This is another Self-portrait I made in Studio conditions. I used two soft-boxes placed very close to the face, which made the eyes really shinny. I turned the photo to black & white in Photoshop and burned some parts of the hair in order to create this range of grey tones and enrich the contrasts.
This photograph drags audience’s attention because the three sculptures are human-shaped and the masks they wear represent the superficiality of people. Another aspect that makes this image stand out is the contrast between the black background and the nude tone range of the subjects. The two figures on sides provide balance by both looking down while the figure in the middle creates eye-contact with the audience.
My guess on how this photograph was created is by using the scanner and overlapping three different photos. Anyhow, it had a meaningful idea behind it. Through the ripped paper we get an insight of the human essence and see that despite the differences of appearance and our effort to stand out, we are fundamentally similar. Furthermore, because of the darkness of the photo and dilated pupils of the model, we get a sense of horror. The hands appear to be tightly held together as if the model is being suffocated. I think that this might be a hint to the forced reveal of the person’s true essence.
This work is not only a great photograph, but also an impressive painting which doubles the impact it has on the audience. From a photographic perspective it stands out due the hype vision and the very realistic embodiment of a flamingo. The white backdrop makes the body parts painted in white fade out, which leaves out an even clearer shape of the bird.
Children are socially perceived as the most vulnerable and innocent people and we instantly feel the need to protect them. There are loads of photos where children impersonate adult behavior, however the usual purpose is comic. In this case, the child is seen as involved in an aggressive sport, which may connote issues like child abuse and domestic violence.
Leaving aside the layered meaning of the image, the photograph has great lighting. The shadowy back of the child harmoniously frames the area where the water drops.
Contemporary artist from Beijing has brought to light some amazing gravity defying photographs.
The key element of these photos is the position of the models, which creates a sense of danger and adrenaline that the audience does not experience on a daily basis.The need and desire of extreme sensations that do not put our lives at risk, have emerged into a breath-taking series of photographs. The fact that they look so realistic and the apparent perfect timing makes them similar to snapshots, as if there is a tragic follow-up that we only get to guess.
Taking the audience back in time arouses nostalgia and melancholy, despite the fact that they are not personal memories. Two different times meet in the same place, showing the change and contrast of now and then.Furthermore, the photographer uses the technique “frame within the frame”, which helps distributing the attention to the main elements of the photo.
This is one of the shots I did for my self-portrait experiment. I used two Soft-Boxes to get the shinny eyes in style of Martin Schoeller’s celebrity portraiture. The post-production consisted of highly increasing the contrast, dodging the white of the eyes a bit (to make them stand out and shine even more) and some retouching of the skin.
This is what in my opinion a successful experiment results in. The figures that look a lot like planets are actually bottoms of used frying-pans. The digital manipulation is obvious, however having something so bizarre as a starting point proves the creativity of the artist. The similarity between scratches on pans’ surface and a planet’s texture makes it much easier to mistake this image with a collection of NASA photographs.