I’ve really been thinking a lot about what I want to accomplish, explore, and experiment with for my project this semester. I’ve been looking a lot at the work of Julie Blackmon (suprise, suprise,) Patric Marin, and Andrew Knapp specifically for some inspiration.
When I was working on my proposal I came up with five main goals that I want to accomplish within this project but I want to dig into those a little deeper and talk more specifically about what I am looking to achieve within those goals.
The first goal is to explore different ways to incorporate the human figure without just placing a person in the frame. I’ve been thinking of interesting and creative ways in which I can do this. I think playing around with shadows, reflections in glass or mirrors, and parts of the human body in the shot. In Julie Blackmon’s work below, I really like how there’s the pair of legs that you can see in the shot. They let you know that their is a person there but it’s not the star of the image.
Here’s another example of an image by Theron Humphrey who in my opinion successfully uses parts of the human body to convey that there is a person there, but again it’s not the star:
I’ve played around a lot with mirrors and reflections in my other photo work as well as when I did my Best Bitch project (a documentary on dog-showing.) I really want to try to find ways to incorporate reflections and mirrors into this series.
I’m also in love with Patric Marin’s use of reflection in this photo:
Recently I’ve been going through a lot of my dog photos because I’m working on a kennel website for us since Nate (my boyfriend) and I are obsessed with dog showing and dogs in general and everyone in dog showing has a kennel name. Anyway, these shower shots have always been some of my favorite images and I really want to try to shoot through different materials in parts of the images to get interesting effects. I’m thinking of trying out a shot that’s actually a reflection in the mirror and someone or a dog is in the shower and you can see their outline through the shower curtain. Our bathroom layout is weird, but I’m really excited to try this one out and see if anything comes from it.
The next thing I really want to experiment with is using different light. In a couple of the past composites I did, I used video lights for different effects. I really want to play around more with artificial lights. I’m really interested in playing around with some strobes. I’m a big fan of work that just has dramatic lighting and I want to control my situations a little bit more and I can do that with lighting.
Here are some shots by Julie Blackmon, and Patric Marin that I love the lighting in:
The next thing that I want to experiment with is not just having indoor scenes. I want to play around with outdoor images. Big surprise here, but here are some images of Julie Blackmon that I love her use of the outdoor space in:
Andrew Knapp does some interesting things where he hides his dog in these scenes and I think that idea is interesting and I think it could be cool to hide the human figure in similar ways:
The next thing that I want to try to play around with more in my own work would be adding in more chaos and chaotic-elements. I have an idea that involves massive piles of laundry in one of my images. Blackmon does a lot of this in her work.
The last big thing that I want to try to add more of in my own work would be to have the dogs interact more with each other and the environment than just really being figures in a scene. I started to get more into that with my composite of the poker game night; where one of the dogs looked like he was sticking his tongue out at the other. Little things like that are what I want to try to do more of.