Thinking about Framing

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

I have been thinking recently about how I will present my chosen Images for this term. The topic I’ve chosen, which has an Abstract Macro element, lends itself to smaller seperate Images purposefully smaller than previous projects to draw the viewer closer to the picture, making them consider the miniscule nature of the subject.

I thought about combining these Images together on single prints both normal and panoramic rather than all seperate prints.

With that in mind I did a few tests with frames in Photoshop

12×12 inch frame with 0.75 Inch border with 0.5 inch central dividers with 4 5×5 inch images.

And a 36×12 panoramic with a 1 inch border and 2 Inch dividers with 10×10 inch prints giving a nice tryptych effect.

I really like both these options and the possibilities they give for display and drawing the eye between the Images.

Ill keep looking at this.

Some Decay/Rust shots from Portland

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

So today I visited Portland near Weymouth. Famous for its stone and lighthouse, Portland Bill, and battered by the sea for centuries. Perfect for the types of shots I wanted as much of the metal machinery has been eaten away at by the sea air and the paint on the sheds doesn’t last long.

All the shots below are straight from Camera so have yet to be edited and tweaked but ready they look like the surface of alien planets, deep. Colours and rippling textured surfaces…. Nasa could save alot of money by popping along to Portland rather than sending satellites to Mars…

I am very pleased with the shots I got and will be even more pleased when I get to edit them and start thinking about which ones I will choose and how to display them.

For now though I’m done with the specific places I wanted to visit and can enjoy the rest of holiday.

Transformation Rust, Rot and Decay

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

Surely the very pinnacle of urban transformation is the reclamation of the elements by mother nature. The decay and rot that weaves its way through almost everything man made or natural. From rotting wood to rusting metal the signs of this are everywhere.

Ceaseless and never ending, without intervention, the textures and patterns are ultimately unique never replicated or repeated. There is a beauty in decay if you only choose to look.

I have in the past taken some similar images showing the reclamation of things by nature during my shoots and Dungeness and Brighton and other more localised areas. Because decay or more specifically urban decay is very apparent.

It’s a definite area of interest for me since is has elements of nature and urban photography and I like the abstract nature of some of the images just appearing to be mini landscapes of decay. The variety of techniques I could use to show this are wide reaching too since there is an endless way of portraying decay from macro to ICM dependant on how I want to show….

I will venture down this particular avenue further I think….

Transformation of a perception

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

These days it’s hard to tell what is real and what is fake in Images. The Internet is full of images that take our perception and twist it. I’ll go more Into this later but thought I’d add a quick note here because I saw these 2 Images today and thought they looked quite real until I saw the behind the scene Image.

Look quite convincing don’t they…

Look Closer

I’ll continue this when I have time

Transformations – Slinkachu

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

Having previously and briefly covered the work of Slinkachu in level 2, I am going a bit more into detail for this post. I feel his work is quite relevant for this topic as much of his creative work revolves around transformation, not only of an area but also of perception and viewpoint and often a political message is involved.

In the above image for example I see a tug of war over money between the “normal people” and bankers. Its all about perception as someone else may see something completely different.

Slinkachu is a British photographer who works with miniature models of people and other created props to build and set lots of different scenes and “installations” to be photographed.

Some of Slinkachu’s photos have a more obvious meaning such as this one which could be a statement about the looming presence of litter on beaches and coastal areas.

As the miniature people seem to be rockpooling a giant can distracts you from the tiny composition that looks remarkably believable.

Slinkachu must have to go to great lengths to create a scene before he takes the photo. Some of his photos would have had more work put into the building of the scene than others. Slinkachu has to plan his photos and build them before he can shoot the photo, the agility necessary to place the figures alone is impressive.

What Slinkachu does is focus on small things and makes them interesting with the addition of tiny characters. Many people could isolate a small object on the floor and take a picture of it but Slinkachu creates a scene and a distorted sense of scale that can put things in a new perspective.

I definitely took some Inspiration in some form from Slinkachu for my Lego traveller series featuring a Lego photographer off on holiday. I wanted it to seem like the small figure was much larger relative to the surroundings I do think I managed to convey this in the images and I really enjoyed the experience.

Subject Matter: Slinkachu uses miniatures to create scenes. These scenes contain all types of people and is more about the situation that they exist in rather than who they are, but the figure’s are made to fit the theme of the scene they are in (eg swimming figures are in suitable clothing ect). Slinkachu also uses lots of real size props for the miniatures to interact with such as food, badges, cigarettes ect.

Context: Slinkachu has dubbed his work as ‘abandoning miniatures’ as he leaves all of his miniatures in the places he creates them. He believes that his work is a sculpture, street art and photography all in one. Slinkachu says that his inspiration is to get city dwellers to take in their surroundings and to be more space aware and he tries to capture the ‘loneliness and melancholy’ of living in a big city, but there is a little ‘humour’.

Composition: Slinkachu loves to get the camera low down or directly on the floor often with a shallow depth of field to capture the miniatures in focus. He likes to fill the foreground with the miniatures, with the background being a blurred environment that often helps give context to the rest of the image.

Lighting: The lighting is seemingly natural but a secondary light might have been used in some images. No flash was used in any of the images.

Colour: The images are in full colour sometimes using colour splash. Slinkachu doesn’t always do anything too specialised colourwise but his bright colours stand out in the city’s dull grey backdrop.