Today I had to bring my scanned images that I had independently scanned last week. This morning I had an hour to scan and produce more images that I would need in my later photoshop session. In my photoshop session we learned how to create a layered image. We played around with different settings and experimented with quick short cuts. Using the basic settings such as exposure, brightness, contrast, hue, saturation as well as the opacity I worked on developing my photoshop editing skills .
Following on we had a group discussion about all our images which were displayed on a slide show. We received great feedback on our final images as a group. Amongst all the images shown by the class there was a variety of different scans produced using negatives, prints and sentimental objects. I was intrigued with how personal some of the images were, ranging from weddings photos to childhood memories. Where as on the other hand some images had no purpose or meaning to them what so ever.
There were images that were found at flee markets and charity shops. When looking at these images it was sad to see how someone had giving those images away, something that was once personal to themselves was now in the hands of a stranger. Every image had its own meaning and story behind it for the person that produced them, however the same images could have been interpreted in a different way by the viewers.
Here are a few examples of my own images. For these I experimented with changing the hue and saturation as well as HDR. My aim was to make my images look abstract and unusual, producing something different to my previous works.
Pyatkovka was born in 1955 in Kharkiv, Ukraine where he currently lives and works. He graduated from the Faculty of Electric Power of the Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute in 1978. Began his career under communism, and much of his work is aimed at subverting state control. For a long time he worked in the Drama Theatre. For 8 years as the main lighting designer.
He realised that this was not what he wanted to do in the future and became an artistic photographer. Roman was inspired by Boris Mikhailov (winner of the Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography) and soon became his teacher and mentor. He became a full time photographer in 1980 and has since had numerous exhibitions world-wide exhibiting some of his well known work such as: “Ghosts. Famine 30-ies”, “I come from childhood”, “Games of libido” and “Bitch Love”. I was inspired by his series “Soviet photo (2012)” which is about an eara which has forever gone. It was the only magazine available to professional photographers and amateurs in the Soviet Union from 1926 to 1992.
In this series of work he combined the ‘official’ photographs from ‘Soviet Photo’ combining with his works as an underground photographer of the time. He quotes ” I risked imprisonment for these pictures”. He also quotes that “When looking at these pictures today, we are able to reflect on the ideals and disappointments, censorship and creativity of that time”.
I was influenced by his work as he cleverly overlaps the layers together in order to create an image that is unique. When looking at his images it makes you think about why he has created it in that way and how some parts are not obvious straight away. Simiular to David Thomas Smith he has adjusted the contrast and hue to bring out the colours within the image. I think that this is very important when layering up your images as some parts could be drowned out.
Anon, Soviet Photo (2012)- Roman Pyatkovka Photography, Last Accessed: 02/02/15. http://cargocollective.com/pyatkovka/Soviet-photo-2012
Based in Dublin, David Thomas Smith is an Irish artist who graduated from the University of Wales, Newport, where he obtained a (BA Hons) in Documentary Photography. He has exhibited his work in several European countries.
“By the end of the 20th century, the problem was no longer how to create a new media object such as an image; the new problem was how to find an object that already exists somewhere. If you want a particular image chances are it already exists.” p.35 – ‘The Language of New Media’ – Lev Manovich
Smith’s work is multi-dimensional and can be interpreted in many ways. He makes his work rich in detail and large in scale. This series of work is called “Anthropocene” which is digital photographs assembles from a large number of Google Earth images which show some of the world’s most recognisable structure and urban landscapes. The images are then both horizontally and vertically mirrored to create a visually striking image. The hue and saturation have been adjusted in order to bring out the vibrant colours within the images. Closely followed by his other series called “Arecibo” which is very similar, again shooting landscapes and urban scenes. He has created his work to be abstract and unusual making the viewer think.
David Thomas Smith, ANTHOPOCENE David Thomas Smith, Last Accessed: 2/02/15. http://www.david-thomas-smith.com/ANTHROPOCENE.
David Thomas Smith, ARECIBO David Thomas Smith, Last Accessed: 2/02/15. http://www.david-thomas-smith.com/ARECIBO
Appropriation is intentionally coping and borrowing preexisting objects and images. It is a strategy that has been used for many years from a variety of artists. It took on a new significance in the mid-20th century both in Britain and America. There was a rise of consumerism of popular images through mass media outlets from television to magazines.
It can be tracked back all the way to cubist collages and constructions of Georges Braque, Juan Gris and Picasso made from 1912 onwards, in oder to represent themselves they would use real subjects such as newspapers.
Later, surrealism had a huge impact of the use of appropriation in objects and collages show for example with Salvador Dali’s “Lobster Telephone”.
Appropriation has raised a few questions of authenticity, authorship and originality and it belongs to the modernist tradition of art.
I was fascinated with what appropriation actually was. As quoted fro Tate Online “Appropriation in art and art history refers to the practice of artists using pre-existing objects or images in their art with little transformation of the original”. The difference of how layering two unattached and unconnected images can create a spectacular piece of work when combined together.
TATE, n.d. AppropriationOnline. Last Accessed: 01/02/15. Available from: http://www.tate.org.uk/learn/online-resources/glossary/a/appropriation
MoMA Learning. MoMA| Appropriation. Last Accessed: 01/02/15. http://www.moma.org/learn/moma_learning/themes/pop-art/appropriation
Appropriation has been used extensively by artists since the 1980s.