After a long process and research this is what I came up with. I am very happy with my final outcome, which has a meaning behind it and turned out how I expected.
I have learned a lot of things from this project. It opened my eyes to things I didn’t see before in my object. Before starting this project I just looked at the Doll as an accessory to place on the table. When I chose it for this project due to how special it is to me, I have looked at it in depth. I learned to look at objects from different point of views, to look at its texture, what it’s made of, its colors and what they symbolize.
Also the research I made, made me expand my knowledge especially between the first three to four weeks of the project, where we had to take photos of our object from different angles and views. When I go back to my photos and look at the difference from the very first photo I took and the last I see a lot of improvements in my skills.
Grey & Blue
Blue & White
The Matryoshka Doll has been known for its characteristics, which are patience, bearing and mysterious. These are its inner features; this is why I placed the greys in the heart of the poster. The fact that the Doll has seven parts into each other; it shows how secure and loyal it is to the other parts.
After a long researched about the colors of the Matryoshka Doll, I have figured out some important facts. Which are, the colors of the Doll are white, blue and red, these are also the colors of the Russian flag. These colors are used in the Doll to reflect its identity and to show its importance in the country and its vast history. Each color symbolizes something;
- The blue symbolizes power.
- The white symbolizes peace.
- The red symbolizes beauty and strength.
Throughout my process I have been thinking about mixing and matching the pictures. By laying the pictures together and thinking of different orders to place them, both colors and concept has to be in mind. At first I started playing around with the colored photos, then I brought up grey photos. Until I came out with a conclusion, which I centralized my poster with grey photos, surrounded by colored ones. This has to do with my concept at the end. This is still not the final I have done multiple versions, which I will choose from.
Narrative of My Object
I revisited all my writing (mind maps, short stories, charts, data collections) to guide me in this next phase. I create a short visual narrative of my object using five separate images. I think of each image as a single scene or object that hints at the story of my original object and I cannot show my original object in any of the images. The goal is for an external audience to understand the essence of my original object, but the audience might not have to guess my exact object.
Gestalt & Minimalism
By using my object, I create five new images that explore gestalt. In these images my exact object should not appear, but only a quite whisper. I use the idea of gestalt to represent only key parts of my object, and here’s some questions that helped me to take these images:
- What is the least amount of information a view would need to understand what your object?
- Are there key areas of your object that stand out and are unique?
So the intent is never to see the full object, or understand what the object is, but to create mystery for the viewer.
Essence of My Object
I observe and consider my object and dissect the object mentally and formally. For example; the materials make up my object, how it produced, how long did it take to create this object, what would it look like if I cut it in a half, what it look like while it was being made and is it a human made or nature…
I studied the unique formal and visual traits that make up my object, and the particular shapes, colors and textures that define my object.
Recreate and Redraw (5 total)
By using pencil, waxy colors, wooden color and illustrator, I re-draw my object using high & low vernacular methods.
Combine & Composition (5 total)
Using everything I have done, I explore combinations of elements. I only combine 2 elements in any one composition. So I select any vector drawing of my object, then combine those two styles into one. I also play with contrast, for example; I use one close up abstract image, and one full image and combine them.
- Object on white background (no elements)
- Object in context, with other related objects.
- Object out of context, with unrelated or unexpected objects.
- Object in context.
- Object interaction (image depicting human interaction with my object according to my interpretation).
This actually was my first attempt using camera, I don’t feel like it’s successful but not a failure as well.
Photograph Light & Emotion
Photograph the object on its own, no other object with different lighting scenarios. I explore with light by using a lot of light, little light, play with casting shadows, move the light to different angles and photograph on the different angles.
Photographic Angle, Scale and Abstraction
Based on the first two explorations, photograph and crop the image from various angles. The goal is to create abstract image that hint at the real object. Explore extreme close ups, consider the positioning on the page.
Photographic Color Manipulation
Using the image I have created, select one or two images and explore color iterations. For example, make my object black and white, colorize (duotone), cut it out and place it on a solid colored background, etc
- Exploration (30%)
- Process Documentation (20%)
- Final outcome (30%)
- Professionalism (20%)
REINTERPRET / RECREATE / REDEFINE
First, we were introduced to the collaborative project ‘Me, You, Us, Them’ between Imaging and Method & Process.
By using the research and process from Method and Process, I will began to explore my object by exploring various image-making techniques and styles in order to understand how the different techniques can affect the reading of an image, and alter the perceived interpretation by my audience… etc
While the professors were introducing and explaining the project, I was so enthusiastic to start, the project seems difficult somehow because I don’t know what’s coming after. At first it looks easy but we don’t know what’s next… Well, I don’t have to overthink and jump to the end and I’ll do my best in the first week.