I am pleased with my final selections for assignment 4 and my tutors feedback was positive, the main area that I need to refine was explaining my choices. So rather than a re-work, as I feel this is not necessary, I will aim to explain some of my choices in this assignment.
Many of the choices I made felt instinctive and I have not adequately put them into words, the first question my tutor had asked was why I have inverted the colour of my borders?
I have consistently used white borders on prints for previous assignments however this assignment differed in that I was using a plain background to my image which was either black or white. I did explore the border options but felt that if I kept all the borders to black then the white scanned images would appear to overpower those on the black backgrounds. The same is true if I had selected white borders, the black images would appear stronger. I did not want any image to ‘overpower’ another which is why I decided to invert my borders. I suppose I could have inverted them to match the backgrounds however I was concerned that this might bring to attention the difference of colour between the border black and background black , and also between the background white to the border white. I hope I am making sense at this point?
The other question I was asked is why did I choice the scanned images alongside the photographed image, and why did I choose the objects that I did?
My reason for offering up both the scanned and photographed version of an object was to highlight how different that they can look with different light sources, equally both as beautiful. The hard shells look solid and strong when photographed against the black background but suddenly look more ethereal against the white light. The reverse happens to the flowers, so majestic and beautiful when photographed, but suddenly limp and lifeless under the scanner. The hard exterior of the shells hold true throughout but the flowers are so delicate that they wither and crumple. I choose these objects as my final selection as I liked the notion of the hard versus the soft. It could almost be representative of the human race, people that are presumed hard yet with a hidden softer side and the beautiful , delicate person considered soft enough to break. Obviously we live in a modern world where this can be said of any of us regardless of sex, we are equally able to show a hard exterior as well as crumple under pressure.
I was again pleased by my feedback and I feel that I am progressing even though at times I still struggle to get to grips with the technical side.
My tutor was pleased with the labelling on the prints and presentation although it was apparent they had not been laid out / viewed in the order I had intended. I did add a picture of the layout to the box but in future I need to make this clearer, perhaps more instructional.
My documenting of stages and decisions were logged in more details this time which was following feedback from assignment 3 and this was an improvement. However I agree that I need to record more about exactly why I chose the images I did and why I inverted the borders for example . Many of these decisions were instinctive but I need to ask myself why my instincts led me this way, something I need to remember to include. So again my main area of concentration / improvement is my learning log and getting it more polished as well as communicating my thought process and questioning myself more on a deeper level. I think overall I am building on this and I am starting to look at images and work in much more detail than I did at the start of this course so I am sure it will keep improving.
I don’t feel there is a need for a rework on this assignment, just brushing up on documenting my ideas, however if I did a re-work I might look the heavily cropped work that I explored. My tutor was a bit confused why I had included my 3D cut images, in future if I want to present them this way I would need to do all of them. I can understand this however my intention was to show what extension to the work I could explore, and it was an opportunity to show creativity and how I might consider an alternative way of presenting them . I was under the impression that tutors would always want the work as formal prints, these were supplied with just two additional images as 3d cut outs. So I presume from this that unless I want to layer all ten images I should exclude the 3d ones from my assessment entirely and just leave images of them on my learning log.
After some deliberation I completed assignment 4 today and it is parcelled up ready to send to my tutor. I did have a last-minute decision to make between black and white and colour however I surprised myself by choosing colour!
I felt that the pearlescent egg and the glowing shell would be lost in black and white and that surprisingly the colour did in fact add to the form and texture rather than detract from it.
Overall I am pleased with how this assignment has gone and I have learnt a great deal in the process. I feel I have a much better understanding of the exposure triangle and how to control and use light.
Light makes a huge impact to an image, and understanding the characteristics of different light sources and which to use can really make a difference to the context of an image and how it is viewed. I have also enjoyed the opportunity to experiment creatively albeit only slightly.
I not only looked at natural light and artificial light but also ambient light and the position of light, I also touched on night photography and used studio lighting.
Trying to control and balance the blacks and whites so that they appeared uniform in my images presented a new challenge and I think I almost managed it.
It was interesting to explore the change that not only light but also cropping could make to an image as my seemingly innocent subjects took on a different suggestive connotation when I played with cropping them.
I would like to experiment more with light as well as taking the opportunity to test out more creative approaches in future, and my scanner which is my new favourite thing!
My biggest difficulty was selecting my final images, this is something I continue to struggle with as I find I over think things but it was slightly quicker this time round. I am aware that many of the images taken could seem ‘commercial’ however I think that is more about the subject matter rather than the image as I have tried to approach it differently by using a variety of controlled light sources.