When it came time to pick a photographer for PB1 (one that would hopefully inspire our future photographs for PB2) I was overwhelmed, who was I gonna pick?
I decided to look at my art blog for inspiration as it features hundreds of my favourite works from various photographers, painters and sculptors etc. This was an easy way to source a photographer whose work I already loved and was familiar with. I wanted to find a photographer whose work encompassed some aspects of my preferred approach to photography.
Cecy Young stood out quickly, she often photographs fashion editorials but does so with a unique and distinctly ‘her’ aesthetic. Her aesthetic is bold, colourful, high contrast and edgy but at the same time technically refined, simple and inventive. I like how Cecy is experimental, but operates within a set of known principles. Her work is not total madness, it’s madness with a refined aesthetic – which I’m totally into.
Cecy’s work inspires me because I love fashion, fashion photography and self expression. I also love how her work explores notions of gender and how we as a species consume images of other humans.
For my presentation I tried to address the main aspects of composition & technique that felt the most pivotal in Cecy’s work. For me this was Cecy’s use of leading lines, clashing colours, depth of field, playing with colour, non-conventional landscapes, use of lighting and a sense of the surreal, some example images are shown below.
Depth of Field:
Playing with Colour:
Sense of the Surreal:
Within Project Brief 2 I hope to fully encompass all of these aspects of Cecy’s work within my own photography, and will spend the next few weeks investigating exactly how I will do that. Wish me luck!
Until next time,
Louise Alice Wilson
Having completed a degree before beginning my media degree taught me a few things:
Completing a degree is hard, it takes time, effort, money & hard work, but it does pay off in the end.
Time goes SUPER fast, before I knew it I was in my last year, then before I knew it I was on to my second degree.
If you don’t keep track of your learning and you engage in a lot of ‘cramming’ then it’s likely that you will forget a lot of what you learned.
These three gems of wisdom, combined with my slightly perfectionist nature led me to follow this mantra: If your going to do something, do it right THE FIRST TIME.
That is why, before starting my capturing creativity artist profile I have decided to write a statement of goals. This way I know what I want from this subject, can keep track of my own learning and will end this semester with a number of shiny new skills. I know it’s dorky, but I skateboard on weekends, which I think makes up for it.
The aforementioned ‘Statement of Goals’
By the end of this semester I want to:
- Learn about the history of Australian art and the current influences shaping our artistic landscape.
- Develop an understanding of known signs, references and meanings often found within art.
- Develop an intricate understanding of ‘the art world’ as a financial and social system.
- Investigate the notion of ‘creativity’ and develop a personal understanding of what ‘creativity’ means to me.
- Discover novel and interesting ways to express specific notions via documentary film.
- Understand how art galleries such as Gertrude St Contemporary are funded and function.
- Develop a close relationship with my allocated artist from Gertrude St Contemporary.
- Develop a greater range and more in depth understanding of camera techniques, skills and abilities.
- Learn how to construct a compelling narrative within documentary films.
- Increase my understanding and skill set regarding Adobe Premiere Pro.
- Develop an intricate understanding of lighting setups and how optimise current lighting.
- Become a better collaborator by helping others make the most of their abilities.
- Learn how to ‘let go’ of projects and let spontaneity break predefined patterns.
This goals will most likely change over the course of the semester, but I think I’m off to a good start.
Catch you later,
Louise Alice Wilson.