Shape? Colour? Form?
I began by looking at well established abstract photographer Laszlo Moholy Nagy. 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:
Whilst looking into Nagy's abstract photography I came across his abstract paintings, where he uses line, shape and colour to create abstract geometric paintings.
After looking into a few of these paintings I decided to bring one to life, and modernise it. I did this because Nagy was known for the integration of technology into the arts. I made a short animation, by exploding one of his paintings.
Began to look into different ways in which other photographers have explored the theme "Barriers".
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.
A short exploration into barriers as well as other structures, I found interesting to the eye. I also began to think about the formal elements of art I had researched, such as texture, line and tone.
These contact sheets show the editing process I went through in choosing the above images, I looked for which images portrayed the theme of "barriers", and also looked at all the different interesting textures/colours.
The Screenshots below show my frequent technique of editing my images. I believe this enhances the photographs to make them more interesting and to give them a deeper meaning. I do not completely change my photographs but i do adjust the colour and tone levels to heighten and increase the photo's allure and attractiveness. Below you can see the levels graph, this is easily adjusted and changed to change the levels of shadows and highlights.
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 images, 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.
Therefore 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.
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 to do with my current title "Barriers"
After researching Lazlo Maholy Nagy I moved to look into some more abstract photography, as well as still keeping in mind my there of structures. Out of the images ive taken this year, these pictures of this twisted part of fencing metal, defintly is the most interesting to me, I love how even though it's solid steel, and a very strong/firm structure, because of the shape and effect of line in the images, it comes across as some sort of liquid and abstract group of never ending 3D lines.
I wanted to experiment with this image in a different way, and experiment with a different medium, but use this image as a bass. I decided to try out using Print.
Drypoint is a printmaking technique of the intaglio family, in which an image is scratched into a plate with a hard-pointed "needle". The method is practically identical to engraving.
I did a day course on dry point printing, and created 4 prints all with altered tones, and levels of abstractness, using different amounts of ink and changing the way I applied the Ink to the plate.