News for October 2015

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N E W F O R M A L I S M | IDEA THREE: PINS

PINS

N E W  F O R M A L I S M | IDEA THREE: PINS

This image is also influenced by Andrew B Myers, as one of his projects he uses pins (http://www.andrewbmyers.com pg.5) and created interesting shadows within the pin patterns. This influenced me to take a similar approach with the pins, but I wanted to created smaller and more varied patterns with the shadows. I succeeded with this by using various different lighting, to create such interesting shadows. Overall I wanted to create something that is very minimal, but also complex, by having an ordered pattern, but adjusting various elements to create a small amount of disorder in the image, making each pin look different in the image, giving the viewer a more interesting image to look at.

I chose the blue background as it contrasts well with the wooden pins, creating a more artificial looking image overall, due to the strong contrast in colour and texture. In a way, the style of this image is also some what influenced by the film “Toy Story”, and these colours and textures are similar to  in “Andy’s” room. This can give a sort of nostalgic feel to the  image, and also has a slight animated style to it.

I chose to shoot the image straight on as that was the best way to get the various shadows within the order of the pins. This also gives a more minimalist style to the image, as it creates more subtle changes within the image. Also, the main focus was on the top of the pins, giving a slight depth to the pins, making them stand out more from the background, which would only be achieved from this angle.

Overall I think I’ve created a successful image, in the way and style that I wanted to achieve. On the other hand, I would have liked to create a more grid like image, to see how the image would look if all pins were equal and in line with each other, and with the same shadow, to create an even more artificial looking image, reducing the diversity of the image.

 

 

 

Posted: October 22nd, 2015
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N E W F O R M A L I S M | IDEA TWO: SWEETS

Sweets

N E W  F O R M A L I S M | IDEA TWO: SWEETS

This image has been influenced by both Andrew B Myers, and Josh Dickinson; photographers who both use objects of similar origins, to make patterns on colourful backgrounds. Their work varies from grid patterns to random patterns.

I chose to use sweets due to their small size, but varied textures. The light will either reflect and shine off the gummy surfaces, or get trapped in various minute crevices of the mallow. This creates interesting shadows within this image, making it hard to focus on just one area of the image, its always the person viewing the image to engage with all elements. Another reason why I chose these sweets are due to the nostalgia people will get when viewing the image, almost being able to taste and smell the image whilst viewing due to the popularity of the sweets.

The green background is harsh on the eye, due to its sharp colour and helping create a contrast with most of the sweets, making the colours of the image bolder and brighter. This helps create an artificial feel to the image; something which both photographers do well to create their images.

I chose this camera angle, as it created better shadows with the sweets, and also gave the feel that they’re clinging on to the background, giving a depth to the image. Also it added a variety to the sweets, creating more unique shapes within the image.

On the other hand, I would have preferred to make a grid pattern, as I feel the random lay out of the sweets creates a cluttered feel to the images, where as a grid pattern would be a lot more formal, and to a style I prefer.

Posted: October 21st, 2015
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N E W F O R M A L I S M | IDEA ONE: PAPER

P A P E R

N E W  F O R M A L I S M | IDEA ONE: PAPER

This is a style inspired by both David Watson and Nicholas Alan Cope, photographers who have both created interesting images by using folded paper, and cleaver lighting. This gives a sort of geometric shape effect and is something that I felt is a very strong idea and creative use of simple objects.

The top image (R E D) is primarily a clean, and perfect look, representing happiness and light. The red paper adds warmth to the image, whilst the white background creates a clean and crisp look to the image. This shows the more artificial side of life, similar to the styles of Qui Yang, and Maurizio Cattelan & Pierpaolo Ferrari.

The bottom image (B L U E) is a bit more gritty, as you can see various other creases in the paper, and can also tell the image is of a piece of paper. The blue paper makes the image look cold and dull, creating a more depressing image, completely contrasting with R E D, with also the black background, contrasting against the white.  This image shows the realism of life, similar to Caravaggio and Peter Claesz.

I feel both images go with each other well due to the contrasting yet similar styles. The use of colour and realism play a huge part in the piece of work as they help cancel each other out, creating the over all image.

Posted: October 16th, 2015
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