A Little Out Of Control

A Little Out Of Control

Monday, 6 December 2010

Contextual Studies: Task II Conceptualising your own work

Name: Melissa King.
Tutor: Matt Mosley.
Word count: 564

Black and white portrait photography is a theme I like to play around with in most of my work. The concept of shadows helping to express the emotions on faces and the depth of the surroundings is something that has an impact on me. From an extent study of emotion and simple colour I have managed to create a relationship that confronts the viewers.

The idea for my project came form the topic slavery from my Digital art and design lessons, I began to experiment with shadows around an object and eventually, around a model. I then added text to influence more of a meaning, impact and allowing the viewers to ask more questions. The artist that influenced me during this project was Victor Palagano because of the way shadows have an effect on the background and the object/model. Also it’s how he places him models that have inspired me most as he doesn’t put the camera to the centre if the model or too close, Palagano allows the surrounding to come thought the photograph as well. I believe Palagano does this to get the viewers attention and to make his work, some what, versatile.

Victor Palagano communicates through visual means by contrasting the darker and lighter tones throughout his photograph, which then helps the subject become even more of a main attraction, compared tot eh rest of the photo. In some respects Palagano is communicating to the viewers by wanting them to think about the image in more depth. Instead of seeing someone sitting in a dark room, he wants them to ask questions, i.e. Why is he there? What has happened? And how would the viewer feel if they were in the position of the model? To me Victor Palagano uses visual means to encourage the public to look at every aspect of the photograph and to understand his meaning behind his idea, instead of stating the obvious.

The materials Victor Palagano uses are those that interest and inspire him. The exaggeration of dark and light tones make his work more interesting because he almost makes out that the background is hiding something, this then creates the model to show more emotion. The lighter and darker tones bring in a slightly softer aspect to the photograph, although they do help make the photograph seem chilling and afraid of the darker tones of the background. Palagano’s materials within the photograph have communicated these ideas because of the use of the darker shadows encourage the public eye to see his photograph in depth and have a better grasp on his meaning.

Palagano’s work has multiple angles of how it can be viewed. His photographs manage to influence the viewers to take a different aspect towards the content of his work. The main point of Palagano’s work that interested me most is how he arranges his model as he has created as many tones as possible within his photograph by using very little light that is shone above, mainly on his model. Palagano contains lighter tones onto the facial features; this gives the photograph the ‘detached’ feel around the content. Within my own work, Palagano has inspired me to use plenty of tones and to think, in detail, where to place my model in my surrounding area. I believe I have achieved this in the photograph below.

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

A Wall-E Shirt

As part of our grid project we were asked to pick a subject from a list and then create what the task said. For this I chose Fashion/Textiles, the task for us was to select one of our grid research works adn photocopy A3 twenty times. Withn the photocopies we then had to make a shirt with sleeves and a collar.

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Black and White

For my Ditital art and design lesson, we were asked to pick a topic that has been on the News that affects us. The topic I chose was Slavery because even in this time period we still use other people poorly and for our own gain. To show my opinion and emotion towards Slavery I took black adn white images of a few friends looking either sad, afraid or lonely. This was my outcome:

Monday, 1 November 2010

Contextual Studies

Name: Melissa King
Tutor's name: Matt Moseley
Word count: 511 Words

Contextual Studies visual analysis of pair 2
Francis Bacon and Giacommetti.

In my essay, I am going to analyse two pieces of art work. The first is a still from Battleship Potemkin 1925 dir Eisenstein and the second piece is a Self portrait by Francis Bacon in 1971. I am going to discuss what they represent, what they refer and how they are made.

The screen shot from Battleship Potemkin 1925 dir Eisenstein which is a silent film directed by Sergei Eisenstein. The screen shot is from Battleship Potemkin refers to the mutiny that occurred during 1905 when a Russian crew from the battleship rebelled against the Tsarist regime officers. The black and white pictured image represents a woman, with her eyes and mouth wide open expressing the look on her face strongly being of fear or horror of the event accruing in front of her. I think the Battleship Potemkin by Sergei Eisenstein means that the women in the screen shot is scared and shocked of what is happening before her eyes. The fact the image is rather dark, due to it being a black and white film, around her facial features expressing more than one particular emotion. I like how this effect has been done because it leaves the viewers of the image/film to imagine what may have happened.

The second image I am going to analyse is Self Portrait 1971 by Fancis Bacon, which is an oil painting done on to canvas. His Self Portrait represents how he saw himself and how he believed other people saw him. The bright colours on the face are distinctive and allow the different shapes to come through the image. Bacons Self Portrait refers to what he though human facial features looked like in his imagination. I think Francis Bacons 1971 Self Portrait means in everyone’s eyes we are all seen differently compared to others and the shapes of our facial features can be more expressive in comparison to others peoples.

Both Eisenstein and Bacon use different elements that both of there pieces of work have in common. The texture in both creates them to be more direct and shows the meaning of each of the images, because bacon repeats the colouring and shadowing in his Self Portrait, whereas, Eisenstein repeats the shading around the features on the woman’s face. The artists have also used value because Bacon has a very dark coloured background and lighter colours around the face to make the features more expressive and bold. Eisenstein uses value in a similar way, as he has make most of the areas around the face are darker and the background much lighter colour to make a similar effect as Bacons Self Portrait.

Out of both pieces of the artists work, I prefer Battleship Potemkin 1925 dir Eisenstein because the shocking and simplicity of the colours around the facial features to express the true emotion the women feels towards the horror going on in front of her. Although Francis bacons 1971 Self Portrait shows beauty and texture, his expression, however, doesn’t show as much emotion as Eisenstein’s screen shot of Battleship Potemkin 1925.