Last week I attended an all day photography workshop. The workshop began with a lecture on the history of photography, guiding us through the most prominent artists in this field as well as the development of techniques and style.
Pieces that particularly caught my attention:
What I love about these pieces was that each one has a sort of creepy element to them, something that resonates within my own work at times. These are more than just ordinary portraits. The heavy manipulation that has occurred in post-production creates a sort of unnatural, unnerving feel…almost making the models look like they are dolls.
Chuck Close uses a Daguerrotype process in order to create these large-scale hyperrealistic images.
What struck me about Almeida’s pieces was the obvious isolation of colour, something that resonates with my own work. This simple gesture of colour appears to consume the whole piece despite only being a small portion of the image. In a way, the strokes of blue seem to breathe new life into an already existing image.
Following the lecture on the history of photography, we then learned how to use a 40mm analog camera, which was something I had not had the opportunity to do before.
These are some of the resultant images of the days work.