The idea for my theme was to reflect imagination and dreams through surrealism. I have used surrealism as a reference to dreams in which “everything you can imagine is real”. In each frame the characters are somehow suspended in a dreamlike world entwined with subtle hints to fairytale stories. I chose to reference fairytales because they are so often a rich source of inspiration for our creative minds and imagination but which predominantly only tend to fuel our imaginative journey during our childhood. My idea explores the way in which we unconsciously visit imagined memories and experiences in our dreams. This is achieved through portraying the characters in dream like states, visiting fantasies they might have created as children. By using older characters and levitating them in mid-air in many of the images, I wanted to portray the state in which we enter the twilight of adolescence, caught between the real and imagined world of our unconscious and conscious minds. This is further achieved through the reference of fairytales such as, Alice in Wonderland, Snow White, Peter Pan, Sleeping Beauty, Beauty and the Beast and Little Red Riding Hood, which all explore this perplexing transition from child to adult usually with the characters emerging transformed by an extraordinary experience. I have overcome technical problems while merging the images as many of the photographs had to be taken separately due to weather conditions and the availability of the talents. The photographs were generated to provoke questions about the significance of our dreams on our creative psyche and whether the audience is neglecting an important part of their lives without attempting to understand their meaning. The viewer should emerge humbled by the images and take their meanings to a personal and contemplative level.
Here is an photograph I’ve been working on. This is the type of image I am looking at creating for my series. This was inspired by the fairytale “The 12 Dancing Princesses”, a Brothers Grimm tale about 12 princesses running off secretly each night to dance in their shoes until they were broken. Their father would find them sleeping each morning but couldn’t understand why their shoes were ruined.
Here is a test photograph at my attempt at levitation photography. I would like to try taking some surrealistic images for my photography. I think this will help allude to the idea of imagination, creating more dream- like images that represent childhood and link to fairy tales. I have tried to keep most of the reflections in the photograph to make it seem more realistic. The shadows have also been left in but need a bit more tweaking to make them appear more convincing.
Sam Taylor-Wood is an English filmmaker, photographer and visual artist. She began exhibiting fine art photography in the early 1990s.
Her Suspended series is a series of self portraits that explore notions of weight and gravity through levitation photography. Her Bram Stoke’s Chair series also involves levitation. For both these series, Taylor-Wood has been harnessed and suspended from wires. The images were then heavily manipulated in postproduction to erase the wires and make it appear that she is levitating in mid air.
Other photography from Sam Taylor-Wood includes her Men Crying series in which she captures famous actors like Daniel Craig and Robin Williams in intimate and fragile portraits.
Although I am focusing my theme on fairy tales, I have considered incoporating dominate colours throughout my series to help convey feeling and mood as particular colours can convey certain emotions . This has lead me to research colour and what they represent.
– Red represents fire and blood and it is associated with energy, war, danger, strength, power, determination as well as passion, desire, lust and love.
– Yellow is associated with happiness, intellect and energy.
– Orange combines the energy of red and the happiness of yellow.
– Green is the color of nature. It symbolizes growth, harmony, freshness, and fertility.
– Blue is often associated with depth and stability. It symbolizes trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, intelligence and faith.
– Purple combines the stability of blue and the energy of red.
– White is associated with light, goodness, innocence, purity, and virginity. It is considered to be the color of perfection.
– Black is associated with power, elegance, formality, death, evil, and mystery.