Hockney-inspired photocollage.How can you bring photography to your class when you don't have a darkroom darkroom,
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Hockney states that Pearblossom Highway gives "a sense of closeness to everything yet at the same time depth can be achieved." In his photo collages, Hockney moves around a space in order to show an object in movement or as we see it when we move or interact with it. Playing with our sense of depth and photographing objects as we move forces us to look at space and our subject in a different way, shifting our focus from re-creating what we see into the realm of fantasy and distortion.
After teaching this lesson for several years, I've come up with a series of steps and hints for students. However, I strongly suggest that the teacher create an example because the most difficult part is getting started once the photographs are in hand.
* Create an artwork effectively using multiple photos of one or two different subjects.
* Utilize and critique your knowledge of color not of the white race; - commonly meaning, esp. in the United States, of negro blood, pure or mixed.
See also: Color , perspective, space, line, emphasis, repetition, and distortion to create a new space with multiple photographs.
Students look at teacher examples and photo collages by Hockney and ask where the photographer was standing. Did the photographer change positions? How do you think the photographer changed the original scene or model? Students decide what subject they would like to distort or exaggerate through movement, and how they can make the subject interesting to the viewer.
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(2) (Single Lens Reflex) A camera that uses the same lens for viewing and shooting. camera using ASA Asa (ā`sə), in the Bible, king of Judah, son and successor of Abijah. He was a good king, zealous in his extirpation of idols. When Baasha of Israel took Ramah (a few miles N of Jerusalem), Asa bought the help of Benhadad of Damascus and 400 film. If you choose to take black-and-white images, have the photos developed using the color process for timely return. Try to take between twenty-seven and thirty-six exposures. Digital cameras can also be used, but if you do, have all your images printed. Take your photos outside or with as much artificial light as possible. If you are taking photos indoors, open all the shades, turn on all the lights, and open all the doors.
After you choose a subject, take a series of photos while moving the camera around to get the entire subject. I suggest starting at your feet and slowly moving the camera up to the sky, taking photos as you go. Then, take photos from the sky to the ground, both to the left and right of center.
When you have a photo of the entire scene, move in on the parts of the subject you want to emphasize, but not too much. A step forward or back is usually enough to create emphasis but moving too far away means the subject won't fit in the composition. If you choose to take photos in two different areas to combine them, think about how large your subject is in the viewfinder The preview window on a camera that is used to frame, focus and take the picture. On analog cameras, the viewfinder is an eye-sized window that must be pressed against the face. Point-and-shoot digital cameras use small LCD screens that are viewed several inches from the eyes. of the camera. If they are of similar size in the viewfinder, they will be easier to collage together.
Creating a Collage
Once you have your photos printed, you will put them together like a puzzle. I like to start with two or three images rather than looking at all my photographs at once. You may find that the center of focus has changed because your photos are different from your original idea. If so, just work with what you have. Resist the temptation to retake re·take
tr.v. re·took , re·tak·en , re·tak·ing, re·takes
1. To take back or again.
2. To recapture.
3. To photograph, film, or record again.
1. more photos. Don't be afraid to cut the photos and use parts of them in different areas.
For construction, use masking mask·ing
1. The concealment or the screening of one sensory process or sensation by another.
2. An opaque covering used to camouflage the metal parts of a prosthesis. tape on the back as you put together images. This way you can easily change the arrangement. When you have determined a final composition, tape the backs of the photos securely together, and then use rubber cement or a glue stick to attach it to a mat.
I ask students to walk around a gallery of each other's works and to answer the following questions before we discuss the works in a class critique:
* Of the different collages, which ones best distort or exaggerate the main subject?
* Which ones best use color to lead your eye through the composition?
* Which ones best emphasize perspective, giving an exaggerated sense of distance?
* If you have a preference for one person's work, which work do you admire and why? Could it be because you relate to the subject or the overall composition?
* In your own collage, what do you think you did well?
* If you could change one thing on your collage, what would it be?
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