The beauty and safety of digital (when analog/film photography doesn’t quite go to plan)…

The beauty and safety of digital (when analog/film photography doesn’t quite go to plan)…

It can be a very exciting process, dropping your two rolls of film off to the local photo lab. Then waiting a whole 5 days, enhanced with much mystery and anticipation until picking up the processed film negatives and scanned images to then view.

Recently, I’ve attempted more abstraction photography, this time using as my subject, a stunning orchid. My attempt was using two different film cameras, and naturally distorting the lens at the time of image capture. By the end of the two mini photo shoots that day, one of the cameras didn’t seem to last the distance due to some technical camera issues. However, I thought their would be enough images captured on that particular film (my fingers were crossed).

It all gets interesting, when I go to pick up my negatives and scans, and the photo lab technician explains that both films turned out to be blank negatives. From this I guess I see the beauty in a simple failure, as well as a lesson that maybe valuable enough in itself. My lesson here was there was not enough natural light beaming into my studio for for this photo shoot, and secondly to take a closer look at reviews before purchasing camera products in the future.

Luckily, at the end of both mini photo shoots, I had taken some digital stills with my Olympus Tough digital camera. They are not perfect images by any means, but still quite interesting and close to what I am trying to capture on film. I have a great love for analog/film photography and hope to translate similar types of effects of this work, from digital to film, using an outside studio setup next time. This would mean that I would be one step closer (in my many steps over time) to coming out with a body of work that would have a great uniqueness.

If you want to see a little more abstract photography, just click here

Take it easy there everyone! Cheers, Victoria

‘Photography is magic’ -the magic within Charlotte Cotton’s latest book…

‘Photography is magic’ -the magic within Charlotte Cotton’s latest book…

So in the last few days, I’ve managed to get my hands on Charlotte Cotton’s latest book Photography is Magic (published by Aperture). After much success of Cotton’s original book The Photograph as Contemporary Art, it was an exciting to see that she had taken a leap into the world of photography abstraction. My first impressions of this photography book, was simply ‘abstract on acid’. I do mean this in quite a positive light, as these photography artists that Cotton has featured, are well advanced at literally thinking way out-of-the-box in terms of executing their works.

I  found a small portion of works that I absolutely loved. Give me the winning lottery ticket any day, and I would easily find several artists to help furnish any future palace of mine, as such. Such artists that shine for me artfully are, Jessica Eaton, Amir Zaki, Artie Vierkant, Taisuke Koyama and Hannah Whitaker. In my opinion, this book would certainly be a great source for any present or future student photographers, to show the vast and many directions that photography is heading now, and into the future, especially with digital. Overall it is a very heavy and decently sized  book for its 380 pages, including an essay by Cotton. This publication would be most valued in any photography book collection.

If I had to ask myself, whether one day, I could find my abstraction photography in such a book like this? And truthfully, I would say it would be a great aim. When I finally find my energy again, I certainly have a vast amount photography work ahead of me, to explore, develop and execute within my subject of abstraction.

Well, Easter is just around the corner… For any budding artists out there, hope it’s a sound chance to catch up on some artwork. And for the others of you, I hope you have a safe and happy Easter.

Warmest wishes to you all! Cheers, Victoria

 

The latest (spring-time 2015) abstraction photography work….

Recently, I feel we have had a reasonable spring here in Christchurch, New Zealand. As usual, the blossom trees around the city play a great part in beautifying things up. This blossom season, I was armed and ready with a new, yet modified camera to try out and to capture my  photographic abstraction work. Using some very expired Kodak 400 35mm film, I was able to achieve the following results:

In my opinion, each image is somewhat unique with good colour tones. I would be very keen to try out 200 ISO film, as it will reduce the grainy feel of the image when printing out large. Only using 1 film in this process during early October, I had no idea how things would work out using this new camera and taking into account 5-day film processing as well. Also, blossom season was very short this year due to the heat of the weather in the region (as the blooms opened up and fell from this blossom tree very quickly, within days, compared to the usual week or two it normally takes).

Anyhow with a head full of ideas for my next stages, I can’t wait to dabble in more abstraction photography soon.

Thanks for tuning in!

The early beginnings of my distortionary photography…

Well, its almost 6 years ago to date, when I first discovered my take on distortionary/abstract photography, all by chance, back in 2009. It was then, in my second year of art college, I began exploring my own chosen theme of underwater photography, when I tried some experimental techniques to see what would happen. Some worked, some didn’t, but it gave me a glimmer into another type of effect that seemed somewhat unique.

The following year,  I was able to explore this further both using both classic 35mm film and digital photography. It was one of my first rolls of 35mm film that I was able to achieve the effect of the image below, which became part of a series called ‘Untouched’, which was exhibited locally. The series title ‘Untouched’ was given to highlight that no digital manipulation or editing had occurred to create such an effect.

Interestingly enough to this day, the 35mm film negatives for this particular series still remain in an earthquake damaged building in the city centre of Christchurch. The image itself was taken of the re-modernised, restaurant called ‘Retour’ built within a (marching) Band Rotunda prior to being demolished from the 2011 earthquakes. I found it an extraordinary image at the time, and I still feel the same way, even today.

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Living with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome as an Emerging Artist…

Sadly, I have had Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for the past 15 months. Although I am very slowly improving, I still have my days were I can walk 40 minutes around the neighbouring suburb, to still having days where I can’t even make it to the front letterbox. It’s almost like life is on hold for the time-being. And each time I estimate when I should be gold-as-gold again, that time passes with no real insight to when I will be fine again. It’s just a condition or illness as such, that will simply pass in it’s own time. Prior to coming down with an unknown virus late 2013, I had always been an extremely busy person, with a lot of things on the go. Maybe this is how the body tells you to slow down and, learn a lesson for now and the future. It certainly means a lifestyle change that will be foregoing…

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Abstract photography using blossom trees, blended with hues….

Greetings everyone, hope you’re all well out there…

These photographic pieces are my latest experimental creations. Using 35mm film, I have used my own natural distortion technique at the time of image capture. As works in progress, these images are still yet to be sized and properly titled. However these are a wee sample of what is yet to come with this range of distortion work.

If you have a favourite image here, don’t be at all be shy and share your thoughts in the comments…

Lastly, to all my viewers and friends, have a wonderful and safe New Years, and wishing each and everyone of you, a great year ahead!

Look forward to seeing you all again, on here, in the new year.

My warmest wishes, Victoria

‘Multi-layed imaging’ – two individual styles of 2014…

At the beginning of this year, I began experimenting with overlapping layers into one picture. For this first image I used 4 images from the same stand-point photographed in a North, South, East and West positioning. Then in post-production, I over-lapped them to become a single image. It made for an interesting photograph and I discovered from a viewer’s standpoint that the longer I looked at this blended multi-layered image, the more the naked eye could slowly start distinguishing each of the scenes within the single photograph.

And recently in August,  I tried another style where I blended the same single image over and over. Using a digital photograph of a building just off the city’s square, I wanted to give some kind of link to the past earthquakes that this region has endued over the recent years, by giving a visual shaking effect. Both photographs are intriguing styles that I intend to explore further.