I’m quite happy with the outcome of this project, I think I chose the right pieces to be part of my exhibition and they work together as a collection quite well, aswell as individual pieces of work.
I created these on photoshop, experimenting with different layouts and number of photos per typology. I also looked at using both colour and black and white. Personally, I think the most successful ones are the black and white ones with alot of photos on; I think the typology with 9 images is maybe abit too simplistic, and the colour one I think although I like it as an image, the black and white is bolder. Also, I want to avoid my work looking like passport photographs, so therefore I think black and white is more effective and visually dynamic. I like the strong contrast in tones.
At Paris Photo, I saw a piece by Corinne Day which was a typology photograph showing 9 different images of Kate Moss doing different facial expressions. This photograph was a big inspiration for my project. I like the simplicity of the image, and that her facial expressions seem natural and spontaneous, they don’t look too posed or fake. I really like the idea of making an image by using numerous different pictures, and in particular for this idea of facial expressions and emotions, its alot more effective having a series of photos rather than just one.
Bernd and Hilla Becher are another inspirational couple of artists which have influenced my project; they’re work mainly consists of typologies. Although they took photographs of industrial landscapes and architectural forms, and my work is portraits, so even though the context is different, I’m more interested in the way they’ve organised and composed the collection of images, and how they’ve made sure it flows nicely as a series.
There are 2 sets of photos here; some I took with a tiled background and some with just a plain white wall background. I think the plain white wall ones were alot more successful. I used a tripod as I wanted the same camera angle in each shot to make the photos flow better when put together. I didnt use the studio, and the lighting was just natural daylight. My model wore just a plain white vest, with her hair down and very minimal make-up, as I wanted a simplistic feel so not to detract from her facial expressions. I also took some photos of her shaking her head, to capture the movement of her hair as I wanted an unusual, abstract image where you can’t actually see her face, representing the idea that you don’t know how she’s feeling in contrast with all the other photos. I was thinking it would look effective as the postcard sized print in comparison with the large A1 print showing different emotions, as it shows a subtle message about you cant always tell how people feel on the inside no matter what face they’re showing on the outside. For example, alot of pyschological disorders such as depression or even eating disorders, the people who suffer from them often hide their true feelings, so their outer expressions don’t represent what they’re really thinking. The idea of showing so many different emotions also links in with bipolar disorder, and although I like the photos just as they are visually, I wanted to try and add more meaning to them. Mental disorders is a theme I’ve previously explored with photography, as it’s an issue I find fascinating. I think the photos are effective in both colour and black and white. There are obviously quite alot of photos I’ve taken here, so I won’t be using all of them in the final image, I will select some of my favourite ones which represent a good variety of different expressions. This shoot has a different kind of feel to my previous shoot, but I personally think I prefer this idea and will use it for my final A1 print. However, I might still use the photomontage as one of my postcard sized prints.
These are some of my experiments I created on photoshop, which were inspired by David Hockney’s work. I think they’re very unusual and creative, and visually interesting. They aren’t perfect, but I like the mismatched quality they have, as it creates a more disturbing, freaky look to them. I enjoyed experimenting with this technique, and it’s something I might work more into in the future as I like the fact there are so many different possibilities to different photos just by playing about with layouts and different images.
I looked at David Hockney’s work for inspiration on how to compose different images to create a montage. His photographic collages and composite polaroids are iconic and original; he was probably one of the first to layout his photographs in this way and it’s inspired many other artists. It’s not easy to try and replicate his work to the same standard, but I think the idea is so creative and visually interesting that it would be great to experiment with on different photographs. I like the abstract kind of quality his work has, and I find the more mismatched pieces just as effective as the neatly organised perfectly arranged grid-like collages. The different layers add a unique feel to the images, like they’re more lifelike and less still, flat, ordinary pictures. I will use inspiration from his work to try and create my own photo-montage of my sister, using the photos from the previous shoot. I’m going to experiment with making the collage digitally using photoshop, as this way I can adjust the opacity making some of the images more see-through so that you can see the images underneath to help with the layering effect.