Animation. 3

Animation, Photography, Task

The second part of this task was to explore the technique of stop motion. In an online article Dermy O Reilly (2007) discusses how originally stop motion involved animating movement of any “non-drawn” objects such as toys, blocks or any other rigid inanimate object you care to mention, cel animation followed quickly. The Adventures of Mark Twain (1985) directed by Will Vinton was the first stop motion/ clay animated film. Stop motion is seemingly becoming less popular due to the development of 3D animation. However, there is still one popular animation company that produces full-length stop motion films to this day, Aardman; they are known for producing the iconic children’s animation Wallace and Gromit. This successful clay stop motion animation has won Oscars with 4 30-minute films, 11 shorts and a feature length movie. (The Welsh Animator, 2013)

With the theme of ‘cycle’ in mind I decided to recycle everyday objects such as sweets and pencils into short stop motion animations. I feel both animations are effective, however, the concept is fairly basic. They are conceptual and fit well with the task of experimenting the stop motion technique.

Pencils

sweets

To take this further however, I have animated the formation of a card house. I adjusted the images on Photoshop by changing the background and adding a filter to create a much more professional and pleasing animation.

cards

References:

O Reilly, D. 2007. A Brief History of Stop Motion Animation!. Stop Motion Central. http://www.stopmotioncentral.com/articles-5.html

The Welsh Animator. 2013. A Brief History of Animation. http://welshanimator.wordpress.com/a-brief-history-of-animation/

Temporal Expressions. 3

Finished Pieces, Photography, Photoshop, Task

For the second task I have created a joiner image, a sequence, which exploits long exposure, and images that exploit short exposure. All are based on the theme ‘cycle’ and have been influenced by the research on Art History I conducted before hand.

I am particularly proud with my joiner image as I feel it positively resembles Picassos and Hockneys work. I chose to base it on the emotional cycle as it gave me the freedom to explore close ups of various facial features and gestures. I decided to use Photoshop to collect all of the photo images to then piece them together to create a coherent portrait. Once it was assembled I tried adjusting the images to emphasise the theme. I decided to make the image black and white as the colours have connotations of pessimism and sorrow. However, to link back to the theme ‘cycle’, adjusting the hair colour to bright pink hues helps lift emotion, almost creating a binary opposition between happy and sad. By capturing multiple viewpoints I feel I have successfully created a cubist impression through flattening an object into 2-D.

Joiner image

Joiner

Long exposure

Light painting

Furthermore, for my second piece, I used a DSLR to change the exposure time and create a light painting. I decided to take the images of cars and their lights driving past in the dark. As this is a fairly everyday, normal task, i.e. driving to and back from work, I thoughtit fit perfectly with the theme of a ‘life cycle’. For this reason I chose to submit two light paintings, to reinforce this everyday task attitude, one being of the cars front lights and the other of the taillights.

Similarly, with my third piece, I used a DSLR to change to a short exposure time in order to create a sequence of frozen motion. For this I came up with an idea of physical rotation, something I felt the lexis ’cycle’ connoted. I therefore asked my model to spin around so that I could capture the dress and hair movement. I think this shoot went fairly well, however, exaggerated movement may have created a better effect. Possibly a looser/ lighter dress should have been used. The use of a low angle shot however, helps to emphasise the movement of the hair and dress to create a tense and energetic image.

Short exposure

Frozen motion

Finally, I researched into the creation of cinemagraphs through online tutorials as I had an idea of creating an image of someone blowing bubbles. The application of the rule of thirds would have meant following the bubbles until they were off screen. However, when I came to record the short video I did not use a tripod, this was a big mistake; the video was shaky and when I came to masking the bubbles the background around them moved as well. I aim to redo this clip very soon. I have learnt a lot from doing these tasks and I hope to use and further these skills in my next task.

Temporal Expressions. 2

Photography, Research, Task
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Head of a Woman, Picasso (1960)

In this task we were told to reflect on ‘space and time’ expression within Art History with focus on Cubism. Cubism was created by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque in Paris between 1907 and 1914. Rewald (2004) states that ‘Cubist painters rejected the inherited concept that art should copy nature, or that they should adopt the traditional techniques of perspective, modelling, and foreshortening. They wanted instead to emphasize the two-dimensionality of the canvas. So they reduced and fractured objects into geometric forms, and then realigned these within a shallow, relieflike space.’ Picasso’s ‘Head of a Woman’ (1960) illustrates this perfectly. This oil on canvas painting presents simultaneous viewpoints in a much more flattened version of his earlier cubism attempts.

This links well with David Hockney and his Photo Collages. In the early 1980s he started to produce ‘joiners’ which involved taking photographs from different perspectives and at various times, this reflecting his interest in Cubism. (Red Ted Art, 2012) One of my personal favourite joiners being ‘My Mother’ (1982).

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My Mother, Hockney (1982)

The theme for this task is ‘cycle’. In my various pieces I aim to explore a different connotation. I’ve decided to create a joiner image using cubist approaches, taking inspiration from both Picasso and Hockney and their effective use of portraits. I hope to explore the emotional cycle by taking close up shots of various facial features to then put them together and create a coherent portrait. Furthermore, I will create a short exposure sequence, which will reflect the theme through physical movement and images that exploit long exposure through light paintings. This being done by cars driving past at night. Furthermore, I aim to do further research on the creation of cinemagraphs by looking at online tutorials, so that I can create my own images based on the ‘cycle’ theme. I hope to take my newly gained photography skills from the last task to further improve them as well as, creating pieces which I am pleased with that reflect the theme well.

References:

Rewald, Sabine. “Cubism”. In Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000–. http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/cube/hd_cube.htm (October 2004)

“Pablo Picasso: Head of a Woman” (1990.192) In Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000–. http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/1990.192. (March 2010)

Temporal Expressions. 1

Photography, Task

This week we were set our second task; the theme is ‘cycle’. We have been told to reflect on ‘space and time’ expression within Art History. There are 3 sections to this task, the first being a joiner image in the style of David Hockney. The second is to produce creative photo-images, which exploit long exposure and the third task is to produce creative photo images or sequences that exploit short exposure. I will also look into the creation of cinemagraphs as I hope to create one, which fits the theme of ‘cycle’. The theme itself is fairly vague and could be taken in various ways. As well as the obvious bicycle, some connotations of the word ‘cycle’ may include physical movement, a sequence or circuit.

I plan to research further into cubism mainly focusing on the movement itself as well as the artists associated such as Picasso. This will help inspire me to fathom the multiple viewpoints in such art, which will be appropriate when approaching the task.

Alphabet Collage. 3

Finished Pieces, Photography, Task

Taking all of my research on board, I have created a single displayed poster-image with my alphabet letters which demonstrate my creative understanding of form, line, texture and colour.

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I found keeping to my theme of nature to be fairly challenging; some letters can be somewhat hard to read, however I feel this fits well with the theme and task, adhering to Moholy Nagy and his photograms. Letters such as E, F and O are unmistakeable, however with others a more abstract approach is taken.letters2

I am particularly pleased with the letters P, H and V; they perfectively demonstrate texture, colour and line. The close up gives the sense of the rough tree bark whilst taking the form of a legible P. As with V, the saturated green colouring of the leaf emphasises the shaping from the leaves in the background. However, to have carried this out throughout all the letters, I should have framed and lit the photo accordingly. I did minimal alterations on photoshop, in order to keep it natural and nature orientated, only placing them in a grid format to reduce confusion, as the letters already require some thought.

As this was my first time delving into the photography world, I feel this task has helped me to look at the world openly looking out for the beauty that is easily passed. As well as this, I have gained knowledge on the various approaches in photography. I feel these lessons will be hugely beneficial when approaching my other tasks.

Alphabet Collage. 2

Photography, Research, Task

For this first task, I’ve decided to focus on seeking abstract shapes, which resemble letters of the alphabet in nature.

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Composition VI. Wassily Kandinsky. 1913

‘Abstract art, the pretended autonomy and absoluteness of the aesthetic emerged in a concrete form’ (Schapiro, 1937). To gain more knowledge on this art form, I choose to research the Bauhaus movement and Moholy Nagy, a painter/ photographer and known Bauhaus professor. Griffith Winton (2007) discusses in an online article that Walter Gropius founded the Bauhaus in 1919 in the city of Weimar, with its ‘core objective being a radical concept: to reimagine the material world to reflect the unity of all arts.’ Artists such as Moholy Nagy and Kandinsky, two of the schools renowned faculty members, both believed in the reproduction of old formulas and experimenting with vision. Haase (2005) discusses how Kandinsky used metaphoric concepts consisting of the metaphoric concept of ́spirituality ́, ́geometry ́ and ́emotionality ́. He then goes on to say, Kandinsky wrote that the artists had an ‘inner necessity’ to express the ‘inner essence of things’. He believed colour evoked emotion and that along with other formal elements like lines, shapes and forms, colour is a language that communicates to all. One of his paintings which portrays this perfectly being ‘Composition VI. 1913 ‘.

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Photogram 1926. László Moholy–Nagy

When looking for naturally occurring letters and deciding how to contextualise it, I should consider its form and colour to understand the emotion being communicated. As well as experimenting with light and colour, I need to look closely at form. Something Moholy Nagy has shown through his Photograms. For example, Photogram (1926) explores the brightness of the objects silhouette. It has however successfully created an abstract and polysemic piece. In fact here he is only using something as simple as his hands and a paint brush.

For this task my aim is to look closely at the outside world, not only focusing on the small and close up details but the forms as a unity. I hope to take inspiration from Moholy Nagy when opening my mind to encourage various perceptions.

References:

Schapiro, M. (1937). Nature of abstract art. American Marxist Association.

Griffith Winton, Alexandra.(2007). “The Bauhaus, 1919–1933”. In Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000–http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/bauh/hd_bauh.htm

Haase, F. A. (2005). ‘My colorful lexicon’: Synesthesia and the production of metaphors or’Is reading synesthetic’. A Parte Rei: revista de filosofía, 39.

Alphabet Collage. 1

Photography, Task

We were recently given our first task which involved broadening our perception towards the world around us whilst, calling upon our photographer’s eye in order to be perceptive to pattern, texture, colour, shape, and form. We were asked to take photographs of ‘naturally-occurring’ shapes, which can be photographically framed as letters from the alphabet. The task states we should work in pairs therefore, I chose to work with Howard as we both had the idea of pursuing a natural/ outside wonders theme.

For inspiration, I looked at the website http://www.alphabetphotography.co.uk/ to browse through professional photographs which helped me gain a broader understanding of how to capture the context of each shot to reflect and demonstrate my creative understanding of form, line, texture and colour.

Once we have collected all 26 letters, I plan to present them in a grid format on an A4 poster. For this I will use Adobe Photoshop, I don’t plan on editing the photos drastically as I hope to frame them accordingly. I also feel adjusting the colour/ saturation level opposes from the theme of nature and ‘natural-occurring’ shapes however, if needed for the photos to seem like a collection some alterations may be required.