“Greater than the whole”

The most recent task we have been set in the course is “Greater than the whole”, to produce a cumulative portrait of a structure that can not readily be portrayed in it’s entirety in one frame.

A photographer which inspired me in relation to this task is David Hockney, a photographer well known for his photo collages in the 1970s and 1980s. He uses a number of various images to create one big image referring to them as ‘joiners’, making his style interesting and unique. From looking at his work, I decided to use this collage style in my own work.

The title of the task sparked a view ideas, predominantly working with buildings as their are some good locations around Coventry which could make some interesting images. However, I liked the idea of working with a person. Someone does not become the person they are alone, or their personality has not been built upon on their own – they are made up of a number of different people, people who have made them who they are. Therefore my collages consist of a number of body parts who make up that one person. This idea was more experimental therefore it was more of a challenge, without knowing if it would turn out successful. I wanted to try something different, therefore I photographed a number of people’s body parts, in order to put them together.

These are the 4 ‘collages’ which I produced to fit the brief. I am fairly pleased with how they have turned out, with some working better than others. I shot the photos separately, then used Photoshop to put them together. To begin with this was quite challenging however progressively they improved, with the 4th image being my favourite as the images merge together well. I also like the 3rd image as this also fits together fairly well, however they could all do with some improvement. I feel the weakest image is the 2nd as the proportions of the body parts are different and I found it hard to fit both legs/feet in. All separate images also have different types of lighting therefore others darker than others. If I were to try this again, a studio would probably be better to gain consistent lighting and a plain background to focus solely on the person. What I do like about all the images is they have a slight humoristic side to them, while still portraying the idea that someones personality/who they are can not readily be portrayed in it’s entirety in one frame.


~ by victoriasimkissphotography on October 6, 2012.

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