Thursday, 11 November 2010

The Rows

I visited The Rows in Chester and these are some different ideas for backgrounds.  These express the idea of exposure as they have connotations of prison.
As well as these settings, I looked at several places where bricks can be used and different window structures.  These would compliment the leopard shoe and the subtle pattern of the cape.


Here I have tested different ways for the cape to be worn to create the best shape and the best patterns.  I chose for it to be buttoned up as this is more subtle and it keeps the colour clean allowing for attention to be drawn to the shoes.  
These are the leopard print shoes I will be using in my shoot.


I have tested how best to photograph the shoes.  
This will be the first stage of the shoot as it will set scene of the secret obsession. 

I prefer the picture above as it is natural, as this is the view that you get when you try shoes on and you can also see detailing on the shoe quite clear.  I also like the effect of the dark blue jean to the light blue cuff.
 In the pictures below I have used a chair.  
I didn't like the chair being in the shot and those where it is not, I do not feel it works well.

These are a few close ups of the shoes.
In the picture below I tried to blur it hoping to keep certain factors of the shoe hidden, helping to keep them a secret.  However It didn't work well and it just looks like a dodgy picture.
I prefer this picture above as it is natural.  It is as though you have looked down and shown; this is the culprit of the secret obsession.  
Below I have photographed detailing to be used if i decide to get a close up to keep a secret factor.


After my research has mainly contained the idea of using prints, I have looked into different styles and different ways to portray the look. I particularly like the leopard print as the colours are warm and signify wildness like an obsession.  I also like the cape as it creates a subtle pattern from the way it hangs.  If used together the gentleness of the cape will help the leopard print stand out.
Vintage Levi's, Zara Shoes

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

The Idea

Expose a Secret Obsession.  As I often go shopping with money I shouldn't be spending, I have chosen this as inspiration for my photo shoot.  In my research there are several photos that have mystery and secrets giving me ideas of how to carry this idea out.  I will be taking photos of sections of the body, for example; hands possibly hiding a receipt, I could photograph the face showing emotion or held down to avoid anyone recognising her or i could photograph a specific item that is the secret obsession.  A full shot will finish the photo shoot, showing setting and style, putting the story into perspective.  

Monday, 8 November 2010


This picture looks at the stages of human development, from the era of Adam 
and Eve to the present day.  It is interesting how changing props can create a 
different image and look.  Different camera angles and lighting could also create 
this effect.

Democratic Jungle: how do i use groups of pictures to tell a story?  

Visual Storytelling Invite

Empax: Identify the core of the story  

These photographs have a sense of secrecy as snapshots are taken of a small section of the story.  It highlights and important aspect although I am unsure what is going on, I get a sense of importance.  


A selection of more than 300 photographs, divided in 15 groups by subject, are presented on TV screens in one of biggest supermarkets in Belgrade.

This gave me an idea for a setting against a shop window of TVs.  This will play with the idea of prints, however it may take focus away from the model if it is too overpowering.

Sunday, 7 November 2010

Live Wild, Die Free

the Orphans Arms Follow Viscose Shirt from, Tights, Thrifted Riding Boots, http://www.jaglever.comthe Orphans Arms CÉzanne Apple Pullover from, Tights, Doc Martens,
The slogans above are whimsical similarly to that of the witchcraft shoot, the setting works well to create this idea.  The two pictures below use close up shots to show detail or an important part of the look.  This effect can be used in my shoot to draw attention to certain actions or important objects.  I like the use of the hat, as it creates mystery and a look of hiding from someone.  
Six Watch, Zara Cape, Six Portmoney, Six Watch
Abercrombie Grey Sweater, American Apparel Navy Sheer Bodysuit, Urban Outfitters Salior Chains, F21 Brown Thigh-high Boots

The use of fence in the picture above could signify a barrier, keeping the secret unexposed.  

For me, the focus on the picture above is the setting using bricks and fence panels mixing colours, with the model off centre, this also draws my attention more towards the background.
I find the picture below interesting as the posters work well with the model, although there is more going on in the background my focus is still towards the model.  Its almost as if the viewer can select a print from the posters to place onto the plain white t-shirt and make the photograph there own. 
Plain White Shirt, Jeans, Necklace
The two pictures below use a good contrast between fashion and setting, with stripes from fences against striped and checked patterns.  This is eye catching and makes the garment features stand out.