A Week of Experiments

Some images from the week 7th – 13th May

I handed in my fourth assignment at the beginning of the week, so there was a lot of writing up to do. This week has mainly been about experimenting with images I’ve already taken and producing more art prints.

I did get out to Badbury Rings for a walk with my friend Elaine and her dog Honey. I don’t think I’m much of a landscape photographer really so I now know that rather than avoiding it, it’s something I need to start thinking about and practicing.

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Honey, who would not stay still for longer than 10 seconds at a time.

Three images experimenting with depth-of-field and framing:

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Part of a panoramic image.

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The panoramic image that Elaine suggested.w_e_13_may (40 of 47)


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Tree beside the Stour

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Tree beside the Stour

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A selection of cyanotypes from this week

I’d been experimenting with a combination of mono prints with foliage and cyanotypes that you can read about here. I’d taken some images to record the process I’d been using and I really liked an image of a leaf on the inked up plate.

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This is a leaf on an inked plate. The image has been altered in an app called Enlight.

The following images are all edited using the Enlight app. I also use Snapseed, but for these more extreme edits I really like the filters that you can use in Enlight.

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I also discovered that Instagram does these animations so my children and I have been playing around with them.

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I do have my doubts about some of these apps and the ideals they promote, but in the end a lot of them are great fun. I was looking at Digital Snaps; The New Face of Photography by Jonas Larsen and Mette Sandbye. There’s a chapter on Japanese Purikura photography which is about how Japanese teenage girls are using this kind of technology. I find it interesting that boys seem to be left out of this, but perhaps it’s just that my boys aren’t into it.

This is my eldest son Nathan. It’s rare that he’ll let me take a photograph of him, but he got contact lenses this week and he’s also just had his braces removed so he’s moving from this place of feeling a certain discomfort about his appearance to a place where he is beginning to feel more comfortable. I was curious about running this image through the ‘porn app’; interestingly, it’s just smoothed out his skin a little and perhaps made his eyebrows slightly heavier.

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Anyway, the other point about Nathan here is that he won’t take photographs and I find that really interesting. I did buy him a digital camera some time ago and he also has a mobile phone that he could use, but for some reason it’s almost as if he has seen photography as out of bounds for him. However, I received a Lomography camera for my birthday in late September that I still hadn’t put together. He is great at this sort of thing and so I’ve given up and asked him to assemble it for me, which he did in less than an hour. He proudly came and showed me how it all worked. I asked him if he would like to take some photos with it, and he said yes.

So is it the building of the camera that has helped? I’m not sure… I wonder if it’s the outwardness of the Lomography camera that has helped him? There is no ability to really turn it inward or toward the self. You cannot turn it around to take a selfie; it just wouldn’t work and so that expectation to represent himself in this process is removed. As is the ability to share the results easily, which perhaps removes a certain pressure to do so.  Anyway, that’s my amateur psychology for the week. I shall show him how to load the film and see what he comes up with.

2 thoughts on “A Week of Experiments

    • Sarah Scott says:

      I think that Nathan allowing me to take a photograph of him is certainly about the braces and contact lenses. But his reluctance to take photos might have stemmed from what his friends make images of and the seeming necessity to share them? Almost like the act of photography for his peers is somehow not ever a private one at all and has to involve the self overtly at some level and with this camera he can’t do that so maybe that’s why he now feels he can take photos?

      I’ve one son (Daniel) who makes short films and isn’t afraid to be writer, actor, director and special effects artist in most of his creations which he shares on various social media platforms with no qualms at all. It’s interesting they’re so different.

      The porn app I’m referring to is an app called ‘Face App’ (I think); it’s not actually about porn at all. I just takes your portrait and adds sometimes quite excessive amounts of make up and skin smoothing. I call it the porn app because I think it has a tendency to overdo things.

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