Initial Set: Jonathan Kingston
Jonathan Kingston is an American photographer who is interested in diving and rock climbing. He has had some of his travel photographs published in the Nation Geographic magazine. Kingston also goes by the name ‘ The Nomadic Photographer’ and ‘Explores the world in search of images and insights’. He has an interest in underwater photography and this really this really shows in his photographs.
Developmental Set 1: Laurence Demaison
Laurence Demaison‘s photographs are mainly self-portraits. She explores ‘what the camera sees compared with what the human eye cannot or does not see’. In many of her photographs, her appearance is distorted. She brings beauty and interest to photographs. Demaison’s photographs make people stare at them, which is human nature. There is strong symbolism within this photograph. The clear bowl shows the transparency of life and how we are all on display. The baby suspended in it could show either life or death. The water in the bowl could represent the amniotic fluid within the womb. It could show the secret development of children during pregnancy. However, it is more likely to show death. The child is clothed and tied to a weight which could represent drowning or wanting to end a life before it has even begun. The live fish in the bowl are a contrast to the seemingly dead baby.
Developmental Set 2: Jay Archibald
Jay Archibald sees kaleidoscopes as â€˜vehicles to infinite enjoyment and delightâ€™. He makes his own kaleidoscopes and uses them to create amazing abstract photography. Not only does he just photograph patterns, he also uses the kaleiscope lens to photograph urban scenes and nature. Archibald does not use any digital effects to make the repeated pattern, he does it all manually. I wanted to produce kaleiscope photography, but also by not using digital enhancement to help.
Developmental set 3: io9 Jarpet
Jarpet is a company that believes that animals should be allowed to roam free and not be contained. They have come up with a product to do just that. They have produced an interactive 3D projection system that can be plugged into a computer. It is essentially a jar with a USB lead. On the computer, you can download different types of animals for children to study and admire. I love the idea of having my own penguin in a jar, but of course this is ethically wrong and physically impossible. I wanted to create a world in a jar in which you can hold in your hand and appreciate.
Developmental Set 5: Rosanna Webster
Rosanna Webster is an Illustraion graduate from Brighton University. She has had work published in many magazines like WOW, Dazed Digital and Vogue Paris. Webster also had an exhibition at the V&A Museum called â€˜Designers of the Futureâ€™ in 2011. Her style varies from each set of photographs, but these projection images are my favourite. Where the projections are placed on the subject, it gives their faces textures and new features like feathers and horns. I wanted to give my models a new texture.
Developmental Set 6 (Final Outcomes): Jaques Dequeker
Jaques Dequeker is a Brazilian photographer who in 2000 had work published in Vogue, who he collaborates with frequently. Dequeker uses the 3D effect in his fashion shoots a lot. 3D shows the Inside, Outside and the In between simultaneously. I love this idea that something can be in three states at once.
Exam Evaluation When I first saw the Inside, Outside and In Between brief, I immediately wanted to use Irina Werningâ€™s idea of staging old family photographs. This proved very hard to even start so that idea was scrapped. The idea of the underwater photography came to me in a dream and I wanted to pursue it. I found some photographs I had taken from holidays in Malta and Egypt and wanted to see how much I could modify these. I have put the original photos in the beginning of this slide show just to show they were the starting point. My initial photographs are okay, but are not of a good quality as they were taken on disposable cameras and then scanned. This definitely had an effect on my whole project. I think that if the photographs were of better quality, it would have been easier for them to be seen through water in the first developmental set and through the kaleidoscope in the second developmental. I am happy with the graininess now, as it has given the photographs a good texture and has helped to distort the image. I took four developmental sets during the exam, but only three of these were successful. My favourite photographs from the first developmental are the fourth, sixth, seventh and eighth. They are clear through the water but still have the distorted effect that water gives. The fourth photograph looks like there is actually a fish in a bowl and not just a photograph of a photograph in water. The most successful photographs in the second developmental was the sixth, ninth and eleventh. These actually show a kaleidoscope effect well whereas the others did not much. The most successful photographs on the third developmental set are the sixth, seventh and eighth. I think these work well because they show fish in the jar. There were not very many successful photographs of the combined ideas of developmental one and two but the best ones are the first, second and fourth. They show the subject in the jar and the kaleidoscope well. The best photographs in the fifth developmental set are the first, sixth, tenth and twelfth. I love the depth of the photographs and the contrast of black and then the colour isolated on the faces. The most successful final outcome was the fifth and seventh.
I was really happy with my first three developmental sets but felt that they were not up to the standard that I am capable of. If I was taking photographs to show distortion, there would be a slight distortion but the subject itself would still be clear. Many of the photographs I have taken during the exam (especially in set two) are extremely distorted. I really like the effect but because it is not how I would normally take the photographs, I changed my idea to projections. I think set two is the most arty as it makes people stop and think about what the photograph is actually of. The fourth developmental set was just to see how the photographs would turn out, I didn’t think they would amount to much, but I am happy that I tried out the idea as I feel it worked extremely well in some cases. I pushed the boundaries of my photography by having a ‘hands on’ way with producing the photographs. I would usually make a kaleidoscope image and put environments into jars digitally. Although the end results would be clearer and possibly better done, I am happy I tired to create this effect manually. I had more say with how I wanted the photographs to turn out by holding a prism to my camera lens than by doing it on the computer. The end results meant more to me, because I had created the effect myself. I think my choice of artists and ideas were effective. As I was scrolling through other pieces of their work, new ideas kept coming to me, of which I will be trying in the future. I loved all of the ideas I had found and am happy with my outcomes influenced by them. Overall, I am extremely happy with my final outcomes. I would however, like another 12 hours to explore ideas that came to be during the exam but were either too ambitious or time consuming to start. I would have liked to of projected different images onto the models, or had them stand with a sheet over them just to give the final outcomes more texture and depth to them. Jaques Dequeker’s idea of 3D images worked really well, but again, if I had another 12 hours, there would be so many other things I would try out. Dequeker and Rosanna Webster are two photographers that I would look to for inspiration as they have both accomplished so much in the fashion and publishing world, let alone the fact, they have such new and upcoming ideas to do with photography.