Surface

 

WORKSHOPS

Textiles

Art with textiles may been commonly known for sewn images on many types of materials such as cotton, but photography had been a part of the style as well with the methods of ironing the prints which are then peeled off placing the image on the material like a sticker.

 

The print came out in a rather greenish colour which I found very interesting and beautiful, I then tried to decorate it to continue its satisfying eeriness by adding tracing paper which blurred the trees creating a foggy effect to the images, next I decided to practice on some drawings on top of the tracing paper that would add towards the work’s theming, the third image with the scissors has some drawings from one my favourite video games LIMBO by Playdead.

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This finished piece blew me away when it was up on the wall as I realised I made an instillation artwork as well as a textile framed photography. the work could potentially be interesting for viewers who were fans of horror movies, the trees for me were still looking just as beautiful as they were in the first year as I used them for a workshop in the Image Making unit.

Liquid Light

Much like the standard black and white density balance before processing, liquid light was a workshop involving various papers for printing, (I just used some ordinary thick paper as I didn’t have much time to experiment) The process started by selecting a photograph on film and setting up a size of 6 by 4 metre size on the easel with the enlarger, once the size was accurate along with the correct level of focus with the assistance of a focus finder, it was then time to paint some liquid emulsion onto the paper, I was aware not to either add to much or less to get the best result when developing the image. After drying the emulsion I then exposed the image onto the paper with three different times and grades, I then took the paper to three different trays of liquids the first was developing the image, the second was fixing the image giving it more contrast (depending on the grade) and lastly was the washer which assists a little detail in the image which I could leave the photograph in until my process was done since a little wash wouldn’t harm it. I ended up experimenting with 3 pictures, my favourite was the second image I printed which is the image on the far right. This image had a exposure time of about 10 seconds with a grade 4 for strong contrast bring more detail on the bright light bulb.

 

Silk Screen Printing Workshop 

In this workshop, the frames had already had some exposed images soon them, I chose some images and tried experimenting the colours and fabric materials that would intentionally create an outcome with a decent balance. The problem was the colour since i was rather given either not enough or a lack of quality (probably because of the other class having the more superior ones for important reasons). Digital versions of these prints were simply ready for heating, the bottom left image is my digital print, the other images were originally done with paint and a squeegee.

 

Photograms

 

For this workshop I and a colleague grabbed some light sensitive paper and headed outside to press the paper against objects or grab objects and place them onto the paper, the images on the right are brighter than the ones on the left, the reason being is because after the experiments when out and about, I and my colleague when onto Photoshop to do some basic tweaking to bring out better exposure, contrast and saturation.

Large Format Printing 

Printing Development 

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Final Images taken in a studio with the large format camera being on a tripod and a stall being in front of it where the subjects would sit in position

The size of the paper I used for a large format print was a 12 by 9 with a half inch border on the easel metre sheet of light sensitive paper, when printing on cold paper the detail was strongest on the clothes while the much warmer clothes brought out better detail on the persons face.

MY PROJECT

ITS A STRANGE WORLD  

After a group discussion and reflecting on my initial decision looking at Time, I have decided to explore surfaces. There are many surfaces in the world, and walking on all sorts of surfaces can be an interesting journey. I thought of an idea of walking around in public filming many ground surfaces using film and audio to challenge me.

Minecraft Moodboard 

Instead of a rough sketch on a piece of paper I simply lined up many blocks of materials on Minecraft (a video game giving players the ability to create their own worlds using blocks in a grid like concept) the blocks contained many materials such as cobblestone, wood and glass as rough examples to what I would be looking for in the real world.

Screenshot of Minecraft world with many hybrids of materials/surfaces in a line with signs explaining what they are. 

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Walking around Folkestone 

Instead of trying to look at the screen of the camera while walking, I simply had the camera strapped around my neck and casually walked around the town of my local town of Folkestone while recording various surfaces on my journey. This technique was more easier for me since I wouldn’t bump into anyone while my eyes would be focused on the camera. I recorded surfaces like tarmac, sand and autumn leaves.

 

 

The GoPro 

After using a Nikon D90, I tried using a GoPro which had a wide angle lens with the settings of 1080p HD picture filmed at 30 FPS, this feature was better than the Nikon since it gave a much more of a professional quality and composition with the assistance of a fisheye, the camera was also less shaky since I had the GoPro on a selfie stick. The downsides of these clips was the weather since the lighting would change in particular clips, plus the GoPro had a lack of audio quality within the clips. 

Learning ways of holding the selfie stick. 

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Lens Distortion Removal Effect 

With My GoPro on Premier, I learnt that there were some settings that were made for GoPro editing such as the Lens Distortion Removal tool. This tool erased the circular effect of the fisheye lens on the camera into a simple flat screen which made the video look less of an illusion, However it did bring out a lack of frames per second making the video run at normal speed for only a millisecond then freezing, then playing again at a faster speed than normal.

The (pink) Flat screen effect on the clips 

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Slow Motion 

In the film, there was a clip of me jumping off some stairs and continuing the walk once I landed. Instead of the usual filming the feet while walking in many grounded surfaces, this particular clip was edited with the duration speed being slowed down with the landing being played at normal speed again at the right time.

 

 

Foley Art

Foley is the reproduction of everyday sound effects that are added to film, video, and other media in post-production to enhance audio quality. These reproduced sounds can be anything from the swishing of clothing and footsteps to squeaky doors and breaking glass.  I thought this style would be very useful for my project so I have intended to grab some high quality microphones and some materials to either walk on or fiddle with to create the appropriate sounds that would be a good cover for the videos.

 

Audio 

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Since the videos had a lack of quality on its audio, I used a more higher quality microphone to record the footsteps more accurately. The locations were not exactly the same as the places I recorded on video but the sounds were on similar surfaces.

 

iMovie 

Although I was new to this software when developing this project, iMovie was much easier to learn than Premier Pro, the software contain many features that was useful to what I attended to accomplish within the unit. It had sound effects as well as an easier process of gathering video files, audio attaching and deleting background sounds.

 

Detaching audio on iMovie

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THE IMPORTANCE OF THE AUDIO 

Once I had gathered the series of GoPRO clips, I inspected each clip so I could create a new series of videos I preferred regarding the creativity of many surfaces changing throughout the entire video I was about to create on iMovie. Next, I added in some video clips that were recorded with a higher quality microphone and when I dragged them down to the timeline (as what it looks like to me) the videos just ended up becoming green audio files which was strange but coincidently what I was intending to make. After that I noticed that iMovie had a list of sound effects, most of them sounded cheesy but there were some clips that sounded realistic and dramatic. I grabbed a mixture of sounds that interested me and added them to the video, some were useful for supporting the moving pictures and some were completely random. The combination of the moving images and the rather strange sounds brings out some thought provoking when watching the entire video or even mesmorising which was honestly better than the sound of natural footsteps.

Choosing sounds from the Audio menu on iMovie 

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Footsteps sounds from video clips of the “My Media” menu 

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From this point, I had a series of clip fading from one to another with some decent audio in the background, I then moved back to Premier and tried using its features again. Eventually I created (no audio) a series of clips including the clip of me jumping off some stairs with a slow motion effect when I’m in the air, along with a “cross dissolve” (as primer calls the fading effect from one clip to another) effect in between.

The finished video was really satisfying to watch with its creativity of diegetic sound occasionally correlating with the video, making the experience an exploration on boundaries of the human senses more than just a timeline of surfaces.

Instillation Testing for the Exposure Festival Exhibition

Now that I had a video I was pleased with, I thought of inspecting the video being projected on the studio wall to test its performance and picture quality, the size of the screen was rather larger than the wall space within my exhibition space that was the Poco Loco Cantina in Chatham as a colleague was in the studio using the kit for work testing who kindly allowed me to have a quick preview of my video.

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The Poco Loco Cantina in Chatham plus a space I thought was ideal for my work as an instillation 

A projector I photographed at uni as an example of what I was originally intending to display for my work regarding a surface video performing on floor

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When looking at this space I was unsure if it was possible to display the video on the floor (I intended this idea since the surfaces in the video our indeed on the floor themselves) because of the staff not allowing its ceiling to be constructed (giving space for a projector to face downwards onto the floor) for health and safety reasons, which made think of displaying in a little corner beside its entrance.

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