TEMPORAL EXPRESSIONS: THE REFLECTION

Completing the TEMPORAL EXPRESSION tasks, I ran into three major difficulties:

Finding the right motive. I did not only had to find motives that fit the given theme CIRCLE, but also ones, I could capture, using long exposure, short exposure and the method of a joiner image. It was not easy to achieve that and sometimes, I had to try more motives than I would have liked.

Research. I could not just go out and take the photos. For this task, research was a really important part and I do not think that I would have had accomplished anything without the amount of research, I did. I had to gain information about how to set cameras and what cameras to use in the first place, what the tasks were and what other people did.

The camera. For two of the tasks, I used my smartphone camera and even though I was happy with the result, I think I could have achieved something better, if I would have used a proper camera. After I realized that, I completed part two using a friend’s camera and the results were amazing, compared to what I would have ended up with using my smartphone. To demonstrate the immense difference, in the following, I will show two photos of light painting. The first one was taken with my smartphone, the second one with my friend’s digital SLR.

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TEMPORAL EXPRESSIONS: THE TASKS

TEMPORALEXPRESSIONS: JOINER IMAGE (TASK 1)

TEMPORAL EXPRESSIONS: LONG EXPOSURE (TASK 2)

TEMPORAL EXPRESSIONS: SHORT EXPOSURE (TASK 3)

TEMPORAL EXPRESSIONS: SHORT EXPOSURE (TASK 3)

I completed the third temporal expression task: short exposure photography.  I tried to use the camera of my smartphone to take the photos, since I did not really have easy access to a proper camera and taking a photo was harder than I expected. More than once, the picture ended up blurred and not frozen, the way I wanted it to be. Like this one:

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After I realized that my camera just is not able to capture really fast movement, I decided to go for a slower moving motive. Also, my new motive did fit more to the given theme of circle, due to the round shape and the flow of the fluid. Even though, I was not happy that I could not freely choose my motive, I was quite satisfied with the outcome. Anyway, for the next task, want to try to find a proper camaera.

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TEMPORAL EXPRESSIONS: THE TASKS

TEMPORALEXPRESSIONS: JOINER IMAGE (TASK 1)

TEMPORAL EXPRESSIONS: LONG EXPOSURE (TASK 2)

TEMPORAL EXPRESSIONS: THE REFLECTION

Temporal Expressions: Joiner Image (TASK 1)

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I created my joiner image in the style of David Hockney using something I found at home, a cup from Subway. Since the theme of this task was “CIRCLE”, I thought the shape of my object might fit in very well. To get to the image you can see, I took more than 15 small pictures and then “puzzled” them together. It took longer than I expected because I had to be aware of different angles, lightning and the zoom I used. In the end, it was quite fun to create something big and working from different smaller things.

Next, I will have to complete the second task, a  creative photo-image which exploits long exposure.


TEMPORAL EXPRESSIONS: THE TASKS

TEMPORALEXPRESSIONS: JOINER IMAGE (TASK 1)

TEMPORAL EXPRESSIONS: LONG EXPOSURE (TASK 2)

TEMPORAL EXPRESSIONS: SHORT EXPOSURE (TASK 3)

TEMPORAL EXPRESSIONS: THE REFLECTION

PHOTO-ALPHABET 3: THE Reflection

Reflection on the Photo- Alphabet Task:

Even though in the end, I had managed to find all my motives, doing this task was not as easy as expected. Some shapes occur a lot (like I, U, O or X), while others do not (like R, D, Y or M). Sometimes I took several photos because I was not happy with the result I got.

But after all, I think this task made me learn a lot about my environment, I had never noticed before. After looking for certain patterns or textures all the time, I am still finding myself discovering new ones, even though the task is over. I think I got a better eye for things like that.


PHOTO-ALPHABET 1: THE TASK

PHTOT-ALPHABET 2: THE COLLAGE

TEMPORAL EXPRESSIONS: THE TASKS

This week’s task was to all about space and time and its expression within Art History. Other than the week before, we were asked to not do one piece of work but three:

  1. create a joiner image in the style of David Hockney
  2. produce creative photo-images which exploit long exposure (eg light painting, motion-blur, slit-scan etc)
  3. produce creative photo images or sequences which exploit short exposure (eg, sports, frozen motion etc)

I started with the first one. The complete the task, the first thing I had to do was looking into David Hockney and his work to find out what exactly I would end up doing. Also, I thought some inspiration might be a really good idea.

You can find his work following that link: http://www.hockneypictures.com/works_photos.php

I used that link, to look up some of his things. For example:

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The the photographic collage shows the Pearblossom Highway and was taken from 11th to 18th April in 1986. To understand the picture being a collage and not just a single photograph, I had to look twiche due to how acurate the single takes were put together.

References:

Hockney, D., 1986. Pearblossom Highway [photographic collage].No place: published by David Hochney. Available from: http://www.hockneypictures.com/works_photos.php [Accesed 06/10/14]


TEMPORALEXPRESSIONS: JOINER IMAGE (TASK 1)

TEMPORAL EXPRESSIONS: LONG EXPOSURE (TASK 2)

TEMPORAL EXPRESSIONS: SHORT EXPOSURE (TASK 3)

TEMPORAL EXPRESSIONS: THE REFLECTION

PHOTO-ALPHABET 1: THE TASK

Yesterday, we had our first ‘real’ lectures and seminars and we were already given a task for the first week, a photo-alphabet.  We are supposed to work either in self-selected pairs or alone and to master the task, we have to take 26 photos. Each of those photos should represent one letter from the Alphabet, using a naturally-occurring shape.

Before I start going outside and looking for motives, I have to make sure to consider certain things that were mentioned in the brief that has been given to us:

  • I should try to frame my shot ‘in-camera’ and not edit the photos in the end.
  • I should use portrait mode.
  • I need to find inspiration! For example, I can look at:

http://www.alphabetphotography.co.uk/: It offers the possibility to type in words or random letters that then will be demonstrated in photographs. As an example, I typed the letters ‘ABCDE’.

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Or: http://artroomonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/full_12984916273_alphabet.jpg: A collage done by taking photos of rooftops which are shaped like letters.

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  • Also, for research, I can look at photograms of Maholy Nagy and the work of artists in the Bauhaus movement. Doing this I might get a better understanding of patterns and shape as well as the historical background.
  • Remember to use Photoshop in the end to put my letters into a collage.

References:

Wise, M., 2007. Alphabet Photography [online]. UK: Alphabet Photography team. Available from: http://www.alphabetphotography.co.uk/ [Accessed 01/11/14]


PHOTO-ALPHABET 2: THE COLLAGE

PHOTO-ALPHABET 3: THE REFLECTION