Category Archives: Experimentation

Shoot 3: Still Life

Here is the 3rd and final shoot of still life. In comparison to the previous shoots I am not as happy with the outcomes, personally I could have experimented more with the subject matter of university/ work. The subject matter within these shots are my Narrative workbook.

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As stated above I believe I could have delved deeper into this subject, rather than simply photographing my workbook. I decided that I was not going to photography my laptop in which most of my work is within, they are over seen objects, although mundane. The idea I had was almost like seeing a photo within another photograph. My work featuring within my work.

Shoot 2: Still Life

Here are some of my favourite shots from the 2nd shoot. Out of all of them I think the most successful are the underwear and corset shots, the lighting, texture of the clothing and the contrast play very nicely together. They almost remind me of adverts.

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Image I think for this photography I should have boosted up the contrast, it is a little too soft, however the photography has a dream like sense to it

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Shoot 1: Still life

Here are a few of my favourite photos from the 1st still life shoot. I am quite happy with how these have turned out and I have glad I decided to use black and white images, I personally feel it gives them an extra depth. Below I included one black and white image and one colour image for a comparison. The colour photograph seem to merge together, where as the black and white contrast bring those details forward.

 

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Narrative Video Experiment – I Built a Bed

I finally put together the videos for the “I Built a Bed” and formed a semi final video for a Narrative experiment.
Even though I am not confident with making videos I quite enjoying this. It may be a little rough at times and the frames don’t quite flow together, but for a first attempt I am happy with the turn out.

I decided not to involve music at this current stage because 1: I was un-sure what type of music to put over the top. 2: We live in a world where we are constantly surrounded by noise. My head is full of noise, it won’t ever shut up (hence the bags under my eyes). The lack of noise gives the video a sense of stillness in a otherwise busy and somewhat stressful scenario. This is the kind of atmosphere that I wanted to create. (at the time I had my music blaring so it is a different contrast) There are a 2 scenes where there is sound. The 1st I am talking to the camera about a mistake I did, putting the side panels on the wrong sides and 2nd when my fiancee comes home. These 2 small scene break that sense of stillness just enough.

The reason why I decided to film me building the bed is because it is a mundane scenario, a little out of the everyday standard (I would hate to do that everyday, but it would build up your muscles though) and these are aspects of our day to day life that often get over looked, simply because they are everyday things we do. I enjoy the things in life that we take for granted or overlook, I personally find them very interesting. However, I strongly believe that everything we do, each individual has an interesting life. It just depends on how you look at it.

For this project I am really liking the concept of mundane and my life. This is a mundane aspect of my life that I decided to do. (Also I couldn’t wait for John to come and build our bed and the last one he made broke). It is also taking me out of my comfort zone. Although I like doing self-portraiture, I tend to hide my identity from the camera and those around me. I am introvert. I like my peace and quite as well as my boundaries and bubble. This is a slice of my life. Showing people a little bit of me. For example when John comes home, I never act like that with anyone other than him, and no one really see’s that side of me but him.

The video was made in iMovie and is a little over 5minutes. Each scene is sped up x20. Maybe I should have this playing in the background https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZeGW5sBfvo
I sped it up not only because I thought it looked better in this speed rather than x8, but also to shorten the video, with before hand was almost going on 10 minutes. I have a short attention span, if I wouldn’t sit through and watch it I am sure others wouldn’t.

Experiment: Messing Around Contact Sheet

Here is another contact sheet of happy moments around the house. Between myself and Michael most we would always play fight (I am a larper and he was getting into it, so we would use pillows or brooms). This is only a small collection of photographs as it’s hard to use a camera and a broom stick at the same time. Image

(The image above are scanned from my Narrative RDB)

Although these photographs are nothing spectacular, they show a representation of the house and the people within it. That is what I wanted to capture, even if they do resemble snap shots. They reflect apart of my life that has been and gone, but I will always have the memories.

Experiment: Garden Contact Sheet

Another contact sheet of a happy moment in this house. At the beginning of our tenancy we had to sort out the garden as part of the tenancy agreement. I didn’t take many photographs as I was helping out with the gardening and by the time we finished we were all too tired.

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(The image above are scanned from my Narrative RDB)

The reason why I like these photographs is because up until I moved into this accommodation gardening was one of those things that was far away, yet it is now part of our responsibility. It is another aspect of life, that I have realised is necessary in a strange way (well and to keep the landlord happy). I am as far from green thumb as can be. I can not even look after a pepper plant … mine died a horrible death of over watered and my mint plant died of dehydration … god knows what happened to my Strawberry plant.

Anyway, these photographs reflect upon that notion of my life and how it has changed, as well as a good memory involving friends in our new house.

Experiment: Truth or Dare Contact Sheet

After some thinking about this project I am really liking the idea of working with previous photographs in one way or another. So I began by looking through my albums on my laptop, Facebook, my phone and iPhoto. I have so many photos of my friends and University, these images also link into the theme “Life” or “My Life” (I am still a little un-sure where I want to go with this).
To start brain storming my concepts I started by printing out contact sheets of my favourite memories. The first one, one of the more recent times was from a party around my house where we were all playing a game of truth or dare. It was a fantastic evening. Got to smear peanut butter on someones armpit, one person had to eat cream cheese of their toes and I got my hair sprayed up like an Anime girl (I resembled something out of Pokemon). Personally this was a good stepping stone for me to work from.

Contact Sheet: Truth or Dare (1)

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Contact Sheet: Truth or Dare (2)

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(The images shown above are scanned from my Narrative RDB)

I also think I have a video from that evening, if so I will post it at a later date and include it for research.

There are a few sections within the contact sheet where the images seem to be like a flip book. I think it would be quite interesting to piece these together and create a short video. These short videos might be able to go together into the main digital production. This is something that I need to experiment with.

Surprise I Made a Bed!

This video links in with https://blackthornphotography.wordpress.com/2014/02/05/experiment-i-built-a-bed/

I decided after all my hard work to surprise my fiancee and record him seeing the bed all put up. It was fun recording this and seeing his reaction. I will be posting the video of me actually building the bed later on once I have edited it and uploaded it to youtube.

It is strange hearing your own voice on video and I really don’t like listening to myself. The reason I have decided to use this as part of my experimentation is to do with my possible theme of “Life” or better yet “My Life”. I love surprising John and I strangely enjoy the mundane aspects of life (apart from washing up as I hate putting my hands in water other than shower or bath) Everyone’s life is interesting in different ways, even the every day aspects. Although a lot of us follow the same day to day rituals to a certain extent, but we all do them in different ways.

Although building a bed is a little out of the day to day, it is sill something mundane. I guess that is what I want to show. My life, even the mundane. From building a bed, interactions with friends and family, working, sleeping to putting make-up on.

Also, would this classify as a performance piece?

Experiment – I Built a Bed

For the past 4 months, myself and my fiancee bed has been broken. So we have been sleeping on a mattress, which is very uncomfortable. Anyway, today we received our replacement and as a surprise for my fiancee I decided to record me doing it. 1 because I thought it would be funny seeing someone who is 4ft 11 building a bed where the only thing small than themselves are the bed slates, and secondly, my Narrative project is based around life. This is an aspect of my life.

Recording it was a little bit tedious. It was a mixture of running out of memory card space (need to invest in a few more memory cards and the the battery died), and trying to record on my iPod which has barely any memory on it. Im not sure what I will do with the videos, I would like to put them together and speed them up. Almost like a speed painting. One thing I will say is that I wish I had rented out a tripod to get a better angle and perhaps better lighting, however that would give it more of a staged impression.

I will be posting the videos later on, but in the mean time, here are some of the photos I took on my phone.

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We had to take our bed apart before they delivered the new one, otherwise we wouldn’t get our new bed.

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The new bed parts all nicely packaged up. Couldn’t wait to get started on building it …

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The main frame of the bed is completed.

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Having a bit of an OCD moment with making sure the slates are all perfect and straight … I swear they are still wonky though.

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The final thing accompanied by fresh bed sheets and creepy teddies peering over the top of the rails.

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However … I made a wee bit of a mess …

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And a bit more over here …

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And a lot more over here. I had to rearrange the whole of the room to get this bed build.

2 Second Film …

This is a very short (literally 2 seconds) on a train just as we get into London. It was meant to be longer, but my iPod battery gave way.

The video is one of my experiments for the Narrative project, linking into my life. It was a normal everyday interaction, and sight with my fiancee whilst on the train. I have lots of little random videos floating around that I will also be posting later.