Introduction and mood board
Freedom and/or limitation, I feel is a great theme for the exam as there is so much depth, to get thinking about the theme more I decided to create a pinterest board and consider some artists who have produced work around the subject I feel have achieved something very successfully.
Artists of Inspiration
Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin
I love all of these two's work especially "PEOPLE IN TROUBLE LAUGHING PUSHED TO THE GROUND." Which documents the struggles in belfast during the 80's with a series of close ups cropped to a circle with a plain square backdrop
This is a Spanish photographer who loves to create black and white optical illusions which I feel are simple and very effective.
Task One - Movement
Philippe Halsmann believed that people expressed their true self more when they jumped and therefore decided to take photos of every famous person jumping on a white backdrop with a high shutter speed on his camera. “In a jump, the subject, in a sudden burst of energy, overcomes gravity. He cannot simultaneously control his expressions, his facial and his limb muscles. The mask falls. The real self becomes visible. One has only to snap it with the camera,” said Phillip.
My Response -
I started by taking some images outside with people jumping off of benches which was successful but I thought to achieve the best look there should be no distractions from the person and their face and body shape. I therefore moved into the studio which I thought also made the subject more comfortable and open when they where jumping, especially as it was very cold outside.
I really enjoyed capturing these images as i had good fun with the subject and it was very interactive unlike just taking normal portraits where it is a very in and out job.
The Men in the Cities series made Robert Longo famous in the 1980s: larger-than-life drawings from photographs of sharply dressed business people writhing in contortion, a sort of death dance of the modern man. Created between 1977 and 1983, the figures appeared trapped in a tortuous moment, limited by their daily grind. The lack of background exemplifies this idea. Despite the dynamic movements the figures are sharp with no sign of movement or blur.
Again here I started outside and then moved into the studio with a white backdrop. I really enjoyed responding to Robert Longo's work as I thought it was a really excellent way of capturing people off guard and again like with Phillipe presenting a side to someone who is not prepared for the image and therefore a true portrayal.
This portrayal of a person is extremely interesting and can illustrate how people can be limited as-well as being free.
Slow shutter speed
Although she was the model in most of her work, Francesca Woodman’s photographs do not function as typical self-portraits. Rather, she used her own image to explore the representation of gender and the relation of the body to its environment. Now that we know that Woodman committed suicide at 22 we can project a greater meaning on the images. Some critics have considered the images in the context of her mental health at the time and reached conclusions that she felt trapped and was looking for a way to escape
Half term Work
Poetry of place: paul hart
I was really inspired by this exhibition and the beautiful atmospheric visual effect it has mesmerising to look at. I especially liked the images in the fens eastern marshland where agriculture has exposed a tonne of natural features who's beauty was prominent with an empty horizon. He also achieves an extremely poetic effect from his sole use of analogue black and white film and traditional dark room methods for developing the images. Paul certainly works well with landscapes and highlights the importance of the degrading nature of the UK by highlighting it in a poetic bare way, I will definitely draw inspiration from this work.