Manipulation Development

I felt that my images could be more stronger within the manipulation. I took the circular shape I was initially using and made a duplicated reflection of the same image.

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I thought they were more interesting to look at, as well as still being able to see all of the details of the photograph. I liked they idea of seeing the shapes outline. I did create some visuals that did not show this and felt that the reflection seemed slightly off and not connected.

How I am currently working is based on how the photograph is structured. Some looked better with more negative spaces than others and vice versa.

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My next plan is to play around with colour and shapes. Since I am focusing on a theme that involves emotions, colour is significant to set a nostalgic mood.

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Fonts

After reviewing the work I have done so far, I have decided to chose one diary instead of using text from a range as this would make more sense when displaying the images. Since then I have been working on putting the right image with the right text. I did not want the text to be completely random. Although it would have still had a wildlife and explorer feel, I felt that the text should link to what is shown.

So I have been looking more at individual words from the diary, as well as developing on font and colour.

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I have also tried making some words larger.

Visually the work with a paragraph of text with enlarged words looks pleasing but I am uncertain of having much text as it might be a lot for the audience to take in. Therefore I began to cut down on this and playing with sentences.

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The idea was to have fonts that gives us a reminder of an old diary. The initial idea was to use a type writer font that is still readable. For the image just above, I played with another font that had a bigger weight and was more dynamic in shape. However I felt this to be quite distracting. The colour I do like because it was influenced be the colour palette of the photo.

The image with the blue text was another experimentation with colour. Because I was focusing more on earthy colours, I wanted to try with brighter ones.

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The Zoo and It’s Textures

The zoo is home to thousands of species from different parts of the world. This means their habitat will vary from one another. I am intrigued by the enclosures and mixture of elements that are in the animals homes. The focus will be on pattern and texture.

Beforehand, I was simply taking photos of the enclosures but I felt that the sections could be cropped to emphasise the theme of patterns and textures. I have altered to the colour so that it has earthy tone which also gives an ageing effect.

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Reviewing my previous images, I had a reminder of silent films. Dialogue scenes were often blurry, shaky and bordered with a pattern.

So I had the concept to leave the edges of the negatives with the image. I almost want the photo to start flickering and change in to a moving image. I even can hear the sound of an old filming camera.

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For the above photo, I did not change it to black and white because I felt there was something more raw about it.

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Black and White Version

Bright signs or neon signs appeared better than other regular ones.Issues I had with road signs for example is that light reflects off the surface which bounces back to camera but because of the material it is made from the shine is too bright.

DOX Gallery, Prague 2

If you have the chance to visit this gallery, there is an airship that is part of the architecture. One of the exhibitions, shows the idea behind the making of the structure.  I thought the show was very different to what I have seen before, as it displays the planning and the construction, instead of just the final piece.

There were vivid images of the process and architectural sketches with measurements. The objects in the main room were not placed on to the wall, but on to pieces of wood that were leaning against the wall. The wood was a good material to use as it reflected the airship.

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During a winter holiday to Prague, I got to visit a gallery for contemporary art. I was very fascinated by the photographic work, not only because of the subject but the the amount and they way it was displayed.

Photographer Tomki Nemec is a leading Czech photographer and also a photographer to President Vaclav Havel during 1989 to 1992. His work is shot in black and white and displays the lives of the everyday life of people. The images are very strong and can speak for themselves. Many include historical and political moments.

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I was overwhelmed in a positive way because there were hundreds of little photos. I real;y admire how it was displayed in the gallery space (above). It was like a massive contact sheet spread across the wall. The amount of delicacy was shown , as the images were pinned to wall one by one. I used the description of a contact sheet because of the way Nemec was written on to some of the photos. Sometime it was has a name/date.

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The wooden stool gives the exhibition more character, as well as allowing the audience to interacted more with the work since there are so many to look at.

Although all images are different, some are taken in the same time but show different moments, again reminding me of a contact sheet. It inspires me more to show contact sheets that I will have for my Dead Media Archive project. They can be a work of art just on there own.

Week 1 – Tutorial

After deciding to work on the Dead Media Archive, I had more ideas on the way I would be working, what I would be showing and less on a subject.

I researched basic ideas such as patterns, textures, shapes and shadows.

But then I thought of another topic I am also interested in which is typography. I want to focus the camera on language that is seen on streets that help us understand what to do and simply communicate a message.

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I will be able to create fascinating images by making them quite abstract but still perhaps readable.

Things that I want to show, are contact sheets, films and some final pieces.