even for the future! it is rather unrealistic, so i can understand how it’s not the best image to show the public.

other oneThis image has been chosen for my final piece.

This image got a 3/4 as it’s perfectly in the middle of plain and extreme.
It’s the same image as the last two but using a different sky. A sky that is a lovely deep blue, dramatic image.


Here i am going to start with what i consider my least favourite,this is due to me rushing this image so that i have one more edited image for my coursework.
This image was taken using a Nikon D7100 on the construction site of the new Joseph Wright building in Derby.
I know i can do a lot better when it comes to editing on photoshop, but i am still merely a beginner and i will advance over time.
For this image,i was considering it to be an image of the ‘Future’ .But not the future that everybody immediately thinks of with hover cars and human-impersonating robots.This is what i think is the reality of our future.The more and more we develop and create, the more factories are used and the more those factories produce smoke.
This image was created to speak for global warming, where everything to do with it involves smoke and pipes and factories.
If i had more time and experience to work on this image, i reckon i could transfer it into a very dramatic,narrative image and perhaps show the public the truth of our future.
I did this in photoshop by simply creating a new layer with an image of a factory and using the lasso tool to cut out the section of the image i didn’t require.I then copied the image and pasted it along the pipe of the background image, making sure to scale each one differently so that it appears to get smaller the further away it is, like it should be.
I also used the blur tool to blur each section to fit in with the background, the one part i didn’t blur was the factory  that was in the one section of the focused pipe.


Now this image is our present day.
Right now we are building into the future.
We are designing, developing, and creating new pieces of architecture for the future generations to benefit from.

This image is quite i simple one i must admit.The only photo manipulations i have done are by using curved to give it more contrast, and using the lasso tool to remove the original sky and replace it with a more colourful, dramatic sky so that the image is more enticing and cheerful. The previous sky was very plain and boring.


Now we’re getting a little more interesting.
This is another image of the present, with a half-cnstructed building.
Recently i have noticed a lot more construction has been going on in Derby, whether it be roads or buildings, Derby is upgrading.
Presently, we are being pulled from the past into the future.These images show our transition between the two.
For this image i have burned the left hand side as it was too bright.I have also altered the histogram and used curves to darken the entire image.
I then used the lasso tool to cut out the sky and i used the magic wand to remove the sections of sky from those hard-to-reach places.It gave me a neater and closer line, so that there wasn’t any white lines around the building.
I then made a new layer containing my new sky and altered the order of my layer so my sky is in the background.
So this present image is different from the last not only through separate buildings, but through the appearance and the fact that this image is a dark, stormy style,whereas the previous image is bright, bold, colourful and happy.

old world war

This is my image of the cathedral in Derby using a Nikon D7100.
The sky and plane are taken from google images.

Of course i am using this as a past image,
it is a simple image of a cathedral in Derby city centre which i have manipulated in photoshop.
I have yet again used to lasso tool to erase its original sky and replace it with another darker, more dramatic , cloudy sky.
Once i had done this it appeared as if it was taken during the war with all the smoke in the sky, so i decided i should make it somewhat obvious what my idea was.I did this by getting an image of an old bomber plane and cutting it out in photoshop. I then dragged it into a new layer and placed it in the sky.
To apply the finishing touches and make it obviously during the times of war, i transformed it into black and white.
We had many wars in the past, and it made a large impact on our present, and future.
Everyone knows that our history consists of wars, so this is obviously past.

Open-Door copy
Both of these images were taken from the web on google images as i didn’t have any utopian styled images.

Now i can’t decide if this is past,present,or future.As is has factors of all three.
The clean,empty, reflective white interior suggests the future.
The unpolluted, lively green scenery suggests a time far in the past before man kind began building large cities.
But it would also be present due to the fact both of these images were taken in our present day, both of these images, even when combined, can be found somewhere in the world.Obviously not together, but they can be.

For this image i took a lovely image of a pair of clean, hygienic double doors which are open and used the lasso tool to cut out what what actually behind the doors so that i could replace it with a layer which consisted of a lovely utopian scene.

galaxy copy
fcourse, the galaxy inside the doorway was taken from the web but the outer image was my own, much like the other image this was also taken on the construction site of the new Joseph Wright building.

This is of course the future, and what we wish to be able to achieve in our future.
We want to progress in the idea of teleportation and time travel.We all know it is impossible, be it doesn’t stop us from wanting it to be real.
It may be thousands of years before we come across evidence that this is possible, but we may some day achieve what is being shown in this image.
As you can tell, i have recently been using the lasso tool a lot to replace things like skies, which is what I’ve done in this image, alongside adjusting the background image to be black and white.Doing so had drawn more focus to the doorway and the galaxy behind it.
Now this couldn’t just be a galaxy, this could be a teleportation device.This could be a time travel machine.Or this could simply just be a piece of art being stored in the closet.We will never know until our future comes, but this is one way of thinking about what’s to come.


I also altered one of my previous images a couple of times to see how it would appear.
Here are my results.                   Original

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 The image on the left and the right have skies that were taken from google images.

The only reason i had altered the sky is because i found my original image to be simply not enough. it had a large almost white sky, and a lot of it!There was no detail whatsoever.

On the left i have gone for a dramatic yet realistic deep blue sky.Where as on the right i’ve gone for a completely wacky glowing planet.

Now i think that this photographer is incredible even without the crazy things they do to the images!


Most of the artists are dark, mysterious, and post-apocolyptic.
But not this one, at first glance, this is obviously a fabulous Utopia.Made with a lovely Rapunzel-like tower with what appears to be large pink lego brick stairs.Who doesn’t want to live in a tower with lego stairs?Well,maybe not the lego stairs as that would hurt.
But the beautiful blue sky combined with the soft,sculptured,detailed tower is fabulous.Especially with it clashing about a bright pink stairway.It seems like every girls dream house.

But lets just go ahead and take a second glance at this image.It isn’t quite as utopian and we once thought.
At the base of the stairway, it is fenced off.If this really was utopia nobody would require a fence.Fences around property is used to keep the general public out.So obviously they’re not trusted.Obviously the owner of this property feels that he or she does not want any dystopian locals ruining their utopian lifestyle.

The same idea can be said for this image.the street this sculpture appears to be on is very dark and narrow.Dosen’t feel too safe.
But i think that Espai’s repetitive use of lego symbolises more than i can ever image.It may represent the fact that we piece together a building/home bit by bit until it’s complete.But no two buildings are ever the same.Such as on the image, one is made out of warm colours such as reds,oranges and yellows. where as the other has been created using very cold colours, like blues and whites.

This could be another thing that this picture is trying to communicate. The clashing between hot and cold.From the angle the image is taken from, the hot and the cold buildings are against eachother.


This is the image that inspired me even without the lego extension on this building,theres more than just lego to this image.The parallel leading lines that direct the eye toward the lego sculpture is genius.And i find the lighting low key but effective. It’s dramatic and beautiful.
Yet again it may appear to be a very beautiful area but there are small things scattered around which suggest otherwise.Such as the graffiti on the walls beneath the lego.
This could by symbolic and relate to the image, or this could just be random graffiti.
But if it was symbolic, what would it represent?
Would it be calling us the ‘animales’?
Does it mean ‘animals’ or is it a clever play on words combining ‘animals’ and ‘males’ so suggest the creator of this graffiti think that men are animals?
Perhaps this was Espais work?I doubt it.But nothing is impossible.This may even be a subliminal message to the viewers right now, convincing them that men are animals.

This makes me want to combine images.I want to now create a piece using at least two separate images and combining them to look like one image, and hopefully it looks realistic enough to fool people! Unfortunately i have no lego, but i could always improvise and create a building attached to another building and edit it so that it is believable.

Espen is the kind of artist to use analytical and geometrical elements in his work.He does this so that he can divide the image into abstract units.

Espen has displayed a balanced apocalyptic dystopia in his previous work.


As you can obviously tell, much like Victor Enrich, Espen would of had the aid of technical drawing to be able to create the appearance of the inside walls of the building so that when he separated this building, it wasn’t blank on the inside.

Espen has  deconstructed his image,and not as in analysing,he has literally deconstructed this image using some kind of software.
This could actually symbolise just that.I’ve been told many times that i must pick apart my images and this gives a whole new meaning to it.

With the dark dramatic skies,high contrast and black and white appearance to his images, you gives you a very dark, mysterious feel about the image. Did he intend to make people feel this way?

This style is repetitive throughout most of his images, this must just be his signature style!


At first glance, this image may appear incredibly similar to the last, but there is one thing i’ve notices that he’s done differently.

On this image, instead of just pulling off each 4 sides and the roof, he has divided each wall by 3 and split it up into even more sections. His way of creating a gap between each wall so they weren’t still connected was to pull all walls even further away from the centre of the subject.
So now the walls are double the distance from the centre than usual.


I find that his subtle shadows which he has included make the picture so realistic.
If you examine this image closely, you can see that he has created a slight shadow on the far wall that is being created by the roof. Not all people notice small thins like this, but if he didn’t do this it would have felt like a 2D image.

Espens work give me an idea to chop up my images and perhaps scatter  building pieces over an empty scene.
Perhaps so that it resembles a post-apocalyptic building which has been attacked/blown up.

Jim Kazanjian lives in Portland, Oregon.

He has revieved a MFA and completed a BFA through studying  art between 1985-1995.

Jims favourite film is The Shining.Which tells you a lot about what kind of character he is.Which could easily explain some of his images which are presented in a dark manor.
Jim loves psychological horror,which could be why he aims for a mysterious atmosphere in his images.

Work like this:


Just screams horror.It is dark, mysterious, and chilling to the core.Itself as an image is overwhelming and post apocalyptic.I  feel it has factors of all elements that were possibly done on purpose.

The building is upon a pile of natural rocks. Earth.

There is water pouring out of the side of this building.

There is fire obviously creating this smoke and possibly the reason to the ominous lowing door.

And there is also the fact of the smoke being carried away in the wind, along with the birds.

Now i don’t know if that was intentional, but it sure is clever.

Thinking realistically, i doubt this could be an actual building due to the fact that there are so many chimneys, it leaves no space for anything to be produced below in the main room.

A dystopian area is and area of which is frightening and undesirable,being the opposite of Utopia.Using this information we can say that both The Shining and this image are both dystopian as they are undesirable places with frightening factors.


We can obviously call this very a dystopian,apocalyptic image as it is a place we never want to find ourselves but also feels as if it could be the end of human civilisation.

This appears to be a rooftop which has emerged from the group and is now a spaceship.A spaceship with spine chilling gargoyle heads on it.

Not only does the black and white adjustment give it a horrific feel, but the fact the UFO has a dark, thick smoke trailing behind it tells you quite bluntly that this is non beneficial to anybody. Quite the opposite.This mysterious floating object is here to cause havoc.

If this image was in colour, it wouldn’t be as spine chilling as it currently is.Jim has made some fantastic decisions whilst manipulating this image, as it definitely portrays itself as he wished it to.

Jims work inspired me to create my own  horrific photographic scene. Possibly a black and white scene of something which appears as it could be a crime scene /murder location.Like a murder house.I house which is high in contrast, with mysterious figures surrounding it.I could get silhouettes from online and photoshop them into my image and scatter them around my chosen building.Give it a deep dramatic sky.And make it as mortifying as  possible.

Such as like this piece of work:


With its post- apocalyptic surroundings, this house is incredibly dystopian and horrifying. The broken windows and smoking rooms just scream danger.

The graveyard to the right of the house isn’t a great addition to the image unless you wanted it to seem like the new murder house!
You could easily see this being the scene for a 5 star horror movie.Every single section of this image is perfect, right down to the dead trees in the background.

I want my image to be based around this.

Victor Enrich (Media Artist) was born in Barcelona in 1976.
He was introduced to technical drawing at 8, which was his inspiration of this life ahead.As he grew he began designing cities.This was a large interest of his so in 1994 he went to university to study architecture.
He uses his skills  to create crazy 3D designs of buildings/cities.

Here’s some of my favourite work by this artist:


This image is crazy! it appears as though the building is either falling to the ground, or it’s trying to float away!
This image can really make a person think..Is this how they make buildings?When it’s ready they just pick it up and drop it where they want it?It’s like it’s full of helium.
It fascinates me how he has literally removed the entire building and moved it to a complete new area. If you look at the buildings behind the subject, they look completely normal. My method of doing this would be to go crazy on Photoshop with the clone stamp. But this man is a genius and has used his technical drawing skills to re-create the buildings on the background so that they appear as if they were visible all along.


This image reminds me of a slinky. Trying to push one down the stairs as a child.It looks asif it’s about to push itself onto the road.
If you compare this image with the last, you can see that the background images are almost completely invisible.It is inspiring to me to see somebody make something out of nothing,and for that something to be inspiring in itself.

Stitched Panorama

This, by far, has to be amazing.
It looks untouched by editing software, but it’s obvious that this isn’t a real building.It’d be physically impossible to live inside.

In this image he has worked from bottom to top, gently pulling out the sections of brick that have been assembled around the windows.He starts subtly but the further to the top of the building he gets, the crazier and further extended the brickwork gets.It makes me think of a child’s play doh set, where you have a spaghetti maker.
It’s playful and extraordinary.

Stitched Panorama

This image just seems like it’s one large version of a zipper.It may not have the actual device to unzip it, but all the teeth that connect are definitely in this image between both buildings.Yet again, this building would be very difficult to use if it were real.I reckon Victor could make some amazing designs that are possible.But that shouldn’t stop him form producing this amazing work.He not only warps his image, but he also twists the way we see our surroundings in our modern day.
We think to ourselves ‘It’s not a rectangular building.It’s not square.It’s not an ordinary shape,therefore it’s not logical.’

But it’s refreshing to have building that aren’t quite right. It’s creative, inspiring,and can change we way we feel about a location.

Victor Enrich has inspired one of my final images


With this image, i knew i wasn’t as talented as Victor, and i knew i didn’t have the technical skill and software to manipulation this image to the extreme.So i have done subtle alterations. Such as warping the image to have spikes on the roof, and to also have multicoloured windows.
Much like Victor, i have taken an image of a building and transformed it into something it’s not.

This is my first time using Adobe Illustrator, i did this using a Mac computer at Derby College.
To begin with, i started playing with the shapes to see what kinds of things i can create.
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I had used a variety of shapes, fillings, and outlines to see what would happen.

When i felt confident enough, i moved onto working on my image of Quad,taken using a Nikon D7100.My aim was to recreate this image using this software.


I succeeded by using various shapes and places then on top of the original image ( so that i knew where it was placed)
I started by making the basic, large shaped of the entire building.After i had completed that i moved onto the windows.The windows consisted on squares with a light blue tint applied and also slightly rotated.
The part that gives this image its style is the lines.I used the pen tool and traced over all obvious lines.I applied a dark grey colour , but i also altered the style of the line so that it gave it a sense of it being a sketch,with a graduating line.
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I am very pleased with what i have created here, i have managed to recreate a building,and also remove a lamp post that ruined my shot.
When i look at this image, i feel i’d be able to create my own building design that looks professional.I know that it would be challenging, but it’s nice to know there’s a chance that i could.


Past Derby

This is a range of images, taken by me and found online from

I have merged all these images together to provide a range of detail;exposure;saturation and colour.

I have done this on a Mac computer at college using Adobe photoshop  with a variety of images from the web and images i had taken myself using a Nikon D7100 in Derby City Center.

I found this image challenging to create,but once i completed it i was impressed with myself.This was something i’d not expected myself to be able to create!

I’ve taken into mind that all these images have been taken from a certain persecutive, i and i have used this information to place the images in a way that they all lead toward the centre of the image.This gives a sense of it being an actual area,that the perspective shown is your own.

It is quite obvious that this is not an actual area due to the various differences between each image, but i didn’t want to get rid of that.I wanted to viewer to be able to tell exactly what i have done here, knowing that all these images were taken at different times, at different places, on different cameras.

I’ve even gone to the extent of finding an old image of water to place under the bridge, to make it more realistic.

I did this using many layers and the eraser tool on Adobe Photoshop.I did also sue the perspective tool on one of the images, so that it fit in with the street a little better.
I erased the surroundings of the subject in each image and then placed them all together in one A3 landscape preset.

I find that i could of improved this greatly if the images had already been in the right perspective to what i required them.But i don’t regret the images i’ve chosen because it gave me experience in using tools in PS that i usually wouldn’t use.
I also wish that i had known how to use the lasso tool before creating my first image as i would have had neater edges and my image would have appeared a lot cleaner and less messy.


Punk vintage thingy

On this image, i went for a different style.
All 4 images of buildings on this image are all my own, all taken with a Nikon D7100.They all seem of different quality compared to each other but this is due to me changing the settings on the camera whilst i was walking around to try and get better lighting if my subject was over exposed or under exposed.

I was experimenting with the lasso tool in PS and i found it a lot easier than using the eraser tool.I ended up with neater trimmed buildings without translucent edges.

To create this, i took 3 of my own images and 2 from google images of Derby and i used the lasso tool to cut them out but give then gave it sharp spiky gaps, to create a punk-like style.I did this with every image including the flag which i’ve used as a background.
I left my image of Quad the way it was, but with the other images i used the warp/perspective tool to make it seem dramatic and creative.

This image wasn’t as challenging, but i love the punk style that i have created it in.It is a style that attracts me,and i am pleased.

All these images are recent.The warped images are of old buildings,but taken today.Which show’s ion our present day we still continue to make use of these buildings.But i have clashed it with the image of Quad,to show there is also new buildings with quite a unique difference in architectural style.

If you examine this image, you will notice that all of the older buildings are branching out from the image of Quad.This could be interpreted as all of our old buildings in derby being joined together to create a new building.As if it was some kind of evolution of architecture.

The only way i could think of improving this image is by taking the image of Quad form a different perspective as i find it doesn’t fit in as well as it could.I didn’t feel comfortable changing the image though as i though Quad was perfect as it was my own image, and due to the fact it is a new building.



On this image i’ve taken one of my own images(Nikon D7100) and altered it using the lasso tool to select area(Such as the points at the top of the building)
and then using the warp tool on the selected area to over exagerrate the corners and create a sharp spike from them.

I also used the lasso tool to select the windows and then once it’s selected i used the paint brush to apply my own colour to each window.I used this method for the multicoloured strip of windows down the centre but also for the checkered black windows against the side.

On this image i wish i could of found another way of warping it so that it’s completely crazy yet possible.That would be the best way i could have improved on this image.

This may be a present building, but i’ve manipulated it to be unusual.Here i am trying to show that  the more we develop out buildings the simpler it gets and the more curves,points, and bright bold colours are added .

If you compare images such as:

Taken from google images                       My own image (Nikon D7100)


You can quite obviously tell that the design is a more crooked, unusual kind.The image appears a lot simpler, but is still incredibly odd with weird shapes involved.It’s not just your usual square/rectangle style.