Behind the scenes with Amy Clydesdale whilst I was shooting her streetwear lookbook.
It’s hard to really describe this project in full. At the start is was a full on study of depression which then morphed into an analysis of how to visualise anger and specifically my own negative thinking. These portraits I’m producing now are the next stage in this process going towards my final year degree show. The use of the fire causes a beautiful chemical reaction in the inks and paper and it’s exactly what I’ve wanted to create from the beginning. Since Thursday I’ve had additional shoots each day but I’m starting to realise its incredibly difficult to capture the real raw emotion that I was able to capture in myself and then in Chris. That anger that sit below the skin that becomes a motivator and drives ambition in my work. Some people just aren’t that angry. These processes have proven that creativity combats negative thinking and after a night at work where loads of people felt like sharing their own positive thoughts on the project I’m glad it gives some kind of wider perspective to a greater audience. More to come.
Finished up another anger series shoot with Dan this evening. Ritchie (above) helped out and I really wanted to get a shot of him with his pooch Poncho. What a team.
Had an awesome few days putting together the next stages of my honest/aggressive portraits. A few months back I did similar portraits of myself and then tore into them to describe an overwhelming explosion of rage. My idea came from trying to portray an honest representation of myself whilst trying to use creativity to combat negative thinking.
This idea has been taken further by introducing a blow torch to the photos.
Initial tests tried out different materials; general gloss paper, acetate/transparent film and luster photo paper. Luster is by far my favourite paper type for print so I’m glad it have me the effect I was aiming for. This technique has been inspired by Lucas Simōes.
Today I’ve been playing with the 8x10 prints I got yesterday again on luster print. Two batches of the same photos manipulated differently. I have three more shoots this week for this project but hopefully more to come with the hope of taking these portraits to my final exhibit in a months time for University.
Anonymous asked: a question on portfolios? how do you go about doing this? are all your photos digital or do you have a physical folder that contains your best shots?
I’m going to presume this is when you’re maybe presenting it to someone? I’ve rarely had to present a physical portfolio. I usually just link my various webpages for people to view in their own time. In the last few years I’ve put together 2 books, made on blurb which was more so for myself and university submission of ‘oh hey I did this all out of uni!’. Extra credit type attempt.. Nearly all of my work is digital. Very little of my analog work would place safely in my portfolio. In an ideal world I’d say the best way to present yourself and your portfolio, particularly in a face to face scenario would on an interactive tablet like an iPad. Easy to use and you’ll look professional. People like to hold images and they like gadgets. It’s an investment I don’t think is necessary at this time for me but hey, hope this helps you in some way.