Transformations Final set – Scars

Unit 1: Visual Recording in Art and Design – Criteria P 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Following up on my OUTLINE post for the Transformations project, For my final set and presentation for this term entitled Scars, I have chosen a set of 6 images that I feel portray this theme to perfection, showing material change yet also offering a change in perception to the viewer as they look upon rust with a new viewpoint and perspective as totally unrecognisable from what they expect. Inspired by Aaron Siskinds textured works.

Equipment, editing and technical information for the project and shoot can be found in this Post.

From the moment I began editing and selecting images I had visions of the planet Mars in my head, since the photos closely resemble what I have always thought Mars to be like and have observed in actual images of the Martian surface.

I have named each picture after an area on Mars, after seeing work by Rachael Talibart in which she named images after mythical entity’s, that I feel represents the image and the structure and content within and I will go through these individually after the gallery of final images below.

Now I will explore and explain each image in a bit more detail along with the area of Mars which inspires its name. I hope you will see why I have chosen the names, as each of my images draws its inspiration from those areas. Below is a stock photo of the area followed by my image and its presentation format and media used.


Shot from above Utopia Planetia (Stock Image)

Utopia planetia is a vast plain on Mars known for deep red colouration and being relatively flat Compared to other more rocky and mountainous regions.

Due to the large size of this print I wanted a good colour depth and also to keep detail in the Image. I chose lustre as my media as it offers a good balance of both without favour toward one. The flatness and flat effect I needed for the overall image would not be affected by the lustre finish as can happen with gloss perhaps being too sharply detailed.

105mm Macro – F8 – ISO200 – 1/200s
Framed 16×12 print in white box frame


Syrtis from Above (stock Image)

Syrtis is a huge dark patch on the surface of Mars surrounded by a flat pitted plain of deep reddish hues.

I chose to print this image on Permajet Omega Rag at home and I feel it has come out superbly showing deep contrast and detail in the blacks and shadows whilst retaining colour and vibrance in the overall print.

105mm Macro – F8 – ISO200 – 1/400s
Approximate crop and corrected orientation


Elysium is a huge volcanic region with cascading hardened lava flows and icy regions of frozen rock

As with Syrtis I printed this image on a fine art paper, Permajet Baryta paper which again allowed for crisp detail and contrast and retained and enhanced colour vibrance.

105mm Macro – F11 – ISO200 – 1/250s
Approximate crop and corrected orientation

I chose to print and present the next 3 images as a triptych of texture and surface markings, I feel grouping the images like this allows me to offer some seperation from the more serene and flat surfaces of the previous set whilst retaining them as a cohesive collection.


Naukluft is a plateau of jutting rocks and layers of volcanic sedement, the sharp edges to the plateau contrast with the sand beneath.

105mm Macro – F8 – ISO160 – 1/640s

Olympus Mons

Olympus mons is a huge circular mountain around the size of France on the surface in the volcanic region of Tharsis

105mm Macro – F11 – ISO200 – 1/400s


Tharsis is a volcanic region with several round volcano like mounds they dimple the surface like hills.

105mm Macro – F8 – ISO200 – 1/500s

For the more textured images of the “really rocky and mountainous areas” I chose to print in gloss to ensure extreme detail in the sharp contrasting lines of each image and still retain a colour depth and 3d effect to the print.


Finally we come to presentation of the images as a set. I took the framed images to class and following input from the class and Zig I chose this grouping which is quite formal and contemporary as I feel the Images should be displayed and set very simply to provide a contrast the abstract content in the images. I printed my main image in large format 16×12 complimented with 2 medium images of around 7×5 and a Triptych of textured images. All images have been mounted on acid free white mount board and framed in a white box frame.

Final set in display formation (obviously gaps between)

Final Critique

Overall this term I am extremely happy with the 6 images I have produced and chosen for “Scars”. I feel they match the images they are inspired by and really give the viewer something to consider when they look at Rust in the future and the transformation that it brings to metal surfaces. I am pleased at how quickly I rethought ideas and overcame obstacles to produce a coherent and tonally structured set which fulfills the brief given.

I feel the title is apt and gives the viewer only an inkling of what the set portrays but has enough there for anyone who hears the title, Once viewed, to say “yes I get it”.

Yes there were a few missed opportunities and perhaps I could have further considered which pictures to include from many taken but feel the set produced is excellent and pleasing to the eye, I could have expanded the project to cover other decay and such but I feel the set of 6 images here are special and form a much better cohesive set than if I were to include more images of a different style or subject.

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