Giorno Giovanna (Jo Jo’s)

With the iconic fetishised colours and atmosphere of Jo Jo’s Bizarre Adventure – Giorno cosplayers and photographers have no excuse when it comes to stylising. Saturated colours, romanticism and flowers create the perfect look for this unique character. Below are 4 cosplayers that have done a pretty good job at bringing the characters and the style off the pages and into reality.

Photofilms

Photofilms are becoming widely used to tell a story, the advantage of photo film is the image and visual are never physically linked so you aren’t in the mind set of having to have linked images and music, unlike video.

Here are very different examples of Photofilms from around the internet, and a brief analysis of each ones strengths and weaknesses in terms of narrative and storytelling.


This visually stunning romantic journey through Japan uses images so well, mini stop motion films all put together, it doesn’t need a voice over because the story being told is pretty straight forward, depicting facts rather than emotions.


This second video by  is a more humourous approach, using music and soundscape to tell the story of a couples day, a distracted woman and her boyfriend who is desperately trying to reach her. I think this video overused the “Ken and Burns” effect, zooming all over the place, the photos from this video actually look really beautiful  but we hardly ever see one in it’s entirety, we see bits. Even with stills there seems a need for them to be moving, it might be a personal choice but I prefer this to happen more subtly.


This last video by  is probably the most relevant to my project, a look into the life of a person who belongs to a minority. The use of text to narrative rather a voice over is important, I’ve noticed it a lot in photovideos, if an external voice it used it seems to snap the audience out of their immersion within the story.

1 in 13 million – The only native Japanese Imam in Tokyo from Uchujin on Vimeo.

Become Someone Else

It seems what I previously wrote about, everyone finding their own ways to escape reality couldn’t be more true.

This campaign “Become Someone Else” by the Lithuanian Agency, Love for Mint Vinetu, is a great example of one way in which people escape reality. Although it might not relate directly to photography and escapism. It does make me think wether some people treat photographs like instant books. Without putting any effort in we are immersed into a place or a situation in which we escape, even if it’s for a few seconds.

digital rest, play & work on weheartit.com

I’ve been thinking all day about how to approach the 3 sets of images, Digital Work, Digital Rest and Digital Play. I’ve decided the best way to start is research each area. My trusty friend weheartit.com was my first search site…

Digital Work

Digital Rest

Digital Play

These images are great starting point, maybe i should try for some more on other search sites.

close up prism light

So my next development idea was to concentrate on really close up compositions, trying to create beautiful prism shapes whilst creating detail in the fabric.

If i were to print any of these images they would be on huge scale. so each fibre would be massive.

The thing I have noticed about these close up images, is that the weaving of the fabric almost creates pixels. and because the image has no context I start to create images by myself. Like when you make shapes out of clouds, for this reason i’m going to try and name each image. Based on what i see.

Pheonix
fortune fish
Japanese Warrior
Sand Castle
Flight
Backstroke
Ballerina
Man vs Butterfly
Pelican vs Turtle

This idea can deffinately be improved by using a zoom lens or a macro. That will be my next step.

CP_Kifir

http://www.cosplay.com/member/168520/

I may have found my favourite cosplay photographer ever, Soldatov Vladimir is the one who took this image

but he also took my all time favourite cosplay photo, which i have been trying to find out who took for months…

He is based in Russia and his work is breathtaking!!! you can see his flick here 

we heart it: Cosplay

here are some images of Cosplay i’ve found on WeHeartIt. to view the images larger click here

I chose these images because they are the most professional, you get a lot of amateur images on these sites but these ones are all great, they have taken the characters personalities/roles and placed them into context and then used appropriate lighting. I especially love the corpse bride images, I am going to try and find out who took them.

 

 

 

 

ishootshows.com: 8 tips for a great photography portfolio

TAKEN FROM ISHOOTSHOWS.COM

“8 Tips for a Great Photography Portfolio

Creating a portfolio of one’s own work can be a daunting task, but it’s an essential part of presenting oneself as a photographer. A top notch book is one of the best ways communicate one’s ability and vision, especially when it can be viewed online and around the world.

Here are eight ways to make yourself look good.

Keep it short and sweet

Show quality

Show range

Start strong

End strong

Put the rest in the middle

Don’t put it to popular vote

Keep it fresh

These are my suggestions for building a portfolio with the maximum impact. Let’s drill down.

1) Keep It Short & Sweet

With a portfolio, quantity counts for nothing. If the viewer wants to see more, they’ll look for it. And if they can’t find it, they’ll ask. Both of these consequences are good. I usually aim to include 12-20 images in a photography portfolio.

2) Show Quality

Following up to the first tip, only the best images should go into the portfolio. Consistency and distinction in your images should be a key takeaway. Showing anything but the best is often a waste of time; when you have someone’s attention, make every image count.

3) Show Range

And aside from quality, each image should speak to some aspect of your vision and ability. In choosing images, ask, “What does this image say about me as a photographer?” If multiple images are competing for the same specific message, consider paring down for the sake of efficiency. Expressing range, however, should not be confused with a lack of focus. Every image should work toward a singular goal of expressing your eye and capabilities as a photographer.

4) Start Strong

Start out with a bang. You want to put your second to best shot up front to catch the viewer’s attention. Why the second best? Keep reading.

5) End Strong

With your last image, you want to reinforce everything that has come before and end with the impression of excellence. This position is where your standout image goes, since it’s the last image in the set that the viewer will see.With the last piece, your goal is to leave a mark. The viewer made it to the end, so go for the knock out punch.

6) Put The Rest In The Middle

There is no filler in a portfolio, but everything that isn’t your absolute best should go in the middle. After the lead off image, gradually decrease in image impact until you get to the middle of the series, and then ramp back up for the strong finish.In other words, the highest impact images should be book ends to the images that establish the tone of your work.

7) Don’t Put It To Popular Vote

Bless your friends and family, but portfolios should not be decided by committee; what is popular is not always what makes your eye or execution unique.If need be, I’d suggest paring down a selection of your best images as well as you can and then enlist the keen eye of someone whose taste you trust to make the final selection.

Keep It Fresh

Just like seafood, it’s better fresh. Once you’ve established your book, keep it as up to date as possible. Aside from assembling it in the first place, this task is one of the biggest challenges of a great portfolio.As you develop as a photographer and add different elements to your style (or polish it), don’t neglect to reflect that growth in the portfolio.

End Notes:

As a condensed representation of a photographer’s vision, the portfolio is a highly valuable tool for introducing oneself to an audience, especially with the ease of sending someone a link.

Whether it’s used as a sales piece to land clients, an informative statement about one’s work and capabilities, or simply a way to succinctly share with friends and family, a portfolio is a great tool for making an effective and lasting impression. If someone is taking the time to look at your work, make it count.

If you want to see if I followed the above eight tips, head over to my portfolio.”

Nan Goldin

I’ve never really “into” social documentary photography, so the best place to start is what i know, Nan Goldin…

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I remembered a few of her images had Cigarettes in but i didn’t realise how many. As a woman who surrounds herself by smokers Goldins work often shows them as a release, a moment of peace, happiness and stillness. A relationship, as a non smoker, i never really considered could happen. This could be a possible way forward… looking at human emotions when cigarettes meet lips. An idea i want to come back to, i don’t want to narrow my ideas down too soon.