After doing my developmental photographs I wanted to take some body image photographs in the photography studio with a proper white backdrop and lighting. The following photos are the ones taken here, however not yet edited.
These photos are my unedited pieces taken after asking about peoples insecurities. I wanted to take some photographs in the studio as they are better quality and the edits will be clearer on account of the better lighting. I am quite pleased with these outcomes so far, as they really delve into the peoples insecurities that I photographed- however when looking at the photos there is a level of grace and beauty to these so-called imperfections.
The next thing I need to do is edit all my photographs and decide which to use for my degree show; and possibly take more photos if I don’t have enough.
Whilst I was home for Easter I wanted to take some more developmental photographs, however had to find somewhere with good lighting and a white background. Therefore, I did some tests in this particular room as at the time it seemed suitable. However when I looked back at the photographs they are too dim and the shadows are quite distracting to the viewer- therefore I thought I could find somewhere better.
I recently did my Gap Crit and displayed my photographs in the same style that I am going to present my work in my exhibitions that I have coming up. I got some interesting feedback and advice from the group about my work which I wrote down:
- Make sure to have more photographs because people think that they are of the same person/self portraits.
- They seem intimate/personal.
- The photos show a snippet; there is nothing you can relate to a particular person.
- People don’t consider hands to be an insecurity, which made them think my theme wasn’t actually about insecurities.
- The size (8×6) of the photographs makes you think that the body parts are being hidden- if they’re bigger it is seen more as a celebration of your body.
- Some figures are relaxed and some are tense; what is this trying to say? Why’re they contrasting?
- An idea of my theme was how the body changes; is it something to do with having a particular mindset?
- Is there any reason to have some photos in portrait and some in landscape?
- Collarbone photo looks out of place- looks like an advert. The rest are dull compare to hers.
- Hand and neck photos show strength, and show off muscles and bones, whilst others are emotional.
- Fragments of body, specific parts.
- Seem vulnerable because of the gloomy colours.
- No individuality to the person.
- Being exposed but also being held at a distance.
- Could the piercings be part of it? Is it trying to say something about their identities?
- Nipple piercing is usually covered up- it’s usually private but is now being put on display.
- The way they’ve been made- some seem posed whilst others natural.
- The face being taken away removes identity, they’re more objects than people.
I have attached my hand photographs to string in order of the progression of tension as a hand goes from fist to open. I wanted to display these series of photographs like this in order to represent fluidity and progression.
I have shortened some of the quotes that I have gathered from people on their insecurities. I wanted to display them to show the style of writing that I wish to use for the quotes; I also am particularly keen on the off-white paper that I chose. However, I also plan to make some frames to display my quotes in.