Thursday, 1 April 2010

My Meaning

I have said this before but the reason I took this shoot at home was so that it would link with the work I did around St. Ives and Port Isaac. I simply took images of buildings and doors, I never went into them. I have taken this one step further and tried to show that through photography you can change the way people look at things. Here my house doesn't look inviting at all. I have portrayed it as if it were a scene from a horror film. It seriously looks as if I live in a really depressing area. But I don't and my house looks nothing like nor does the atmosphere feel like a scene from a horror film!
Ooh, and the reason I have manipulated my images in this way was because I really admire the work of Daido Moriyama. He's amazing.

Gwynnardh, 1 Tregoodwell

This is my home. Here it looks like something out of a horror movie. It's got a really weird shape to it and the arch-way that actually has really pretty flowers on it frames the front door really well. My mum really likes gardening, but the use of these plants here really give my house this very eerie look. I really like the light and how it has created the texture on my door. It's come from my flash, and it really stood out in a bad way but because I enhanced the contrast it now blends in nicely.

Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Working Shoes 2

My inspiration to do this shot came from Nadav Kander. I didn't move my shoes about to get them to look like this. This is how the shoe cupbaord always looks. My mum used to keep her shoes in here too, but she took them out a long time ago because I have so many. The marks at the back of the cupboard aren't scratches or anything from the negative, they are the marks left from me, kicking off my shoes...

Branches Out

Rather than being a square I have cropped this image so it is more like a rectangle. In doing this I have made the tree look bigger than it actually is. And, rather than having a circular ring around it it's tonal range is in layers. I was standing in the porch with the back door open when I took this image. There is a plant going across the door at the top and because I used my flash in this image, the light has reflected back off it a lot. But I changed the levels and the contrast to get it to blend into the branches of the trees.

Book Worm

I really dont know if this is showing a lot of books or just a few. I guess it depends on the person. To me, considering how many books we actually have in our home this is only a small portion. But someone else may easily come along and go 'hey, that's a lot of books!'. The fact that there are reading glasses on the shelf suggest that whoever owns these books...reads a lot of books. So in a way, at least to me, this is like an environmental portrait, without the person.

Wash It All Away

Initially I had planned to put the two images of my mum together side by side on a white background, and I did, but I didn't like it. The main thing I like about this image is the fact that this room looks really messy. You can't see the rest of the room so it allows the viewer to make it up in their head. In actual fact it's the garage, our house isn't this messy really. Unlike my other holga images this one doesn't have a black ring around it however the 'rubbish' goes around my subject in a semi circle appearing to frame it.

So, What's For Tea

The negative actually looks really dirty, and I probably should have cleaned it before I scanned it in but seeing as it is only noticeable on the grey areas I think it looks really cool! Because you've got the black circle around the image and then in the middle you've got a clear difference between white and black. The objects around my mum have a really nice aesthetic look to them which I think sort of make the photo.
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