The idea to continue this project first occurred at the drawing board - literally. I was sitting in class, drawing the chair and thought to myself "Hey, I bet I could do this with photography and end up with the same effect." So after working my first week at a food joint, my artistic juices were in danger of running dry. I had conformed to following a companies procedure of making sandwich after sandwich with little to no room for artistic interpretation.
So one night after a long day of work I laid down on my bed and nearly cried, afraid that the long summer which I planned on dedicating to drawing and photography was going to fly by (and so far it has). That very night I resolved to do SOMETHING creative the next day. This project and this blog is the result.
Enough introduction, let's get to the actual project. Here's what I did.
The first step, using the de Kooning chair drawing as a foundation, was to find a set of objects and an interesting chair. I chose to use my set of antique cameras because I like the idea of using a camera to illistrate an image taken over a long period of time - of cameras from different periods in time. If you want to expand the idea even further, the cameras from different periods of time have taken photographs over a long period of time. Phew, thats not confusing at all. I then needed a chair which would display the cameras nicely so I "borrowed" my baby sister's retro chair because the cameras are too small to fit nicely in a normal-sized chair.
Now let's talk about background and lighting. I use what I can find. In this case it was a tripod, my black bedroom wall, window light, a floor lamp, and two flash lights which were arranged and re-aggranged and turned off, then back on. This took quite a few test shots.
The fun part was actually shooting the cameras. I tried placing one camera in different spots,
setting my camera to 60 seconds and switching out all of my cameras (which got too cluttered),
setting the camera to 30 seconds and only using about 5 cameras,
twisting one camera in the chair at 5 second intervals,
combining the profiles of two cameras,
and using just two cameras while painting with a flash light.
Once the fun part of about two or three hours was over, I still had to clean up, upload, and edit the pictures.
Editing... It's kinda boring and hard to describe so basically I use curves in Aperture to emphasize the highlights, shadows, and colors that I like. I also played with Perfect Effects 8 to get some of the more edited effects. One question that I constantly asked myself was "does this emphasize my point or distract from it?"