My last image for the 4 Shooters series, #48, inspired by image #47. We critique and present these bodies of work on Thursday, so the final post is coming up shortly!
The final images for my Photographing Light studio group's portrait series! Now crisper (due to our use of strobes instead of a high ISO) with more angle changes, better dress designs, and slightly less exorcist-y facial expressions. Artist statement below.
Artist Statement A feeling of helplessness over the control of one’s mind or body can be debilitating, leaving the sufferer vulnerable and exposed. When a person falls victim to their life, a sense of self can appear distorted. These distortions prevent escape as a mind troubles reality. However, as control is reclaimed by its wearer, beauty is recognized in the strength being gained. It is through hope, represented by the gold cloth, that we can locate what originally seemed altogether lost.
Lighting Statement To help convey the concept, dramatic lighting was used with a back light and reflector when needed. In the final shoot, strobes were used to further increase the overall intensity of the mood we were intending to create. The light beautifully illuminates the plastic tarp in a dreamlike, almost fairy tale fashion; but this is offset by the intensity of light to eliminate any idea of fragility and convey strength.
Collaboration By Marissa Billmeyer, Sara Murillo, Kristen Williams, Kimberly Wronkiewicz
Artist Statement: This series acts as a representation of the constricting nature that the mind can have on our sense of control. The tarp manifests itself in a way that binds the subject, distorting forms and preventing escape, just as our mind troubles reality. As the images progress, the model slowly gains control over her mind until it takes a free-flowing, organic shape that exposes a state of elegance. A translucent tarp was chosen because it distorts the body while still allowing a glimpse of what is present beneath the surface, just as the mind can alter perceptions while still remaining opaque. The gold cloth is a physical representation of hope, for which the wearer must fight to win over from outside forces. Finally, the shift in perspective shows a progression from the mind's domination to its balance with the soul. We used light to create drama surrounding the subject and the intensity of the mind.
This is a portrait studio assignment in my Photographing Light course, done in small groups. Ours was a team of four, with Sara Murillo doing makeup and hair, me modeling, Kim Wronkiewicz, Marissa Billemeyer perfecting the light, and all of us shooting and reviewing the photos as we went along. We had originally intended to show the various archetypes of the psyche, but changed our idea last minute, as we found the first idea to be far too complicated to successfully complete on our timeline.
Modeling was an interesting experience for me. I am someone who gets a vision in my head and wants to see that vision out, and will go to great lengths to do so. I like to have control over a situation and be able to manipulate it into what I am seeing in my mind, so being in front of the camera instead of behind it was a challenge for me. It was a good practice in relinquishing control and learning to trust my group members, something I've never done in the history of my education. And they totally nailed it!
This is just the first shoot for this assignment; we have to re-shoot it once more. Feedback we received during this critique included altering the artist statement so that it was left more open to interpretation, changing distance from the subject in the images, making the shift in perspective more intense (perhaps even looking up at the last image instead of straight on), and getting a textured fabric for the background so that it is not flat and disappearing. If you have any other suggestions, I'd love to hear them! Look for the next shoot around the end of April!
I spent six hours today in the lighting studio working on my Photographing Light Independent study. It was long, but at the end of the day, I love that I had to make the time to work on this body work.
I'm still figuring out how to present this series since I have a lot of things I want to say with it, but here's a teaser photo for the project from today's shoot. This was my first time playing with long exposure images; I had a blast! I am looking forward to my next shoot.
The significance of an object is unique to the hand that touches it. In this series of images, gold paint is used to illuminate the self as reflected in the items we interact with. While such impressions are invisible in every-day life, these depictions draw attention to the energy we transfer into lifeless objects in our environment.
Images are collaborative; by Kristen Williams, Marissa Billmeyer, Sara Murillo, and Kim Wronkiewicz