Inside, Outside, In Between Part 1: Ripped!
Artist Analysis: Kodansha – Mosatsu Kodansha is Japan’s largest publisher. They created an Apple App called ‘Rip! Mosatsu’. Mosastsu is a series of popular photo books which have been published by Kodansha. In the game, you can rip the photographs of the well dressed young ladies to reveal their underwear. There hasbeen a lot of controversy with the game as it is seen to objectify women, and was even pulled from the Apple Store in 2010 two month after it was approved for sale, because it is reported that Steve Jobs hated porn. The game was removed with no real reasons as to why, but merely that ‘the standards have changed’.
Because there is so much controversy towards this game and the set of photographs they produced I have been drawn to the idea.
Developmental: Kodansha â€“ Mosatsu
I am using the same idea for the initial set of photographs to build up each different stage of the process. Here I have taken the top photographs ripped them, and overlaid them onto the underwear photographs. This will give the same effect as what the original Kodansha â€“ Mosatsu photographs had.
Final Outcomes: Kodansha – Mosatsu
Again, I am using the Kodansha – Mosatsu idea because it is done in stages and steps. By showing each different step, the set of photographs build up and up. For my final outcomes, I will retake the developmental set with my phone. I will then photograph my phone showing the photographs. I wanted to do this because Kodansha – Mosatsu was an app before it was shut down.
Project Review I really enjoyed this project because I was able to use different techniques to accomplish this idea. First of all I took two photographs for each scene, one fully clothed, the other in just underwear. Then I printed these out and physically ripped the top photograph. I feel this gave it a good texture as the edges are all frayed and untidy which is how a rip should look. Then I retook the photographs with my iPhone. I liked how the images came out as they are still sharp and clear even when taken with a phone camera. I then retook these, with my camera showing the phone and photographs. I love how these look because they have the quality that the original app had.
If I was to re-do this set of photographs, I would probably use a model because it was extremely hard to stay in the same position as before, after taking clothes off. I enjoyed myself doing this because I feel I have expressed myself. This project has also boosted my self confidence as I had to pose in my underwear to complete the project.
Part 2: Journeys
Walker Evans Walker Evans was an American photographer during the 1920s – 50s. During 1938- 1941, he took to taking photographs of people on the subway without their knowing. He used a hidden camera in his coat. Many of the subjects seem to be looking straight into the camera, as if they were posing for the photograph.
Christian Keenan I stumbled across this photograph on Google Images but it has had a huge influence on my project. Keenan took photographs of his two sons’ first train journey on their way to the Olympics.
In this project, I will be taking photos of both friends and strangers on public transport, and walking. A journey is in between the place they’ve left and where they are headed. I will have all the photos in black and white and try to recreate the feeling that the subjects do not know they’re having their photograph taken.
Developmental: Ariane Iligan Like Christian Keenan’s photographs, I also stumbled across Ariane Iligan’s photographs of a carnival. She took photographs of people on the Horror Train as they re-emerged from the ride. Iligan said she wanted to ‘capture the emotion of the scene in the frame’. I love this photograph because of the motion blur. It really changes the photograph. It is no longer static, but has movement to it. We can see the fear and joy in the rider’s faces.
For my developmental, I will re-take the photographs, but introduce a motion blur. I want the people’s faces still to be recognisable but to have that movement in it also.
Final Outcomes: Li Hui Li Hui is a self taught photographer from China. She is also a sculptor using lights and scaffolding in her installations. Below is one of Hui’s photographs from a set called ‘Hidden’. She has overlaid photographs of the environment/ landscapes onto people. The people’s shapes blend in with the landscape behind.
Recently, I visited Arran in Scotland and took some landscape photographs. I will use my motion blur journey photographs to overlay onto these landscape photographs, just as Hui has.
Project Review This is my second set of photographs for the Inside, Outside and In Between brief. My first set of photographs worked really well. I was able to take many of the photographs on an eight hour journey to Scotland. It was very had to conceal my camera as it makes a really loud noise. In a few of the photographs, the subjects have spotted the camera. When I went on London Transport to take a few more journey photographs, I noticed that people noticed the camera but then pretended not to have seen it and looked away. I really like the contrast and brightness of these images and I think they worked really well. My second set was inspired by a horror train photograph. I think my set of images worked really well as I used a slow shutter speed to create the motion blur. It was during the day when I re took those images so some turned out burnt out in some areas. I think I fixed the problem however by changing the contrast. I wanted to incorporate my landscape photographs from Scotland, I have found a way to do this. Li Hui has become one of my favourite photographer as she uses many different ideas to create some amazing artwork. I like my set of finial outcomes due to the colours, contrast and interaction of the landscape photographs and the journey images. If I was to re-do my project, I would try to do the motion blur on the initial set of images. I would also have taken photographs of the view from the train window to them use as the background for the people on a journey photographs.