With these pictures I wanted to capture a generic college student interpretation of Pink Floydâ€™s The Wall. To accomplish this I started with a shot of an unmade, possibly just vacated, bed. This is followed by a picture of a television playing the most insipid show I could find at the time. The third image is of various books and notebooks haphazardly scattered across a table. The fourth image contains only a window with the blinds mostly shut but still allowing beams of sunlight in. I included it in an attempt to demonstrate a desire for escape or the allure of freedom. The final image is of a person relaxing on a deck while enjoying a beer and a cigarette. The first four images have a diffuse glow filter applied to them to emphasize the white space in them. After the filter I reduced the brightness and increased the contrast to darken the images and further emphasize the white areas. I finished manipulating the images by slightly under exposing each one to enhance their already dark quality. I took an opposite approach for the last picture however. I applied several sharpening filters to it and finished by increasing the vibrance and saturation. I made the final image much brighter in an attempt to show the realization of happiness or contentment.
My visual aesthetic was inspired in part by the film Book of Eli. The movie quite effectively captures a somber tone throughout which is what I wanted for my first four shots.
I don't need no arms around me And I dont need no drugs to calm me. I have seen the writing on the wall. Don't think I need anything at all. No! Don't think I'll need anything at all.