Michael Marley

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May 7

Final Project 3: Abstract Photo Series

After reading the Instructor Feedback comments, I really started thinking about ways to create rhythm in one of the series. I decide to finish two separate series and submit whichever one turned out better. The two series I went with were the series 4 (the cars) and series 7 (the black and white photos). I took a lot of photos for the car series, but I just could not find a photo for the upper left corner that I was happy with.

I was playing around with the position of the three good photos from the Black and White series, and I realized that I could line up the chair and railing photos. I moved the blinds to the bottom left because they lined up well with both the rail and chair photos. The result was flow from bottom left to upper right, so my idea was to take another photo where the line changed direction somehow and use that to create the focal point.

While I was (literally) roaming around looking for different things to photograph, I discovered that my parents’ garage would be perfect because of the way siding lines up on the corners. So I took a few shots and retreated to my computer. When I inserted one of the photos into the series I realized the corner of the garage almost lined up with the seat of the chair above it, so I went back and took some more photos of the garage to get one that I could line up with the chair. (I thought it made the series look a bit more streamlined.)

So, that’s the bulk of the back story. Unity + Variation is with the change in direction (and to a lesser degree, the fourth photo is also the only one that isn’t a photo looking through ‘slats’ of lines to something in the background). Illusion of Space is conveyed with linear perspective (also, there is another illusion of space with the first three photos being slats, creating an overlapping illusion of space.) And, finally, the color scheme is black and white.

May 2
Session 14: Ad Analysis
This is a Chevrolet Advertisement: http://www.chevrolet.com/
#1 - Rule of Thirds: The front of the car at the bottom right is in the rule of thirds cross line, used to emphasize the car.
#2 - Informal Balance: The wave in this Ad is heavier than the objects on the right side, but this is informally balanced by the logo and text at the top and bottom of the right side.
#3 - Diagonal Line: This line is used to create a sense of motion. The road is angled, and both the car and wave are traveling on that diagonal line.
#4 - Focal Point (Through Change in Color): The yellow car stands out against the muted tones of the road and wave.
#5 - Color Integrity: The car is metallic yellow, the lines on the ground are yellow, and the logo in the bottom right-hand corner is metallic gold/yellow.
#6 - Color: The yellow car is warmer than the rest of the image, so it appears to pop out from the image.
#7 - Gestalt (Whole Before the Parts): The wave is made up of lots of individual car parts.
#8 - Illusion of Space: The car parts appear smaller the further away they are, creating the illusion of space.
#9 - Illusion of Motion: The edges of the wave are blurred to give the illusion it is in motion. (in this case, crashing down toward the car.)
#10 - Rectilinear/Curvilinear: The road, lamp posts, and buildings in the background are all rectilinear, however the car and wave (also the main and secondary focal points) are curvilinear.

Session 14: Ad Analysis

This is a Chevrolet Advertisement: http://www.chevrolet.com/

#1 - Rule of Thirds: The front of the car at the bottom right is in the rule of thirds cross line, used to emphasize the car.

#2 - Informal Balance: The wave in this Ad is heavier than the objects on the right side, but this is informally balanced by the logo and text at the top and bottom of the right side.

#3 - Diagonal Line: This line is used to create a sense of motion. The road is angled, and both the car and wave are traveling on that diagonal line.

#4 - Focal Point (Through Change in Color): The yellow car stands out against the muted tones of the road and wave.

#5 - Color Integrity: The car is metallic yellow, the lines on the ground are yellow, and the logo in the bottom right-hand corner is metallic gold/yellow.

#6 - Color: The yellow car is warmer than the rest of the image, so it appears to pop out from the image.

#7 - Gestalt (Whole Before the Parts): The wave is made up of lots of individual car parts.

#8 - Illusion of Space: The car parts appear smaller the further away they are, creating the illusion of space.

#9 - Illusion of Motion: The edges of the wave are blurred to give the illusion it is in motion. (in this case, crashing down toward the car.)

#10 - Rectilinear/Curvilinear: The road, lamp posts, and buildings in the background are all rectilinear, however the car and wave (also the main and secondary focal points) are curvilinear.

May 1

Project 3: Abstract Photo Sketches (7)

This was my Shadowy/Line&Curve idea. Basically I thought it’d be interesting to find various occurrences of straight lines just around the house, and then contrast that with a curvilinear photo. The first is of window blinds, the second is of a wooden chair, the fourth is of a curtain’s shadow and flooring, the fifth is of some wooden railing, and the third is a lamp in my room. I went with black and white to the series a bit more moody and so that they look stylistically similar.

I actually like the way this turned out a lot. If I had to choose four for the final project, I’d probably go with 1, 3, 4, and then either 2 or 5. I like 2 better as a photograph, but 5 has more straight lines. I think my two favorites are 1 and 3; 1, because it reminds me of film noir, and 3 because I think this is the least-recognizable object out of every photo sketch I took for this project.

May 1

Project 3: Abstract Photo Sketches (6)

This was my tree bark idea. I decided to just go with three photos of different bark and then the fourth photo (#2 on here) was more of an spur-of-the-moment photo. I thought it’d be interesting to a space illusion, and I had the idea to look through a split in a tree at the grass behind it. (There’s also a change in direction with the series.) I think these are probably the best actual photo sketches I took, but I just felt like something was missing with this series… almost like one of those super-budgeted blockbuster films with great effects and little story (Yes, I’m looking at you, Prometheus!) or in this case, content/form. But I really do like the photos a lot. (Not so much what I did, but just that the trees look fantastic.)

May 1
Project 3: Abstract Photo Sketches (5)
This was my wood grain + knot idea. I took photos of four separate wood grains, including one with a knot to create a focal point. I think this was just waaay too flat. The knot photo (bottom left) turned out to be pretty interesting, but I just don’t think the wood grain by itself was as interesting as some of the other photos I sketched.

Project 3: Abstract Photo Sketches (5)

This was my wood grain + knot idea. I took photos of four separate wood grains, including one with a knot to create a focal point. I think this was just waaay too flat. The knot photo (bottom left) turned out to be pretty interesting, but I just don’t think the wood grain by itself was as interesting as some of the other photos I sketched.

May 1

Project 3: Abstract Photo Sketches (4)

This was my car photo idea. I tried to capture some of the interesting angles on these cars (three curvy and one sharper angled). This was actually more difficult than I imagined it would be because of the reflective surfaces. (I tossed a few interesting ones out because the reflections were just too distracting.)

Overall, I like the picture of the red car and I like the idea behind the taillight photo, but it just didn’t turn out as well as I had hoped it would. The cars weren’t shiny enough and the pictures just didn’t meld that well. (I tried black and white to see if that would help at all, but it hurt some of the photos just as much as it helped some of the others. The fourth one looked pretty good in b&w, but the third was just ‘meh’.)

May 1

Project 3: Abstract Photo Sketches (3)

This was the Grass/Plant idea I had. Originally I thought of doing something like three shots of grass and then a fourth with a golf ball in it, but I thought was kinda cheap. So after looking around, I noticed some dandelions were starting to pop up. In the end, I went with three photos of grass/unopened-dandelions and one with an opened dandelion in it. This has green color dominance.

I like the idea behind this, but I think I didn’t quite get this series abstract enough; it ended up just looking like some grass pictures and a dandelion. If I retook these photos, I’d probably try to focus more on a single unopened dandelion in three different photos and then the fourth would be a zoomed-in shot of an opened dandelion. (Basically try to narrow in on- and highlight the form more than the wide-angle subject.)

May 1

Project 3: Abstract Photo Sketches (2)

This was my idea to use close-in shots of fabric. I took a lot of photos for this one, and these were the only two I was really satisfied with in the end. If I went forward with this I’d probably look for some fabric with stitching in it to create a more defined variation than the just having different fabric weaves. (I’d also have to scrounge for some additional interesting fabric!)

I wanted to go black and white with this because the fabrics are colored differently, and I wanted to focus on the differences of the fabrics and not the color. The illusion of space wasn’t as successful in this one because it’s relatively flat, so I angled the fabric and tried to get some linear perspective going.

Overall, I think I got at least one really interesting photo (the second one) but I’m a little doubtful about the potential of this one after sketching around for awhile.

May 1

Project 3: Abstract Photo Sketches (1)

This is my sports equipment/balls idea. I took the best one or two photos from each ball I photographed. Also, I had the (sorta) separate idea of combining shots of four different balls to form the appearance of a single ball, which is the final photo (or rather, combination of four photos). Fun fact: Those final three are game balls from when I played baseball, and the first of the four is the ball I used to warm up my arm before every game I played. (You can kinda see a blue Sharpie smudge from where I originally had wrote my name!)

I was going for a high-contrast/saturated look with a warmer color scheme. Also, I tried to highlight the grittiness/lack-thereof (especially so on the combination photo).

Overall, there are things I like about this. I think the individual shots are more abstract than the combination (although I think the entire idea might not be abstract enough), and I think I was able to, at least mildly, achieve the illusion of space because of the curvature of the balls. 

Session 13: Final Project 2

The first picture is the actual final snap shot.

The second picture is done to show that the ping-pong balls are actually halves flat on the mirror with wholes on top (you can kinda see some of the distortion I mentioned in my DB post.)

The third picture is from last week for reference.