Shape? Colour? Form?
I began by looking at a well established abstract photographer, I looked at Nagy because he is a celebrated abstract photographer, who's sole focus was on portraying huge (simple) structures in a new/different way. I am comparing these two images because I think they have a lot of similarities and are basically trying to show the same thing. Their aim is to make the familiar feel strange.
I liked how Nagy used repetition and the unexpected perspective and subtle use of tone, I thought the use of line that tracks your eye up to the man on the balcony was interesting and the fact that he is distorted and the way the shadow has hidden his identity is really engrossing. I didn't try and replicate his work, but i did feel like there were lots of similarities in my response, such as the use of line, tone, shadows and the mystery that all of these things lead to in an abstract manner. I liked the way in which he used tone so I experimented with different levels of tone and shadow in the grid below:
To start my Investigation off, I began by looking at abstraction and abstract shapes and patterns in the metal yard, I found this metal structure/gate. I liked the way in which it is clearly a solid structure but gives of the effect of water or a liquid. I found the shadows and highlights really interesting so therefor desaturated my images to create really interesting B+W images.
I thought that the way in which the curved line in this piece of metal fencing, was like an abstract sculpture, I also liked the way all the lines in these images lead from the bottom left to the top right, like some of the images I reviewed and studied earlier.
Formal Elements of art: Texture
"Texture is most evident where dark meets light on the turning edge and at the outer edge. Experience has taught us to assume that the areas in between have similar features." (Rex Brandt)
Texture can be used in different ways, depending on the message you want to convey or the particular elements you want the viewer to focus on. The simplest way to convey texture is with a detail shot. Using a macro lens, get close to your subject and capture just the texture itself, without the context. For example, if you decide to shoot the peeling paint on that old boat for detail, your viewer is probably going to have no idea that the paint in the image was on the hull of an abandoned Fishing Boat.
Zooming out so that you capture both the context of the texture as well as the texture itself will add drama to your image. Now your viewer can see the boat in its entirety, and the texture of the peeling paint merely adds to its overall visual impact, rather than becoming the subject itself.
Below are four images that use texture in four different ways:
In the top left image, the use of texture is a bit different because like lots of textures, it is linked to pattern and repetition. But most images of textures, are extreme close ups like the images to the right. this top left image is captivating because when you look on first glance it looks like any other image of texture and pattern, but then when you inspect it closely you begin to realise that it is different people with there own characteristics that are masked by the use of texture and pattern in this photo.
Formal Elements of art: Pattern
Patterns are simply repeated shapes, colours or objects, ordered in either regular or irregular formations. For photographers, using pattern is key to good composition and, when used effectively, can transform an otherwise bland image into something dramatic and eye catching. Patterns are formulated all around us - in both natural and man made settings. The key for photographers is firstly to find them, and then secondly to use the scene to their advantage.
-Patterns are an indefinite entity; there is no telling what a good or bad pattern is, so their benefits are totally subjective. For example, pattern can present strong structure, a well defined theme, eye catching repetition, or colour that brings an image to life.- Simon Bray (free lance photographer from uk)
All of the above Images are of various/ different patterns I found on the internet, I was looking for a wide range of images, to show the different uses of pattern and the repetition of the shape, colour and objects. Again line and other features of good photography do come into it and are invloved in the creation of these great images.
After looking at the basics of the use of pattern I looked into using it in my own photography.
I looked into Structures: Including metal fencing, and stairs. I liked how, in the Top right image, of the ceiling, it isn't 100% obvious what it is your looking at, at first glance. The images of the old printing press, stamps, but instead of not being obvious at first, and having to look closer. The fact that the words are inverted and hard to make out, means the audience will be exploring my image for longer, and therefore stay with them longer. (It will make them think)
Research and Analysis
I found an interesting series of images in the Guardian Photography section on "Walls and Barriers" This made me think about how I could portray different types of barriers in different ways, for example, before seeing this collection i was struggling to think of anyway to represent someone that is trapped or uncomfortable because of a social barrier, But the way in which this photographer has taken this picture below, using the window to portray a transparent barrier is really interesting and I think this images itself is really captivating.
I also began to look at components that make up a physical barrier like the wood in a door, or a lock on a latch. I found that these images were really interesting, firstly because of the harshness of the wood and cracking paint on these doors. But also the way in which all barriers are made up of lots of different components. I also realised that Lots of barriers do not physically stop you from going somewhere but they do stop you mentally, for example a sign or plastic fencing.
Physical Barriers: Gates, locks, fences
The images below, are barriers and gates from around where I live. These physical barriers actually stop you going somewhere, the first half of these images are raw/un-edited,I chose to show these images like this because I believe the sunlight's colour is brilliant, the images have really interesting shadows but I think in colour the shadows and highlights that the natural light has created is lost.
Therefor I decided to experiment with Desaturating the images and adjusting there tone and contrast. After seeing the before and after images I believe strongly that when in B+W the shadows and highlights are much stronger and therefor the shapes and components of the barriers are much more pronounced, because of this the images are much more interesting.
This small study is a B+W study on the differences and similarity of a natural barrier (hedge) and a man-made barrier (metal fence), I wanted to look at how in both cases the barriers are made up of patterns, abstract or uniform. I liked the way in which the barbed wire and the smaller vines are quite similar. However i think these images are originally quite boring (due to dull weather conditions and poor lighting) and therefor over edited.
My next step in this project was to look at the social and physical barrier at the point where the land ends and the sea starts, (our barrier against the rest of the world) I looked at how the rock formations are shaped and changed by the sea's erosion and how the land is slowly losing the battle. I wanted
Although this view/opinion could be made about this study, The truth is that the opportunity to visit this site came about and once there I believed that the images that the structures and complex machinery created very interesting and intricate shapes and therefore images. So consequently it is less todo with my current title "Barriers"
This opp came about, less to do with barriers , more todo with structures, big machiner etc... I initially shot 100. here is a contact sheet.... choose image and speak about strange feeling when at paper mill, also speak on topic of making me think about structure topic on typography and speak. (another really interesting line of enquiry)