Surrealism, my photographs

Vampire – Nothing to Hide

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How did I create this picture?

I created this picture by putting a person against white background this was to remove potential distracting elements and features in the picture. I then got the person in the photo to hold a phone to hide their mouth. The phone is showing a drawing of a vampire’s mouth and teeth. My intention was to make the drawing of the mouth in the phone align with the models face and jaw line so that picture looks like the girls mouth, I then got the girl to smile and make the facial expression that looked natural with the picture on the phone. I didn’t use any Photoshop on the picture.

What worked well?

I believe this picture has worked well because I created an image without any distracting features in the picture. This picture has also worked well because I have created a new and interesting composition combining the real face with the image of the vampire’s mouth displayed on the phone.

How can I improve the picture? 

I can improve this picture by turning the phone brightness up this is so the picture on the phone will be brighter and easier to see, I could also use a brighter picture this is so the picture will stand out on the phone and against the persons face. I could also improve the picture by using auto focus on the camera, this would make sure that the entire picture is in focus. This would make a crisper and better quality picture. I could also improve the picture by experimenting with a faster shutter speed, this would prevent the person looking washed out in the picture.

How does this fit in with my theme of surrealism?

This fits in with my theme of surrealism because the combination of imaginary fantasy and real life combined create a surreal image.

How can I develop this idea further?

I could develop this idea further by using multiple smart phones that show different facial parts, the eyes, nose and hair to build a picture of a face on top of the models body, these being held by people, or the phones being held in clamp stands.   I could experiment with a larger tablet with a full picture of a vampire or other fantasy character. I could also experiment with the person holding another object completely different that could be a surreal replacement for the head; An apple, orange, flower, clock face, pizza or chicken.

Polo Exploration – Eye spied through the hole.

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How did I create this picture?

I created this picture outside in natural day light, this is so that I could capture some of the surrounding trees and nature creating an interesting background. The full daylight also gave me better lighting for the picture. I got someone to stand in the middle of the picture with their eyes looking straight at the camera. I then framed the persons head with a Polo mint by holding the mint and focusing on the head. From a far this made the persons head look small compared to the polo mint surrounding her face.

What worked well?

Framing of the person worked well, this is because I have managed to frame the person in the polo mint with their eye looking straight at the camera. The bright hair is still visible surrounding the polo making an eye catching element with the blue hair against the white polo mint.

How can I improve the picture? 

A smaller aperture would make both the girl and the polo mint in focus. I could have tried sticking the Polo mint to a stick or stirrer attached to a tripod to hold the Polo perfectly still, close down the aperture very small to increase the depth of field and take a longer exposure.

How does this fit in with your theme of surrealism

This fits in with my theme of surrealism because playing with perspective is a common theme used by surrealists to make the viewer question what is real or what is not.

How can I develop this idea further?

I could develop this idea further by using different items to look through. I could experiment with a ring, possibly with a gem stone that would add colour and sparkle. I could try using a magnifying glass, this would have a distortion effect. I could shoot through the centre of a CD disc, the reflections and refraction caused by the CD adding interest. I could also experiment with holding a ring doughnut and shoot through the centre of the doughnut.

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