As my photographs are on acetate and layered on top one another, the best ways to view them are by using light. You can either hold them up to a window during the day or hold them up to a lightbulb, but for the best result, I suggest using a lightbox.
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Into the Woods (Part II)
At the beginning of this project I had no idea what I was going to produce, I had literally no ideas whatsoever and that terrified me. I usually have at least a few rough ideas, whether it is a location, a brief concept, a possible title of my project, but I had nothing. It took about three weeks into the unit before I even had a single idea that could work. We were asked to produce a piece of work that fits into the strands, surface, archive or time. I knew that archive was out of the question as I did not find it interesting. I decided to take a step back and take part in as many workshops as I could to explore new media that I could use for the time and surface strands. I knew we had to exhibit out work for the unit at the beginning of next year, so I decided to research on how to exhibit a photograph and really got hooked on the idea of turning my photographs into an installation piece. I researched further into photography installation pieces and came across Nobuhiro Nakanishi. Nakanishi is a Japanese artist who creates three-dimensional installations by photographing a scene over a period of time. He then laser prints each image and mounts it to acrylic. I was mesmerized by his work and decided to exhibit my work as an installation influenced by Nakanishi’s.
I have used layering in photography before by using double exposure in my ‘Displacement’ project and really like the effect it made. In the workshops with Nina and Rob, I found there are many photographic processes in which you can layer imagery other than on an editing software such as photoshop. I found the cyanotype workshop extremely helpful as a way of layering imagery. Other workshops such as photograms and the mixed media workshops really made me realise that there is so much more you can do to create a photograph. This unit has really helped me grow as a photographer learning there are many ways to work into a photograph to make it something more than a ‘normal’ photograph. The photogram workshop also introduced me to acetate, I have never used acetate as a material to print onto before and the images came out well. This then gave me the idea to use acetate as my final piece, using a single sheet as one layer.
Into the Woods is a photo series of mine that I have wanted to continue and this unit I believe was the best way for me to do that. I got the chance to not only continue a series that I really enjoyed making but to improve and expand it into an installation piece. I decided that I would do a shoot in a forest, with the model wearing red as it is the signature colour that flows through the vast majority of my work, just like Part I of the photo series. I did a test shoot which helped me find out the right location and to test all of the equipment which is lucky considering the light meter didn’t work. My final shoot came out really well considering the terrible weather, the model and myself both felt comfortable around each other which helped in this situation. The final images I knew would work well on acetate and layering as in the woods, trees are layered. I have used layering in photography before by using double exposure in my ‘Displacement’ project and really like the effect it made. In the workshops with Nina and Rob, I found there are many photographic processes in which you can layer imagery other than on an editing software such as photoshop. I found the cyanotype workshop extremely helpful as a way of layering imagery. Other workshops such as photograms and the mixed media workshops really made me realise that there is so much more you can do to create a photograph. This unit has really helped me grow as a photographer learning there are many ways to work into a photograph to make it something more than a ‘normal’ photograph. The photogram workshop also introduced me to acetate, I have never used acetate as a material to print onto before and the images came out well. This then gave me the idea to use acetate as my final piece, using a single sheet as one layer. Editing the photos so that they would work well on the acetate was actually more difficult than I originally thought. I had to scan through my images and pick out the parts that would work well together as a layer. Once completed, to see the image at its full potential, do so on a lightbox.
Connecting photography has been a rollercoaster of a unit, I went from having ideas to thinking there was no way I could execute them. I had such high hopes for myself in this unit and I feel that I did not live up to them, I tried as hard as I could and learnt a few thing along the way. If I could go back and change anything it would be my time management, I would have also taken my time with my idea process and tried not to be so hard on myself when something didn’t turn out quite how I wanted it to. I have learnt to take a step back when I don’t know what to do and to take my time as I will not have ideas straight away. Overall, I enjoyed this project, it pushed me to new lengths and taught me that photographs can be more than just an image. I learnt many new photographic processes that I will use in the future.
After printing out my constructed images onto acetate, I arranged them in order and placed them on a lightbox. I have done this so you can get a realistic idea of how the layers of acetate will come together when I display them for the exposure exhibition. To display them I will have a light source that will light the acetates up, much like the lightbox.
Overall I am happy with the end results, even though the process of creating this piece was much harder than I initially thought, I am happy with myself for not changing my idea even when others told me it was unachievable with the short amount of time. My piece finally came together much better than I possibly thought it would.
I have decided to use several of my images to create my final piece. I will not use each of them as separate images, instead, I will merge aspects of my favourite photographs to create a series of layers. When placed over the top of one another, the layers of printed acetate will come together to create a whole new image.
Below are screenshots of the images I will print onto acetate. I put together the images by selecting certain parts from the photos I took and merging them together, I have constructed every layer myself using photoshop.
I have eight layers constructed from 14 photographs that when printed on acetate and placed over one another, will create a new image. It took me a few days to get the hang of doing this on photoshop and a lot of tries to get it right, I needed to make sure no image, other than the background image, was in the place of the models face. I didn’t want the overall piece to seem too busy, which also took a lot of practice and brainstorming to work out how to do so. Overall, this process took 3 days and though I got worked up at times, I believe they worked out rather well.
For my final shoot, I looked back at the photographs I took for my ‘Into the Woods’ photo series (click here to see images). I did as I want to continue the photo series, thus needing the images from both parts of the series able to flow well together. I didn’t want Part II of the series to look out of place with the previous part of the series.
Below are the edited images from the shoot.
I enhanced the reds, yellows, greens and ever so slightly the cyans in these images. I have done this as red is the colour the flows through my work, you will often see the colour somewhere in my photographs, being the main colour the majority of the time. I am really pleased with the composition of my photos and the overall look of them. The next step is to arrange parts of them together in photoshop to create a series of layers, these will then be printed onto acetate.
I think I have done a good job of continuing my Into the Woods photo series and have done it justice. The new images work well with the past images but also gives a fresh and urban feel to the series. I am hoping to continue the series further in the future.
I have decided to continue my Into the Woods photo series. The original series’ (Into the Woods: Part I) concept was based on my childhood spent in my Grandads farm and forest (click here for ‘Into the Woods’ original concept). For ITH (Into the Woods) Part II, I want to continue the same concept as I do not want to change what started it, but it will also be expanded. Alongside the inspiration for this photo series being about my childhood and where I spent it, I also wanted to show the more mysterious side of it and make Part II seem more mature. Whereas Part I consisted of my younger sister being my model, this time I used my friend that I have known for five years. This still connects to my childhood but I have also grown up with her through college and university. The scenery in Part I and Part II took place in different seasons, thus showing change.
Although I do not have a completely new concept for this project, I don’t really want to. Even though I am continuing a photo series, I want a fresh look and a new feel to the series, I don’t want to have to scrap the original concept for the series as it means a lot to me. I just want to expand and continue it.