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Here’s an image from my new project i’ve just started this semester. It’s based on models, but it’s not your average fashion shoot. I’m trying to create portraits of the models, as themselves, because after all they are real people . This is a portrait of Kirsten G. I’ve tried to steer away from the typical model pose, and capture her natural beauty. This image is a little over styled and posed. As I progress with this idea i’ll create more organic images. I’m also hoping to use my new Holga camera which takes film. This was shot on my Digital Canon 450D.
This semester in my BDVA studio class I was required to create two bodies of work. One of these could be based on anything I wanted, but it had to be using ambient light. I decided to look into the fast food industry, triggered by Michelle Obama’s ‘Food Deserts’ theory. I’m appalled at the way fast food spreads like the plague. We let new fast food chains and outlets open in New Zealand, after watching and learning nothing from the epidemic proportions of American citizens suffering poor health due to eating this food.
My original plan was to photograph and map cluster areas of fast food outlets. This proved to be aesthetically unfulfilling to me. So on a tip off from my tutor Edith, I took a drive out to Papatoetoe in Auckland to search for meal deals.
Did you know you can get a full tummy of fried fatty food for around $5 there? Takeaway after takeaway was pimping this stuff by the truckload. I was intrigued by the home made signage, which had no care taken of it- often sporting squashed bugs for some reason. If this is how they treat their signage, the representation of their lively-hood, then they certainly don’t care about the health of their customers.
I also noticed the bright colours used in the signage which tend to attract children. Some fast food outlets were even within stones throw of a school.
I am hoping to create more discussion around the topic by showing the harmful elements together in my submission. The high fat, sugar and salt content of the food, combined with location of outlets and their enticing advertising are a recipe for health disaster.
The images of men under water started to remind me of Neptune, Roman god of the sea. He apparently had a bad temper, as seen in many of the depictions of him. Miguel Coimbra created the illustration of Neptune below. It’s interesting how images of male gods like this are always overtly masculine. In comparison to today’s men, this seems quite ridiculous.
The infamous ‘Ophelia‘ painting (above) by Sir John Everett Millais 1851-1852 has been inspiration for many an artist. In every art form I look at, hommage has been paid to this beautiful yet lamenting image. Just one example is the series ‘Resurecting Ophelia’, by Kalliope Amorphous (below). I only just realised that it is influencing my direction for this project.
Albert Watson is the creator of the two images above. His heavily contrasting, monochrome portraits, and fashion images ooze edgy style and mystery. The intensity of the Jack Nicholson portrait is intensified by the repetition of the panels suggesting multiple personalities or an inflamed ego.
I like images which capture movement. Whether it be with a slow shutter speed to capture an impression, or fast to document a moment too fast to be seen by the eye, they never fail to express energy and spirit. The above image is found here. The image below is one of many by Steve Richard. He creates carefully lit images of dancers frozen in motion.
‘Underwater Girl’ an exhibition work by Jacob Sutton. The London based photographer created this beautiful portrait. I would love to try and create something like this. It has such an ephemeral feeling. To me it creates peace, and invokes an awareness of beauty in simplicity.