Saturday, January 16, 2010
The final products of a photography workshop. We were asked to combine modern with historical, creating juxtapositions and exploring a particular theme. I decided to work with the historic buildings of Manchester, and I made a miniature 3d set up of a city. I put modern things into the situation, into the 3d miniature city, which I then photographed. I tried buses, created contrast with brightly coloured flowers and wildlife and experimented with slow shutter speeds to suggest action and energy. I thought some of the resulting photographs looked visually appealing, but they did not really mean anything to me, they were not exciting me, so I decided to try something else.
A recent trip to London inspired me. Areas of London can be quite unattractive, many big busy roads, tall and grim looking buildings; it can be quite daunting. Yet there is also many great things to see that are exciting and attractive. We visited a number of galleries that caged some beautiful work.
I wanted my photographs for this project to look more surreal, I didn't want them to look like an ordinary city. So I hung the original pictures of the buildings up in different directions. For the background I used modern artwork I had seen in the galleries in London. I wanted to bring the inside, out - this time the gorgeous artwork would surround and cage the buildings. I also wanted to suggest that beauty can be found anywhere; reflecting upon my struggle with finding beauty in built up city's.
I think the unusual angles of the buildings plus the added bright colour make the images much more attractive than my previous ones.
Friday, January 15, 2010
We were given the quote "Go to where the silence is and say something", by Amy Goodman, in which in a group we had to interpret. We could produce a result in a number of different formats, such as an image, a series of images or a film. We decided to make a stop frame animation that would encourage people to talk in quiet places. We were inspired by silent movies and the choreographed dance sequences of Busby Berkeley. We animated a poem that we wrote that would hopefully encourage people to talk, using objects that reflect silence - such as books and newspapers that when people read cause silence.