Sunday 2nd February 2014
What were the aims of this activity?
‘Create an image of an ‘object’ of your choice as the subject. Use elements within a background to imply a context or meaning to your image.’
I wanted to personally show the difference between an object in context and out of context. So I created a few images that showed a paintbrush being used as usual and that paintbrush being used in the wrong scenario.
What have I got from doing this?
This task really made me think about ‘setting a scene’ for the context of an object and how every little detail is vital – within the back ground and the foreground. For the first images of the paintbrush being used to paint the walls, my parents had just finished painting/decorating their room and there were still paintbrushes and tools lying around. So I re-enacted what had been happening days before.
Within the second set of images I set the scene where I always put my make up on and do my hair using my mirror and layed out the make up on the table to look like I was getting ready as I would usually. At the time I was actually getting ready to go out and I used one of my studio type lights to light me because the lights in the room cast a very orange tint. I wanted this to appear as natural day light as it’s more of a white light.
Did I fulfil my aims?
I think one thing that I think maybe lacked in the first images was the paint on the brush itself, as it looks as though I’m literally just painting without paint. I did have a pot of paint with me to try and show the context more, however I couldn’t get an angle close enough so that the paintbrush was the main focus rather than the pot of paint. If I did this again I would definitely go the whole way and maybe ask my parents if I could paint over a few little areas – to imply the proper reality of the context! I felt like I had fulfilled my aims with the second set of images more, as the focus was more accurate and I feel they look more ‘natural’ and realistic. However I should have photographed at the right time of day to get the proper context and effect.
Paintbrush in context:
Paintbrush out of context: