For our assessment, my partner Corinne and I decided to reflect life concept through colours using unrelated still life objects. We wanted to use this idea to explore something a bit more abstract than a typical landscape panorama. The photographs achieve this through the use of different strengths of colours. My flower photograph has used colour to portray emotion as the tallest flower has the deepest, strongest colour and as the flower gradually falls apart the colour slowly fades and weakens. We have overcome technical problems while merging the images for this photograph as every time it would distort but in the end we succeeded in creating a philosophical flower panorama titled ‘Falling Through Time’. Corinne created an image of jars that went from largest to smallest with the smallest holding the strongest and most intense colour and the largest holding the weaker and most diluted colour; this creates the title ‘Half Empty or Half Full’ and refers to the common expression “is the glass half empty or half full?” when looking at positive or negative aspects of life. The photographs were generated to provoke questions and thoughts about life and whether or not the audience is making the most of what they are given in life. The audience should feel humbled by the photographs and take their meanings to a personal and reflective level.
Here is a preview of one of the images I have taken for my panorama assessment. For my final work I will use about three or four images and use Photoshop to stich them together to create a panorama image. I am thinking of desaturating the background and keeping the rose yellow. As the rose weeps its colour gradually fades until it is colourless like the background.
Digital Photography Glossary
Having had little experience in digital photography before I found this useful glossary of digital photography terms.
The DP Review:
In class we have been learning how to create panoramic photos which is relevant to our next assignment in which we will be creating a panoramic/ combination photograph using Photoshop. The image above is a test shot I took and stitched together in Photoshop.
As part of our final assessment we have to produce a body of work that needs to have an overall consistency of a ‘series’. The assessment requires us to photograph a series of 6 images that are linked by a common theme. Although I have not settled on an idea yet I have been considering possible themes including:
An idea portraying different colours and their relationship to emotion; different colours stimulate different emotions and therefore particular colours are associated with particular emotions.
Children represent innocence, creativity and imagination. This could be portrayed through fairy tales. Fairy tales reflect childhood, creativity and imagination.
Surrealism can be linked to dreams which reflect imagination. Dreams can possibly lead to ideas of childhood and childhood experiences such as nightmares and fantasies.
Recurring themes of exclusion and isolation are persistent throughout Tracey Moffatt’s Up in the Sky series and are evident in the above dream like image that creates a claustrophobic effect where the viewer feels as if they are being watched by the subjects of the image, causing the audience to feel like the “other”, marginalised and isolated from the majority.
Here is an example of how Tracey Moffatt takes on film conventions through the way that she chooses to frame her images. In the above image from her “Up in the Sky” series the strategic poisoning of the pole dissects the photograph, separating the two people in the image, alluding to ideas of division and isolations that could suggest the nature of their relationship.