This second project has been quite intense. I only really started it on the 19th November, and finished it today, the 30th November. But I think my best work come from being under pressure. I started out by looking at the fabric itself, I figured most people would create work based on the pattern on the scarf, so I wanted to so something different. Instantly when i found out the fibres in silk (which the scarf is made of) are miniature prisms which reflect light in all different directions I knew that this is what I would take forward. From this it was artist research, looking at iconic usage of the prism and how to make a prism. I had a lot of trial and error before i go my perfect prism. First i tried using a water bottle and a light on my speakers, this didn’t work. So i tried studio lights with the water bottle, this also didn’t work, the lights weren’t strong enough or focussed enough to create the beam of light required. I had a complete rethink, scouted around some charity shops and found the perfect prism, a diamond shaped candle holder. Now all i needed was a good light source, my online research told me sunlight is the best, however my house literally gets no sunlight in it, so i tried to think of a light source that is strong and quite small. I thought about if a projector would be good, this worked. With my new working prism I got a bit excited and just wanted to experiment with the shapes created, i made a video that showed how moving the candle holder slightly completely changed the light pattern and took images that represented this. My ideas then developed as i tried to incorporate the fabric, i realised if i put the diamond far away from the fabric the fabric absorbed the colour and just produced patches of lights, so i tried moving the diamond really close to the fabric; I started to notice beautiful shapes and colours and snapped away. I thought these images were good until I went to edit them, I realised the fabric wasn’t in focus, but i did gain my final idea from these shots. I realised the close up images worked the best, there is no context, which makes the viewer question what they are looking at, and i thought if i could get the fibres in focus it would bring my work back to it’s original point, the fibres of silk. Then i did my final shoot, after looking at the work of Jason Horowitz, and some of my past work with textures. For this shoot,i used the projector, diamond and a macro lens. When trying to edit the images down i began to get more out of them then i expected, I would be looking at an image for so long i began to put the shapes together and see an image, I decided I would use what I saw as an image title, for instance one was called rocket because to me it looked like a rocket in space; By doing this I am forcing the viewer to take on my view, try and see the images in the same way I did, which is completely different from how we would read the images if they were untitled. I also decided I wanted to print the images big, if i was ever to print them, to immerse the viewer into the colours and texture. I am happy with my final image, it definitely could be developed more, but for this project I think it’s quite a good result, and fits with the conceptual criteria. It’s a shame I had no money to print in high quality, but the images on the disk show the true quality of the image.
So there has been 1 reocurring image people have been telling me they think is the best visually. This is my final piece:
Project Title: Silk Fibres
Date Made: November 2011
Image Title: Futurism
This image would be printed across a whole wall in a gallery space, so people become immersed in the detail of the fibres and the colours surrounding them.
I’m having the usual problem photographers have, you see your images so many times the original impact and individual image gives you has disappeared.
I am trying to choose a final from these images here
I’ve been asking people their opinions to see if one reoccurring image comes up as the best. If not I will just have to choose.
I asked all the photography students at Coventry University, This is what some of them said.
So Far the only reoccurring one is the Futurism one, that Helen and Genea chose.
This is my final shoot, I hope :S. For this shoot i used a macro lens to try and make the fibres stand out. Here are some edits. I am going to name them again according to what i see. This way people might see the image and get confused because it has no context, then I give them a title which actually has nothing to do with the theme it’s just what i see in the shapes. This changes the whole reading of the image. Forcing the viewer to see through my eyes.
Now I have to choose one I want as my final piece, decide how bog i would print it and if i’m keeping the titles.
So my next development idea was to concentrate on really close up compositions, trying to create beautiful prism shapes whilst creating detail in the fabric.
If i were to print any of these images they would be on huge scale. so each fibre would be massive.
The thing I have noticed about these close up images, is that the weaving of the fabric almost creates pixels. and because the image has no context I start to create images by myself. Like when you make shapes out of clouds, for this reason i’m going to try and name each image. Based on what i see.
This idea can deffinately be improved by using a zoom lens or a macro. That will be my next step.
I don’t think this technique is going to work but I wanted to try it out anyway. I’ve scanned in the fabric, edited the images to make the fibre’s stand out and then added prism light on top of them.
This image was made via using hard light on the layer options.
I then used hardlight and made the background (scan of Jades scarf) black and white and changed the colour levels to mak it more textured.
I did this again but the scarf was messy instead of neat, and used a different prism light image.
Hard Light & B&W background.
Then I tried with Martinas Scarf.
All these images are okay, they look a bit over processed though, I want to try and achieve this texture and closeness without editing too much. Thats my next task.
I’ve been looking at close up photography and the idea of texture and the unseen fibres. I have done work that tackled this idea before, not intentionally but it did.
This project was based on identity and conspiracy, i tried to capture all the information the government have on us. I did this project in 2008/2009.
I achieved this texture and contrast using a scanner, maybe this is something to develop on. I could scan in sections of the fabric and then apply an image of the prism on top via photoshop.
Jason Horowitz photographs offer a unique view of the body. His intrusive extreme close ups can be seen as grotesque yet fascinating at the same time. The prints are very large, each frame occupying up to a wall size. Looking at the body at this size and intensity reveals or sorts of textures and fibres which we do not see. Brilliant work which puts us the viewer in a slightly awkward position.
I’ve spent the last few days thinking about the last set of images i have taken… here.
I have decided that doing close ups, like i did towards the end of the shoot is the way forward. Because I am commenting on the structure of the fibres it would be nice if the fibres were so close they became magnified. My next step would be to go even closer. Just experiment. I am going to look at some photographers who do really close up work too.
This time I wanted to experiment with the scarves some more, I found out if you put the crystal right next to the scarf you get beautiful results, rather then holding the crystal far away like I was doing previously.
Here is a video I made that shows you how turning the crystal alters the light dispersion…
(this video refers to the last process, scroll down to see how I came to this)
I started out by putting the crystal about 2 cm away from the projector light, then projecting the light behind the crystal, and taking images this didn’t work too well, the like dispersions were taken over by the direct light of the projector, it is also hard to decipher the difference between whats a pattern on the scarf and whats light, maybe this technique would work well on a white scarf…
I then decided to include the diamond in the image, again this just distracted from the scarf itself…
I noticed pretty patterns the crystal created when I was holding it in my hand close the wall and far away from the light, i started taking pictures without the fabric so I could compare the difference after…
I then introduced the fabric…
These last ones are definitely the best images, and the process i will develop further tomorrow.
This is a video attempting to capture the beauty and colour of the light dispersion i have been creating, however the colours haven’t come out too well, maybe instead of using a hand cam i should use a camera that gives me power over shutter speed and aperture. But here it is anyway. Enjoy.
So I wanted to do some closer up shots, so i went infront of the projector, so it was projector, diamond then me, and i photographed the light dispersion on the paper the diamond was on. These are the most visually appealing images and it was easier to focus on the shapes.
(All images are saved in low quality for the web, so not best representation)
This was an imade i took with 3 different lights…
Strong White Light
Projector Standby Light
The Standby light is the nicest, this will be the lighting technique i take forward, rather then a green tinge it has a blue one.
Finally i have the perfect combination for a prism, a projector and crystal candle holder.
I set the Crystal in front of the projector…
I pointed the projector towards a white wall. I then Held the crystal up, turning it to create different results…
I just wanted to play, and these are the images i got, some of which are quite nice.
some nie images, but it was really hard to capture the colour and detail, everything always looks out of focus, perhaps projecting onto a wall isn’t the way forward. more experimenting then…
I’ve been trawling through charity shops today to find something i can use as a Prism. I found this ‘crystal’ candle holder which i think is going to work really well, and even after getting out studio lights i cannot create a direct enough light, i don’t want to risk starting a fire by putting cardboard over the front. So tomorrow I will book out a projector and use that as light as its really strong and narrow.
( bit of a rubbish image but my camera has no battery)
In this Piece 15 prisms are placed on a white surface, A graphic design is then projected onto all of this, and then viewers can control the design using a computer.
lack of money means i dont want to spend a tenner on a prism, online suggested a bottle of water, but i think my last images proved that a it doesn’t work, so tomorrow my task is to go to the market and look through the bric-a-brac stalls for old ash trays, crystal glasses and such, then i can create real prisms. For now more artist research.
So i decided to just go ahead and try some prism photography, Online said to use a water bottle and a focused light.
I started by covering my desk lamp in cardboard and putting a hole in the top. I then shone this onto a bottle of water which in tern projected onto a white wall.
The images that came out were rubbish, the light wasn’t strong enough so the prism effect didn’t really happen…
I then decided to see what would happen if i blocked out my curtains and made a small hole, as you can see from the photograph my curtains weren’t thick enough, too much light was getting in.
I then noticed a small blue light coming from my speakers was shining through a glass and acting as a prism, dispersing the light on my wall. So I took this light and played around with it and a bottle of water.
These are the most interesting images I got…
These images aren’t what i expected at all, I want to try with white light though to try and create a spectrum, i will have to book out more powerful lights tomorrow. I’m also going to try and find something glass that is more prism-like so the shapes are clearer and more disperse.