Reflecting upon Direction 1 I have focused mainly on the physical appearance and how we change ourselves in order to be physically attractive rather than focusing on our interior appearance and how we look after or if we even understand our bodies and how it works. I feel like our outer body is what people nowadays focus on more than learning about our internal organs or taking care of ourselves for our insides rather than outsides.
In my initial research I learned how the corset changed womans’ skeletons in the Victorian era, which I found absurd and extremely dangerous. This actually took years of the life span of women in this era. The drawing of how this looked has inspired me to look inside of the body rather than what is on the outside, as in this vain society we often forget how amazing and important our bodies work and how interesting our bodies are. We care more about how or lips look or how perky our breasts are rather than focusing on the actual function for breast and how amazing it is that we can create nutritious milk in order to feed our babies and keep them healthy. Society has allowed us to care more about the artificial and unattainable beauty standards that we don’t appreciate the work our bodies do every day in order to keep us alive.
After looking at the drawings showing the internal organs and how the corset changed the skeleton of women I was inspired to start researching in to what we look like inside, looking at scientific diagrams of our insides and the way we are built. This interests me a lot as it relates to me as this is what keeps us alive and breathing every day. I also want the challenge of making science stylish and in to an almost fashion style photoshoots.
I then started looking at artists who overlay images together, for example Carsten Witte who overlays the face skeleton on to beautiful models faces. The images below are from the series ‘Intuition’, and he says the main idea behind the work is “the belief that everything is constantly changing but photography can preserve the moment. Beauty is almost nothing without the knowledge of how fast it will fade…”. This emphasises that our outer appearance is trivial compared to how important we are one the inside, meaning both our bodily organs and our minds.
Another artist who also overlays imagery together is Tatiana Parcero.
I love the contrast of the bright drawings over the simplistic image, as it has a striking effect. I am going to take inspiration from both artists as I want to create some overlaying work myself to show how important our internal organs are.
Instead of simply overlaying digital images over one another I wanted to be creative with how I started this body of work. Lino printing and mono printing are interesting ways of layering on top of images, and I wanted to try this to see what the effect would be compared to laying digitally. I tried mono printing in my painting week and was really pleased with the results therefore want to experiment further by trying lino alongside developing my mono printing skills.
Health and Safety
When cutting Lino it is important to consider the health and safety risks and regulations in order to complete the task safely.
Carry cutters with the blade pointing down.
Only use the cutter for the job it was intended for.
Work away from your hands when cutting.
Do not leave the cutter in any dangerous place, i.e put it away when finished.
- To clean equipment use a liquid soap & water, allow to dry thoroughly before packing away equipment.
I had never done Lino before therefore I didn’t realise until the end that I had cut it the wrong way around. I cut the lines that I wanted to print rather than leaving them dominant and the areas I wanted blank I didn’t cut. I only realised this when I had finished however I liked the end result better than if I had done it the right way around. If I had time I would like to try both ways however scraping all of the Lino off where I don’t want to print would take a long time and I wanted to get a lot of experimentation done quickly and didn’t want to spend ages on it when the one I had already created was good.
I tested what the prints would look like with different amounts of ink and different variations of pressure.
I tried it with black ink first, before I added the extra veins which would be red.
Once I was happy with the way they were turning out (less ink than more) I printed on to the images of Tom I had taken.
I am pleased with how they turned out, I like how graphic and artistic the print looks. To develop these I am going to scan them in and work on them digitally to see what effect it can have and what changes I can make.
After experimenting with printing physically I wanted to try overlaying images digitally, to see which I preferred and which had the most striking effect. I had to gather secondary source images to overlay on to the image of Tom, I wanted it to be quite realistic and abstract. These are the images I chose…
I tried different techniques with how I blended the two images together, however I found that the smudge tool on Photoshop worked the best. I also tried different layer blends to match the skin tone and image together the best.
I then wanted to develop these edits further, therefore I created rayograms of my favorite two edits. These are the raw scanned in images before any editing process, I am extremely happy with how the rayograms turned out. They remind me of x-ray images, which has lead me to consider researching and developing the idea of x-ray imagery and editing process’ in which I can make images look like x-rays.
I inverted the original images to print on to acetate in order for the image to develop the right way around on the light sensitive paper. I also had to edit the exposure and add some dodge and burn tool in order to heighten the contrast of light and dark in the image.
I am extremely pleased with all of these black and white edits however these two are my favourite. Reflecting on my working practice throughout the unit I have discovered I work well in black and white and also with the blur tool. This effect is striking to me and gives a more nostalgic and meaningful effect having depth to the image which is what I intend with every photo shoot. The black and white effect with these edits emphasis the theme of what is in the inside as it looks like an x-ray image.