Drawing / Imaging – Harmonic Conversations: Flesh Studies

 

 

INITIAL FINAL PROJECT PROPOSAL:

 

CONCEPT

 

I plan to present a series of five to ten 8”x10” photographs, that I call “flesh studies,” highlighting intimate, vulnerable, and revealing qualities of the human form. The photos are to have a semi-grotesque, accidental quality – this effect will be achieved through  posture, motion, framing, and canid shooting methods. These 8×10 prints will be accompanied by more flattering and straight-forward Polaroid portraits of the subject depicted, contextualizing the bodies as individuals and serving as juxtaposition with the raw and uncertain form. In this series I intend to challenge body image and the contrast between how we wish to be perceived, complete and whole versus a fractured, primal depiction of the body.

 

PROCEDURE

 

The flesh study 8×10 photos will be shot on location in various personal and public settings and the polaroids in a sterile studio environment. The photos will depict both single individuals and pairs of individuals interacting. They will be shot on 35mm film, digitally scanned, and digitally printed.

 

IMAGERY

 

For the flesh study photos I will be shooting a group of friends, spending time with them in public settings and capturing them both in natural motion and directing them to perform different actions that in the process reveal different parts of the body. Examples:

 

  • Lifting shirt
  • Manipulating hands
  • Squeezing hips
  • Thrusting or gyrating
  • Bending
  • Posed outstretched

 

The forms will be surrounded by darkness and outlined with black, and the flesh accentuated by strong red hues. Lines and curves of the body will be prominent. Props and clothing will reference this use of red as well. External red lights will be utilized to color some shots, while others will be shot and/or digitally adjusted to enhance red hues. Currently, I have shot and modified three photos to serve as reference and example materials. One major that lies between these and my vision for the final products is less cluttered frames.

 

MATERIALS / METHODS OF ANALOG AND DIGITAL INTERACTION

 

I will shoot flesh study photos on 35mm film, digitally scan them, and digitally print them. Polaroids will be shot and displayed unmodified. Flesh study photos will also be digitally manipulated in Photoshop and Lightroom to achieve desired effects.

 

COLOR APPLICATION

 

Black and dark hues will be the dominant background color of the flesh study photos with red used a means to accent the flesh which will sit against this darkness.

 

REFERENCES/SOURCES/CITATIONS

 

I will be using both the work of Robert Mapplethorpe and contemporary fashion photographer Pierre-Ange Carlotti as references. Mapplethorpe’s depictions of the human form will guide the process of framing shots while Carlotti’s work has the on-the-fly and intimate quality that inspires some of the content. Carlotti also works with strong reds and red lights, with his recent Camper campaign catalog to serve as a strong reference point.

 

UPDATED FINAL PROJECT PROPOSAL:

 

 

CONCEPT

 

I plan to present a large scale multimedia collage integrating a photo series highlighting intimate, vulnerable, and revealing qualities of the human form. The photos are to have a semi-grotesque, intense, and intimate quality- this effect will be achieved through posture, motion, and shot framing. In this series I intend to explore body image through a somewhat primal exploration of form coupled with a fleshly color palette.

 

PROCEDURE

 

The flesh study photos will be shot in my home in a makeshift studio environment. The photos will depict both a single individual and individuals interacting. They will be shot on 35mm film, digitally scanned, and collaged both physically and digitally, as well as manipulated in Photoshop. The final collage will be printed largescale and framed with a layer of acrylic paint.

 

IMAGERY

 

For the flesh study photos I will be shooting a fre of friends, spending time with them in my home both and capturing them both in natural motion and directing them to perform different actions that in the process reveal different parts of the body. Examples:

 

  • Lifting shirt
  • Manipulating hands
  • Squeezing hips
  • Thrusting or gyrating
  • Bending
  • Posed outstretched

 

These photos will be dominated by red light, with forms surrounded by darkness and outlined with black, and the flesh accentuated by strong red hues. Lines and curves of the body will be prominent.Currently, I have shot and modified three photos to serve as reference and example materials. One major that lies between these and my vision for the final products is less cluttered frames, and more concise and intentional shots.

 

MATERIALS / METHODS OF ANALOG AND DIGITAL INTERACTION

 

I will shoot flesh study photos on 35mm film, digitally scan them, and digitally print them. Flesh study photos will also be digitally manipulated in Photoshop and Lightroom to achieve desired effects. The prints will be collaged physically on a canvas as well, and framed / modified with acrylic paint.

 

COLOR APPLICATION

 

Red and dark hues will be the dominant colors of the flesh study photos. The acrylic paint used will also be red.

 

REFERENCES/SOURCES/CITATIONS

 

I will be using both the work of Robert Mapplethorpe and contemporary fashion photographer Pierre-Ange Carlotti as references. Mapplethorpe’s depictions of the human form will guide the process of framing shots while Carlotti’s work has the on-the-fly and intimate quality that inspires some of the content. Carlotti also works with strong reds and red lights, with his recent Camper campaign catalog to serve as a strong reference point.

 

MOCKUPS

-Reference photos / reference pose studies

These photos serve as pose study mockups for the final photo series I’ll be producing for use in the final project. These photos were all shot candidly within the same span of a few days of close friends. The commonality between the images is the candid, fleshly, and “unflattering” depictions of bodies in motion, something I found was a preoccupation of mine and something I wanted to further explore in the project. Pose studies two and three were modified in Lightroom to better reflect the colors I wanted to focus on in this project, red. I changed the exposure, contrast, and modified the brightness and presence of colors in the images so the flesh in the images appeared a glowing red. The poses, composition, and color palette will all be used as reference in the final series and collage. I plan to take the redness a step further in the final series and rather than digitally modify the colors in the photos to have more red, I will rely on physical, external lighting, like that found in the first image.

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