ARD512 Design Directions – Modern Masters

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The first painting is a painting by Charles Lenoir a French academic classical painter. I was attracted to the painting as I liked the simplicity but elegance of the painting. I also liked that there were flowers used in the lady’s hair in the painting as this is a fashion that is work now and I thought it would be interesting to use it in my photography. The second image is my interpretation of the painting. I am really happy with how this image has turned out, and I do think the image has a type of painted look to it. I have faced my model in the same direction, used flowers in my models hair and used a black backdrop. I have however changed the colour of clothing as I wanted to add a type of modern look to the image. I did this image in the studio and I feel I have used the right kind of lighting. I have added some filters to the image as to enhance the look of a painting.

Overall I am happy with this image and was really happy doing the assignment. I feel I have successfully answered the brief and feel I have added my own kind of style into my image and I think it works well. I feel I have successfully re created the painting using the same kind of style but adding a kind of modern look using my model.


ARD512 Design Directions – Album Cover

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As soon as I read the brief I knew what album cover I wanted to re make. The album cover I chose to re make was Tove Lo’s Habits album. She is one of my favourite artists and I was really happy to be able to re make her cover album. I asked my classmate Molly to model for me as I noticed she had the same kind of facial features as Tove Lo. I’m happy with how the photograph turned out however, I did realise there isn’t enough light on Mollys face compared to how much light is on Tove Lo’s face. After looking at both images, I’ve decided not to do a re take with brighter lights as I feel that the photograph I have taken of Molly is still good and I think the shadow across her face adds more of a sadness to the image, which is what I originally wanted. Creating the right typing was important as this is something that really stands out on the album cover. I looked on a website named ‘Dafont’ which is free to use and provided me with fonts that looked a lot like the ones used on the album cover.

I’m really happy with how this project has turned out. If I were to do this project again I would perhaps do the re shoot with different lighting to see how the image looked. However I am still really happy with the overcast look across Molly’s face as it gives the viewers an impression of sadness, which is what the album is about.

ARD512 Design Directions – Portrait final images

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Here are my final eight images for my portrait brief. I am very happy with how these have turned out. The first four photos have been taken in the studio using the same light but I’ve placed my subject in different positions. The light works well and creates silhouette type features on half the subjects body. The bottom four photos have been taken in natural surroundings when the subject wasn’t expecting the photos to be taken. The natural light has worked well in each of the images and has created interesting and eye catching photographs. I have also learnt the difference between a forced pose and a relaxed pose e.g. a forced pose would be one in a studio where the subject feels they have to pose and a relaxed pose would be one where they’re in their own comfort and in some cases are unaware of the photograph being taken. I decided to edit my images in black and white as I felt they were much more appealing to the eye than the coloured versions. I thought the black and white versions also worked well with the lighting in the photographs and I am very happy with how they look.

I have enjoyed doing this brief and I don’t believe there is anything I would change about the way I have gone about this brief. I am really happy with how my subject worked with me and feel that I am much more interested in portrait photography than I was to begin with.

ARD512 Design Directions – Portraits

In this brief we were asked to photograph a subject in their natural surroundings, when they were relaxed and in the comfort of their own environments. We were also asked to photograph them in the studio where they weren’t in their usual environments which would bring the subject out of their comfort zone. I think this brief intends us to understand the change in peoples poses, expressions and general behaviour when they’re in and when they’re out of their comfort zone.

Here I have some photos I have taken of my subject in his own comfort. I tried to capture him when he wasn’t expecting it as to avoid the photo being posed. I feel this was a good way of capturing the photos as the expressions are natural.

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I also tried them out in black and white.

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I’m really happy with how these have turned out. I didn’t tend to follow the rules to capture the average portrait pose as I wanted these to look more natural although I have still followed the rule of keeping the shot within shoulder to head length. I do think that I prefer the black and white versions as they seem to appeal more to the eye than the coloured photos.

Here are my studio photos which I have also done in black and white.

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Again I’m really happy with how these have turned out. I like that the light has cast a shadow over my subject and I was able to work the light with the colours of the clothes my subject was wearing. I like that there is an almost silhouette styled photograph on half the photo and that the other half is well lit. I decided whilst doing the photo shoot that I would edit the photos to be in black and white because I felt it would work well and look good in black and white.

ARD512 Design Directions – Non narrative, Colour Flow

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In the above attachment is a step by step guide of how I have created my colour flow video. I used after effects to create my project and have used the plug in particular. Unfortunately there is a watermark on the video as I have not purchased the particular plug in and have been using a trial version.  I really enjoyed creating this non narrative video and am really happy with how it looks and how it works. I feel like I have gotten to know a lot more about how after effects works which is good as it’s a program I use often. I used an on-line tutorial created by video copilot and this is how I was able to create my video.

Here’s the tutorial I used to help me understand and learn how to create my colour flow project.

Here is my final version of my non narrative colour flow video.

ARD512 Design Directions – Modern Master research

At first I struggled to find a painting that I liked, I’ve considered replicating paintings such as The Mona Lisa but felt that it would be a hard painting to replicate and as it’s such a  renown painting I didn’t really want the pressure of re creating such a great painting. I also experimented with paintings that were set outdoors.

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I tried to replicate the above painting, painted by Claude Monet. I do think that with some editing on my photograph I think I could manage to create a good replica of the painting. However, I think that the colours in this painting are too bright to be able to replicate within a photo without over editing which would ruin the quality of the photo.

Instead I have decided to replicate this painting.


This painting was created by Charles Lenoir a French academic classical painter. I liked this painting because I find it to be simple but elegant in the way that the lady is posed and the colours used within the painting. I also liked that the lady has flowers wrapped around her hair. This is a fashion that can be found now and it would be good to be able to replicate this painting. I will ask my friend Molly to model for me in the studio and by using the right lighting conditions I think I’ll be able to replicate this painting well.

ARD512 Design Directions – Elegance of Decay/ Broken Grandeur






Here are my six images I have chosen and edited for my Elegance of decay project. I think I have been successful in getting images of things decaying/ dying. I have focused mainly on trees except the one photo of the dead flowers which are currently on a dying tree. I have caught my subjects in good natural lighting conditions which adds to the images. My favourite image is the bottom image of the fungi growing around the shopped down tree trunk. I think it’s beautiful because even though the trunk has been chopped down and is dead there is life growing around it and on it.