IC - Week 11 - Project development

There are just a five days left to submit the work in progress selection and the CRJ so couple of reflections this time alongside with latest works.

The course material discussing in depth the important issues regarding the ontology of photographic nature, the means of dissemination and the role photography plays in the contemporary society, highlighted the areas I have not considered so far both as an author and the spectator. I realise though that I only touch the surface of all the subjects I have listen, read and talked about.

I found the topics from the first half of the course particularly interesting. The reflections on the context, authentication, representation, constructed realities and the meaning of the 'really real" influenced already my practice and I can clearly see how my interest in constructing the image using the method of rephotography is shifting into the areas where "photographic seeing" plays the most important role. I think the last shots in this module like this one below for example (Fig 1 and 2), are one of the most succesful. There is a combination of site specific forms and naturally occurring phenomenons (light reflections in this case) which together create an involounarily arranged composition. 

But I am also happy with those where the artefacts determined by the use of specific apparatusses (screen and camera) are playing an significant role in the construction of the image. The works below are particularly interesting to me because I used also another method here - the stripes are the reflection of the window blinds in the piece of acrylic glass I hold in front of the image displayed on the screen. I am amazed with the way the reflection is blending with the image. It would be really hard to achieve such an naturally looking fusion with the software. 

That kind of natural blend of various surfaces and shapes generated by objects as well as the transformations occuring in the tonal range, the redefinition of colours, viniette, noise - all that is too fascinating to stop experimenting with the method of adding layers photographically, but as I mentioned above, the straight captures of the phenomenons occurring involuntarily or with a little intervention, are something very special and I will continue to hone my observing and pre-visualising skills.

During the last week I worked also with some totally different method which is a result of the chain of coincidences mixed with intentional choices. I spoke with one of my colleagues at work about about the moire pattern in context of my practice and as a quite surprising result of that conversation, my colleague sent me a "moire generator' which he put together during the lunch time using some of the available open source pieces of code, which is simply the rotating geometric shape built with lines which can be modified displayed in a browser

There is a colour, transparency, line thickens and density which can be set up in a various configurations as well as four geometric shapes to choose from. It was a good fun to play with the shapes and observe some moire-like patterns occurring but that was it. I imagined though that if the shape could be overlaid on the image, the situation would become much more interesting. I asked my colleague if there is a chance to place the animated shape on top of the image not a plain background as it was originally and not long later received an email with the the modified generator which allow me to use any of my image in a background. It reminded me of the "Indeterminate Objects (Classrooms)" project by Wendy McMurdo which I saw at the Photographers Gallery in December as it combines the animated object and a still image. I use the rotating geometric shape though in a totally different context and only as a generator of still captures at the moment.

I spend two evenings with working with this method and included two images in my WIP portfolio (Fig 3 and 4). Both of them has been rephotographed again after the shape was captured and the additional layer of moire pattern appeared which is well visible in the first image above the cube (Fig 3).

Here is a small selection of other compositions:

I wish there was another month to go. There is so much to explore...