These are some photos that I took for the abstraction project. The slideshow on the top is the unedited photos, the slideshow below are the photos after I edited them.
This is a series of 10 photographs that give an insight into who I am and what inspires me. These photos were all taken on a day out that my friends and I had in Southampton. The series is a range of photos of portraits and group photos, this is because I like taking photos of people and I find them interesting as a subject matter.
Artists in the 16th century used camera obscura to achieve realism, camera obscura was a dark space or room in which an inverted image was projected onto a surface. Camera lucida is a further development of camera obscura, camera lucida in the simplest form, the artist looks down at the drawing surface through a half-silvered mirror tilted at 45 degrees. Joseph-Nicéphore Niépce was the first person to make a permanent photographic image in 1833. The Daguerrotype was invented in the 19th century, 1839, by Louis Jacques Mande Daguerre. The Daguerrotype was viewed as the dawn of photographic history. The Daguerreotype was the predominant means of photography until the late 1850s. By this time, less expensive, easier to produce Ambrotypes became popular. The Ambrotype was developed in 1854 by an American man called James Cutting. A lot of artists were disheartened by the development of photography because the new form of portrait was now a photograph instead of a painting, so a lot of artists had lost their main form of income.
A photogram is a photographic image made without a camera by placing objects directly onto the surface of a photo-sensitive material such as photographic paper and then exposing it to light. To create these photograms I experimented with several different techniques such as double exposure, painting with developer and solarisation. My two final prints are the first 2 photograms that you can see below. The first one was made using solarisation, so I placed my objects down on the photographic paper and then exposed it to white light, then I put it into the developer for around 15 seconds then took it back out of the developer and exposed it to light again and then put it back into the developer and carried out the full process of finishing the photogram. The solarisation used on my first final print creates an interesting outline of the objects especially the bottle. My second final print was created using double exposure, so I took my first set of objects and exposed them to light for around 2 seconds and then I switched off the light and changed around my objects using new objects and placing them in different positions, then I expose the paper again for about 4 seconds, then I develop it. This method creates an interesting contrast between the 2 different sets of objects used.