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Creative Workshop 3: Nude and Naked
Building on the session workshops you should explore notions of Nude and Naked through
your work. You should make at least one study of yourself and another of someone else.
You will need to bring your experiences from task one and two to bear as you explore the dynamics of vulnerability vis a vis yourself, the subject and ultimately the viewer.
You should spend time observing the context for your subject. You should look for and
work with the different types of light, tone and colour, both in terms of your location context and the effects they have on your subject and the subsequent photographic artefact.

Consider Paul Wright’s words on life drawing :
“Look at the subject away from the camera – soak up your subject”, “look for the lines that
denote weight and gesture”, “consider echoes of movement in a gesture – the image can be messy and doesn’t have to be ‘picture-perfect’”.

 

This task genuinely terrified me, but at the same time I had countless ideas.

I had in my head the idea of super close ups of the body, showing pressure and weight of gestures and lines. I wanted to be able to show the subject a more abstract view of themselves, and get incredibly close and personal with them without showing a fully nude figure.
Me and my subject met in her room, that her boyfriend was also in at the time. I wanted to use natural light, to try and parallel with the natural lines of the subjects bodies.

Overall, I like the photographs I took, they feel very real to me and the subject remarked that they had never seen their body in this way before. I certainly felt pleased that I had succeeded in creating a new point comparison for them.

I chose a set of ten photographs. I think that showing them together gives and abstract view of the body. All different parts of the whole.

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For the photographs of myself, I did two separate things.

The first is very similar to the above photos, but instead of focusing on weight and lines of the body, I focused on the scars I have accumulated of the years. I wanted to show a truthful representation of my body, and put myself in a situation where I couldn’t hide behind photoshop. It is something that made me incredibly uncomfortable, but at the same time shows something so much more intimate than I think a simple nude photograph would. I don’t like the idea of people seeing my imperfections, and the scars of my past, but in doing so I am letting myself be seen in a brutally truthful light, something only someone I was incredibly close to would get to see and, even then, not necessarily.

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Something I found ironic, was the use of my extreme close ups for the photos of myself and the other subject, and how this technique is usually used for the objectification and sexualization of women in the media. By cutting up the women into mere parts of a body, you take away there humanity and turn them into objects. In a way I am doing something incredibly similar, reverting myself and my subject to nothing but my scars and her lines and features. Though my message is different to the sexualisation usually associated with this process, it has to be considered that my attempt at anonymity and protection from the nudity I am showing actually detracts from the humanity of the person I am representing, even if what I am showing of them (such as my scars) is a more truthful analysis of the body. Instead of sexualisation, am I turning myself and my subject into a more scientific study?
http://msmagazine.com/blog/2012/07/03/sexual-objectification-part-1-what-is-it/

For my second set of images involving myself, I used the light of my laptop, as I did in the first week of #Picbod.
I had a couple of thoughts in mind for this set of photographs. Firstly, I wanted to use the light of the laptop because it’s a harsh, unnatural light, and I wanted to couple this is harsh lines and poses of my body. I wanted to try and show a physical representation of our attempts to conform to societies unrealistic representations and expectations of our bodies. I was hoping to look uncomfortable and strained, and show the weight of these expectations weighing down. I don’t know if I succeeded in showing what I wanted to, but I do like how the photos turned out, and would definitely like to experiment further with this idea. I certainly felt uncomfortable, being nude in front of the camera, and straining in uncomfortable positions. The slight blur is from me shaking trying to hold the positions, which actually I rather like the affect of.
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  • Reality is subjective
  • Is reality really real?
  • Photography is perceived as a piece of truth – however we know this isn’t the case
  • ‘Convergence’ – redistribution of old media forms on new platforms
  • Not called Convergence now because we have arrived at convergence
  • We are the hive mind

What is a virtual world?

  • How do we know we are not just a sim?
  • CAVE UT and Kinect
  • Eventually reach the level of Star Trek’s holodeck
  • Flight Simulation – most accurate environment
  • Virtual environments take away the risk – but we risk a generation of digitally stimulated children who have no idea about the real world
  • Phantom Limb mirror therapy
  • Our brains are hardwired to believe something else that isn’t actually there.

Thirst for illusion

  • Immersive techniques have been utilised by artists
  • Does the making of a representation immediately move inot the realm of the virtual? And is virtual then immediately ‘almost truth’ and ‘almost real’.
  • When you photograph an apple, you are a part of the virtualisation of your world
  • Urban camouflage – lui bolin: blends into his surroundings, becomes a part of the background.

#Picbod Jennifer Pattison Lecture

  • First naked portrait was for final degree project: shot on Pentax 6×7  
    • Very far away from subjects
    • All daylight and film camera
    • Very out of comfort zone
  • Ended up getting a job at a photographer’s agency: people who represent photographers to the commercial world. (Worked there for five years)
  • Didn’t want to be a photographer after leaving degree
  • Artistic background
  • After five years working there, felt she couldn’t stand working any more on ‘soulless’ projects.
  • Working there helped understand herself better
  • Worked at V+A unpaid after quitting job
  • ‘Twilight’ photography in the magic era
  • David Sims – fashion photographer
  • 2012 – enough work for portfolio
  • ‘In sight of my Skin’ work
  • Started shooting female portraits
    • Women she wanted to photograph seemed completely confident
    • They seemed exotic because they had an air of confidence that she didn’t have
    • Drawing on own experiences of being a women
    • Thinking about own body through the process of photographing other women naked
    • All the women she photographed naked were in their own environment – very important for her to make them feel as comfortable as possible.
    • Long exposure time for photographs – enforced the ‘exchange’ and meditative moments
    • Felt quite embarrassed photographing them
    • Hatty was first subject – not self aware, basically didn’t give a shit
    • Still sitting quite far away from subject – likes that, shows their environment
    • Lets subject take the lead – lets them have control
    • Moved closer in photograph of ‘Lynn’.
    • Lynn was incredibly confident and comfortable – eye contact, relaxed stance
    • Role of photographer and the sitter
    • Began to see, the more relaxed she was, the more relaxed the sitter became
    • Very different to earlier photographs

 

  • Secondary Narrative
    • Talks a lot about how SHE felt taking the photographs
    • Use of landscapes in her comfort zone
    • If she placed the nudes next to landscape images it gave a breath to the images, meant that it just isn’t a stream of naked pictures
    • Want viewer to ponder what subject is thinking
    • Landscape are her unique view of the world
    • Inward representation
    • Portfolio reviewer believes adding the secondary narrative takes the power away from the subject
  • Only photographed three women last year
  • Had her nude portrait taken by a friend and found it incredibly liberating and cathartic
  • Doesn’t want to show it to people
  • Currently resolving final bits
  • Almost completed

 

Questions to ask Jennifer Pattison

  • Did you find that taking photographs of these confident women naked showed a more exposed and vulnerable side or do you think they still come across as confident as you perceived them to be? – yes and no, when they didn’t keep the confidence the photos would show that and wouldn’t be successful, but usually after the photos they would all say they felt empowered and more confident in themselves.
  • How do you get your photographs processed? – By someone, working with them. Can do post photograph editing of colours and such.

 

One on One with Jennifer Pattison

  • Take light readings of both the light and the dark in the photo and put the cameras settings somewhere in between
  • Shallow depth of field will help throw everything else out of focus so just focusing on one part of the body
  • Liked the idea of focusing on just specific parts of the body
  • And the idea of painting over the body – clever way to cover what you don’t want people to see
  • Take the studio outside? Put a white backdrop outside so get full advantage of the natural light
  • Experiment with self before asking other people to be models – make small prints and experiment with taking them out of focus in the darkroom
  • Possibly try a nude photo with a pinhole camera?
  • Photographers
    • Mona Kuhn
    • Richard Avedon (Great West)
  • Nude = Good
  • Naked = Bad
  • Nude suggests empowering
  • Naked suggests you are taking the power away from the subject

Task

Photograph at least one study of yourself and another of someone else. Spend time observing the context for you subject. Look for and work with the different types of light, tone, placement.

  • Once again, your vulnerabilities from task one should be remembered
  • Are you concerned with anatomy, eroticism, the document, the abstract, the narrative …
  • Soak up your subject
  • ‘The image can be messy, it doesn’t have to be picture perfect’

These are my print-screens from my work on Dreamweaver. It makes me feel anxious working with code and things like this, but I’m slowly becoming more confident and willing to experiment. Hopefully as we progress I will be able to work on the website in my own time rather than waiting for the help of the tutors.

First name and type of file
Astericks means not saved

The Split-screen on Dreamweaver
Dreamweaver split screen

The Code
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The Design Page (currently empty)
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Had to make a special folder for the work. You first page is always called Index. Not allowed to use capitals for the names.
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Different Page types, we are working with HTML and CSS – CSS is slightly more versatile than HTML, which is better for static pages, we are wanting something more fluid.
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The Code on the CSS file.
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Working in code in the <body> </body> section.
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Named the CSS file ‘style’. This will make up our front page.
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The rule definitions for the CSS file. Let us change things such as font, background and positioning.
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Creating a Div Tag/ new CSS rule. We will place our website links and pictures into this.
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My first website page. No Text yet, but this is how it should look online once uploaded (this is just a preview on Dreamweaver)
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These are my print-screens of my work on the Website. I’m still struggling to get to grips with things, but I am at least seeing progress.

I couldn’t post certain print-screens as they had my website password on display.

Installing WordPress to the website.

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Setting up the Software
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The WordPress Blog on my Website with my chosen theme
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Choosing different plugins to install that affect different ways the website works. There are a lot of different ones you can install and activate, but you have to be careful to not use up to much space on your website.
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#Picbod Toner Induction

We were given and induction today of different Toners (and other things) we could use in the darkroom to manipulate the colour of our images. This was a great induction to something that really was a lot of fun to learn. And it was great to be taught something and then given the freedom to experiment.

For the purposes of this induction we were asked to bring in our own printed images to experiment with. I chose two of my photos from ‘The Tribe’ task and cut them into sections so I could experiment with them and see the difference between each separate technique.

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Image 1

From Left to Right

Strip 1: Soaked in English Tea

Strip 2: Sepia Toner and then Gold Toner

Strip 3: Just Sepia Toner

Image 2

Large Strip: Blue Toner + Developer then Blue Toner again (possibly let the image wash longer to get rid of yellow)

Square Strip At Top Right Corner: Blue Toner + Gold Toner

Bottom Right Strip: Just Blue Toner

252MC – Writing the Web Page

  • HTML is for a static web page
  • PHP is more fluid
  • Can write the web page without looking at the code
    • Dreamweaver will write the code for you
  • IMPORTANT
    • No spaces
    • No punctuation
    • (Folder name for pages can)
  • First page on website must be called: index (NO CAPITOLS)
  • Use these on style sheet -> {
    • E.G body {background-color:#000;}
  • ONLY DEFINE WHAT YOU THINK YOU NEED TO
  • SIMPLE IS BEST
  • How big is the webpage? How big is the image?
  • Average width? 900pixel average width.
  • Screen resolution 1024×1028 (about, maybe)
  • DIV TAG area on page that you have defined

Hybrid Mashups are a really awesome concept. I love the idea of an interactive website that responds to you as a person and can create content especially for your needs.

I think my favourite example of this is http://www.thewildernessdowntown.com/

It’s fun and breathtakingly beautiful. Even the background before the movie starts responds to where your mouse is. It’s immersive and fascinating and draws you in entirely. I think that the more websites that begin to develop this level of immersion will be rising exponentially in the coming years.

Even Facebook has been jumping in on this. Just recently to celebrate Facebook’s anniversary, you could have your own ‘Facebook Movie’ showing moments from your time on Facebook.

  • Hybridity
  • Mash-ups
  • Hybrid forms of two different things put together
  • Internet Mash-ups: API
  • Videos where you look colour the frames by hand
  • We know from our own browsing experiences that the World Wide Web has changed dramatically. 
  • We take for granted how quickly we can find information
    • Content = words, pictures, interactive elements – DATA
    • Presentation = design, layout, fonts, sizes (look and feel) of content elements
    • Audiomap.tuneglue.net
    • ^amazing
    • uses the api from lastfm and amazon to create one visual interface <- mash-up
    • www.police.uk
    •  mashupawards.com
    • Programmable web – search recent APIs and mash-ups
    • How our misconceptions have been allayed thanks to the technology at our fingertips – Hans Rosling, Best stats you’ve ever seen
    • Tim Berners-lee – the year open data went online
    • Chris Jordan: project – running the numbers  – brings together data and statistics and art
    • Dave McCandless – information is beautiful
    • Article from brain-pickings – visual complexity: mapping patterns for the information age
    • Data tells a story
    • Data is all around us: putting data into facebook all the time
    • http://www.thewildernessdowntown.com/ <- absolutely genius
    • intel museum of me