Assemblage Artists Research

Wallace Berman

The Father of assemblage, born in Staten Island, New York (1926-1976). He created “Verifax collages” the method of photocopying images of photographs from magazines or newspapers. He would later mount those images onto a flat surface, the collage creation would then have medias such as acrylic paint added to it. The term, ‘Verifax’ refers to the photocopier.His work was often used as album covers, as a member of an American Jazz scene, he designed and made album covers for popular musicians. Wallace, like myself takes influence from art movements such as, Surrealism, Dada and a less familiar movement, Kabbalah, a mysterious art movement within Jewish tradition, in his work this movement is present through in corporations of Hebrew letters. He later produced a silent movie, which portrays life, death, politics and pop culture.

I chose to research this artist as I have seen and heard of his work before, for obvious reasons he relates to the theme, his work is categorized as assemblage. However, it also opens up the doors for my way of thinking, I can see how an assemblage can work as a digital creation. But, also as a more photographic, modern creation, for example today album covers still use assemblages to sell their music. Also, I feel that a lot of life can be injected into his works, without colour, still there is boldness. From this artist I have learnt to sometimes keep an idea simple, benefiting the wider frame. I can also show some Graphic design skill in this format.

I selected the above picture because as a digital assemblage it still emulates the same idea. The combination of photography, Graphic design and fine art is really strong, all work with each other to produce a great image. I have chosen the picture as it gives me an idea into how I can combine all the creative processes that I like and the new skills I am learning. But, I dislike the cover for not having a title, I realise that not all covers need a title, but, I think that there are mixed messages to what this image is selling. As a whole I enjoy the image, a classic example of how old photography can be made new and attractive with light and colour. In relation to the task  have been set I feel that I want to use some old photography methods, I like the process and I think that it is a talent to be able to combine new with old in a modern way. In other projects I have tried to use methods that are newer to me, but, I don’t always like my work, so I may use previous skills to make the work feel more personal.

 

Louise Nevelson

 

Known as an Iconic artist, Louise Nevelson, is most influential in producing abstract expressionist sculptures. Born on September 23, 1899, in Kiev, Russia, she studied Cubist art, which lead to her gathering praise in the 1940s. However, it wasn’t until the 50s that she began selling her artworks, becoming one of, ‘America’s most innovative sculptors.’ working with many different medias, painting, sculpture, using wood and junk, printing and taking a modernistic approach to her artwork. But, one method that she is also recognized for is monochrome paint, particularly black, meaning everything looks black, but, the differences in the objects also stand out. But one thing I really like about this artist is her reasons or what she stands for as an artist, ‘ freedom of expression was a political act.’, ‘her personal feelings’, ‘nature’s divinity, one of her more known activism’s is her breaking down the stereotype of only men’s artwork could be large-scale. ‘Her works initiated an era in which women’s life history became suitable subject matter for monumental artistic representation.’
My reasoning’s for choosing her are that, firstly, I like that her work is one colour, the object appear  as an artwork instead of just rubbish. The black, block colour is really effective, I like the colour, I think that it can hide as well as highlight aspects of a subject. From looking at the work produced by Nevelson, I see something that I would like to make, to understand how something so random can work together, the combination of innominate objects being seen as one beautiful. Her style of art is something in particular that interests me, of which is surrealism and Cubism, all of which I appreciate, but, feel that I may not be able to communicate through. Therefore, I wish to use aspects of her style and combine it with my ideas and interpretation.
As a collection of items this is an abstract sculpture, which is dramatic and a vast structure, designed to shock and inspire. I chose this image of one of her works because it’s the one that I branched an idea from, im thinking of using a block colour type design, using black and white paint. So, from the image I take away is how to make something moving within a single colour. I like the straight forward angle of this image, it almost intimidating, the subject in which is pure black, making light limited therefore, if I take this approach I must consider the amount of exposure needed to reflect the art. However, I dislike the boxed method, it all feels too industrial, I would have made the structure more varied around the edges.
Joseph Cornell

 

 
(1903-1972) A Surrealist, assemblage artist, most profound for working with glass-fronted boxes with a Victorian inspired design inside. Using media like, old photographs, trinkets and found elements such as clocks or birds.The boxes are known as, “shadow boxes,” – A box containing a presentation of objects with artistic or personal significance. Cornell’s shadow boxes are little pieces of the mind, world that can only be seen in dreams, childhood, space, birds and escapes from reality. His work went onto inspire other art movements because of the modernistic flare.Most evident in the boxes is allowing object to speak for themselves, they are the main focus in many of the creations. Gathering many of the objects from, frequent visits to New York, secondhand shops, magazines or newspapers.
I can relate to this artist, that’s the reason for me selecting him, as a collector myself, I believe item tell stories, they present to people the message of discovery, for each object there is the tale of how you come to own it. Therefor from Cornell I have learnt that anything can be used to create art, a collection is a piece of art, in fact the presentation is important to let others into your way of thinking. For my own Assemblage I think I am going to make a physical sculpture, I also like the idea of putting a fantasy into a small place.
Victorian inspired design has worked well to highlight a little dream world, I think it shows a bird in a human space, possibly some kind of  rustic apartment. But, it was chosen because of its novelty, it funny, that way captivating. The photograph feels light and airy, a nice setting, full of life, In my work I want to make something that projects emotion, another reason for choosing the above image. In juxtapose I would change the branch, instead put a stool or a chair, adding to the comedic persuasion of the design. Finally, as it has been presented in a box it has boundaries, however, I don’t feel that if there where no walls that the art would be as effective as it’s a perfect world, with limits, simply existing in a fantasy, within the mind.
Walinsky kandinsky
 
A founder of pure an abstraction in painting, 1866-1944, started studying art at the age of thirty, but, as a trained musician his method of creating art was very different, he believed colour is music, leading to study in a more self-lead way. Later using colour as an emotion, it is able to describe nature, or people in a single shade. And believed that with using abstractisum was a way of showing the relationship between human and physical boundaries. He saw music as the best way to attain a creation. Kandinsky wrote: “Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the harmonies, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another, to cause vibrations in the soul.”
I have chosen to write about Kandinsky because I have always liked his work, I see many settings where he can inspire, it is abstract, a style that I am familiar with and think that I will find useful for an assemblage. He is beneficial to the project because I am thinking of making something with limited colour, in juxtaposition to his work, however, from his art the colour speaks, something that I want to achieve. Also, he uses fine art to show emotion, and I wish to have elements of fine art in the assemblage, so he is a good example of how to tell a story in one image.
Abstract art has assisted me into thinking differently, and if I am unsure in how to go about an art and design task I frequently visit abstract paintings and sculpture because they can be taken in many ways, I think they can portray any emotion, however, I struggle sometimes for linking the art to a meaning or reason, therefore I in my project am not going to go too abstract, instead include the intent behind the art, but, use more feelings and relatable sources to convey my work. So, the reason for selecting this particular Kandinsky painting, in contrast with his other is because it seems three-dimensional to me, I can see this as something that, ‘pop’s’ out of the wall, however, it is a two-dimensional structure, it uses tone and shadow to crate the effect, I wish to do that, something that can be seen from all angles, using shape to attract the audiences minds.
Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso (1881 to 973) was the most dominant and influential artist of the first half of the 20th century. Using styles like Cubism, Symbolism and Surrealism. pioneering in the realms of painting, sculpture, printmaking, stage design and ceramics. He devoted 80 of his 91 years to art, achieving radical new masterpieces, which will forever be recognized. But, most relevant to this project, from 1927 onward Picasso explored Surrealism, developed from cubism, “Guernica.”-1937 is considered one of the greatest surrealist paintings of all time. He used the movement to revolt against, ‘constraints of the rational mind’ achieving this by going against what society deems correct art.

As Picasso has explored surrealism I chose him to be relevant as a reference for the project, the art is challenging for the mind, contrasting what is typical in nature, and what isn’t. I have always liked Picasso’s art, I have drawn a portrait inspired by the style, but in relation to an assemblage I am referencing to his use of angles. His portrait’s seem to use line a lot, when using items on an assemblage there are many uneven angles and curves, his work makes different angles work together.

Above is a Surrealist and cubist portrait, I think it shows a two in one, meaning there are two things going on, one that can be seen on the outside, and what is hidden beneath the surface. It was chosen because I like the use of simplicity, there are basic shapes, that make up a complex structure. I have also been thinking about having a mixed message assemblage, so this is a good reference for this as there is a whole in the center made of mystery, I was thinking in similar ways for my final piece. Emotion is what I get from looking at this, through the use of blue it feels as though the woman is weeping, green implies greed or sickness, perhaps the person is near death. I have plucked out emotion because I wish to convey feelings within my own work, which other people can feel, so to refer back to this painting is crucial to being able to do this.

Tristen Tzara

Is known as the founder of Dada, an anti-art movement formed in Zurich during World War 1. Where he organized violent, disruptive, and unexpected performances for the public audience. He was an artist, producing art for the movement, however, he is more recognized for publishing manifesto, which spoke about the movement and what it wishes to improve. An other purpose of the manifestos was to reach a wide audience, shocking them with the words of Dada. But, by the 1930s he moved away from Dada, to explore surrealism, a 20th-century movement in art and literature, which aimed to, ‘release the creative potential of the unconscious mind.’ His aim again was to rise above society’s idea of art

I have chosen to research Tzara because, even though his is formally known as an author, he still has created art, constantly having his drawings with the writing. I like how he combines the to, allowing word to speak to the art and art speak to the words. Having read some of Dada manifestos I have tried to understand what he means, or his point, allowing art to be more than just art. Though, one of the most prominent reasoning’s is that his display of writing is very different, some is more demanding, some is gentler, and not as ordered, therefore, to link to my own work, I may have some typography, or want to show a message in a more interesting way.

Typography art is extremely interesting, it is both imagery as well as readable literature, I may not use typography, but, I have chosen to write about is as it shows the movement, a movement that I want to use in my own creations. So, if I use Dada, I will use the above example as a way of understanding that the movement, although not in a political sense to me, still can be used today for showing how art can be understood. I think the above work is also a great example of graphic design, though not created on a screen, it is still design, there is consideration for every letter, having a specific space, everything is ordered, and is organized, something to consider, there has to be a purpose to everything that I use as that’s what the audience will feel when looking at the work I produce.

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The Presentation

when I was younger I had always used photo albums to look through photographs, every photo is a page in a story of your life, so, to create something different to display theses ten photographs would feel to strange. I did think of using a large piece of cardboard, then make little placards to go under, with the title, however, this wouldn’t be as effective, to take on a ship, there is no activity other than simply looking at a sheet. For my photographs to achieve an overall effectiveness I think it was a good decision e pages, the texture of paper and turning each page, discovering something new and different through each turn.

On each page there is a piece of card, the title of the photograph, written in ink with a fountain pen to add to the vintage feeling of the book, then there is a description or explanation underneath, this was simply for understanding the meaning behind each shot. To the right is the picture, on top of the original is a piece is white tissue paper, to protect the image from sticking to the ink as well as adding some mystere o the photograph.

I struggled with the presentation for the front of the book, in the end I went back to the nostalgic childhood photographic memory’s, simple plain book with an explosion inside. I chose for my name to be at the front as it’s a book I  have authored, therefore I put my name at the front like most books do. I simply displayed the name of this book as photos, because there are obviously photos inside the book, I have used silver and gold pens to add some vintage flare to the cover, giving a hint to the style held inside.

In conclusion, I think it was a good decision to include the images in a book, I will use this presentation method in future, but I will also try not to limit my options to what I know, instead I will look at more unique methods or ways to captivate an audience in future. Though, as this was a personal project, I see it fitting that I went with a presentational method that I recognise and have used before as it relates to myself and the content I which I am showing.

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Photoshopping and Photographing

Firstly, photographing, I found this process to be not as simple as I imagined, I liked using a camera, angle, frame, subject art new to me, but, I would only do this in an illustrative or fine art method, where as a photographic exploration is something I hadn’t done before. Though, I am not familiar with the media I still enjoy it and I feel that I can incorporate both art and photography together as one item. I would use a camera and Photoshop as an editing tool because I want to improve my photographing skills, be able to use a camera in manual mode instead of auto mode. And I also would like to know to produce more Photoshop techniques.

This image is based around daily items, or things that I often see. It was taken on my bedroom floor at night, on top of a blanket. I was inspired by Carleton Watkins, his images are a brownie, tinted colour, I feel the tint adds to the drama of the photograph. So, in Photoshop I used the black and white tool in the adjustments section, then selected, tint for the brown tone. next, I changed saturation, along with the brightness and the vibrancy. However, I did come into some issues, I did plan this photo, but, as it was dark at the time I had to use the flash, therefore there was really shiny areas, but, I got over this by holding the camera at and angle, as well as zooming in to avoid capturing the flash.

My cats, they where extremely unhelpful, trying to capture them was a big challenge, the constant movement or being unable to get them together was difficult. It was taken in the utility room, whilst they were eating, to try to distract them, it failed. Though, when looking back at the images, I found that I liked some of the ones they moved in, it shows their personality. Fizz for example, the black and ginger cat, she always puts her tail in the way and she is older than she acts, I have tried to show that there are two sides to her. Where as Tiggy, the kitten is naughty, and is constantly moving around, I have tried to show that she is an active cat. One of my favourite aspect of the image is the reflection that I haven’t manipulated, But in Photoshop have edited the brightness and contrast, as well as removing backgrounds in three images then using them as an overlay.

Art is something I will miss, in my life time I wish to see many famous, and favourite pieces of art so, if I went aboard a space ship I would never get to see them, therefore I have put them all in a staged image. I made this board the day before, the frames are something I have had for a while and wanted to use in some way. I then, used the cork side of a pin board, then, taped the frames to it, along with some other images, when I ran out of frames. The white paper is to add shadows to my pictures, taped with brown tape. I chose to use tape because I think it makes an image feel industrial, along with having many angles helps an image to feel elevated. I have edited the image by using an other photo then removing some of the background, then overlayed it on one picture. I also changed the vibrancy, contrast, brightness and saturation.

Tom was surprisingly comparative, he didn’t move much, I found that it was a little hard to focus the camera, due to where this was taken, in his enclosure, where the cameras looking bit was difficult to access, though, I originally planed to have tom in a field, but, it was snowing outside therefore it wasn’t safe to take tom outside as it was too clod for him, however, I think the change of plan has worked to my advantage, as this image shows him and his personality. I have again been inspired by Carleton Watkins as I have made the image tinted, but, also, Solomon Carvalho as before editing I looked back at his work, I then slightly distorted it, the eye, pin coloured and made lower in opacity. But, if I had to improve the photograph I would make more sunlight lines.

Above was the most difficult to photograph I struggled with the lighting, if I put the flash on it was too bright, where as with out the flash, the image took too long to adjust. The photograph shows some objects that I see daily, they have been collected from many different places and remind me of people I’ve been with and memories of things that I have done. The editing was inspired by Franco Fontana, the use of bright colours, not exactly making sense, but, colour adds fun to something. The Photoshop edits consisted of adjusting the brightness, contrast, vibrance and hue. Also, a coloured rectangle was added to the background and was erased, for effect. Finally, there are to objects that have had their backgrounds removed then made larger to create an illusion. However, I am unhappy with the left side of the picture as some of it is out of focus.

I have Photoshoped this image a lot because I wanted to show the texture of plants, so I took an experimental approach to the photograph removing backgrounds then using the lighting techniques. Behind the image is snow feet prints, I didn’t plan for it to snow, however, I adapted to include it in the final image, the blue add contrast, tropical plants in the snow, but, I think the image works well to describe nature as something that you can feel. When taking the photo it was early morning, I used the flash, which picked up the snow in the background more, working to my advantage because it allowed the green to really stand out as the dominant colour.

As the only portrait image, I felt that this is was needed, to explain my love of traveling and holidays, though I dislike how I have edited some of this page, but, still it shows college, which is a media I like refusing to. Using the camera for this print was harder that I expected, capturing the angles was difficult, I was self-limiting in a way. I put this on a wall to photograph it, in future, I will photograph artworks on the floor as I feel that more angles can be achieved if the image has more space. I had created this for the photo process. And have included many collections of items collected from all over the word. each map or dollar or souvenir was put together with thought, to what memory it holds. For the editing, I have cut out and erased aspects of other close up images, then added them onto one, creating a college of traveling, confusing, fun and a mixture of memories.

To achieve my aim of capturing architecture and water I went to Cambridge, to capture the contrasts of nature and man-made society, it was easy to photograph, the camera was left to do its work, I had planed this photograph in my story board, but, was unaware that there would be people on the river, they where left int he image as I feel they add to the effect to how humans use nature, or are surrounded by it. Giving the fact there are people, I feel I have included three ideas in one photograph, but, I future I will do more reasearch into the areas that I am going to, therefore, I can understand in more depth how i can use this location to my advantage. The editing was simply the brightness and the contrast.

To have a range of images was something I had planed, though ideally not for th family image. The plan was to have them facing the camera, but, as it was extremely cold and windy outside, they didn’t really cooperate, but, I was experimenting throughout the day, this for example, taken on a Dutch tilt, for effect, I think it does a decent job of making the weather look windy. I also wanted atlas one unexpected shot, this was taken whilst they ere unaware. My favourite aspect of the image was not to my knowledge until I edited, my cats eyes, I feel adds homer to the picture, but, could have been improved if I was closer to them because then they would fit in the frame together. Editing wise, I changed the colour, added a purple and blue hue to be rid of the harsh black and red of the sky and house.

I have staged this image, when I am creating there is a lot of mess, paint open, paper everywhere, above is an exaggeration of the way I work. But, the main purpose of the photograph was to show that I will miss drawing and making things, it relate to my career, the wish of showing my creative skill to the world. how I staged it is through making a mess, I put paper and sketches on myself in my room, then put media and colour on the paper. After going around the set, the above two images where my favourite, the angle of the paint brush one draws my eyes to the centre, by following the shadowed lines. But, it could have been better if I cut the pencil-case out, it is overly colourful and distracting. On the colour, it has been made more vibrant and some areas are prioritized because I liked the new technique I learnt.

24 Hour Evidence and Proof 

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Contact sheets

Below is images of contact sheets, they were created on Photoshop, allowing me to see all the taken pictures there are over two hundred images. The propose was to have all the images in one place where i could see them. I then chose from all the images the best ones for each image, some where blurry, therefore, not useful, but, some worked well. If I have to say something I had learnt from photography it would be that, even though I had taken lots of images, there was only a few that I really liked. I would use photography again, but, next time, do more reaching into camera techniques so can get more experience.

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The Prompt Evaluation

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For the Prompt, to produce ten images that I could not live without seeing or that I will miss. I found the theme to be a nice change from Graphic Design, the thought of a more photography based project is different and exiting. In fact before this project I have never used a DSLR camera on my own. I found working with a digital camera difficult at first, it was very sensitive to movement, my shaky hands did not help when the camera is allowing exposure. I would defiantly use a camera again, I enjoyed photography, despite choosing this course for the graphic design elements. However, in photography I felt less limited in how I wish to portray something.

Something I regret is taking more images with the flash on, I feel they would have come out better with it on, but, I still feel that the images I have work with what I was trying to capture. I also think that I would have saved more time if I had used the flash an it wouldn’t take as much time trying to stay still with the DSLR.  Moving on t what I didn’t like about this project, the time element is something I feel I have struggled with, this has felt more rushed than usual and I think I have made more work for myself. For example, my storyboard, which I am finding very difficult to complete as I know there is a lot of work to do with time running out.

I chose to depict; family, animals, memories, art and some others, my reasons mostly consisted of collections, items set up in a certain format to show how I use them or to show how something boring can be made more interesting. Then when I edited the images, some are more abstract to show texture or feeling, whereas some have been done with odd colour variations, showing my creative side. I chose to edit in different ways, first to illustrate how I can us Photoshop and because I wanted the pictures to feel different as anyone can take a picture of a plant, but not everyone would have it look at I see something.

My influences for the project are a number or photographers or designers, who I feel I can relate to or am inspired to recreate from, they range from, black and white, tinted to full colour or colours made really bright. In my photography I have chosen to take the approach of learning and including some of the techniques used because I believe in the phrase, ‘Nothing is Original’ meaning in order to create something you have to look back to go forward. But, some Photographers, I admit I dislike their work, however, I admire the skill involved to produce their interpretation of art.

My own messages encrypted into the photographs are simply emotion, people have a connection with feelings, people or things, therefore, as photographs I feel like they say something about myself or the life which I’m living. for example, the map image, produces elements of exploration, a part of myself which likes to go places or see things, then the drawing image, describes my artistic side, along with the collection of things image, which also shows a fun or colourful side of me. But, if I where to do this again I would try to capture more emotion, maybe more black and white photography, which in my opinion is the best way of portraying emotion.

In conclusion, I am satisfied with the images I have produced, but, I would say next time to do less, that way I wouldn’t be rushing or over thinking something, which I do struggle with sometimes, my ideas should flow, however, I should be instead of documenting every individual change in the flow, allowing a combination of changes to take place. let my sketch boo, for example, seem like it flows instead of transferred. But, saying that, I feel I’ve learnt new skills, I can use a camera and I now know how to do more on Photoshop than before, so it was beneficial to my development in being a designer. Finally, if I had to change an aspect of the theme it would be the time, 24 hour challenge was bearable, however, I felt pressured to get all the blog and book work done it the time frame, so perhaps, next time, a solution would be to start planing earlier, so I get more time for other elements.

Collage and Photocopying

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At the beginning all we were told was to make a collage of at least A4 size, recognizable items or things, or, a collage showing unrecognizable things, such as line, textures, etc. I went with a recognizable collage, so, people, and items. then I cut them up, placed them in a collage in a fun way, and added some lies in pen, for effect. By only having twenty minuets, I was a rushed collage, but it didn’t matter as we where going to do something with the collage afterwards.

The next stage, I was told that we would be photocopying the collages adding to them in a different digital format. first, a simple black and white photocopy of the coloured collage, then a part of the collage was enlarged and duplicated over another picture, creating something slightly odd, but, where more ideas can be generated from. The next stage was to move the paper, whilst the college was being scanned in to the Photocopier, it looked like a  wave effect, then it was scanned back through the photocopy, making a negative print of the collage.

I found the activity interesting and a good way, in the future to develop more ideas, or more fascinating ideas, the copying was done all in black and white, but, I think it looked better in that format. If I where to do this activity again I would have designed more of a use for it, instead of just a way of showing ideas generation, I would use it for a purpose, for example, for picking shapes out and making them into something or, to develop more abstracted pictures from.

Photographic Composite

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The task was to use Adobe CC Photoshop software and apply new skill, enhancing my knowledge of how to use Photoshop as a means of creativity. I had to use in total seven images, that were given to me, a composite is a combination of images, which have been put into one picture. I wanted to produce something that looked strange and questionable, meaning that it doesn’t look like a photo, but it is. This was a very useful exercise, I could learn further techniques: Using Layers, Image Adjustment layers, Blending Modes, Resizing, Cropping, Duplicating, Erasing, Add colour, Subtract colour, Saturation, Black & White, Layer Masking, Distortion, Opacity, Blending, Filters. I have used most of the theses in the images above. All the imagery had to then be displayed in a window, out of the pictures provided.

How I made the image, I started with the beach background, then I added another layer, for the starry sky, putting the layer underneath the previous beach image. I then cut out a few holes in the beach photo, allowing the layers to merge together, then, finally, lowering the opacity of the beach photo, making the stars appear more bright. Next was the satellites, I have put five of then into the image some have the burn color effect, some have been distorted in other colour ways, blackened, or burnt. At the top left of the image is the dog that was shot into space by the Russians in the fifties, with a lower opacity, and has had the background erased. there is a softly coloured fish, to respond to the sea at the bottom of the page and a planet, for the space element. Finally, all has been placed into a window. But, I dislike having the window as I think it distracts from the image as a whole.

In conclusion, I found the assignment to be beneficial for my understanding of the program, I know have a better understanding of how to solve a  time based problem, I know haw to remove backgrounds and I can distort imagery to add effect, or interest an audience. However, to improve the assignment it could have had a less striker brief, having all the image displayed through a window I felt was a little too much, I like to produce art that I know looks good, sometimes less is more, it would have looked better left like the picture below.

Travel Photographers

Trey Ratcliff

Trey Ratciff, an American photographer, revolutionary in the world of high-dynamic-range photography. But, is best known for his travel blog and nature photography. He was born in Dallas, Texas, in 1995 receiving a degree in maths and computer science, while experimenting with landscape photography. His current photography style is HDR, allowing him to capture the world in an extraordinary way. In his work he shows his passion for discovering and exploring places, considering how most of his images are, ‘beautiful and gorgeous’. Though his work also stands out for its dedication, he has had no training in photography, therefore making it even more exiting to loom at.

Most of the photos are taken using Sony NEX7 and Nikon DSLR. Though he uses several computer programs, including, Photoshop, Photomatix, and etc. He has travelled to many locations, all of which are documented on his blog, the most popular travel photography blog https://stuckincustoms.smugmug.com/, the blog getting more than half a million views each month.

Having been to the Coliseum and taking photos of it the image above is unlike any other picture I have seen of the Coliseum, what I find most fascinating in the photo is that it isn’t raining, however there is a puddle with a very clear reflection on the floor. it looks as though it has been taken at night, but in another world, the sky being blue, with black and white lines isn’t something you would find in nature, however it adds drama to the image, depicting it as something unfamiliar, even though highly recognizable. I chose the image above because I like some of it, the Coliseum’s dramatic, light and dark in the right places. But, I dislike some parts of the image, the shadow behind the building I feel has been over done, leaving the building looking out-of-place, as well as the white mark which I feel distract the eyes away from the Coliseum, which should be the main focus, where the eyes are drawn first instead of the mark.

To recreate such an image in 24 hours, while staying at home in the UK is going to be a challenge. But, I can still try out some effects, I am thinking of having a picture of my house, I could possibly add a weird background, or highlight certain areas, add white edges around trees or paths. Then add some subtle darker outlines around the house. It wont be the Coliseum, however it will have some elements of Trey Ratcliff in it.

 

Emotion is the main factor to why I chose to write about the image, it feels like a fairy-tale land, the colours are bright, Alice in wonderland looking, the clock also adds the imagination element to it. it is simply called, inspiration Monday on his blog. The angle of the image feels like it was taken from slightly above, but, also forwards, my eyes follow the lines created in the sky and the maze, drawing me  to the house. in my own imagery I wish to capture some type of emotion, or have a feeling present, which people can relate to, therefore, I am inspired to create something with this image in mind. But, if I had to critique something it would be that it doesn’t seem real, questioning the fact that this image looks unlike an original photograph, the amount of editing, even though effective, would, in my opinion, distort from the initial image too much. However, I would, in my own imagery, make the colours a little bolder.

Recreating this photo with my own methods could be done, for instance in one of my photos I am thinking of depicting multicoloured sky’s, with trees in the background, field, or grass in the foreground, so I could use some of the features of this image, I could make the sky really vivid. I would be unable to capture the playful side of this picture in my own as, simply I am not photographing something as imaginative. However, I could learn some of the techniques involved in this image, colour, contrast and the correlation of light and dark areas.

Solomon Carvalho

Solomon Carvalho, (1815 – 1897) one of the first American-born Jewish artists, his work shows the time period and change for the American Jews. he was born into a Sephardic family which were persecuted by the Inquisition, longed, intensive questioning. His ancestors fled Portugal, into Amsterdam, then settled in London in the 18th century, before moving to Barbados, and from there to the United States, where Solomon settled in South Carolina, in 1811. In 1849 he opened a gallery in Baltimoreselling oil portraits and a variety of daguerreotypes, a photograph taken by an early photographic process employing an iodine-sensitized silvered plate and mercury vapour. With his new photographic technique he travelled from New York to St. Louis, to the Missouri River and Kansas. Almost every day of the expedition, Carvalho made daguerreotypes, photographing landscapes and Native Americans in their settlements.

Today only one daguerreotype from the expedition survives, By Dawn’s Early Light is an exhibition of his work, which includes, Carvalho’s painted documents of the trip, portraits of Frémont; Utah Chief Wakara of the Timpanogos tribe; and the Mormon leader Brigham Young. It also features one of Carvalho’s few surviving landscapes, a majestic image of the Colorado River.

Even as Carvalho established portrait studios along the eastern seaboard and explored the western frontier, he poured time and energy into the development of Jewish congregations, schools, and social institutions. He followed innovative religious, political, artistic, and technological pursuits—he was an inventor in the field of thermodynamics—without apparent anxiety that he was crossing into new territory. Carvalho stood out, and still does, as a man of his time, an artist, and an observant Jew.

Main Street Los Angeles, 1886, this image to me is an example or a stereotypical ranch, old western shops, or businesses, and the store of Jewish pioneer Solomon Lazard. I chose to analyse this particular photograph because I appreciate old photography, in particularly the ways in which they have aged, adding more of a story. And I like the angle it is taken at, having a large amount of empty space in the foreground helps to portray the ranch as in the middle of the desert. Obviously as the photograph is aged, there are aspects of the image that don’t look as good anymore, there is tinting around the sides, however, it adds to the effect, the main store is slightly blurry, leading the ages to the horse and cart, an iconic statement to the old west. in my interpretation of the photograph and  if the photographer, I think the image shows how the Jewish community are growing and becoming more prominent in the society of 1886. But, I feel that a weakness of this image is that it is unable to show other businesses, showing a contrast or how Lazard’s store is flourishing.

If I were asked to recreate this photograph, I would have to start with a ranch, in fact I have been to a reconstructed ranch in the middle of the desert, so I would defiantly consider the heat and show how isolated the place feels, or show the scenery around the ranch. But, in 24 hours I wont have time to go to the Grand Canyon and picture the ranch, then return to photograph my other subjects, however, given time I could. Instead I could make a mini ranch, small and then add a background in paint or Photoshop. The real challenge would be to capture this as an early photograph that has aged over 132 years. So I would start with a film camera, then scratch the film, or when enlarging the film I would use an overlay, like a Photogram to make the image appear weathered.

Taken on a cold day, 1853, in a place called, ‘Big Timbers’, on a daguerreotype camera this photograph has suffered over time, scratched and faded, however, it is the oldest photograph in existence of Native Americans. I chose to write about this picture because I like the aged decomposition of the photo, it is how we know of the Native Americans, showing history and life through old eyes. The picture says, a day in the life, unknown at the time, it is iconic, people don’t live like this anymore, we want to know the past. Native Americans not knowing what’s around them, but there is a contrast of using a new technology of the time, to capture something that is non corrupted by the changing times and technology. I dislike some of the damage done to the picture, it would be interesting to see the faces of the people, to see what they really looked like in their homes. However, perhaps, the fact that they are disguise helps to portray them as mysterious, they keep independent, cut-off from the modern world.

But, If I where to recreate the above image, I would have a very hard time, I have meant ancestors of the Native Indians, they don’t live like this anymore, they have adapted to the world around them through generations. There are of course reconstructions like the camp above in existence, however, considering the time limits I have, I would probably be unlikely to travel to one. instead, I could interpret it in my own way, maybe make an inspired collage of the Native American, photograph it, then over lay part of the above image onto the collage, keeping the camera as film based would assist keeping the images in similar appearance.