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Movement RIley Giles

My original inspiration for my project was my interest in long exposure portrait photography as well as my interest in psychology. Originally I wanted to combine these along with color psychology to help evoke the same emotion in my viewer.

Research shows that certain colors can evoke emotions. I attempted to use that in my art when I had first began my project but found it to be too overpowering. Read more about color psychology here-

After removal of the harsh colors, I was much happier with how they turned out. This decision created my expressional movement section of my book.

I was pleased with the images that I created, but I wanted to expand on techniques used in my book and wanted to capture other types of movements. So, I dove further into research for inspiration.

Bill Wadman, Dancers In Motion
Gjon Mili

I thought the long exposure was stunning and expressive but it lacked the amount of control I desired for my photos. When I discovered images layered onto one another I quickly realized that I wanted to attempt that technique.

After the first shoot I decided that this was going to be the final direction I would take my project in.

At first, I explored simple exercises like pushups, situps, and stretching but then decided that adding trained movements like dancing and other forms of movement from sports would be dynamic and interesting.

I changed my mind several times during the course of this project, but I believe that in the end, my images were successful. I am pleased with the progress I have made in lighting, shooting, and composition. This project forced me to familiarize myself with technology like Lightroom and Photoshop, and is now a skillset that it useful for my future as an Art Educator.

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