Tonight was the final ‘Open Print’ competition with my Camera Club, and as usual it was a challenge to come up with two images that had both artistic merit and photographic skill.
I has several images from a previous photoshoot which I done when working on ideas for the set subject of ‘liquid’. I had piled up some citrus fruit (holding them in place with lengths of wooden skewers), a squeezed half of an orange and a glass lemon squeezer. These I shot from various angles.
Although I liked those images in the end I did’t submit them, but I did play with a couple of them using my computer software, overlaying them, changing the colours and opacity to come up with ‘Blue Orange’. But what really made the final result was printing it out on quality water-colour paper. It gave the image a totally different feeling – unlike a photograph and more like an artwork. You can see this in the close up of the image below. I loved it – and so did the judge, awarding it 19/20. It really doesn’t look like a photograph, but like an artwork. I’m certainly going to be printing on this paper again.
The second image, ‘The girl with the blue hair’, I thought was the weaker of the two. The original image was very colourful, but I wasn’t sure it worked just as taken (in Brighton’s fashionable North Laine area). So I tweaked the image to blur a few of the details, with some change to the vibrance of the colours. I knew that I wanted to print it square, and reasonably small. And I printed it out both as a 5in square, and an 8in square. Then, I thought I’d see what I could do by repeating the image.
Initially all in black and white it reminded me of a contact sheet (I used to work with those when in publishing). I was also thinking about the subject of identity, finding that one person in a crowd, looking for detail. Then I kept one of the cells in the original colour way. I really liked it, but would the judge? She did, saying it reminded her of an Andy Warhol artwork, scoring it 19/20.
I’m so not feeling blue this evening!