These photographs are from the digital class I took last semester, Digital Imaging 2. One of our first assignments was to appropriate a photographer. I chose Chip Simons, whose incredibly varied work includes fun, surreal, and somber series (there’s even a “things I don’t know what to call” series, haha). I chose to emulate his “light painting,” particularly the portraits. To put my own spin on it I focused less on the textural qualities of the backdrop (prevalent in his single subject portraits) and more on the shapes made by the light. Every photographer wants to take long exposure light trail pictures, but many are hesitant to because it’s so “done” nowadays. Well, I took my chance. ;)
I used the triptych format though it isn’t used in any of Simon’s pictures simply because without the details of the background or props the photos were not as interesting. I bought some “rave” gloves with fingertip lights that could be one of three colors or shift between them. I liked the effect of the later in particular, so the three images I chose all used that setting. I would gladly do more of these for fun (if I ever did photography for fun).
We were also assigned a portrait project in which we were to stylize images. My initial idea was to “ironically” take hipster pictures, but the sarcasm wasn’t coming across very well–totally unacceptable. I ended up applying an “aged” appearance. This is my favorite of the two images I turned in:
Several ladies commented on how handsome he was. As far as the stylization goes it’s definitely not something I would consider doing to most images, but it looks nice enough. A shrug of a project. I do appreciate my friends posing for me, though. :D
My next post will be my final project for this class, a self portrait series about bullying and stereotypes.
Thanks for reading! <3