So the ‘personal’ project has ended up influencing my project work, I’m really enjoying the freeness of using a flatbed scanner to produce my work.
During the first stages I had to figure out the technicalities of using this process to create images, such as how to manipulate the settings to achieve the highest quality images, how to bounce the light back in, the distances between full detail replication through to no detail/no presence in the image and how to light up certain details without changing the color of the background.
I initially produced a small body of work (5/6 images) to show in my one-to-one critique which included images that I wasn’t necessarily happy with, but allowed me to talk and display clearly my findings, alongside duplicate images taken with my camera to argue my case about using the flatbed scanner should I need to.
The critique went far better than I had thought it would, there were no concerns about using this technique to produce images, my tutor said it actually added elements to the images that she felt were not present in the camera-produced images. We spoke about the forced perspective using the flatbed created, that it wasn’t dissimilar from WeeGee’s overhead photos of crime scenes, but that it played with the mind a little bit because the perspective is actually from underneath the objects. My tutor said that the the images were disturbing, primarily due to the content but aided by the lack of clarity in parts (especially when turned into high contrast black and white) but there were elements within the photos which made the photo’s slightly beautiful, such as the highlights of the white and certain dust marks, which I wholeheartedly agree with.
- Use of black and white within police evidence