26 February 2013
My final consists of techniques based on previous knowledge, but have since strengthened thanks to further teachings throughout this course. I knew as soon as the time came to begin discussing the final project exactly what I wanted to execute and present to the class, which was both exciting and intimidating, only because I knew how much work I’d have to put into it. These techniques include double exposure with models and inanimate objects, the use of filters in Photoshop, and split-toning within Lightroom. These three creative edits combined together into one shot is an idea that is both original and interesting to the eye.
I knew I wanted to execute this one of three brainstorm ideas very early on in the decision-making process. Once I read everyone else’s ideas for their own final project, I had the craving to be different, since most of what I read included the use of selective color, which was another of my three brainstorm ideas. The path I chose has proven itself to be deep and thought-provoking, though tedious to plan and follow through. I do feel, however, that the work has definitely paid off. What I wanted to bring through my images was not just a simple merging of two photos. I wanted to present a deep thought behind each shot, so that each of my final images had a story within itself. The portraits were staged and indoors with artificial lighting, which is very different from my normal style, but I felt it was best for this type of shoot. Most of my portraits do not present shallow depth of field either, which is another one of my usual tendencies. Overall, I was a little out of my comfort zone in terms of style, yet double exposing is something I’d be comfortable doing the rest of my life.
I do believe my final showcases my personal voice very loudly and clearly. My whole persona radiates the severe need to be different. Though it is becoming more and more difficult to be original and different in present time, there are still some gems hidden that are crying out for attention. What I strive to voice through my photographs are the things that we as human beings tend to sugar coat or neglect from conversation. This can range anywhere from religious beliefs, to differences in upbringing, to personal lifestyle choices. Things like depression, insanity, anything along the lines of deep psychological thought tend to be swept under the rug, per se. Bringing these things to light not only strike controversy among the masses, but spark conversation and allow these unspoken opinions and ideas to come to light. This, in turn, brings my work much popularity, whether it is positive or negative, but nonetheless gives a message that most don’t want to hear, but need to.