February 2013

Time ticks on

Time keeps moving on.

I’m still working on my project and this week, I’m going to touch on a fact of life that people have tried to symbolize for a very long time.  Our mortality.  I’m following the lead of some very brilliant men, both the writings of Edgar Allan Poe and the paintings of Salivador Dali and have decided to use a clock as the passing of time. The repetition of the clock is my attempt to try to show the clock ticking away, slowly at first and then seemingly faster and smaller and more all the time.

It reminds me of a song we used to sing when I was just a kid, oddly enough, I think  my mom taught it to me. It was written by Henry Clay Work and apparently was covered by Johnny Cash! I didn’t realize when I was a kid how very deep the subject of this children’s song was until now.

Here are the lyrics:

My grandfather’s clock
Was too large for the shelf,
So it stood ninety years on the floor;
It was taller by half
Than the old man himself,
Though it weighed not a pennyweight more.
It was bought on the morn
Of the day that he was born,
It was always his treasure and pride;

But it stopped short
Never to go again,
When the old man died.
Ninety years without slumbering,
Tick, tock, tick, tock,
His life seconds numbering,
Tick, tock, tick, tock,
It stopped short
Never to go again,
When the old man died.

I hope you enjoy my interpretation. :-)

Mortality

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Floral images in blue and white

Floral images in Blue and white!

Winter feels so long this year and I’m anxiously awaiting for spring to arrive with tulips and daffodils to announce its arrival. Yesterday I went through some old floral images I took and had processed to be monotone images that instead of black and white, they are more blue and white. I find them warmer than stark black and white. I’ve added some of my favorites to the Nature Portfolio section of the gallery but thought I’d include them here for people that follow this blog as you may not know when I update the portfolio photography galleries.

Hope you enjoy them.

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Angst

Angst.  I wondered how I would portray this feeling of a mixture of nervousness and excitement and fear. Not fear like the boogey man is coming to get you , but apprehension of speaking in front of a crowd or performing a piece of music. You want to do well, but before you even start you fear screwing up, forgetting your words or notes. Often times, this nervousness can work in your favor if you don’t let it overcome you, as it can add an excitement to a piece. Some people though let it play mind games with them and it can be paralyzing.  I wanted to show angst in a way that was more of the little butterflies you feel in your stomach at those moments. I hope you enjoy my piece.

Edit: I was discussing this image with Janne, and he was wondering if I should make the background more bluish/aqua etc., so I added that version here. What do you think? Which do you prefer?

 

 

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Innocence

The idea behind this image is innocence. That moment where nobody has yet been blemished by what we’ve heard or seen. My latest endeavor has been a bit of a roller coaster ride, as I was having quite a problem finding a proper prop.  what you are seeing as my banner image is where I started. I wanted to create something surreal and at first had a folded paper prop with the white cut paper for the nest and an egg from the fridge. The egg was heavy, the paper collapsed and the egg, well, I think you can already guess what happened there.

The final image is so different from the first but I hope I got the feeling I wanted which was that there is a rough world out there and once you are born, well, you can not go back. Eggs have always been either a symbol of fertility and of innocence. I thought it worked here. Innocence

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Jealousy

For this shot, I pulled together the idea of how love gives us wings (the standard cliché, but one that I like) and the way that jealousy can destroy that freedom that love should bring.  This series is turning into a craft project and a photography project and a post-processing project but it is the only way I can think to bring across the message of the image.

For this shot, I used only 1 flash, directed under the hanging heart with wings as I couldn’t seem to hang the object without it flipping over by itself, so I figured, why fight it, go with the flow and hang it upside down. I didn’t light up the background so that it would go a pretty dark grey and make it easier to mask out the feathers (I just love Refine Edge in PS, I would not have been able to do this cleanly otherwise). Once masked out, the background is from a series of shots I took last summer when a storm was brewing and the sky was troubled. I thought it appropriate.  The Swedish have a word for jealousy that I love, svartsjuka, which means black illness. It just tells you where the mind goes and I hope I’ve brought that feeling across in this image. I hope you enjoy it. Comments are always welcome! :-) jealousy

 

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Risk

Well, last night I did my next shoot for the series I’m working on. I had this idea about doing a house of cards to represent risk. Firstly, because the risk of it standing up is very low and most probably it will fall and secondly, cards also represent gambling and a gamble would definitely represent a risk.

This shoot was shot with 2 flashes, one using a shoot-through umbrella to light up the scene as evenly as possible but still retain some nice shadow to give depth. Setting up was not as risky as one would think as I hot-glued the cards to give the effect of them falling. Honestly, I couldn’t put up 3 cards before they started to fall down as the pack is quite new and the cards were as slippery as eels.

I hope you enjoy the completed version.  Comments are appreciated. :-)

Risk or House of Cards