Magical Girl – Image Selection

I’ve been back from Japan for 4 days now, and have spent that time going through my images, choosing the final ones and attempting to edit them. I had a very clear image of what I wanted each photo to look like in my mind before I left so the images I came back with didn’t vary much, but thats a good thing, I knew what I wanted and I planned it so much that I didn’t need to shoot any other options. However the poses and slight angles make all the difference so I need to select my finals and start printing them.

All images have had a quick edit to hint more towards the colours desired.

Magical Girl

I had high hopes for the magical girl shoot, the location and outfit were my favourites out of all the shoots. Positioning was something I struggled with, finding a pose, I found that the best ones were faceless from behind, the magical girl over looking the city empowered almost ready to fly.

The 3 poses I like the most are…

This pose is quite reflective, it may not be as openly empowering as the two below but it appears as if she is overlooking Tokyo, protecting it.

The two poses above are nearly identical, it’s just a change in position of the arm. I am so used to staring at them both I have no idea which one work better, I will have to spread them around and get some opinions.

Another issue is wether I wanted other people in the shoot too? So I did both. Generally people stayed away if we were shooting so I stood back for a while and let people sit down and then went in their whilst they were sitting. I think the images with the public in add a greater sense of reality, it almost adds a weirdness to the images, asking questions about why the character is doing this in public. Taking the setting from a secluded platform to a tourist attraction.

There is an in between as well, in some images you can see reflections of people, so without being in your face it is obvious that this is a public space. Some of which you can see above.

Any of your thoughts would be very helpful, I have seen the images so much they have lost their initial impact.

An out take form the shoot, just love the colours
And a big thanks as well to my assistant AKA Mum who spend half her holiday in Japan shopping with me and on shoots 🙂

 

Anime and Manga fan culture

I’ve always been fascinated by specific characters within Anime and Manga, as a fan of Japanese pop culture (or as wikipedia would call me a Japanophile) I spend hours searching for wallpapers, quotes, clothing and anything else Anime based that isn’t actually the Anime. I often know about an Anime through a character first, for example, I know of Vocaloid even though I have never watched it, yet I know Miku Hatsune by name and sight, and that she has become a world renowned pop start, having just done her first tour in the US (bearing in mind she is an Anime character, and not real) If you are interested to see what I mean watch this video.

The difference between Japanese pop culture and Western pop culture is the relationship between consumerism and art. In the west artists like Andy Warhol and Banksy take consumerism and turn it into art. But Japanese artists like Takashi Murakami use art and turn it into consumerism.

Andy Warhol – Consumerism products -> His art

 

Takashi Murakami – His art -> Consumerism products

 

This is something which makes most Manga a form of Transmedia. A project starts out as a drawing it then becomes an anime, then a plushie, then a costume, then trading cards and so it goes on. I am yet to find a Manga that isn’t an Anime or vice versa.

What would be interesting to explore is the multiple platforms used by Japanese Anime and Manga.

I started a project a while ago which has been out of my mind for a couple of weeks. I wanted to create Anime characters without creating the Anime. Cutting out what people expect to be the original source and going straight to the other platforms. However I was limited to photography, as this is my skill set. If I collaborated with artists to create the characters, actors to create the voices, musicians to create the theme song this could be a really interesting project.

I had a go at attempting a character  a while ago, he was called bird, but I left it as it was underdeveloped and I didn’t have time to give the character life. One thing this project will help me with is not trying to do everything alone, let other people in and work with them to make the project better.

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In brief terms it’s creating the fan base without having the ‘typical’ origin. I could create cosplay images of people impersonating the fictional characters, and other people could use their skills to create art relevant to that, and we would all work as a collaboration. As a team we could come up with a story line which always lingers but is never written down, a brand, colours and the rest of the products.

Digital Play: Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3

Halo was a great source of colour and shape for this Digital Play series, but I wanted to explore more games, so I went for the complete opposite in terms of colours and visuals. Call of Duty is one of the biggest selling shoot em up games, so it’s perfect for this project. To be honest I didn’t expect good things, because visually i knew Halo would be more interesting.

There is no real appeal for me in these images, maybe thats because my love of colour, and also my relationship with the game, these are all personal feelings however, i have to remember that million of people play this, so it gives me a bigger target audience.

Digital Play: Resident Evil on Nintendo 3DS

Rather then keep talking about how I am going to continue my Futurism series with this project, I thought I would just get stuck in. These are some shots i took whilst playing resident evil: mercenaries on my 3DS, as i presumed It was hard to keep the console static, if i were to use an xbox this problem would be solved because the buttons are separate from the console itself.

These images are a good starting point, as much as i love the 2 screen shots because it gives a sense on the device, the one framed crops are compositionally better. If I had my remote for my camera the images would have been a lot less shaky, in the future I need to make sure I use this.

Day 5: Vintage-Ware photoshoot

Over the past 6 months my mum has been gathering vintage tea sets, she is setting up a business in which she rents them out to parties and weddings. Now she has her collection she asked me to shoot the promotion images for the website. I spent today doing it in my make shift studio. I also edited the images and made the watermark.

The Photos:

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Vintage-Ware ©Daisy Ware-Jarrett
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Vintage-Ware ©Daisy Ware-Jarrett
Vintage-Ware ©Daisy Ware-Jarrett
Vintage-Ware ©Daisy Ware-Jarrett
Vintage-Ware ©Daisy Ware-Jarrett
Vintage-Ware ©Daisy Ware-Jarrett
Vintage-Ware ©Daisy Ware-Jarrett
Vintage-Ware ©Daisy Ware-Jarrett
Vintage-Ware ©Daisy Ware-Jarrett
Vintage-Ware ©Daisy Ware-Jarrett
Vintage-Ware ©Daisy Ware-Jarrett
Vintage-Ware ©Daisy Ware-Jarrett
Vintage-Ware ©Daisy Ware-Jarrett
Vintage-Ware ©Daisy Ware-Jarrett

Getting the lighting right was quite hard, I wanted to create a soft overtone which conotes this vintage style that has come into fashion, but I couldn’t avoid the deep shadows, my natural style usually introduces light into darkness, for example I always imagine my photos by starting with a black canvas, then I add the lighting, and build it up that way, but these photos want to be approached in a way which features no darkness, which I found hard, and you can see this within the images, the shadows are way to harsh. However the customer is more then happy with the photos, so that is all that counts.

The next step was creating a watermark, I used the initials of the existing company logo and changed the transparency which you can see on the images.

Update 25/3/2012…

Vintage-Ware are worried about the watermark, they feel that it should have the “-” included because of Volkswagens use of the “VW” so the watermark is now…

I have learnt that as a photographer when you are asked to watermark images you must check all legalities, it’s worth the extra effort and safety to prevent from any legal problems and to keep the clients mind at ease.

#wordoftheday: Calorie (with a capital C)

It seems ironic, after the past few weeks of mince pies, mulled wine and roast potatoes I am starting the new year and this new project with the word Calorie.

So how do I photograph a Calorie? the basic photographer in me wants to make a saturated Martin Parr style image on a donut or a cake, but this project isn’t about just taking a photo, it’s not even about learning a word new word, it’s about forcing myself into a situation where i have no control over my project subject, and am forcing myself to constantly be producing images. Not doing whats been done before but pushing myself to make something new, which will also help me to grow as a photographer.

The Image

Calories have become such a big deal, my friends are constantly counting their calories and checking packets. But in relation to what we are eating they really aren’t that much. For this image i took a fox’s chocolate biscuit and worked out what percentage of it is calories, i then took an image of the biscuit and cropped it to the size the calories represent. The focus is a bit out, should have worn my glasses

'Calorie' 16% of a fox's chocolate biscuit

Interesting Fact…

One thing I’ve learnt from today is there is a difference between Calorie and calorie. A capital C is used when describing the unit in which we measure food and a lower case C is used when talking about heating an object. (tut tut collins english dictionary, it’s only day one and already I have proved you wrong)

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.

Identity

I’ve been looking at close up photography and the idea of texture and the unseen fibres. I have done work that tackled this idea before, not intentionally but it did.

This project was based on identity and conspiracy, i tried to capture all the information the government have on us. I did this project in 2008/2009.

©Daisy Ware-Jarrett
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©Daisy Ware-Jarrett
©Daisy Ware-Jarrett

I achieved this texture and contrast using a scanner, maybe this is something to develop on. I could scan in sections of the fabric and then apply an image of the prism on top via photoshop.

Prisms on Fabric

This time I wanted to experiment with the scarves some more, I found out if you put the crystal right next to the scarf you get beautiful results, rather then holding the crystal far away like I was doing previously.

Here is a video I made that shows you how turning the crystal alters the light dispersion…

The Video

(this video refers to the last process, scroll down to see how I came to this)

The Images

I started out by putting the crystal about 2 cm away from the projector light, then projecting the light behind the crystal, and taking images this didn’t work too well, the like dispersions were taken over by the direct light of the projector, it is also hard to decipher the difference between whats a pattern on the scarf and whats light, maybe this technique would work well on a white scarf…

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I then decided to include the diamond in the image, again this just distracted from the scarf itself…

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I noticed pretty patterns the crystal created when I was holding it in my hand close the wall and far away from the light, i started taking pictures without the fabric so I could compare the difference after…

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©Daisy Ware-Jarrett

I then introduced the fabric…

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These last ones are definitely the best images, and the process i will develop further tomorrow.

Working Prism

Finally i have the perfect combination for a prism, a projector and crystal candle holder.

I set the Crystal in front of the projector…

I pointed the projector towards a white wall. I then Held the crystal up, turning it to create different results…

I just wanted to play, and these are the images i got, some of which are quite nice.

some nie images, but it was really hard to capture the colour and detail, everything always looks out of focus, perhaps projecting onto a wall isn’t the way forward. more experimenting then…

Helmut Newton

Helmut Newton is a fashion photographer, who through his use of sophisticated lighting and love of his job changed fashion photography. Some of his image featured cigarettes, they are represented as a sexual, high class activity. The thing that fascinates me about his photos is that a lot of photographs can conjure certain senses, but with his work you assume the cigarettes to be odourless, which of course isn’t true. but they seem almost perfumed. Probably from the beautiful women and expensive clothes, but either way his work depict smoking through rose tinted glasses.

the fact that all the women are half naked, creates the link between sex and smoking, making smoking attractive to men, and creating the sensation of pleasure for women.