photographer research: Elina Brotherus

Elina Brotherus (b. 1972 Helsinki, Finland), works in photography and video. Her early work delt with subjective experiences, the presence and absence of love. She then moved on to more formal issues in her series The New Painting. Her current work is centered on the relation of the human figure and landscape, and on the gaze of an artist on his/her model. Elina Brotherus lives and works in Finland and in France.

source http://www.elinabrotherus.com/photography/index.php 

It was suggested by the notes that if I was not familiar with her to look up her work I am slightly familiar with a few of her works from photography one reading Charlotte Cotton’s The photograph as contemporary art as I think that had a little bit in there about her or a photo. As I am not 100% ill look up her works anyway.

I found a video on the Finnish institute website

Photographs by Elina Brotherus

Elina Brotherus

http://freeyork.org/photography/self-portrait-photography-elina-brotherus

Elina Brotherus4

http://freeyork.org/photography/self-portrait-photography-elina-brotherus

Elina Brotherus8

http://freeyork.org/photography/self-portrait-photography-elina-brotherus

Elina Brotherus7

http://freeyork.org/photography/self-portrait-photography-elina-brotherus

Elina Brotherus, Annunciation #11 2011  http://www.bjp-online.com

Elina Brotherus, Annunciation #14 2011

Photographer research: Francesca Woodman (1958-81)

American photographer Francesca Woodman has eighteen rare vintage black and white photographs in the Artist Rooms display, from a collection once owned by the artist’s boyfriend. Woodman’s photographs exhibit many influences, from symbolism and surrealism to fashion photography and Baroque painting. They have a timeless quality that is ethereal and unique. The artist began taking photographs at the age of thirteen and though she was only twenty two when she took her own life, she left behind a substantial body of work.

Francesca Woodman’s photographs explore issues of gender and self, looking at the representation of the body in relation to its surroundings. She puts herself in the frame most often, although these are not conventional self-portraits as she is either partially hidden, or concealed by slow exposures that blur her moving figure into a ghostly presence. This underlying vulnerability is further emphasised by the small and intimate format of the photographs.

We often see her in otherwise deserted interior spaces, where her body seems to merge with its surroundings, covered by sections of peeling wallpaper, half hidden behind the flat plane of a door, or crouching over a mirror. Found objects and suggestive props are carefully placed to create unsettling, surreal or claustrophobic scenarios. Her photographs are produced in thematic series’, relating to specific props, places or situations.

source: http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artists/francesca-woodman-10512

Photographs by Francesca Woodman

Francesca Woodman ‘Space², Providence, Rhode Island, 1975-1978’, 1975–8<br />
© Courtesy of George and Betty Woodman

Francesca Woodman, Space2, Provence, Rhode Island. 1975-1978

http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/woodman-space2-providence-rhode-island-1975-1978-ar00349

Francesca Woodman ‘Space², Providence, Rhode Island, 1975-1978’, 1975–8<br />
© Courtesy of George and Betty Woodman

Francesca Woodman, Space2, Provence, Rhode Island. 1975-1978

http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/woodman-space2-providence-rhode-island-1975-1978-ar00350

Francesca Woodman ‘Untitled’, 1975–80<br />
© Courtesy of George and Betty Woodman

Francesca Woodman. Untitled. 1975-1980

http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/woodman-untitled-ar00357

Francesca Woodman ‘Providence, Rhode Island, 1976’, 1976<br />
© Courtesy of George and Betty Woodman

Francesca Woodman. Rhode Island.1976

http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/woodman-providence-rhode-island-1976-ar00352

Francesca Woodman ‘From Angel Series, Roma, September 1977’, 1977<br />
© Courtesy of George and Betty Woodman

Francesca Woodman. From angel series, Roma, 1977

http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/woodman-from-angel-series-roma-september-1977-ar00354

It is difficult not to read Woodman’s many self portraits. She produced over five hundred during her short lifetime. As alluding to a troubled state of mind. She committed suicide at the age of twenty two. (Bright,2010,p.25)

From looking at Francesca woodman’s photographs for myself you can see plenty of evidence that she had a troubled state of mind as many of her photographs include herself as the subject but not like a “normal” self portrait. Woodman’s portraits had herself in them and most of the time she was naked along with that she would use props to hide herself she would also come across very vulnerable. Some of her photos would be blurred where she was moving which would give a sense of surrealism or false reality which could also show a sign of mental issues also. Her work also explored the female body along with self expression along with creating ethereal images. Some of her photographs show evidence of a distressed state of mind along with the knowledge of her committing suicide at a very young age this can also contribute to show that maybe she did have mental problems which is really sad to see captured on photographs as she was a very pretty young lady with her life ahead of her.

Part three: Bibliography

Bibliography from section 3.

Part Three: Putting yourself in the picture

I have sent off my photographs to my tutor along with my blog link to look at assignment 2: photographing the unseen. Looking forward to hearing my feedback I am hoping that I have shown this time round a much better effort than in the first assignment.

Now I shall continue with the Part Thee. I am looking forward to this part as I don’t usually put myself in front of the camera unless its for experiments, so will be interesting to see where this section takes me on my photographic journey.

Assignment 2: Photographing the Unseen

Photographing the unseen

Start by doing some reflection in your learning log. What kinds of subjects might be seen as un-photographable? How might you go about portraying them using photography? List a few examples of what you have been experiencing lately. Make of list of at least 7 ideas. Try and keep to things you have a personal interest in or curiosity about. Keep a notebook with you at all times and make notes when ideas strike you interesting. Implement one of your ideas. Aim for tightly edited and visually consistent series of 7-10 images.

This assignment has turned out to be surprisingly enjoyable. When first reading the brief and the choices on what we could do I really was not sure what I was going to do and using props seemed like the safe way to go. After having a think I started to realize that actually photographing the unseen could be a really fun and interesting task to execute. I felt that trying to photograph the unseen would be much more creative which Id enjoy as I like to get the creative juices flowing but not only that it would be somewhat of a challenge and push me out of my safe zone. Once I had made the decision to go forth with photographing the unseen in my written journal I wrote down some ideas of what I thought was un-photographable.

  • Thought
  • Past
  • Dreams
  • Sometimes forms of illness
  • Smell
  • Noise
  • Spirits

Pretty much your basic thinking of what cant be photographed. I decided that the next best move for me would be to do some research and have a look around to see what I could find on un-photographable things.

Research

My research started off from finding an exhibition called The Unphotographable that was held Fraenkel Gallery in San Francisco in 2013. It consisted of 50 works by different photographers inclucded unknown ones from the early 19th  and 20th centuries. (https://riannameliaphotography.wordpress.com/2015/02/25/assignment-2-research/)

My research then stemmed from this and began to look at photographers from the exhibition. I briefly looked at work by Alfred Stieglitz and Christian Marclay, but went to look at photographer Wolfgang Tillman’s work in much more depth. Tillman’s work sparked a great interest and I loved his abstract approach in created beautiful works of art with a photographic medium. (https://riannameliaphotography.wordpress.com/2015/02/25/photographer-research-wolfgang-tillmans/

wolgangtillmans-ostgut-freischwimmer-2004

Wolfgang Tillman, Ostgut Freischwimmer, 2004

This research had given me the drive to pursue photographing the unseen for the assignment. I decided to make more lists and think about the unseen a little more in depth than I had previously.

At first my thoughts were obvious ones again like previously

  • Noise
  • Smell
  • God
  • Black holes
  • Area 51
  • Air
  • Wind

But then after a while new ones started to come into mind.

  • History is unphotographable as its the past unless we take photos of  pictures taken from the time along with artifacts and so on.
  • Spirits, ghosts and souls
  • Dreams
  • Something we never see in a photograph is the lens that was used to capture it.
  • Thoughts and ideas in our heads unless spoken of or shown.
  • I guess a lot of things go unseen in everyday life we overlook and take things for granted but i don’t think that would work as that would be photographable.
  • Emotion and feeling are somewhat unphotographable, only perceived but then that could be unseen as people can be good at hiding what they really feel.
  • Illness- just because a person on the outside may not look physically ill doesn’t mean they they are not.
  • Light is unseen we only record what it reflects.

I did end up surprising myself with what I had come up with as I thought they were quite good points.

I kept a little log of thoughts and feelings in my written journal, after a few days of writing I noticed that a pattern was emerging that I wrote about my feelings and emotions quite a bit and noticed that sometimes the weather effected how I was feeling. This is where my idea started to form. So I had feelings and emotion but I was not sure which to go with but after thinking about it it was obvious feelings of course as emotions are visible and can be photographed. Feelings on the other hand are similar to emotion but are a state of mind whereas emotions are used to express feelings but this can be misinterpreted.

Being inspired by Wolfgang Tillman’s artistic approach to his work I wanted to do the same with my work but was not really sure how to go about it, then it come to me that I have a big interest in double exposure and have experimented before with my lomography  camera but my attempts were not to successful. Some high end SLRs have double exposure feature built into them but unfortunately my camera does not so my only other option was to take a series of photos and merge them together in Photoshop to achieve the same look as a double exposure.

My next step was to gather some old photographs and see what I could do with them in Photoshop to see if this would actually work or not. I spent some time working out different ways of editing and working with blend modes to achieve a look that I was happy.

Ribbet collage

I was quite pleased with my attempts. I then went on to do some photographer research and look at work by photographers that had worked with double exposure I did not manage to find much but I came across a couple and these can be found here > https://riannameliaphotography.wordpress.com/2015/03/11/photographer-research-assignment-prep/

After my attempts I felt confident enough to start taking photographs. I decided that as this ideas was based from my own thoughts and feelings I thought I would use myself and my feelings and merge them together as my attempt of photographing the unseen. I took a series of images of myself over different days this would be my starting point. I also then went on to photograph things around me that had effected my feelings for example weather landscape, people that kind of thing.

I had edited a series of images using different layers blending modes and by getting the desired colouring effects i used colour balance and selective colour along with curves and contrast to achieve the looks. I also edited in black and white as I was not sure whether to colour or black and white.

Untitled

A screen shot of my files which were ready for choosing which ones that were going to be put into the assignment at the end. As i said before I did edit in black and white too and decided that colour would work better as some images did work really well in black and white and some did not at all and I think without colour it was hard to get the emotion and feeling through the image as I think colour can help produce the response with the viewer.

Ribbet collage

I could have added a few black and white images to the set but as the brief stated it wanted between 7-10 consistent images this would then make the set inconsistent if I had done this so thought colour would be the best choice.

My chosen Images

Photograph 1- Inquisitive 

11

Photograph 2- Woeful

5

Photograph 3- Content 

3Photograph 4- Fortunate 

2

Photograph 5- Sorrowful 

12

Photograph 6- Wishy washy 

8

Photograph 7- Entice

1

I’ve also added this one in as I liked the outcome of the image.

Photograph 8- Optimistic 

7

That is my set of images for the assignment. I have tried to push myself and show the unseen with photography I feel that my images have come out OK and some of them I am more happy with than others but overall I feel that I got nudged out of my safety zone and tried to ignite my creative side and to put that in to my work. I am not sure if I have gone in the right direction with this assignment but I think that I have done much better than I first thought when I orginally started the assignment. I have had fun with experimenting and I think this has shown me not to be scared of trying to express through photography as the results can be surprisingly good. I feel that I have found a new like for pushing myself and that its good to this as you learn new things even if they don’t go right its a learning curve. I am now ready and have my photographs printed ready to be sent off for reviewing.

Assignment preparation

Feelings and emotions are they the same?

No, emotions and feelings are similar but emotions are the expression of how we are feeling. Feelings can be easily confused at times if one expresses the wrong emotion. For example when I am nervous I laugh, this has happened before in very bad situations were I should not be laughing and people perceived this as being rude and un-thoughtful; this was not the case at all it was just my way of dealing with nerves. Emotions are physical whereas feelings are part of our state of mind.

List of feelings

Pleasant Feelings
OPEN
HAPPY
ALIVE
GOOD
understanding
great
playful
calm
confident
gay
courageous
peaceful
reliable
joyous
energetic
at ease
easy
lucky
liberated
comfortable
amazed
fortunate
optimistic
pleased
free
delighted
provocative
encouraged
sympathetic
overjoyed
impulsive
clever
interested
gleeful
free
surprised
satisfied
thankful
frisky
content
receptive
important
animated
quiet
accepting
festive
spirited
certain
kind
ecstatic
thrilled
relaxed
satisfied
wonderful
serene
glad
free and easy
cheerful
bright
sunny
blessed
merry
reassured
elated
jubilant
LOVE
INTERESTED
POSITIVE
STRONG
loving
concerned
eager
impulsive
considerate
affected
keen
free
affectionate
fascinated
earnest
sure
sensitive
intrigued
intent
certain
tender
absorbed
anxious
rebellious
devoted
inquisitive
inspired
unique
attracted
nosy
determined
dynamic
passionate
snoopy
excited
tenacious
admiration
engrossed
enthusiastic
hardy
warm
curious
bold
secure
touched
brave
sympathy
daring
close
challenged
loved
optimistic
comforted
re-enforced
drawn toward
confident
hopeful
Difficult/Unpleasant Feelings
ANGRY
DEPRESSED
CONFUSED
HELPLESS
irritated
lousy
upset
incapable
enraged
disappointed
doubtful
alone
hostile
discouraged
uncertain
paralyzed
insulting
ashamed
indecisive
fatigued
sore
powerless
perplexed
useless
annoyed
diminished
embarrassed
inferior
upset
guilty
hesitant
vulnerable
hateful
dissatisfied
shy
empty
unpleasant
miserable
stupefied
forced
offensive
detestable
disillusioned
hesitant
bitter
repugnant
unbelieving
despair
aggressive
despicable
skeptical
frustrated
resentful
disgusting
distrustful
distressed
inflamed
abominable
misgiving
woeful
provoked
terrible
lost
pathetic
incensed
in despair
unsure
tragic
infuriated
sulky
uneasy
in a stew
cross
bad
pessimistic
dominated
worked up
a sense of loss
tense
boiling
fuming
indignant
INDIFFERENT
AFRAID
HURT
SAD
insensitive
fearful
crushed
tearful
dull
terrified
tormented
sorrowful
nonchalant
suspicious
deprived
pained
neutral
anxious
pained
grief
reserved
alarmed
tortured
anguish
weary
panic
dejected
desolate
bored
nervous
rejected
desperate
preoccupied
scared
injured
pessimistic
cold
worried
offended
unhappy
disinterested
frightened
afflicted
lonely
lifeless
timid
aching
grieved
shaky
victimized
mournful
restless
heartbroken
dismayed
doubtful
agonized
threatened
appalled
cowardly
humiliated
quaking
wronged
menaced
alienated
wary

Photographer Research: Assignment prep

Here is some research that I have been doing on photographers with double exposure.

Andre De Freitas 

I could not really find out much about this photographer and if they were known for there work but nonetheless  I really like the double exposure photographs.

All the above images belong to Andre De Freitas http://andredefreitas.com/Double-Exposures

Jon Duenas

Jon Duenas is a fashion and editorial photographer currently based in Portland, OR. His work focuses on a minimalist aesthetic and introspective stillness, allowing space for the viewer to visually explore and connect with the images. I love the feel of his photographs really nostalgic.

All the above images belong to Jon Duenas- http://www.jonduenas.com/double-exposures#7

Christoffer Relander-

Was born in Finland December 1986, he works as a full-time fine art photographer with gallery representation from i Moscow, Russia; Osnova Gallery, Charlotte, NC, USA; Mona Gallery and Bergen, Norway; Geo Gallery. he has done commissions for national as well as international clients including: Adobe, Nikon, Oxford University Press and the Finnish Forest Industry and has been published in several notable publications and websites around the globe such as: LA Times, Oprah.com,Huffington Post, China Daily, Moscow Times and Colossal.

Beginning-II

Beginning II, double exposure

Rowan-Berry

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All the above images belong to Christoffer Relander. http://www.christofferrelander.com/

I have found this research to be very helpful in what I want to achieve i know these have been taken with the camera and my photos will not look as authentic as these but I will try my best to get them looking as good as I can.