T206 Midterm Project
Statement I’m not sure exactly what to call the visual aesthetic I chose, but it can be summed up as a kind of psychedelic space look with elements of mysticism thrown in. The lyrics I chose came from a Mastodon song called “Divinations.” The verse dealt with space concepts, such as wormholes, that lent itself very well to psychedelic imagery. My inspiration for the spacey imagery came mostly from the “Stargate” sequence from 2001: A Space Odyssey, which includes lots of swirling colors and patterns. The lyrics from “Divinations” also contained descriptions of ancient spirits and the mysticism of nature, which is alluded to in the nature aspects of my photos. I felt these mystic aspects matched with the psychedelic nature of the space theme.
I used a lot of low angles in my photos because it made the objects in them
seem like insurmountable obstacles. It emphasized that the “protagonist” of the song was trapped and without control. I used colors in two different ways. In some cases, I de-‐saturated pictures of natural things to make the environment seem grave and unfriendly. In other photos, I emphasized a wide variety of colors to make them seem unnatural and otherworldly. There are lots of reds and oranges in my pictures because it brought to mind fire, which in turn made them seem more menacing. I used a lot of stone and metal textures in my photos because they are textures that are often cold and harsh. I did a lot of experimenting with lighting angles and effects. For example, in my second photo, I combined high-‐angle lighting with low-‐ angle camera shots to create long shadows that seemed helpless. In my fourth photo, I played with the way the sunlight refracted off the statue to make it look like a tunnel or a vortex.
Divinations By Mastodon Animal spirits come calling me home Through the tunnels of brilliant light The magnet of wisdom is pulling Burrowing faster the fabric of time No escape Binding spirits No escape Trapped in time space Visual Aesthetic:
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Colony of Birchmen (2007)