Tuesday, 27 October 2015

The Results are in....

After leaving the post up for a while to gauge reactions to the different paths that I could take, I have enough responses, both verbal and digital to make a decision on what to do next in terms of work....drum roll.....

The majority of people really like the image of the boy in red running towards the camera, and work that was similar to this concept. I have to admit that this is also my favourite image as I like the idea of tracking something through a series of movements. This is similar to √Čtienne-Jules Marey but with fewer image included to maintain an uncluttered feel to the images.

Here are some new ones that I have produced using the same techniques as before.

I took a set of images of my husband walking down a set of stairs, I then had to select the photos that would work, showing the sequence of walking down the stairs without overcrowding the image and also just laying images just because they were in the series that I took. The development included a large amount of manipulation to get the different positions in the right place so that they are visible in the final image. Once I had the sequence I was then able to experiment with the background and foreground colouring, as above shows the figures in colour and the background in black and white and then inverted on the second image. I am not sure which is my favourite out of the two as they bring different things to the image. The colours of the trees and the contrasting colours are really beautiful, whereas the coloured figures lead the eye through the sequence of movement.

I was having a bit of a A-Ha moment when I decided to create part of the image with a sketch effect, no idea where it came from as I was walking the dogs at the time and I don't listen to A-Ha either. I think it was a strange 6 degrees of separation thing where I was thinking of Bond movies - A-Ha did a Bond song - they did the video that was part sketch and part reality and there you go, the method of thinking behind this set of image. This was just a bit of fun, but I thought that I would post the results to see what people thought. The first image has the background as the sketch, with the second having the sequence of figures as the sketch with the background as black and white.

So what do we think of the next step?


  1. I had a look at your comp photos, very good technique I feel the coloured trees detract from the idea, but black and white background showed the progress of the subject very well,
    the sketched ones, I thought the sketched background looked great and worked better, as when the figures are sketched it looks more like a group of different people, think the mini me spoils it though, hope you don't mind my comments xxx

  2. I really like what you have done with the black and white with colour mix on the first set of images. The black and white background really makes the figures stand out, and you track them through the image. The inverted version is also interesting as it gives the figures a ghost-like quality to it, which is in contrast to the vibrant background colours.

    I think the ones that have the sketch effect are strange as the effect is not the same all the way through on the second image, which does detract from the overall image. The first image with the sketch background is great and does very much remind me of the A-ha video as stated.

  3. The coloured figures in the black and white is my favourite. But I still prefer the original one of the boy in red, as the layers are more ghost like to show the tracking.

    I do find the concept of this very interesting and the inspiration for the idea coming from a set of photos taken a long time ago and seeing how new technology can be used to recreate the same technique.