Surrealism Final Images

Following my research into surrealism I decided to continue my work and make a series of eight images on the subject. Silvia gray’s work loosely inspired my work and gave me and idea of what I wanted to photograph, while Alexey Titarenko’s work with movement was also an influence on my images. The majority of surrealism deals with three major themes Sex, Religion and Death with this in mind I believe my images deal with death as the character throughout these images seems very ghostly, my images like Gray’s feel very dream like.

All my images build on my experimental image for surrealism of someone in a monkey mask standing in different positions but layered over the top of each other, this made the subject look like they were moving. I tried to add to this in my eight images so I tried more movement than the original image, the result I feel is effective in some images but not others as some of the images feel a bit sloppy as the subject did not move properly when they were taking position leaving the image to not line up properly.

I shot these images using very standard lighting: one key light this gives the images a very standard look making them easier to add together. I adjusted the white balanced to give them images a standard feel and adjusted the contrast on each image to make the subject stand out more from the background when added together. I also adjusted the saturation of the images to drain them of colour, I did this as it gives the images more of a dream feel. I then layered the images on top of each to create the movement effect I was trying to achieve.

Overall I think the idea of these images was better than the outcome as they seem rushed and the outcome of them is somewhat disappointing. I wish I would have shot these images using a tripod to make them more stable this would have made the look of them much better as they would have fit together more easily.

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Digital Portraits

For my series of digital portraits I decided to take a sequence of three sports portraits heavily inspired by the work of both Bruce Ely and James Cannon. All three of my images are supposed to be portraits used a player profile pictures but with a darker tone involved. Bruce Ely’s portraits for the Portland Trail Blazers use strong lighting but only from one side, this creates a strong shadow effect on the other half of the face. This effect makes the subject seem intimidating and like they are challenging the viewer, I liked this so I used it in my own portraits. Ely used a black studio background in his images but I decided use a white background as it makes the contrast between light and dark greater, I also adjusted the white balance on each image to create a better sense of colour.

I like James Cannon’s use of a studio however he uses very flat lighting making everything seem perfect, this makes the subjects look like models rather than elite athletes. Like both photographers my images were taken at a neutral angle making the subject on the same level as the viewer this makes the subject see  m intimidating yet challenging. The facial expressions used in my images are also essential to the overall photo, he looks neutral in all the photos making him very unintimidating, in all my photos he is making eye contact with the camera making the image seem very personal to the viewer almost like he is challenging us.

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