I have been taking photos as I walk around London. These are part of my research for when I begin the degree in Photography with the Open College of the Arts.m. Square Mile is the first assignment. I’m considering shooting in The City and capturing the contrast between wealth and poverty.
Richard and Action Man would like to wish you all peace and joy. May you be well, may you be free from suffering and the causes of suffering, may you be happy and have the means for happiness, may you live with ease.
Cork is one of the most beautifully decorated cities that I know. They really go for it with their Christmas decorations.
Action Man and I took a walk this morning so that we could enjoy the lights.
Some of the shop window displays are truly wonderful.
Brief:- Most imagery contains layers of some kind: subject and background, f/g m/g and b/g, for example. In this exercise you’ll experiment with ways of making layered imagery in your camera. In the following exercise, you’ll experiment with using image layers in Photoshop. Look out of a window from inside and make a photograph that includes all three of these elements:
foreground detail in front of the window
a reflection of something otherwise unseen in the window
background environment on the other side of the window.
Consider the light carefully. If there’s a dark area on the other side of the window, it will help the window act as a mirror for an illuminated object inside. It may be best to shoot in the evening or at night to achieve this, but then you’ll have to consider the balance of exposures between the inside and the outside environments.
Having fun exploring layers
Guess who followed the brief fully and completely? I have had so much fun with this exercise. I took all of the photography whilst I was on holiday in London, and tried to find situations where there were multiple layers within the frame. Here are a few of my favourites. These have been through Lightroom for re-sizing and auto-colour neutral only.
One of the most pleasing aesthetically for me, and additional layers are created by the multiple frames from within the shop.
The reflection in the window that I am looking out of, a secondary one in the other coach’s windows, and them the layers through the bus station into the car park beyond.
This one plays tricks with my mind. What exactly am I looking at? Whats outside and whats a reflection from the inside of the bus?
The repeated reflection, and difference between mirrored reflection and glass reflection is appealing to me, along with the colours.
The glass cover of the escalator provides a view through to an indoor shopping centre, which is all glass. But what really makes this are the reflections of St Paul’s Cathedral. The dome is enlarged at the bottom of the frame, with a smaller reflection which shows more of the tower in the top of the frame.
As in part one, I’m parking these in my digital sketchbook. These photographs have a relevance to me, and some do fit into the genre of still life, but I’m not sure if or how I would use or build upon these.