Down the Rabbit Hole

Another assignment I have been working on is a photomedia project. We were asked to create a piece using a subject, theme or approach of our choosing. I have always been fascinated with the story of Alice in Wonderland, so it was the basis for this project.

The photomedia project depicts a warped sense of reality through the objects that are slightly out of proportion.

The shoes are blue to represent Alice, who, in adaptations of the story, wears a blue dress. The other objects within the image all represent part of Alice’s adventure in Wonderland including the tea cups from the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, the painted roses from the Queen of Hearts garden, the door Alice shrinks down to fit into and the potion she uses to do it.

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Tying it all together

If you’ve been reading my blog so far, you’ll know I’ve been working on a photomedia project with an Alice in Wonderland theme. in some of the blogs I showed how I experimented with layout options and how I would go about acquiring the images I would need.

At this time, I’ve gotten to a point in my project that I’m quite happy with the layout I’ve chosen, however, no matter how much I tweak the individual images and edit their colouring, I can’t seem to make it all tie together.

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After a few days of sitting on the project, I came across this blog:
http://www.digitalartsonline.co.uk/tutorials/photoshop/advanced-collage-techniques/#17

It showed a step by step process of how to create a photo montage. Reading through the steps taken to create the final product, I found out that the designers last step was to add a textured overlay. That was the final step I seemed to be missing. Below is the texture I used and how it turned out.

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Alice Layout

After acquiring the images I may need either through purchasing or obtaining them through taking photos, I can now start to play with the layout. Here are a couple of images of the steps I took to work towards my finished photo.

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Image 1: Creating a background

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Image 2: Creating a warped perception

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Image 3: Adding in the elements

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Image 4: Playing with image scales

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Image 5: Playing with positioning

Acquiring Alice

The items I have chosen to photograph for my photomedia project include vintage tea cups, clocks, chess pieces, a desk of cards, legs wearing stripy socks and some white roses painted red.

Each individual image that I will select for the final piece will need to be prepped and edited ready for compositing. Most of the items in the images will need to have their backgrounds removed hence my makeshift green-screens.

The few images I may need to purchase through stock photography would be a rabbit and one or 2 potential background images that I could manipulate.

Finding my Alice

“If you don’t know where you are going any road can take you there.” Lewis Carroll

Alice in Wonderland is a story much loved by almost everyone as you can interpret it whatever way you like. I have chosen Alice’s story to be my concept for a photo media project I am currently working on.

Below is my moodboard for this project. These are some of my favourite Alice themed shots or just images that depict elements featured in Alice’s story. There is a common feature of the blues, red and whites and cards are featured quite a bit too. My favourite image is the one of the top right showing the girl in a blue dress drinking tea while holding a smaller version of herself, holding an even smaller version of herself and so on.

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Alice by Elena Kalis

I have always been fascinated with Alice in Wonderland and when I came across Elena Kalis’s ‘Alice in Waterland’ photos, I couldn’t help but fall in love with them.

Growing up in the Bahamas and being surrounded by water, Kalis became interested in capturing the underwater environment as it portrays a “different perception of reality, weightless, a dreamlike surreal feeling”.  The concept behind the photos was that being underwater showed a different perspective, just like when Alice went through the rabbit hole or into the mirror.

The collection of photo took around 2 years to shoot. Her model was her 10 year old daughter Sacha who, at the time, was the same age as Lewis Carroll’s Alice.

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Kalis focus heavily on the use of light and always features the surface of the water and the refection it causes. Her approach is fun and light and uses a lot of props such as the balloons, toys and mirror to set the scene and show connection with the story of Alice in Wonderland. The movements of the model are quite graceful and soft.

All of her images are post-processed in Photoshop with some just needing colour adjustments, while other a bit more overlaying and editing.

 

REFERENCES

Elena Kalis’ “Alice In Waterland” | Fashion and Art Underground | Gutter Magazine. 2017. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.guttermagazine.com/2012/08/21/elena-kalis-alice-in-waterland/.

Digital Photography School. 2017. Interview with Underwater Photographer Elena Kalis [+12 Beautiful Underwater Images]. [ONLINE] Available at: https://digital-photography-school.com/interview-with-underwater-photographer-elena-kalis-12-beautiful-underwater-images/.