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Niamh Turfitt – Level 3 Student

Task Four!

Test Shots

For my test shots, I will be doing two separate lots of images. These will be landscapes of areas I may consider for my final images and then studio head shots of my models and characters so I can find good looks and correct stances for the models. However, I have decided that my model/character test shots will be split in half with studio and then putting my models in positions in locations but without their costumes.

 

For these test shots I took pictures of just the locations of where my photography will be. I am doing this because I can then change different angles and see how different lighting affects the way my image comes out. I have taken images in both inside and outside locations and these

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Task Three!

My Presentation:

{Before}

On Friday the 6th of October, me and the rest of my classmates had a to produce a presentation about my ideas for my first project and I will be talking about my presentation here and explaining each slide. Some of the things I will be featuring in my presentation have already been featured in other previous blog posts so for anything that I have talked about previously, I will be briefly be talking about them here. I will be skipping the points on my presentation where I talk about my Case Studies due to the fact that they are majorly talked about in-depth in my first task so there is no need to feature them in this task blog.

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I have already spoke about historical and contemporary photography before and like I previously mentioned found some interesting results. When researching historical horror photography, I began to realise that the photographs that were coming up, would have been classed as journalistic photography back when they were taken. These images are taken from mental institutions showing the devices they would use to try and cure the patients. Also, other pictures included some from World War Two from the concentration camps that show many malnourished Jews all cramped into muddy yards in dirty striped clothes. These horrifying photographs feature no gore or guts but due to the background from the images is enough to be classed as horror photography, even if it wasn’t classed as horror photography before hand. As for contemporary horror photography, most people these days will either have a comedic theme along side the horror genre of photography or they include blood, guts and gore into their work. All of the artists I have look at are all classed as contemporary horror photographs due to the fact that with historical horror photography there wasn’t really any photographers.

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When considering audience and how I would explain it to the rest of the class when presenting, I had to think about the style of my work and how my images would look. This would mainly be the answer to the question about age. This is because my work will not feature any blood, guts and gore and will mainly just feature creepy atmospheres and horror characters. Therefore, my work being suitable to be viewed by all ages. Another question I had to answer was about my key audience. This being obvious due to the genre of photography I am doing. However, I also had to consider how my chosen key audience would be able to view my work and that was explained through magazines that I had researched online. These were ‘EMPIRE’ and ‘SCREAM’. The first magazine example was one that I have seen before and this features on all genres of movies, however, because about fifty-percent of my work will be featured on horror characters, this magazine would be a good example of what I could feature my work in. As for the magazine ‘SCREAM’, I found that they focus only on the horror genre so this magazine would be more of an ideal way of featuring my work in a horror-based magazine. However, due to the fact that the chances of my work being featured in these kinds of magazines are low, my highest chance of getting my work recognised is by using social media. This will be aided by my photography accounts on Facebook and Instagram and also my blog will help with that too.

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For my project ideas, I have already mentioned about themes which I will be featuring in my work alongside horror is comedy, but that will only be for half of my work as the other half will be all horror. As for models, I have already found a few that are willing to help me. Two of which I know personally and this is due to the fact that they already have horror costumes which is required for my work. My step-dad has a full Freddy Kruger costume and a friend of my mothers has a Billy the Puppet costume from the Saw movies. These two characters will be used in my photography and from this, I will be adapting my work based off of Jason Shaltz’s work, who puts horror characters into everyday situations. However, I will only be using these two characters whereas Jason Shaltz using a good range of famous horror icons. As for the other half of my photography, I have spoken to a few of my friends who I believe are perfect for the modelling role I need due to either their height or because of their stance which is what I want to include in my other half of work. However, you will not be able to see their face due to their costume of a black cloak and with the time of year that it is, the weather will also contribute to the eerie effect of the images too. This half of work will be based off of Christopher McKenney whose photography is very surreal as well as covering the horror genre.

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I thought about my production plan long and hard as I tried to it and adapt a well-balanced and scaled timetable to which I could easily produce and edit my work. Within this timetable, I have mainly focused on my practical work rather than my theory due to most of my theory have been completed at the beginning of the project, before I even started any of my practical. However, halfway through the production plan I mention blog updates and this is for talking about my final shots and going over my test shots too because I need to get a vast majority of my blog updates done by the end of week four as after that, I would need to focus on my portfolio presentation for a week after. After week six and seven, everything else will all be theory work as I have to update blogs as well as write an evaluation too. If I follow my production plan and do not waste any time within these weeks then I should have no trouble when carry out the rest of my project and moving onto the next project without stress or worry of failing.

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No matter what photography you do, whether it be horror, studio or landscapes, you always have to take precautions and go over the health and safety of whatever it is you are doing. For my project, these are the questions I have asked revolving around my health and safety. I have mentioned the studio, purely for the fact that it is worth the thought. I have thought about it and although using it for my final shots will be a low chance, when doing my test shots, the chance of using the studio is a little higher. Therefore, when using the studio, you have to consider the equipment and the risks that could be there. Such as unsteady equipment which can be a risk to both you and the room. If the equipment is unsteady then is could cause it to fall and break or you could trip over it. Also look out for stray wires leading to lights and camera’s and make sure they are not in the way of someone walking or where people will stand. I have also considered my locations and the risk of trespassing will either be very slim or non-existent. This is because all of the areas I want to shoot at are public areas. I also have consider weather conditions so as rain causing muddy terrain, however, if some of these locations have paths which don’t have a lot of mud then shooting there could be a better option than walking off the trial in the woods.

Overall, I believe that the ideas I have come up with and genre that I have picked, will be good when the images are produced. I have studied this genre in depth to understand how different photographs adapt to the horror genre and I have chosen a more suitable and in some-way “family friendly” version of the horror genre by focusing on the atmosphere my images produce rather than the makeup and effects you can see. By focusing on the atmosphere of the images, this will help the audience to engage and understand the images I have produced.

{After}

During my presentation, I got some questions asked about certain areas but nothing major for me to talk about. They were mainly just about things that some people didn’t understand. Nothing during the presentation was core feedback. However, some of the feedback I did get at the end of the presentation really did open my eyes to new possibilities and has helped me to make adjustments to my Project Proposal and Production Planning.

One comment I received as feedback was about Models. Because I had stated that I was going to be using people I knew well as models. However, one of my classmates stated that I should consider getting in contact with someone who is an actual model rather than using someone I know. I took this into consideration and asked myself where to look and who would be suitable. However, I came to the conclusion that it was too late to reconsider models, especially ones who have costumes that I need for my work but I will consider getting a professional model for my future work if required. Another reason why this is a helpful tip is for when I need models in the future. Although using friends and family would be fun and a fun experience for them, its the more professional work that needs professional models. I have always been a very shy person when it comes to new people however, I think that if I begin to ask models for their assistance, I can slowly develop my communication skills with models and therefore be able to aid myself in the future.

Another comment I received as feedback was about Health and Safety. I had stated some of the key elements when working in both outside environments and in the studio. I had talked about the obvious hazards of both the studio and the working outside however the comment I received was about specific locations and if there is anything there that might cause problems. Because I had mentioned my  locations in the project ideas slide, it was only necessary to cover the health and safety regulations of these locations. Some of the locations I will be shooting in have small streams flowing through them so water hazards would be a high risk to any equipment as well my camera that I will be using. This also links back to weather conditions that, if raining or has been raining, could cause a muddy terrain so watching where you walking would be in order too.

One last comment that I received as feedback was about my audience. When producing horror photography, you never really see or know about any magazines or even websites that specify in horror photography (this is not including horror photographers own websites). I managed to come up with some magazines that focused on horror but were about horror films and to do with the film industry, however, still mentioned them as they still had some significance to my work. When asked about my audience, it was simply about horror magazines and newspapers so I explained as said previously that horror photography is not as popular as other photography genres and horror is more recognisable in the form of media and film. With this explained, it made more sense to my classmates that they then understood why I had included two horror film-based magazines.

Overall, I believe that I had featured and talked about a good majority or what I will be doing and how I will be doing it within my presentation and the feedback I received was for more understanding reasons rather than saying I has missed out on a key item of the project. I therefore feel more relaxed now that I have managed to get my major project presentation out of the way and I now feel ready to start my practical work and continue with the rest of my project.

Task Two!

My Core Audience:

My core audience for this project would definitely be people who are into horror, both films and just anything horror in general. With the horror photography I am planning on creating, my work could be featured in certain types of magazines such as film magazines such as ‘EMPIRE” which covers all film genres or “SCREAM” which covers horror films.

 

 

By doing this, it could open eyes of the audience who reads these magazines and it could show the comedic side to horror which people may find interesting. Although the chances of my work being featured in popular magazines such as these above would be very slim, if I was given the opportunity, then I would include the photography of horror characters in everyday situations and I would write a small section on why I wanted started to do this in the first place. Magazines is just one way that I could feature my work in when wanting to get it out to the public. However, there are many other ways of advertising my work such as social media, newspapers, exhibitions, and even on my blog. All of these options are open to the public and therefore my work can be spread across as far as it gets recognised. Social Media is a good way nowadays to get your work recognised as people can share your work and therefore, more and more people are being able to see your work. I already have a photography page on Facebook and Instagram which have a decent amount of recognition from the people who have already liked my posts. As for newspapers, I would only really submit my work to local newspapers as they could feature my work in an article and this could get me noticed around my local area. If my work was to be featured in an exhibition then people from all over could visit and notice my work. I have had my work in two exhibitions before and they were successful as the exhibition managed to get mentioned in the several local newspapers.

Although these are all the possibilities of sharing my work out into the world, I am only limited to some options. Most more available than others. These are: social media, magazines and newspapers. Social media is my biggest help when getting my work out there as people on social media sites can share my work stretching my work out further and people who follow my blog can see what work I have been doing. With magazines and newspapers, I could only get small articles in these categories but mainly only local newspapers or magazines. With social media being my biggest help when getting my work out there, I would have to promote my own work by using hashtags. These help to put my work in certain categories so if someone was to go onto that hashtag then my work would be shown with other posts on their screen and therefore people can access and share my work through the hashtags. However, I will think more about these hashtags later on when I do my work as I would need to research which hashtags are the most popular when I begin to upload my work. This way, the most popular hashtags that I are tagged on my image will help my photos gain the most recognition. With social media being a big stretch for my work to get noticed, it’s definitely the more advanced way of getting my work noticed and out there in the world.

With the style of horror I will be going for, my photography will be suitable for all audiences of any age. This is because non of my photography will contain any gore or major special effects makeup. My characters will be in normal situations and as well ass hitting the horror mark, some of my work will be comedic too. I have looked at how these horror photographers have portrayed their work and have taken notes on what would be best for my work such as location, model stance and lighting. By keeping up to date with the photographers uploads I can always take notes from their work to help adapt on mine.

For all photographers, images can go wrong. If this happens to me, then I would redo my images that had messed up in hopes that they would come out better the second time around. This may seem like time-waisting however, if the images come out how I wanted them to the second time around then I can easily use these images. I would still talk about my messed up image from previous as this could help my audience understand what I changed to improve and get the second image.

Overall, this is a project for my portfolio and I not an actual specific company, my work is therefore going to be mostly aimed at people who follow/like/have viewed my work on my social media pages. These will help to get me the most recognition that I can.

Task One!

For my first project, we were given the choice of whatever we wanted to do. I already had some ideas of what I wanted to do which was either Animals or Horror. After creating different mind maps and listing up the Pros and Cons of both categories, I then decided on which genre i wanted to work with. This being Horror. There were many reasons why picked Horror. One because of my love for horror and the another reason is because it would be easier to work with as I would be using models instead of using animals. Plus, I knew several people who would be able to help me out as models for my photography. I then researched different photographers who focus or have focused on horror photography and found some surreal and amazing work.

Horror would definitely be a genre I would want to focus on after college as I have always had an interest in horror. Whether that would be horror films or horror photography, I would still like to continue photography in one of my favourite genres. When not doing horror photography at college I could still continue produce the photography around Halloween time as most adults with good costumes would be willing to pose creepily for photographs. Although there would still be some humour in this if I was to do this, it’s still focusing around the horror genre. I’ve always liked the different categories in horror photography which range from gory to horror-comedy. I have found a range of horror photographers which focus on different categories that come under the horror theme. Those photographers are: Jason Shaltz, Joseph Hoffine, Christopher McKenney, Danielle Anathema, and Panda Jones. Each of these photographers study horror photography in-depth and all have different styles of horror photography. For example, Jason Shaltz focuses his horror work on actual horror characters and also comedy. Christopher McKenney focuses his horror work around surrealism and Danielle Anathema focuses her horror work on gore and special effects. I have always wanted to visit horror photography especially in my first year on the college course. I visited it for  short while in that year but changed my mind because, at the time, I didn’t know how to approach it. My interest in horror has expanding over the years, even before I started my photography course at college. The use of special effects and how they would be used in films and shows amazed me. One example of this is from the film An American Werewolf in London released in 1981. Back when horror films were rising in demand for hungry viewers, the film industry had to step-up their game with what was featured in the films. An American Werewolf in London was an example of one of the amazing creations in the horror industry. Apart from all the fake blood and the rotting flesh makeup in certain scenes, the one amazing use of special effects is the actual werewolf transformation which, in the era the film was released, shocked and amazed viewers with what they were witnessing. Although it would be different to capture this type of thing due to me doing photography. However, this was just an example of the special effects that photographers would consider to use when capturing their horror photography. A photographer that I found that uses a lot of special effects make up for his work is that of Joshua Hoffine. His theatrical theme and special effects makeup in his work relate to old horror film classics. For this, I will be studying his work in-depth. With horror photography, you can mix certain other genres with it such as studio and comedy. I have decided that for my test shots that I would mix horror with with these two other genres to see if I can feature them with my actual shots at all. Hopefully the results will be successful. I will consider a pattern and a story in my images by hopefully bringing beloved horror characters back to the screens by putting them in the everyday world. I will complete collections and create a story with each horror character and put them in a normal life of that they are doing everyday such as housework and shopping.

 

Historical Horror Photography:

When people think about Historical Horror Photography, people would think of old horror movies such as Nosferatu or Psycho. However, in my opinion, I believe that Historical Horror Photography is just photos from either horrifying moments in history such as Auschwitz or places that people would consider to be horrifying such as Mental Institutions/Hospitals. Even photos from old travelling freak shows would be considered to be in the horror category as it would give people and creepy and freakish feeling. I believe historical horror photography was quite hard to research as it would show me photography from present day that had been edited to look black and white so I had to dig deeper. Thats when I started to come across photography from concentration camps and asylums which I began to consider as horror photography. Back at the time when they had been taken, they were more than likely shown for journalism reasons. However, the reason why I believe that these images are classed as historical horror photography is because, although there is no need for blood and gore or special effects makeup to create a horror image. The key to horror photography is to have a creepy and chilling feel about the image so that it is then considered horror. For my photography, however, I will not be sing historical horror themes for my work but may consider it for my test shots by finding abandoned buildings to photograph.

 

Contemporary Horror Photography:

Contemporary horror photography is mainly what I’ll be doing for my photography work. This is due to the fact that I wanted to use modern day horror techniques in my photography. The idea of using horror characters was considered contemporary photography due to them being shown all through present day. Although most of them are classic horror characters and are from the seventies, eighties and nineties, I still believe that they are classed under contemporary horror photography due to the fact that they are still spoke about and seen to this day. One artist that I found that uses horror characters in their photography is Jason Shaltz who puts horror characters in everyday situations. With contemporary horror photography, you begin to notice how they are characters, makeup, and special effects are all used and you hardly would ever see pictures of abandoned buildings without people classing it as landscape or architectural photography. However, I think that the modern day horror photography is more interesting and more creative, true historical horror photography really does show the horror with have in the world rather than showing it through a made up story like horror films mainly are.

GENRE CASE STUDIES:

Jason Shaltz:

Shaltz is a photographer from Michigan who now lives in Manhattan, New York. One of his most recognisable projects is his Everyday Horrors which feature popular horror characters in everyday situations. He states that he photographs these characters in their “non-business hours”.

 

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I have selected my favourite images of each character below and have taken a strong liking to the ideas and situations that Shaltz has put these characters in. Shaltz has tried to capture these characters with a vast array of strong bright colours around them to try and make them look as normal as possible in the settings they are put in. By blending them into the “real world”, it makes you remember that they are just people who wander the same streets as them but have a more famous and memorable face. Apart from this, there is the humorous side to the “Everyday Horrors” photography. One particular photo from my selection that has portrayed humour well is that of Leatherface on the train. The character is sat across from just a normal person who doesn’t seem to notice him sat across from them. However, the dog notices him and seems to give him a warning look as if the dog can sense the evil, therefore reminding you that horror is there in your everyday life.

Jason Shaltz’s work is truly inspiring to me and I believe I will be mainly basing my work off of his but putting the characters in different situations to those that he has used in both of his “Everyday Horror” projects. Rather than going into cities and towns, I would focus my ideas more closer to home and having these characters doing chores. For example, some brief ideas I have come up is Freddy Kruger mowing the lawn or Billy the Puppet sat on his tricycle at the bus-stop. These are just a couple of ideas that I have if I was to mainly base my work off of Shaltz’s work. If I was to do this, I would be able to gain help from family and friends due to my stepdad having an authentic Freddy Kruger costume and a family friend has a Billy the Puppet costume. So far, these are the only two people I know to have got horror character costumes, however I have reached out to people on social media asking for them to model for me if they have a horror character costume. Also, what really makes Shaltz’s work effective is that the people walking around the areas where he is taking the images, the do not look at the characters in the situations they’re in. This is effective because it just shows how they are just normal people but have a costume on so you can recognise them. Without their costume, they are just an average person. I also think that there is a darker meaning to this but is not looked upon as the photography is more comedic than serious. However, the darker side of the work is that the killers we see in horror movies started out and where known as just an average person and when not in costume, these killers are just normal people too.

Joshua Hoffine:

Joshua Hoffine is a photographer from Kanas who is extremely well-known for his work around horror. Apart from his horror photography, Hoffine has also released a short horror film called BLACK LULLABY and his next major project will be full-length horror movie. Below are my favourite photos my Hoffine.

 

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I have selected these photos for one particular reason and that is because they remind of theatre performances. I think this is the case due the space and colours/lighting that is used within thee images. Also, the makeup and special effects help to give off that effect. Also the background in such small spaces have made the impression that these images are taken in a theatre and the lights and spacial awareness has been taken into consideration too. I particularly like both the Jekyll and Hyde images (the man transforming into a monster) and also the the Zombie Home Invasion.

 

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I like the Jekyll and Hyde image (shown above), as it shows the transformation take place within a sequence and it shows the horror and fear as it happens. I really like the lighting and colours used in both the set and the special effects and makeup. The detail of the makeup really makes you see the horror that is taking place in these sequence of images. I think this is a really clever thing to do. Also, by doing a sequence of similar images, it tells a story and this is clever to do with Horror Photography.

Another image by Joshua Hoffine that I really like is the Jack the Ripper photo. Yet again, the use of lighting and set gives the image a theatrical vibe to it and so this creates a big effect for the audience. He also makes it obvious about what he is capturing by featuring little details such as the set of a dark alleyway and the clothing which people resembled to Jack the Ripper’s appearance. If I was to base my work off of Joshua Hoffine I would have to work together with the makeup department at college and also the drama and art departments for the set and design. However, I believe this would be too time consuming and would becoming a struggle as I would have to work around makeup/drama/art departments timetables and availability of the students and tutors of the courses. Although all this work would help to make the images look extremely detailed and would definitely produce a strong story within the images, I just do not have the time to be waiting hours for makeup to be done and the shooting for hours after that without going over my time limit for the project. However, if I was ever to revisit horror photography at some point in the future then I would definitely create a massive project where I would use special effects and makeup to create a horror themed story through my photography. In conclusion, I really like Hoffine’s work and really like his photography style of makeup and theatrical looking images.

Christopher McKenney:

Christopher McKenny is a horror surrealist photographer from Pennsylvania, USA. His photography interests me as it is all in a similar style and all gives off a creepy and mysterious effect. His setting off these images mainly natural which are mainly in forests and dirt paths which create a creepy look to his images.

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I have selected these because I think these are the most creepy and reflect horror well through McKenney’s photography. He creates more of a scary atmosphere with his characters that he has in his images. By covering the bodies and face with sheets and masks, it creates an unnerving feeling with the image which the audience feels when they view these images. I really like the use of colours that he features in most of his images. By finding are dull and dark setting for most of his images he then includes something simple into the image that features colour which miraculously brightens the image up slightly.For example the image with balloons shows this and is really effective. This is because when we see or think of snow, we think that it is bleak therefore the colour from the balloons adds to the image. However, the reason why the colour doesn’t change the fact that its horror themed is because of the noose which makes the audience experience a chilling feeling when they picture someones head within the noose and what the balloons would represent. I believe that the balloons represent many things when linking them to the noose in the image. One example of this is that if someone hung themselves then the balloons could show a child-like image of going to heaven. From a child’s mind, they may not think of wings taking someone to heaven but their imagination may say that balloons might float them up to heaven. Another example is that a child may think that the rope is made into a handle and therefore they may think that you can hold onto the handle and float around the world. Overall, from these two statements I think that Christopher McKenney’s photography is made for and older audience simply because a younger audience would not understand his photography properly.

Another image from the selection I have chosen that I particularly like is the devil-horned figure. I like this image because it is simple yet certain aspects of the image make it extremely effective. One example of this from the image is the background. A barren looking road is one of the best ways to set the mood for a horror image, the same also applies for horror films.  This gives the audience the feeling of isolation and fear. Then, the character in the image creates more fear in the image due to the fact that of how they are and what they are wearing. A motionless and expressionless character within any image give us a unnerving feeling to anybody but when that person is covered in sheets so you see no facial features or part of their body takes the fear level of the audience to a higher level. The character in the image is also dressed in red with devil horns on their head. These effects creates an extremely horror themed image which is effective and creates the feeling and atmosphere that the photographer wanted to capture within this image. Overall, I really like Christopher McKenney’s work and I plan to work around his work when I begin to shoot but will keep an open mind around the other photographers I have studied.

Danielle Anathema:

Danielle Anathema’s photography is extremely gruesome and portrays horror photography well. She takes on the more extreme and violent approach to her photography and the work and time it takes to produce her images is well worth it. Similar to Joseph Hoffine’s work, she uses more blood and gore in her special effects makeup whereas Hoffine uses special effects makeup as makeup.

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Danielle Anathema’s photography is very creepy and really makes the hair on the back of your neck. She recreates our horrors and darkest thoughts into a reality and even faces. By doing this, she uses makeup and special effects which is one of the major effects to the chilling images. One of the images that I really like is the image of a pale character with blood of their spine down a corridor. The reason why I really like this image is because of how it is set. If you look at the image you believe that their legs are twisted and there arms too because of how they are positioned. However, when you look closer at the image you can see that the model is flexible and has managed to bend his legs over his arms and put his legs in front to replace the hands and the hands replace the feet. It all seems very confusing when put into words but when you look at the image closely you understand what I mean. I also like how she has set out this image. By isolating the model in a dark corridor it makes you feel the isolation that comes from the image. After looking at this image, I began to think that there was no story revolving around the image and that it was just an image that was created for the purpose of horror.

Another image that I particularly like is model on the computer. From this image I can sense a story or true meaning behind it rather than the other image where I felt like it was created just for the purpose of horror rather than having a meaning behind it. However, with this image, their is a story/meaning behind it. The model in the image seems to be decaying as parts of his flesh has rotted away. They seems to be screaming at the computer which also looks like rotting flesh. Coming from the computer are wires which seemed to be attached to the model as if they’re plugged in like a computer. The story behind this image could show the horror’s of being addicted to the internet and how the fact that the longer you are on it and get more addicted, you become hooked and this connection is shown by the wires coming from the computer to the model. This whole experience which is linked to computers could be that the model’s addiction to the internet turn into a virus just like a computer can develop a virus too. Overall, I think that Danielle Anathema’s work is truly eye-opening and visits the horror genre very well.

 

Panda Jones:

Panda Jones is a horror photographer from Washington, USA. She nicknames her portfolio and herself as ‘Decayed Pixels’. When I discovered the photographer, I first believed that because I didn’t discover an artist name straight away, that the photographer I was seeing, was taken from several horror photographers. I then found her website section ‘About’, where I found that that is what she nicknames her work and herself. Although not as professional as the other horror photographers I have chosen for my case studies, her work is still good and worth the recognition.

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Panda Jones’s photography is quite different to the ones I have already talked about previously. She has a unique way of portraying horror photography. Is also gives of a sense of Macabre alongside horror too. She uses special effects makeup and dark settings to portray her horror photography. One image that shows this well is the image of the clown. The use of bright colour against a black background adds a creepy and chilling effect to the image and really makes you sense the horror coming from the image. I think this image would be more effective in present day rather than when it was originally shot due to the fact that clowns have become a new terror in the past two years or so. With people dressing up as clowns and wandering the streets in 2016, to the new adaptation of Stephen King’s ‘IT’ in 2017, clowns have become many peoples worst nightmare. The use of bright colours makes you want to feel happy about the image but the fact those bright colours are portrayed with a clown make you almost fear the colours in the image. Although the look of the clown is menacing enough, by placing him in a black background also makes you fear the dark of whats lurking within the dark. No matter what your fear is, this image would certainly make you afraid of whats lurking within the darkness.

Another image that really portrays the horror genre well is the image of the clown in the distance and the child holding a bunch of balloons. This image is very unnerving for me as it seems darker than it seems to be when you look at it. In the foreground you can see a young child holding a teddy and a bunch of balloons with an confused expression upon her face. At first, you think that it was just the face the child was pulling at the time so it doesn’t have no significance. Then, you see the clown in the background an immediately become concerned and scared. However, the clown seems different. He has his makeup done and the bright and big clown bottoms that you would see them wear but he has no clown top and is only wearing a white vest top. This is extremely terrifying as it makes you think that the clown is preying on the young child and has tired to lure them with balloons and maybe even a teddy. Overall, I think that Panda Jones’s work is extremely creepy but very unique as her style is very rare to see and has been adapted to her own sense of style which I praise her for.

 

 

 

Task Two!

My Project Proposal Presentation:

On Thursday 8th April, me and my class had our Project Proposal Presentations about what we were all doing for our projects and we had to show this through our presentations. For this part, I will be going through my presentation and explaining in depth each slide with the correct relevant information.

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For my first slide, I was to explain what my idea was and some side plans that I have to go along side it. My idea that I will be doing for my Final Major Project will be Reflections and I have decided to use man-made reflective surfaces such as mirrors and glass. For my project I have decided to use a square mirror and a glass orb that I have ordered online. My test shots with this glass orb are amazing and I love the perspective that it gives in the images. The image shown in the slide is from my GCSE Photography exam and decided to feature it in my presentation to show and example of what I will be using mirrors for. Although that image is themed around surrealism rather than landscapes which is what I will be basing my Final Major Project on this time around, it is just an example of what I have previously done when doing reflection photography.

In this slide, I also mention creating a time-lapse of a reflection. Within this, I also mention producing a time-lapse of a sunset through a reflection. For example, capturing the sunset through a glass orb and the mirror could be placed in a tree or a bundle of trees facing up towards the sky so that the clouds are shown and as the time-lapse goes on, you see the change in colours from the sunset within the sky and clouds. However, I am still on the fence about this idea as I do not know how the outcome will look and whether or not this idea will actually be a success when it comes to showing it within the exhibition.

Artists:

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One of the artists that I studied was Daniel Kukla. He focuses around landscapes within his reflection work and he does this by placing a mirror on an artists easel and having it set up in different landscapes. The image shown on the slide is one of my favourites by Kukla and I like the use of cold colours within the image. The colours match the weather conditions shown (snow) and for the reflection in the mirror, the blue sky and soft white clouds represent cold colours too. However, even thought the sky is out of place, it still manages to fit in with the rest of the image. These images that he creates are what I will be adapting to for my own work. The things that will be different within my images will be a mirror without an easel. This is because the mirror I have bought for this project is much smaller than the one shown in the image but it still manages to capture a great amount of landscapes within the reflection. Another thing that will be different to Kukla’s work will be the fact that I have different landscapes to where he captured his images. Kukla’s images are mainly in rocky and desert landscapes whereas my landscapes will mainly be woodlands and maybe some from the Lake District. I chose these landscapes because I think they hold the most beauty and make me feel more relaxed and at ease when I am there and so I want to share this feelings with my audience through my images.

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Another artist that I have looked at is Andrius Aleksandravicius. He is a freelance photographer from Lithuania. His most popular project is with a glass orb. The image shown above is my favourite by Andrius, however, when I adapt his work into my own photography, I will not be focuses on architecture and will be focusing again on landscapes and natural beauty. Even though I will be focusing on something completely different to what Andrius does, I will still be using a glass orb to capture the beauty and colours in the world. In the image above, Andrius has the orb facing the sky but the building blurred in the background is shown clearly in the orb. Its looking at the building from another perspective and that is why this image by Andrius is my favourite. When I adapt my images around Andrius Aleksandravicius, I will be making some changes to the style in which he takes the images. Firstly, I will not be holding the orb and, instead, I will be placing it on the ground. I have already done test shots for my glass orb photography and am yet to edit them and then move onto taking my Final images for the glass orb photography. From what I have done with my test shots, I am pleased with how the glass orb works and I really like the outcomes. From using the glass orb, I believe that after I finish this project then I will probably use the glass orb in more photography and I will also try different locations and different situations.

Framing:

The following slides above are to show two different ways in which I may present my work. In the middle of the first slide and the top middle of the second slide there is text in the blocks and this is to show where I may be placing my time-lapse project of a reflected sunset. I say maybe, because I am still debating whether or not to continue with the time lapse plan. If I do not then the space where it would have been would be filled with another image I have taken. If I decide against the time-lapse then I will add extra images than what are shown as the projector space. I decided after I presented my presentation that I would have more images in the exhibition than what I have shown in the slides. I will have no more than 10 because I don’t want a small amount of images and I want a wide range of landscapes and different perspectives of the images. I will probably also decide on different sizes of these images for the exhibition due to the fact that I want the presentation of these images to look creative and by making them different sizes it make the photos appear more interesting to the audience.

 

Altogether, I believe that I have stable and useful information have gone for something extremely creative when it comes to doing reflection photography and I look forward to editing and seeing how both my tests shots and final shots come out.

Task One!

Idea Generation!

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Firstly, for the start of the project, we had to decide what we would base our work off. This could vary from portraits to street photography to landscapes. I decided to base my work around Reflections as it is an area that I visited when I did my GCSE Photography exam and I really enjoyed it and had always wanted to revisit it when I had the chance. I thought that I could expand on the photos that I had previously created for my GCSE, such as the one below:

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In this image, I used a mirror which was leaning against a wall in the classroom I shot the photo in. Both he model and the mirror are part of the same image. The landscapes are what I took and added in separately. In the beginning there was only one half of what is shown in the image above but then I duplicated the layer and lined them up so it gave me the final result shown above. I will work around the artists I studied when I did this image, to create new images.

When I chose to do Reflections, I had a range of ways to present the theme of reflections and this could be from water, windows, mirrors or through glass. I decided to use mirrors and glass as they are what I feel work best as I also try to get a surreal and creepy feel towards my images. I got inspiration from many Reflection photographers which also make their photographs quite surreal and creepy. These photographers will be featured below in my artist links.

Because I would be using models, I would have to contact several in case some decide to back out. I then would have to consider location of where I would take these images. I thought about woodlands or fields but I would think more about this when I come to actually taking the photos for my project. I would also have to buy the mirror(s) I would be using to create these reflections. I would want to use antique looking mirrors to show the surrealism and creepiness of the images.

Presentation Ideas:

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When presenting our final pieces, we can decide how we frame them. They will be hung in an exhibition in our town and we only get a certain amount of space for all our pictures. This means we would have to consider size and shape of the images. I have had several ideas about how I want to present my final pieces. These ideas are to present them in antique-looking frames which will match the mirrors I hope to use in my images. Another idea is to print the final photographs onto separate canvas’s. I would consider this later on during the project. However, from briefly looking at prices for both canvas’s and the antique-looking frames, it seems that canvas’s would be cheaper if I was to get them at the same sizes for each image I produce for the exhibition. If I was to choose printing my photo’s onto a canvas in the end, then I would probably print different images at different sizes.

Idea Generation Lesson:

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We did a group Idea Generation lesson to help us decide and confirm the idea what we wanted to do and to also help us give inspiration and advice for when we work around our project. We started by discussing how many ways and how to generate ideas. Some answers that we came up with together included mind maps, group discussions, books and the internet. We then watched a video which showed us “40 Creative Photography Ideas” which included some reflection photography on there. These reflections however were caused through magnifying glasses and through shiny cutlery which I thought would be a good idea. We also had to take what we were discussing into consideration as the information given would help us with figuring out what we would do for our final project.

Artists Links:

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Laura Williams – is a surreal photographer who focuses on many themes around surrealism in her work. These include reflections, nature, books, food, travel, weather, and even childhood fears. She does a lot more than the Laura_Williams_cropones I’ve listed but she makes them surreal and as abnormal as possible which makes her photography unique and powerful. She takes most of her photographs outdoors, mainly in woodlands and fields which make her images even more surreal. Some are simple and some are creative and unique. Laura Williams is an photographer that I have studied before but have never really gone in depth about her work. I have always liked her work and think that she explores different themes extremely well. She got her recognition as a student as most of the modelling in her photos are of her as she features in them herself which I think is very skilful and make the images even more unique.

Andrius Aleksandravicius – is a freelance photographer based in Kaunas, Lithuania who   and has been been in a range of photography competitions and has won many awards from these competitions. He started his glass ballGlass_Ball_19-1920x1277 project back in 2012 and these are his most recognisable pieces of photography that he has done. The image to the left has got to be my favourite as it has a lot going off in the image but only makes you focus in on the glass ball in the centre. The two types of reflections shown in this image really work well together and the way the reflection of the buildings are captured in the ball in a curved way. In the background you can see how there are people but when background is reflected through the glass orb, you can tell the the buildings have only been shown through the orb and not the people which I believe is what the photographer wants to show through this image. He wants to show the beauty of the buildings without people getting in the way of them. Although the image may be captured at an angle and him showing this is only small due to the size of glass ball, he still manages to produce a stunning image with the use of reflections through the glass orb.

Tom Hussey – is an American photographer who mainly focuses his work around portraits and also focus on lifestyle photography. His most famous pieces of photography are ones such as the one shown to the left. The one I have chosen to feature in this post is my favourite. It showsN-46-Soldier-Crop an elderly gentleman who is peering into a mirror and instead of seeing his reflection in present day, he sees his reflection from the past when, judging by what we see, he was a solider. The fact that he seems happy about seeing this reflection could show how he feels pride in himself and was happy that he was part of these services. I really like this because it shows how many young people forget that the elderly society have been through some horrific things such as men in war. He also focuses on family through these mirrored reflections such as a woman in hospital visiting her new born grandchild with her son but seeing a reflection of her younger self holding her son as a baby in her arms. These shows powerful emotions people feel within major situations, making them reflect on themselves and their past experiences. Some are grateful and some are haunted by these experiences.

Daniel Kukla – is an American photographer who has a large variety of subjects in which he focuses his photography around. For example, some of his subjects are as follows: Coal Trains, The Ekukla_ee_13dge Effect, and Captive Landscapes. The project which relates to my work is the Edge Effect as that is reflections by the use of mirrors. As well as using a glass orb within my work, I wanted to use a simple mirror to capture landscapes. I like this image below which is just one of many images by Daniel Kukla. The reason that this is my favourite image is because of how the rocks in the mirror line up with the hill in the background which make it looks like the two images are merged together when in reality they are two separate landscapes in one image. I also like how he has managed to capture the different desert colours during the start of a sunset and you can also tell that the sun is starting to set in the reflection within the image. Also, the use of a easel is very imaginative as and easel is used for painting on a canvas and instead of a canvas, a mirror replaces that space.

Case Study:

For my Case Study I will be studying Daniel Kukla. Daniel Kukla is a New York photographer who is mainly recognised for his reflections work with the use or mirrors. His reflection work with the mirrors are similar to what I want to capture and present in the exhibition. When producing these images, Kukla goes to landscapes which are rural and what are also quite isolated. Quite a few of his photos are taken at night or at sunset but he does take these photos at all different times of the day. As much as I prefer the locations in which Kukla visits to take these images, I unfortunately do not have any landscapes similar to these near me. However, I have already planned several locations in which I will take my photos which include the Lake District which is full of natural landscapes and rocks which would be used in my images for sure. Another location I have decided on is Clumber Park which is full of natural landscapes also, but has lots of trails and nature that surrounds the area that it would be captured well within the mirror.

I have found some issues with basing my work off of Daniel Kukla. One of these problems is finding the right place to put the mirror. Within his images, he seems to find a perfect line up with the reflection and background which is what I would like to achieve in at least some of the images. However I think that just by capturing the landscapes I have chosen, it will not matter if they are lined up or not. As long as I capture detail and the beauty of these landscapes then I will be happy with my outcomes. Another problem that I would have to overcome would be the finger prints of the mirror. To avoid these I would have to wear gloves when handling the mirror and make sure that when changing the location that there are no dirt marks on the mirror which could interfere with the next set of images. This would be easily solved and sorted by using gloves to carry the mirror and to keep a cloth on me to wipe and dust or dirt marks off of the mirror.

Some of the major problems that I have come across to do with my photography can be solved and changed if desperately needed whereas some cannot be changed. One of the problems I will have to face is the problem of weather. I would prefer for the weather to be clear, sunny and only partially cloudy to create certain shadows within my image. Another major problem that I may face is the fact that I may not be able to do certain ideas that I may have as my lecturer may disagree with that idea or simply tell me to do something else around it. However, when talking to my lecturer about all of my ideas, he is happy with them and does not seem to have any problems with them currently and I hope that no problems do arise in the future.

 

Task Four!

Printing and Framing

After I had finished editing all of my final images, I had to consider how I would frame and print them. At first I decided how I was going to frame them as I thought that was the most important thing to think about. I had to decide if a foam board of an actual picture frame would be best for these images and I decided to talk to some of my classmates and most were printing their work and sticking them on a simple foam board. This is when I decided against a foam board and decided to frame my work. However, my next problem was what frames I would use. My lecturers then brought out some frames for examples and thats when I found the frame I wanted to use. It was a large black frame with a creamy white border. I looked at the example frame and found that they were from IKEA so, I decided to go onto the website and search them. Once I had found them, I ordered four frames and the waited for the to be delivered.

Once they arrived, it was time to organise my printing stages. The project brief states that you must have a minimum of ten final images however, this was not the amount we have to show in the gallery. I had edited ten images but only decided to go with eight to produce in the gallery. I decided to put two of each category in a frame so that they were equal. For this I had to create a template on Photoshop to be able to size the images correctly for the frame. The template shown below is what I used to size and set up my images ready for printing and framing.

I made sure that there was a gap between where the two images would go, (marked black), and so this would help to give the images space and would not look odd or out of place when framed. When using the template, I decided that my Glass Orb images would go on the top half of the template and the Mirror images would go on the bottom half of the template. After doing this, these are the results below.

I like how the images look after using the template to space them out and size them up. I feel like my audience would be influenced better if my images were shown like this as they get to view both categories in one frame and therefore can absorb the mood and feeling they receive from each image. Once these were put into the frames, they were ready to be hung up the gallery and be viewed by the public.

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The gallery that our photography will be shown in is open to the public and anyone can view our work. However, we would have to advertise this and this meant all of our class would have to turn to social media to help us promote this better. Many of us, including me, already had a personal photography page on Facebook and Instagram which would already be gaining followers and recognition from every post uploaded.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Facebook page is full of images that I have taken freely or for projects which is shown in this screenshot here. I would repeatedly post updates about how my project was coming along and how long it would be until the deadline for this whole project and the exhibition opening.

 

My Instagram page is also similar to my Facebook page however it doesn’t really go into detail at all about where and when my exhibition is. This is because my Facebook page is shared with friends and family and Instagram is open to the world so that is why I only included my photography and not my location etc.

Other advertisement was used during the months of the project such as a shared Facebook page with everyone within the class and an Instagram page run by one class member which would feature everyones pieces of their own project and activities during the course. These would include pictures of people at the gallery hanging up the work and on the night of the opening. The two shared social media pages are shown below.

These two pages are run by separate admins and feature different things about the project. The Instagram page features the images from different classmates and the Facebook page features updates about everyone is doing to the public who are interested in the event. It also features changes and dates and times of the exhibition such as the opening and how long the exhibition will be open for.

Feedback

On the 25th of May, I had a presentation to my whole class about my final images. I had to make sure that my images were printed and framed and set up how I wanted them. I was one of few people who had actually used frames for their images as I did not want to use foam boards. When the class commented on the use of frames, they all stated how it looks much better than on a foam board and how it would look plain and would not capture the eye of the audience if it had no frame. From this I felt a sense of relief that I had picked the right choice with going with frames and for this I am glad. Another piece of feedback was about my images. Everyone stated that the glass orb photography was amazing and although colour selection is disliked greatly by my lecturers, they commented saying that it works really well with the mirror images and that I can get away with using it in this sense of photography.

Final Images

I have ten final images and I am only using eight in my gallery and so in this section I will only be talking about those eight images. This is only because the images I have chosen for the gallery have more to say about them than the ones that I have not chosen for the gallery.

This image is one of my favourites because of how it looks. The image within the glass orb is clear and you can see what it is in the image. I also like how the lighter parts of the image stand out and so do the darker parts. They work well together and therefore make this image one of my favourites. I also like how the buds growing from moss on rock have overlapped the image and therefore gives a message natural beauty is better than man-made objects, (this being a pylon in the image).

I like this image because of how I have managed to capture two landscapes in one image really well. I like how the colour really stands out within the mirror and the black and white background really stands out and you can still tell what is in the image. I like how I managed to edit around the tree stumps which you can see help the viewer show that there is actually a mirror in the image and it wasn’t put there afterwards.

This image is another one of my favourites because of the lighting and the image I have managed to capture clearly within the glass orb. When I was editing this image, I did not need or want to change the brightness to anything higher because it would have ruined the image. I also didn’t want to edit the contrast too much because I already had a good shadow showing on the tree stump and within the glass orbs image. I like how the tress are one of the clearest thing in the image and I would definitely say that this is one of my favourite images that I have edited for this project.

I really like this image because of the image I have managed to capture inside of it and how I have managed to bring out those colours too. Before editing this image, it was quite hard to tell that the mirror was actually there when I took the picture, rather than looking like I had edited it in afterwards. This was because of the fact that the light shining onto the mirror was not giving off any shadow behind it therefore causing a small problem. However, when it came to editing this image, I managed to make the mirror look more in place by making sure the contrast was at the right level so I could make the mirror look more in place in the image. Overall, I would say this is my favourite mirror image due the location and what I have managed to capture within the mirror.

I like this image because of how the black and white colour has managed to capture where the light was hitting each part of the woodlands, giving the audience and in sight to what the weather I captured this image in. I also like this image because of the fact that you can clearly see the trees and the path and all of the detail at each side of the path such as weeds, brush and logs. One thing I might change about this image is how I positioned the orb and where I placed it. This is because in the bottom right of the image, you can see the log it is resting on and it cuts out some of the landscape it is supposed to be facing. However, I still think that this image manages to capture the beauty of natural landscapes.

I like this image because it features two different elements of nature which are tress and rocks. It is odd to see these two elements together, therefore making this image much more interesting to the audience. I like how the trees bring out the most colour and the fact that some of the blades of grass overlap the mirrors reflection but I managed to work around them and you can just tell that I have done this and it adds more detail to the image. Another reason why I like this image is because of where I placed the mirror, I wanted to place it so it was viewing the rest of the Peak District and you can just see it in the distant in between the trees.

I like this image of the image that I have captured inside the glass orb and also because of the lighting from the location. The lighting from the location helps to show the height of the trees and also the patches of the path as you look up from the bottom towards the trees. I would have changed a couple of things in the image such as the brightness. I believe that in some places, they are too dark and could have been altered slightly but I did not risk this in case it did not look too good and would ruin the image. Another reason why I would have changed the image is because of the glares at the bottom of the orb which are quite visible. They blend in until noticed and to some people who were in my class, they were quite noticeable. I wanted to try and use the spot healing tool on this but did not because I did not want to ruin the detail in that part of the image.

I like this image because of how different it looks to the rest of the landscapes I have captured. You can get an idea of the location and how vast and wide it actually is by looking at the reflection. This is shown at the side of the rock where you can see the rest of the valleys in the background. Also, you can see the grass coming from the rocks in the reflection but can also see it at the left hand side of the image slightly. I think this looks good as its trying to show how the background and the reflection are trying to “link-up”. One thing I would change in this image however is the contrast. This is because I believe the rocks area little too bright and struggle to truly show black and white within the image.

Evaluation

Overall, I believe that this project has really helped me to open my eyes to different styles and themes of photography and has made me be more creative and explore the natural and even the suburban world. I think my images are to a high quality and I am extremely proud of them and would honestly love to carry on using my glass orb and even the mirrors in future photography. I also enjoyed exploring different uses of Photography and exploring different themes that I could have used. I am happy with the theme that I chose and the locations that I took my images at. I am also glad how I edited my photos and also to choose the use of black and white which is something I will also be definitely using in future photography. I have enjoyed every second of this project even if some parts towards the end became stressful and hard working.

Task Three!

Test Work:

For my Test Work, I went to several locations to take my test work. This was for several reasons. One reason is because I wanted to find the locations that I wanted to take my photographs. I tried many locations. Such as Bamford in the Lake District, a stream near my house, and Clumber Park in Worksop. I chose these locations because I believe these present the most beauty of the natural world than any other places I know. At Clumber Park, I managed to capture some amazing test shots with both my mirror photography and glass orb photography.

Glass Orb Test Work

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Glass Orb Test Work: Clumber Park

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The images I captured at Clumber Park with the glass orb are some of my favourites. This is because of the landscapes I captured and the angles I tried when taking my test shots with the glass orb. For example, in a couple of test shots, I am holding the glass orb to my landscapes but in most of the test shots, the glass orb is on a surface. In a few of my test shots, I placed the glass orb behind a few strands of grass but was still focused on the image within the glass orb. Obviously these are test shots so if the idea I come out with does not work when I try it then I can adapt on that when it comes to my final shots. In a few of m shots, the image in the glass orb is not focused and this is mainly because of the light from the sun causing a glare on the glass orb and this means that the image did no work. However, this can be changed and the problem can be overcome when it comes to shooting my final shots. Also in some of my other shots, unwanted shadows are present. This is caused by either the positioning of the glass orb or something causing a shadow over the orb meaning that it is causing the image to lack detail. In a few of my images, I tried different angles to work with and I for some of these I placed the glass orb on the ground where it was mainly sticks or quite thick brush. When I took the images and analysed them at the end, I realised that when I flipped the image so that the image in the glass orb was the right way round, that it didn’t work penis or didn’t look right. Being test work, I knew that I could adapt from this and therefore, not use that method of capturing images in that way again. Lastly, in a few of these images, I captured reflections of me in the glass orb which is not what I wanted. In one specific image, where the glass orb is resting on tree branch, you can clearly see me at one side of the glass orb. That day, I was wearing a red-checkered shirt and you can clearly see the red within the glass orb image. However, after I took that image and analysed it, I realised that I was visible in the image, so I decided to take several more photos and I could photography the landscapes without me in the image. I then analysed this and I was no longer in the image.

Glass Orb Test Work: Kilnhurst Stream

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The images I captured at the Kilnhurst Stream with the glass orb are quite good and, for test shots, I am quite proud of them. This is because I tried more different angles when doing these test shots and also have taken these at a different location so the landscapes appear different. I also took these test shots in the early evening so the landscapes were very colourful do the setting of the sun. I prefer taken shots at either sunset or sunrise as they produce more colour and when an audience see the images it make them feel calmer and at ease. Also, by putting these sunset/sunrise landscapes into the reflection of the glass orb, you can think more about the image rather than just looking at a normal sunset/sunrise landscape. From the images I have taken at the Kilnhurst stream, I am happy with how they have turned out and I am extremely happy with the colours that I have captured within the images due to the time of the day in which I shot these images. My favourite image from this shoot is the one where the pylon is in the reflection and the weeds from the plants are in front of the glass orb which helps to show that the orb has not been superimposed and is actually in the images. I will definitely be using at least one of these images or my final images and this image will be the one with the pylon.

Mirror Test Work

The mirror images that I took are from Clumber Park and Bamford. I decided to stick with locations I planned for my glass orb photography because I thought that they were the best locations to photograph and it would be easier to penis plan seen as I had already found good areas in these locations to take these photographs. The results that I have captured are quite good and I am really proud of my results.

Mirror Test Work: Clumber Park

With the images that I took at penis Clumber Park, I am proud of how they turned out. This is because they are in good weather conditions which helped bring out the colours within the images and therefore, making them bold and vibrant which would be more engaging with the audience. I think my images from Clumber Park are mysterious as they are taken in woodlands, however, I believe that woodlands are a peaceful place and by putting the mirror in one of the area it gives you an all round view of the area making it seem more relaxing. However, this is just my thoughts and feelings towards the area in which I have taken the following photos below.

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These images are from Clumber Park. One of the same places where I shot some of my glass orb shots. I like quite a lot of these images that I have then. Mainly because of the weather on the day which has really made my images stand out with the range of different colours present. For example, in the images where the mirror is leaning against a log, the background is all different shades of brown whereas in the mirror’s reflection, there are many different shades of green which really make the mirror stand out from the rest of the image. These photos with the log in the background are actually my favourite from this shoot because they are the better ones that I have taken. Even though I will be using more of the images from Clumber Park as well as one of the log as these images are colourful and the images in the mirror are a completely different perspective to what is in the background. I think that the weather really works with these photographs as it brings out the colours, making them bold and bright. However, in some images I notice that the light has not managed to reach some places within the images such as behind the mirror or if clouds are partially covering the sun so the light is limited. But, from this, I have managed to work around the amount of light within the image and when getting the right angle for my images. This then helped to allow light into part of the images which were not there before hand. In some of the images I have taken, there are some with only the sky within the reflection. Although the colour in those images are vibrant. I could not use them due to not having anything within the reflection that could capture the interest of the audience to the image.

Mirror Test Shots: Bamford

These images were took in Bamford in the Peak District and I managed to capture some really good photos. Even though the weather wasn’t exactly the best I was still proud of some of the images I managed Willy to capture. In some images, the rocks in the reflections manage to blend or line up with the rocks in the background which, when taking the photos, wasn’t intentional but when going back and going through the images that I took, I thought it looked quite good.

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Even though there are a lot less images than the ones I took at Clumber Park, they have a darker tone in colour but still manages to capture the array of colours that were there. I tried different angles and locations whilst up in Bamford such as in the woodlands area before reaching the more rocky trails which are shown but due to the weather being gloomy, not many colours managed to come through and too many shadows were formed within some of the images. Some images that I particularly like are the ones which I took in the rocks. This is because I have managed to capture the most colour in and around the images and the scenery is much different to what people usually see. In these certain images, either the rocks or the grass in the reflection line up or merge into the background image which is a really good look for the image. I particularly like these images and am really glad with the outcomes. In other images such as the ones with the trees, I am on the fence with some of them. This is because of the colour and brightness in some of these images. Although the lighting in this location was not as good as the lighting in Clumber Park, I believe that I still managed to capture the colour of the scenery as well as I could and still managed to show the landscapes through the mirror images.

Editing Final Images

I have decided to use my test shots as my final images as I believe that that my test shots are good enough in quality to use as my final images. These will be edited on Photoshop and I will use different techniques to edit them. I plan to try many different things to see how they turn out. Some ideas I have come up with so far are as follows:

  • Flipping the image so the reflection is the correct way round,
  • Making the image Black and White,
  • Blurring all of the background and leaving the reflected image in focus,
  • Colour selection,

For the end of my Project we have to produce ten final images, however, we do not need to produce ten images in the exhibition. I have chosen to show 8 images in the exhibition. To show how I edited both my glass orb and mirror images I will go through the process of each one and so this will be how I go about editing the rest of each of the groups.

Glass Orb Edit

This was the image I started with. I chose this image because of the colours that are shown here and I also like how the background is blurred and the image within the orb is clear but in the background you can still tell what is there and being reflected through the orb.

Firstly, I flipped the image so that the image in the reflection was the right way round and the background was the wrong way round. I think this looks much better and by looking at the glass orb reflection, viewers will not need to turn there heads at angle to look at the image if it was still the original way up. Before I carried on editing this image. I had to debate weather to keep the colour or to try a black and white image. To help me with my decision was one of lecturers who advised to try black and white and he also took a test image and showed me how it would roughly turn out for different images. Below is the result:

Next, I changed the image to black and white and – for this image – this was the result. I particularly like this image better than the other when it is changed to black and white because it captures and portrays what the weather conditions were like without the use of colours being shown. Below is the result:

Then, I edited the brightness and contrast because I wanted to merge the glares coming of the glass orb into the image shown the the reflection. This worked and therefore, you would not be able to tell that there were glares there. I also used the brightness and contrast tool to show the detail much clearer due to the image now being in black and white so this meant that some of the detail may have disappeared until I changed the brightness and contrast. After doing this, most of the lost detail returned and the shading of the areas seemed more realistic to say that it was in black and white. I also used the spot healing tool to remove any spots which could be caused by dust of the glass orb or simply a bright glare from the sun on the orb. These were easy to remove and

This is my final image and one of my favourites that I have edited as the detail in the image is clear and you can see what the image is within the glass orb. I am really happy with how this image and the rest of my glass orb images have turned out and I really hope that people at the exhibition like them too.

 

Mirror Edit

This was the image that I started with and I chose this image because I like how the path is shown through the reflection and the background is a tree. You can clearly see the mirror within the image and does not merge into the background making you wonder where the mirror is. I made sure this didn’t happen by placing the mirror within the tree stumps and making sure the sun caused a shadow to appear behind it so that I would get the result shown.

I then changed the whole image to black and white because I came up with the idea of having all of the background image to be black and white and the image in the mirrors reflection would be in colour. Below, was my result when I changed the image to black and white. When looking at the image, I knew that I would have to change the brightness and contrast as certain parts of the image were too dark and lacking detail which would make the image appear better if that detail was present.

By changing the contrast and brightness in this image I manage to capture the shadows and detail that was missed out beforehand. This helps to capture the detail when bringing the colour back in the mirrored reflection. I did think about keeping the image black and white but then after having a good look at this image and other images in just black and white, I thought that it did not work properly and by changing the colour within the mirror would be the better idea and would also look better too.

I then created another layer of the original image so I could erase the black and white out of it revealing the colour hidden beneath. With this image it was a bit tricky because there was some parts of the tree stumps that were in the reflection and some that were in front of it. This meant that I would have to work out which bit of the tree stump was which and now looking at my image after doing so, I believe I managed to sort them parts out correctly and this also shows how my the mirror is actually there in the image.

This is my final image and this is my favourite image out of the images I edited from my mirror reflections. This is because of the location and what I captured in the mirror reflection. All of my other mirror reflections images are similar to this but are in different locations which helps to engage the audience.

 

 

 

Evaluation – Project Two!

Project Brief:

To create an interactive audio visual video which was between three to five minutes long. We also had to explore a range of ideas and how we would make our video interactive in the end. We also had to consider locations, sound effects and the type of video we would be creating. Our options revolved around a moving short film or a stop-motion film.

I decided to do a moving short film instead of a stop motion film as I thought this would better suit the idea that I came up with for my video.

 

My Idea & Previous Ideas:

My previous ideas were still related around things that I like such as music and horror. Unfortunately, I felt as if they both would not work within the time limit. I wouldn’t be able to do a music video as I knew there was only a small chance that a band would respond to my request if I asked to create a music video using their music and I also didn’t know any small local bands that would be easier to contact. So, this was my first idea which I decided to not go along with.

My second idea was to create a video about horror. However, I came across many problems. One was trying to fit horror into a maximum of 5 minutes and if I wanted special effects or makeup then it would be extremely hard to get and to continuously do. Another problem I would have faced is finding good locations. Woodland areas would not have been a massive problem but if I want to go into abandoned buildings I would have needed to get permission from the council to film there otherwise I would have been trespassing. Int he end, I based my video around travel after finding a quote by actor, Vincent Price. The quote is as follows:

“A man who limits his interests limits his life.”

My final idea consisted of a young adult wanting to travel the world and escape from a world of social media. I wanted to try and fake locations where my character would visit to try and make the scenes look as if some of the scenes are in more presentable areas. For this, I went to the coast of Cleethorpes as it was the easiest and closest to travel to and I also went to the city of York to try and capture the historical side of the city. I then put these clips together with clips from Sheffield Train Station and then from inside in my college classroom. These clips were to help show the audience that my character has been planning to get away and finally does in the end. It goes from watching the character to then becoming the character by going to “Point-of-View” scenes.

 

Final Video and My Thoughts:

 

 

This was my final video. I didn’t want to name it after the quote as I thought that would make the title for the video too long. I called it something related to that and so decided with Escape! I thought that it would draw more attention from viewers to the video. Before I posted this final video, I posted a video of what I had to far at our halfway point when asked in class to present what we had come up with. Below is that halfway video:

 

In this video, I only had footage from York and Sheffield Train Station but from what I’d put together, You could also see what I was planning to go along with. I think that my video from the halfway point to the final piece has come a long way and has improved dramatically.

If I could have done anything differently, I would have maybe not used a Go Pro camera for the York footage. To begin with, I was unaware of the slight poor quality of the Go Pro until I arrived back at college and went over the footage. Unfortunately, I did not get another opportunity to go to York again otherwise I would have gone back and changed the footage with the difference of a camera. Another thing I may have also changed in my final video is who was doing my voice over. I planned on relying on actors Morgan Freeman or Samuel L jackson to reply to my tweets I had sent to them but I had no response. As a last resort, I had to record the voice over myself and change the pitch and tone of my voice. If I could have changed that, then I think that I would have asked someone who I know with a really deep and moving voice to read out the text I give them and record there voice. Unfortunately, I left that too late and had to stick to my last resort.

 

In conclusion, I believe that I have tried my hardest on this project and aimed as high as I could to get the message across from this video. I would not say that it is my best work but from what I have produced – and to say it was my first time using PremierePro – I had produced a reasonably powerful video which has a strong stimuli and meaning behind it.

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