The Many Sides of People – Triptych Photography

The Many Sides of People - Triptych Photography

Triptych means ‘three panels’. Triptychs are mainly associated with altarpieces, but it’s a great effect that you can use for a unique shots. You can also make diptych (2 paneled) or polytych (many paneled) shots.

I used the triptych method to make a multi-directional viewpoint photo of my brother. Each shot is a different clue about his persona. See if you can discipher them!

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Elizabethans Undressed – Quite Literally!

Friday saw the National Portrait Gallery’s ‘Late Shift Extra’, a huge event for the gallery which occurs once every four months.

This time the Tudor’s had a chance to showcase their era with “The Elizabethans Undressed”, to coincide with the current exhibition “Elizabeth I and Her People”
Events Included:

– Authentic Elizabethan music performances (Thanks to Mediva)
– Arts and Crafts Activities (Calligraphy, make your own ruffle, drawing models in Tudor dress)
– Dressing by costume designer Jenny Tiramani and Elizabethan Catwalk
– Talks by curator Taryna Cooper, including Elizabethan Artists, interiors, rebellion and espionage
– A rather raunchy performance of John Donne’s poem “Elegy 19 To his Mistress Going to Bed”, (with a mini-lecture on the origins of Tudor aristocratic dress)

This was a completely new take on the gallery scene for me – the portraits were surrounded by a vibrant atmosphere of music, dance, drinks and quirky activities. The NPG is all about people – and by combining our society with Elizabethan tradition we are able to view how similar we actually are.

 

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Three minute sketches of a model wearing an exact replica of a Tudor Romeo costume. The Workshop was held by Dennis Northdruft, Curator at the Fashion and Textile Muesum.

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My initials  in Elizabethan Calligraphy, courtesy of Eva Driskell, scribe!  (the ‘x’ stands for Xuan, which is Vietnamese for spring, incase anyone was wondering)

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30 Second sketches of my model before he was dressed

My friend and I were interviewed about our experience. I will post the video soon when it’s up!

For more: http://www.npg.org.uk/whatson/elizabethi/exhibition.php
http://www.npg.org.uk/whatson/lateshift/late-shift-extra/elizabethans.php

Piece of the Week: The Swing (After Fragonard)

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Artist: Yinka Shonibare
Date: 2001  (contemporary art, but based on 18th Century Rococco)
Title: The Swing (After Fragonard)
Media: Mannequin, Cotton Costume, 2 Slippers, Swing Seat, 2 Ropes, Oak Twig and Artificial Foliage

A rather humourous reaction to the original (seen below), Shonibare reunites us with Fragonard’s The Swing but with a historic hindsight. The original Swing was painted in a Rococco style – a movement packed with light and airy symbolism, popular with the French Aristocrats in the mid 18th century. 

Shonibare takes this notion and completely spins it on it’s head – he represents the female subject in sculpture, changing the fabric of her cultural dress to African print, hinting at the cultural diversity in today’s world. It is instantly noticeable to us that the female lacks a head. This can be interpreted as a simultaneous criticism of the Rococco and French aristocracy; both lack personality and moral reasoning. The head could also be a symbol of the guillotine, which was introduced to Paris 25 years after Fragonard finished his painting. It reminds us of the Royalist’s fate and our misplaced importance on materialism.    

Although Shonibare intends for the piece to be seen front view, it’s 3-Dimensional medium means that we can assume position of the two male spectators and place ourselves at the back or beneath her skirt. Something familiar is made uncanny and brings the exposition of females to a whole new level. 

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The Swing – 1767

For morehttp://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/shonibare-the-swing-after-fragonard-t07952/text-summary

Gyotaku: Japanese Fish Prints

There is a common misconception that art and science aren’t linked. Before the invention of photography in ≈1819, our only visual means of preserving observations were through drawings and prints.

Although in Japan gyotaku (fish prints) was used primarily for egotistical purposes as trophies, it was a unique medium for capturing an accurate likeness of a fish. To me processes like this, exploring what things are and how they work, sparked the beginning of natural philosophy – aka science.

Enjoy this short video, which explains more about the gyotaku process…

Boy-boon!

Boy-boon!

There are so many possibilities with slightly varied exposure (here, EX 1/15). This is my little (monkey) brother jumping on my bed.

After (many!) attempts I managed to focus on his face and the room and take everything else slightly out of focus. He can actually look this hyper when jumping around the house!

Exposure compensation – -3.0
ISO – 200
f/3.5

John Berger: Ways of Seeing Review

To me, Berger’s philosophy can be summarised in one phrase from his book:

“To be naked is to be oneself. To be nude is to be seen naked by others and yet not recognized for oneself.”

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It forms the epitome of his message: images today have nearly lost their original focus; they are so readily reproduced that we, in our contemporary age, are able to manipulate their meanings for our own advantage. Immediately, I made connections to “The Death of the Author”, in which Barthes theories that “the birth of reader must be sacrificed with the death of the author”. We give images a new purpose simply by interacting with them. I admire the two critic’s reader-response approach, as it celebrates the diversity of interpretation as a microcosmic

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Coloma Charities’ Week Artwork

One team of twenty arty keenos. Two Weeks. Transform the hall into a Disney paradise.

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Those were the plans for the stage. Everyone was in charge of a different film and produced large characters from each – the biggest being 6 foot (well done, jess)

As well as this we organised face painting, a photo booth and auctioned off some tickets for the Laura Knight Exhibition.

Original hall:

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And now:

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