Graphiscape: New York City is a graphic book that has many visuals of signs from the big city. The book contains 450 images that show texture, shapes and colour that displays the urban landscape. It also shows how the a city functions even communicates by the street art and graffiti.
It has different chapters to separate the different kinds of signs found in a urban space. Even the titles have well suited names, one of my favourites being’ City State’ and ‘Getting Around’. Easy to figure out what is going to be shown, the section looks what makes New York the city that it is. This could be tourist attractions, NYC’s transportation, political views spray painted on to a surface, Newspapers, road work and community signs.
The book displays how much we rely on signs as well as showing how much signs there actually are, that we’re probably not consciously aware of.
As well as only using film camera to shoot, I have done some research in to digital processing film. This involves scanning negatives on to a computer and going on Photoshop.
I will have to invert the film and then use the different tone levels to get the correct balance.
I have watched youtube videos on how to do this and the problems this person found. I have also found I can still manipulate my images to create something abstract.
The project is about creating something new out of something new. I am will be using an old way of photography and making it new in a modern/digital method.
Today we had a research workshop to helps more on different ways to get started. When researching, I tend to use the internet and sometime books to find out information whether it is text or visuals.
In the session we had 30 A5 sheets of paper all laid out on a table and numbered 1-30 per person. Similar to bingo, our tutor shouted out random numbers from 1-30 and we had to put down anything that was in our heads on the sheet with that number. When I mean anything, I mean things that had to do with our project. This could be cutting out images we had with us, writing words down, drawing, scribbling etc.
Our brains have a concentration time of 45 minutes and after that we start to lose it. So after 45 minutes of doing this we were rewarded a break, then we got back to it.
I had a mix of emotions going through the exercise but I found it fun.It is intense as you have to think hard and fast, as well as trying not to lose concentration. Nevertheless, my brain did drift off and I forgot everything that was around me, which was the purpose of the workshop. To help us with our studies, it is important that we love our work so much that we drift off and lose time when working. And instead of not doing work when we are stuck, that we just keep our hands moving anyway because it is more stressful not doing work and you might even gain a new idea when doing so.
Julio Bittencourt’s photography focuses on squatters in Brazil. What is amazing about his work is that the residents are photographed in theatrical way. The colour and the lighting also gives this atmosphere similar to a stage. It is very dull and dead. The contrat is very strong to emphasise all this. And if it was not for the inhabitants being in the frame, it would be hard to believe that anyone lived there. The structure of the photos are framed by not only the rectangular composition Bittencourt chose to do, but also the windows and the wooden boards.
Hundreds of homeless families moved in to the building and created their own community in the early 2000’s. Bittencourt began his project in the last years on the residency after a long duration of threats to get them evicted.
He manages to capture humanity and the struggle within the lower class of society.
In some of his projects he grids all the photos together and it becomes a building itself, like a block of flats. The frames may not be all the same, but they represent the people who live behind them who are all have different stories.