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Out Of  Place   Alex  Duncan  


Out Of  Place  Brief  -­‐    


Ar3st Analysis     On  first  glance,  the  image  seems  to  be  based  on  a  fashion  brief.  However,  the  image   is  actually  collabora3on  between  photographer  Richard  Burbridge  and  fine  ar3st   Maurizio  Anzeri.  In  an  interview  with  Dazed  magazine,  Anzeri  states  that  the  set  of   photographs  are  based  on  trying  to  capture  the  atmosphere  of  “last  century  photos   of  ectoplasm”,  infused  with  contemporary  fashion.  This  gives  the  impression  that  the   photographer,  Burbridge,  aimed  to  create  a  set  of  photographs  which  were   technically  and  visually  modern,  but  communicate  an  old,  paranormal  atmosphere.     As  these  images  were  based  on  last  century  ectoplasm,  the  photographer  could  be   trying  to  communicate  the  21st  century,  modern  day  version  of  releasing  your   demons.    In  which  case,  the  imagery  in  this  photograph  could  actually  be  symbolic  of   the  changing  society  standards  from  previous  centuries  where  people,  especially   women,  were  expected  to  hide  their  problems  from  people  outside  of  their  close   family  –  whereas  now,  it  is  socially  acceptable,  and  seen  as  mentally  healthy,  to   discuss  your  problems  or  personal  demons  with  other  people.  I  believe  this  concept   is  represented  in  both  models.     The  image  on  the  leM  represents  the  expecta3on  of  containing  your  issues  to   yourself,  as  the  subject  maOer  has  her  hands  covering  her  ears,  as  if  not  to  let  out   her  demons.  This  idea  is  paralleled  in  the  chao3c  use  of  thread,  sugges3ng  inner   turmoil  or  anguish.  The  controlled  flow  of  thread,  specifically  on  the  right  image,   highlights  the  idea  of  concealing  emo3ons,  as  emo3ons  are  so  complex  which   contrasts  against  the  controlled  thread.  The  photograph  on  the  right  represents  the   modern  day  acceptance  of  sharing  your  problems  because  it  is  clear,  with  Anzeri’s   work  that  the  subject  maOer  is  screaming  as  if  releasing  her  demons.  Another   interpreta3on  of  the  imagery  could  be  that  the  coloured  s3tching  represents  our   emo3ons  or  mind.  When  we  allow  our  emo3ons  to  show,  that  is  when  we  are  most   bold  and  compelling  to  be  around  –  which  implies  that  the  photographer  is  trying  to   communicate  that  we  should  let  our  minds  and  emo3ons  speak  for  themselves   because  that  is  what  makes  us  who  we  really  are  so  we  shouldn’t  hide  that.  

My personal  response  to  this  image  is  posi3ve  as  both  Richard  Burbridge   and  Maurizio  Anzeri’s  style  connected  well  paired  together.  What  I  like   most  about  this  image  is  the  framing  of  the  images.  Burbridge  kept  the   images  simple  which  allowed  Anzeri’s  s3tching  to  not  detract  from  the   actual  photographs.  What  inspired  me  to  take  my  own  images  is  the   composi3on  of  the  photographs  as  they  are  parallel  which  demonstrates  a   contrast,  which  I  could  use  to  show  the  difference  in  emo3on  in  my  brief,   of  feeling  out  of  place.  Also,  they  appear  as  if  solarised,  forming  unreal   human  quali3es  which  enhances  the  contrast  of  colour  in  the  s3tching   compared  to  the  image  itself.    


Ini3al Photographs  


Developed Photographs  


Idea 1  evalua3on   My  original  inten3on  in  taking  these  photographs  were  to  explore  the  personal  feeling   behind  the  brief  “out  of  place”.    I  opted  not  to  go  down  the  route  of  making  something   physically  out  of  place  in  this  set  of  images,  and  instead  I  aimed  to  explore  how  people  feel   when  they  are  in  situa3ons  which  make  them  feel  out  of  place.    I  believe  I  did  achieve  this  by   taking  two  different  sets  of  images.  One  set  in  front  of  a  white  back  drop,  with  the  subject   maOer  posed  in  an  almost  candid,  normal  way.  I  then  took  another  set  of  photos  in  a  dark   room  with  one  light  source  directed  towards  the  subject  maOer’s  face  whilst  she  posed  as  if   she  was  screaming.  I  put  these  two  sets  of  images  next  to  each  other  to  create  a  contrast   between  what  we  feel  inside  and  what  we  show  on  the  outside.     Overall  I’m  pleased  with  the  technical  and  visual  quali3es  of  the  images  from  Idea  1.  I  used   ligh3ng  which  would  complement  the  symbolic  meaning  behind  the  two  different  types  of   images.  In  the  ‘normal’  white  background  images,  I  used  two  flash  light  boxes  so  that  the   images  were  in  simple,  nice  looking  light.  In  the  black  background  images,  I  used  one   con3nuous  light  source  which  was  only  directed  on  the  subject  maOer’s  face.  By  doing  this  I   hoped  that  a  stark  contrast  would  be  portrayed  effec3vely  that  supported  my  ideas  behind   the  images.  As  well  as  this,  I’m  pleased  with  the  focus  on  each  of  the  images  because  there  is   a  deep  depth  of  field  so  everything  is  in  focus  which  is  what  I  aimed  for  (apart  from  the  one   blurred  image,  which  was  intended  to  not  be  in  focus).     My  developed  Idea  1  images  will  have  more  of  a  visual  impact  on  a  viewer  than  the  Idea  1   ini3al  images.  I  intended  to  make  the  developed  images  more  prominent  and  thought   provoking  that  the  ini3al  images  by  s3tching  extra  colour  and  intricate  detailing  on  the   images.  The  expression  in  which  the  subject  maOer  holds  in  the  images  will  create  a  visual   impact  on  a  viewer  because  of  the  obvious  contrasts  between  the  two  juxtaposing  images.     There  is  a  higher  level  of  symbolism  in  the  developed  set  of  Idea  1  images  in  which  a  viewer   will  be  capable  of  deciphering  the  meaning.  This  is  because  of  the  symbolism  behind  the   s3tching.  I  intended  for  the  s3tching  to  symbolise  how  our  internal  struggle  of  our  emo3ons   in  situa3ons  in  which  we  do  not  feel  comfortable,  or  feel  out  of  place,  takes  over  and  filters   through  to  your  outward  persona.  I  demonstrated  this  by  s3tching  thread  in  an  X  forma3on   over  the  subject  maOer’s  mouth,  symbolising  how  you  may  be  screaming  on  the  inside,  but   you  may  be  constricted  to  let  your  emo3ons  out.  In  another  image,  the  thread  travels  from   the  subject  maOer’s  mouth  on  the  dark  side,  to  the  subject  maOer’s  eyes  on  the  light  side.   This  represents  how  you  can  be  blinded  by  emo3ons  or  be  constrained  by  how  you’re  feeling.   Therefore,  because  of  the  presenta3on  of  the  symbolism  I  believe  that  a  viewer  could   decipher  their  own  meaning  behind  the  symbolism  of  feeling  out  of  place.    


My main  aims  for  this  set  of  photos  for  Idea  2  is  to  take  a  more  abstract  approach   to  the  brief  “Out  Of  Place”.  In  the  set  of  photographs  for  Idea  1,  I  explored  the   constraints  of  feeling  out  of  place  and  I  would  like  to  con3nue  with  this  idea  so  the   project  flows  and  has  a  clear  thought  process  to  it.  I  aim  to  also  con3nue  using   physical  techniques  like  using  acetate,  letraset  and  paint  to  develop  these  images.  


Ini3al Photographs  


Developed  Images  


Final outcomes  


Idea 2  evalua3on      

My original  inten3on  in  taking  this  set  of  Idea  2  photographs  was  to  con3nue   exploring  the  idea  of  feeling  out  of  place  for  the  brief  “out  of  place”.  I  intended  to   use  the  same  subject  maOer  to  enhance  a  sense  of  con3nuity  throughout  this   project.  I  also  aimed  to  create  more  of  a  well  thought  out  symbolic  meaning  behind   the  images,  which  I  achieved  through  using  physical  representa3ons  of  emo3ons  in   the  images  themselves.         Although  I  am  pleased  overall  how  the  images  for  Idea  2  turned  out,  I  could  have   improved  on  some  visual  quali3es  by  adjus3ng  technical  considera3ons  like   ligh3ng.  I  used  a  well  light  room  in  natural  daylight  for  the  source  of  ligh3ng  in   these  images  and  looking  back  on  them  now,  I  could  improve  the  images  by   u3lizing  some  harsher  ligh3ng.  This  would  have  make  the  focal  point  stronger  and   the  photos  less  muted.  However  I  am  pleased  with  the  visual  quality  of  the  focusing   in  these  images  as  no  photographs  are  out  of  focus,  and  the  images  have  a  deep   depth  of  field  so  the  en3re  image  is  in  focus.  I  am  also  pleased  with  other  general   elements  such  as  the  composi3on  of  some  images.  I  par3cularly  like  the  image  in   which  the  subject  maOer  is  not  face  on  to  the  camera,  and  is  orientated  to  the  leM   of  the  image.  This  gives  the  set  of  photographs  variety  and  works  well  with  the   effect  of  the  emo3ons  spilling  out  of  the  subject  maOer’s  mouth.  The  texture  of  the   images  works  beOer  in  the  desaturated  images  because  it  creates  a  more  vivid   contrast  between  the  emo3ons  and  the  subject  maOer’s  skin  and  hair.  The  curling   form  of  the  paper  which  has  the  emo3ons  wriOen  on  creates  interes3ng  shapes  in   the  images  also.    

My images  will  have  a  strong  visual  impact  on  a  viewer  mainly  on  a  first   look  because  paper  is  spilling  out  of  a  subject  maOer’s  mouth,  which  is   quite  shocking  if  you  do  not  expect  to  see  it.  However,  aMer  the  ini3al   reac3on,  my  images  will  have  an  impact  because  of  the  symbolism   portrayed  within  the  photographs.  Also,  I  expect  the  set  of  idea  2  images   will  have  more  of  an  impact  on  a  viewer  because  they  are  more  abstract   than  my  Idea  1  images.          I  believe  I  achieved  the  level  of  symbolism  I  wanted  in  my  Idea  2   photographs  because  a  viewer  can  see  that  there  are  words  such  as   “anxiety”  and  “confusion”  which  can  lead  the  viewer  to  decipher  what   they  wish  from  these  words.  However  I  believe  the  symbolic  message  is   quite  clear  to  interpret  because  of  the  process  of  development  throughout   my  whole  project.  The  main  symbolic  message  I  tried  to  convey  through   these  images  was  that  eventually,  what  you  feel  inside  will  alter  and   disfigure  how  you  are  on  the  outside.  This  is  relatable  to  most  people;   therefore  I  believe  that  a  viewer  could  decipher  the  meaning  behind  the   images.    

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