Competition 4 – Lenscratch

The fourth competition I am looking at is a student competition with Lenscratch, an online photography blog .

The prize is in $ and allows for the free upload of 15 images, I need to write a third person biography to enter this one and the deadline is 28th of may so this will be completed in the next week after the hand in deadline. I also need to confirm that this is open to international students and not just those based in USA.

I will either enter my bod of work from my most recent project or I will use the series I had created for last years Final Major Project.

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Job Hunting

As the end of my study is in sight the realty has hit that I really need to be looking for work, even as a mature student who has spent many years working the though actually scares me a little. Thinking about weather I am actually ready to go out and work in the industry, to be responsible for creating projects with and for other people is a huge responsibility. Even though feedback over the three years has been on the positive side it is at this stage I always doubt my own skills and abilities. It would be really easy for me to slip back in to my old job roles or take on running my Therapy business to a greater degree gain but I try to remain focussed on the task at hand and so have been in search of photography or photography related jobs. I have carried out Job searches on:

  • LinkedIn
  • Indeed
  • Reed

I have yet to upload a full CV or actually apply for a job at this stage.

Just an example of the jobs I had saved to look at fully. I will continue to look and perhaps go and register with agencies locally to me.

 

Artist Statement

This is my Artists Statement and variations of it for the different purposes it was required for.

This is possible the hardest piece of writing I have ever done, I find it really difficult to write about myself in a way that isn’t full of useless information and waffle. I did opt for perhaps a little bit of a cliche opening artist quote, however after looking at lots of other artists statements I wouldn’t be the first to have chosen to do this. I felt it relevant as it brings my background and love of the surrealist movement into my statement. I feel the note strongly relates to who I am as an artist, and reflects the work I have chosen to produce throughout my time spent studying.

Title/Summary

Healthy V’s Junk our warped view of food

Artist Statement 

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up” Pablo Picasso

As an artist, I strive to maintain that childhood innocence, imagination and enthusiasm. By challenging the views and truths of the adult world around us, using abstract photography techniques and distortion I leave the viewer questioning what they are seeing. With food images, there is an expectation to see beautifully created, perfect and tasty looking food even that which is bad for us. By creating abstract distorted images, I hope to leave the viewer with an alternative perspective on the food we eat.

Artist Statement – Project Related

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up” Pablo Picasso

As an artist, I strive to maintain that childhood innocence, imagination and enthusiasm. By challenging the views and truths of the adult world around us, using abstract photography techniques and distortion I leave the viewer questioning what they are seeing. With food photography, there is an expectation to see beautifully created, perfect and tasty looking images, even that which is bad for us. By creating fine art abstract distorted images, I hope to leave the viewer with an alternative perspective of the world around us and the food we eat.

 

The food we eat has never been under more scrutiny than it is today, with the power of social media the ever-changing rules and recommendations are easily at hand. This information can be both confusing and misleading it is no wonder societies views on food have become warped. This project has been created using foods in frozen and liquid water or small detailed areas with the aim of leaving the viewer questioning what they see. The impact of this is emphasised using a non-traditional display. What are your thoughts?

 

30 Word Project Description

Healthy V’s Junk a warped view of food

 

An abstract view of the foods we eat, what is healthy? What is junk? With much conflicting information, I want to challenge the views of society. What do you think?

 

 

Links to my information

Website – http://www.emmaedes.wix.com/emmaedesphotography

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/emflectionsphotography/

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/emflections/?hl=en

 

Previous study and recent Research

Over the course of my degree study I have discovered photographers I hadn’t even heard of, I have become very fond of their work and those that are listed will be of no real surprise as at some point most or all have had influence by the surrealist artists that I grew up loving. Though they work within a different genre to the food photography I am producing at this stage it is clear that they have had a huge influence on my direction from the start of my study to this point I find myself at. I have included some of my previous research and influential images from the following photographer:

  • Miles Aldridge
  • Simon Emmett

Miles Aldridge

Miles Aldridge is an English born fashion photographer with a distinct and unique style. Aldridge studied Illustration at Central Saint Martins College in London and went on to spend his early career as a music video director. It was in 1993 he changed career direction and became the fashion photographer we know him as now.I am inspired by Aldridge because of his use of bold and often contrasting candy colour pallets. His images are striking and often depict a woman looking thoughtfully off in to the distance, that have a dream like quality. It is Aldridge’s Mac campaigns that have inspired me most, they have a surrealist and experimental look, with slightly more muted tones and an almost metallic look. (Edes, n.d.)

 

Fig 1 Miles Aldridge Miles of MAC                        Fig 2 Miles Aldridge Miles of MAC

 

Simon Emmett

Simon Emmett is an English born Celebrity Portrait and Beauty photographer and director. Emmett studied at Watford College (Now West Herts) before leaving to pursue a career in photography. He started out Assisting and got his first British Vogue story in 1997, Emmett now spends time filming documentaries as well as photography. I was fortunate enough to meet with Emmett last Summer but at the time I didn’t know his work, I liked that he is very down to earth, easy to chat with and when asked about his feelings on use of photoshop he said “I don’t like to use it unneccessarily”. (Emmett, 2015) This has stuck with me and whilst pursuing my studies his work has come up, I feel it bears similarities to the likes of Mert & Marcus and Miles Aldridge. His creative and distorted images are the ones that have the biggest impact on my own work. (Beauty photography, no date; Florin, 2011; CLM Artist, 2015; Nalcot, 2014) (Edes, n.d.)

                           

Fig 3  Simon Emmett Midnight Hour                  Fig 4  Simon Emmett Almaz 2012

 

 

Shoot Decisions

After reflecting on feedback, more research and knowing that I need to narrow down my ideas to produce my final work I have come to a decision about how I am going to produce my images.

An article in practical photography magazine showing how to photograph flowers frozen in water (Create and Icy Masterpiece, 2017) sparked an idea to use water in both its liquid and frozen state.

By submerging and freezing my food subject I will be able to add a distortion to the image giving it an abstract and warped view relevant to the project.

This has allowed a depth to my project that I hadn’t previously seen. I will work in close proximity to each subject in such a way that the viewer is not quite sure of what food they are viewing.

Artist Influence

Andy Warhol 

Famous for Pop Art movement, I have been inspired by his works since I was studying GCSE Art some years ago. Bold colours, Grids, Repeating patterns and the unforgettable campbell’s soup cans will have some influence on my choices of output.

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Salvador Dali

I have adored the work of Dali since before I started studying GCSE Art at school. I always found something fascinating about his work, his bold use of colours and the very abstract nature in which his subjects appeared. Over the years on my visits to different countries I have encountered galleries and museums dedicated to his works, most recently I stumbled on one in the target square in Bruge. It is the surreal element from his food painting that I will be looking to bring into my own work in some way. If it doesn’t work for this project I will be looking to expand on this in future shoots.

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