At the start of the assignment I had a weak point where my development of ideas was rough and limited
The lifecycle of a rockstar
My first idea is the life of a rockstar, where i plan to produce a series of images resembling a life cycle.
This life cycle would consist of life events of the stereotypical rock star, from past to present showing their interest in music, following through to their dreams being successful.And then the typical ” Sex, Drugs, Rock N Roll! ” where their life will reach its highest point and begin to fall.From this point i don’t want my subject to hit rock bottom, i want him tor cover and fix his life. He will get rid of the thing influencing this bad lifestyle, the band.From there he will find a girlfriend, maybe a child, a nice stable job and continue living a respectful life.He will never give up music, i plan my last image to be him perhaps teaching his son how to play the guitar.Showing that you don’t need to stop doing what you love, this also restarts the life cycle.
This is a documentary idea.
This was inspired by a friend of mine who was once in the music industry. He was a guitarist for a band, and his band got great publicity, but after a while he started taking drugs and became a meth addict. He has now sorted his life and has a stable job in Burton. The most inspirational thing he said to me following this up is ” I would say i’m a recovered meth addict, but i am not. Nobody is. You’re always a recovering addict, you just have to stay strong. ”
Artists i have found to link in with this work is:
Greg Waterman and Neal Preston.
Christopher is a 20 year old photographer who uses his images like words so express and reflect the dark thoughts and feelings inside his head brought on by his clinical depression.
He began a hobby in photography for exactly this, he hoped that photography would be a way to cope with the depression, he is now a successful photographer and has not turned back.
“I was never all that good with words.That’s why i take pictures.” – C.H
He’s never taken any photography course/class, he does it all himself and gets amazing results.
“This is just a hobby.A camera, a body, and a mind.Nothing else.” – C.H
Below are a list of mental heath problems i plan on trying to portray in images.
Borderline personality disorder
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
I won’t be using many images for my FMP, i will get feedback and get a selection of people to rate all my images and pick out their top 3 in order, going my that i will decide which ones get used.
Photographers can show their work in various ways, such as:
WordPress ( Such as me and my classmates )
Their own websites ( E.G http://www.jkphotography.co.uk/about.php )
Group websites ( E.G http://www.magnumphotos.com )
Books ( E.G http://www.amazon.co.uk/Robert-Frank-The-Americans/dp/386521584X )
To witness how photographers show their work, we took a trip to various buildings during the Format Festival to also see the various methods and styles photographers use to present their work, and we came across some very interesting and creative presentation styles.
Firsty, there’s basic methods which are just simple print outs on a wall, wether they be large or small.
Even basic framed images arranged into a scattered pattern.
Here’s a more creative style of printing out your images and placing them in / on / around furniture for a more unique approach.
Even placing your image in a glass case is unique to your style.
In this image there is an object behind the image , giving the image a more 3D feel.
This was probably my favourite rooms, a room full of selfies.Not framed, not hanged, just scattered across the floor.
This piece wasn’t for the images, but more for what was done using the images.They’re scattered across the floor, not framed, not pinned to the wall, just piles on the floor.And a lot of them. This shows how many selfies was taken in this short time of this machine being running, and shows what little importance they have on the art industry.
And scattered across the windowsills and piano, i felt this was such a unique method and i loved it.
Although this wasn’t done using the creators images, it was instead done using images posted on sites such and Instagram, and it printed out every image captioned with #selfie or #selfieprinter . It did this using a Mac PC connected to receipt paper, from there they just fell onto the floor and got pushed around.
Me and Chloe Turnbull even tried this out for ourselves, we were not disappointed.
Here is a clean, neat, organised and efficient use of space to present work.
Here is also another interesting method, here is a collection of evidence bags.One side of the bag contained information on the image and the other side contained the image. This definitely ties in with the evidence theme very strongly!
Here we see use of both print outs and screens showing an X-ray , very different but they work well.
Here, yet again quite obviously going along with the evidence theme we see somebodies work laid out in sort of a mind map style.
Some images were hidden behind small curtains, not only as a presenting method but mostly due to the images being unsafe for certain audiences.
This one was very interesting, it seems somebody has printed negatives onto some sort of tissue/tracing paper and used these to decorate a greenhouse.
I love the style of this one, old negative prints hung on the wall with the actual original negative below up on a mini light table with a switch to turn it on and off.
Here is a basic yet almost forgotten method of efficiently showing all images on a simple contraption with a magnifying glass and a handle you turn to cycle through the images.
Here is a very interesting style where images are taken on sheets of metal.
Here is the setup and camera used to take this image.
And here is the image being taken.
After the image is taken it needs to be quickly taken into a dark room and processed before it begins to fade and the chemicals on the metal dry quickly
Even your hand can do the trick, and make way for some groovy patterns
I found this peeve very interesting and fun, i enjoyed the interactivity in this one.
Here’ a simple TV showing a video of many images of pieces of wood falling, combined with sound. I didn’t take much interest in this one, if looked good but it just didn’t catch my ye nor intrigue me very much. i didn’t find it very creative although i know it was.
Overall our trip to these buildings during Format Festival opened my eyes and showed me that there’s so many more ways beyond what i thought that images can be presented, from simple and neat to crazy and creative.I found it a good experience.
Techniques photographers use to tell a story.
This is a series of images which all work together, in order. For example:
These images are by numerous people based around numerous themes, but even without planning a story, a story can be made easily by the way you sequence them.
Ofcourse this isn’t needed for narrative photography, it works just as well if you can tell a story using a single image.
The way to take an image effects the narrative greatly. For example, you can place the viewer in a first person view, to make them feel part of the story.
Or you can photograph it from a third person perspective to have the viewer feel like they are only witnessing the narrative,rather than taking part in it.
The models used in an image is an important factor of creating a narrative.Things such as age,appearance,gender,height all contribute toward the story. For example, think of an image of two people arguing.
If they’re both male/female and the same age, we would assume they are friends.
If one is male and one is female of roughly the same age, we assume a couple.
If they are both males , or females, or a mix but one is older and one is younger, we assume a parent / child relationship.
Even with this, the appearance can still add toward the story.The child figure could be dressed as something such as a punk rocker, and we assume that the child/teenager is going through a rebellious phase, and this is why they are arguing.
Things this simple can change the narrative entirely.
Colours play a large role on what the mood of the narrative is. If the colours used are dark and cold, this gives us a sense of mystery;sadness;fear. Whereas if they were bright and warm we may feel things such as happiness;joy;peace.
The location the image has been taken in contributes towards the narrative,as it shows us where this action is taking place, which helps us image the different scenarios that could have taken place.From the privacy of their own home to out in the public,anything could happen.But if a personal narrative is taking place in a public area, the image begins to get confusing and sets more of a confusing, misunderstood narrative rather than a strong, possibly relatable narrative.
Here is an image of the series of images, including their order.This story is a journey, just a simple journey and the events of somebodies life on a random day. The story is basically about man or a woman that wakes up and goes for a nice relaxing walk through the city into the forest.Unfortunately,in the forest they hit their head quite harshly on a low branch and get dizzy and disorientated. Soon enough, they are able to see properly again and decide to head on back home to rest.
This story may not seem like much, nor seem to be a deep and meaningful story, but the impressive part is the fact that 5 people have managed to choose 5 images each, all with different themes and image styles, and managed to combine them to create a story. Purely by collaborating and working together as a team to make it possible.
This series of images will be on Tumblr, link to follow soon.
The following images were all taken on a Nikon FM2 film camera with 400ASA 12 exposure films.
The first section of images were double exposures, done by taking a slightly under exposed image on the film camera ( so that it shows 0 – ) and instead of resetting the shutter and moving along the film with the lever, i pulled and held on the the multiple exposure lever located beneath the first lever then continued to reset the shutter. By doing this, the film doesn’t move and it means you can then expose that same piece of film twice.
So i would then take another under exposed image. Two under exposed images combined created one exposed image.
These two images were my first attempts at double exposures, and i love the result. I will be using these in my final piece.
I didn’t use a tripod, but surprisingly, they still worked well! You can tell that the images are not perfectly lined due to the windows in the background, but if anything that adds to the pure craziness of this image.Due to the positioning, this also creates a strange pattern of the wood on the bench.Where the model is sat, it’s not blurred, but in the centre it appears as if there’s no gap between the pieces of wood.
I didn’t have a tripod for these images either, but it’s not that noticeable that the image is repeated due to the subject/lamp post being in pretty much the same spot. I found that these two images didn’t work that well due to all the blurriness .
These 2 images are probably my least powerful/ well done images. In the first image, it’s dark and the subject is combined into the brickwork way too much, it seems as if there’s way too much happening in that image.In the second image, the model has an almost bank face due to it being a triple exposure, it also appears as if he’s purely a torso sat o a bench.I had to burn the legs in, which has left the image looking awful and blurred and smokey.
These 3 images aren’t double exposures, but two scanned in negatives combined in photoshop.
These two images don’t work that well, but they’re still rather creepy and that’s what i was aiming for anyway.
Although i do take a visual pleasure in the second photograph due to the great contrast, textures and variety of shapes, lines and tones. I also love the water specs on the film strip as it reminds me of a Vincent Van Gogh painting with the circular swirls in the sky.
They’re not the best photographs nor my photography skills are the best i do admit. i could’ve worked longer on these images.
But i find this images works quite well, it is very discreet and may take a second glance to notice what is unusual here. it gets your brain wondering if its a coincidence that this light from this angle on these bricks resemble a person, or if someone or something had stepped in front of the lens. But this was done in photoshop using an image i had of Chloe and a negative i had of a building. Simple opacity levels and cutouts were used.
Here i believe this needs a little editing as it appears very abstract due to the bright sunlight hitting one side of the wall, making it very over exposed. But here we see Chloe behind a gate looking through to us. This was a double exposure.
With this image, i had to clone stamp the other side of the wall so that they match on both sides due to the left hand side of he image being over exposed due to the sunlight.It didn’t work all that well i do admit, maybe if i had more time i could have made it work, but i wasn’t planning on using this image for anything anyway.
Here i had two models sit on separate benches for a double exposure.I love the angle it has been take from, as it isn’t head on like my other images.But i also love the fact that my closest model is only visible where the light hits her before she fades into nothing and then into a shadow on the bench where she was sat.
I love this image. It makes me think of what was once here, who was once sat on this bench, what happened to them? How long were they here?
It leaves the imagination to think, is this a ghostly sighting, or is this a memory?
This double exposure puts a twist on the idea of photographer capturing paranormal sighting on camera.Instead, the spirit is teasing/tormenting the photographer and sneaking up behind the camera so she cannot get shots of paranormal activity.Although Chloe isn’t very visible, this helps as its discreet and not too easy to spot.
This image was originally supposed to be a long exposure of Chloe running through the gateway but she wasn’t visible when i had developed my film. When i scanned it in i had accidentally put it upside down.This turned out for the best though as i had been given feedback of the image looking confusing yet the right way round, so i was advised to play with this a little.
So i had decided to photoshop the image to lengthen the gate all the way to the “floor” and include a puddle to make this image appear as if it’s the right way round, although it is not. I like the way this had turned out. It messes with peoples minds. What is real? What is fake?
Although it doesn’t appear it, this image is a double exposure. I had aimed for a translucent Chloe laid on a rock, to show a memory such as the spirit dying on this one particular rock. But it isn’t that obvious it’s a double exposure, it just seems like an ordinary image. I would have liked this image a lot more if i had achieved my goal.This image could work well in a series of images, but on its own it doesn’t.
In this triple exposure i had Chloe sit on each rock. She is almost camouflaged into the background in this image and i like the subtle figures.
I don’t think this image is worth being one of my final images, but i do somewhat enjoy it.
After experimenting with double exposures on a film camera, i tried out a few strange ideas out on photoshop to see how my results would come out. Unfortunately not as well as double exposures for me, although other famous photographers are capable of this.
I think, in comparison, i prefer the look of classic double exposures, especially ones such as the work of Dan Mountford, who creates beautiful surreal imagery using cameras and no photoshop.
At some point i will be attempting to create my own work in this style of double exposures.
I love the idea of combining portraits and landscapes into one image, these are some beautiful results and can really express a lot depending on the combination of photographs.