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.

Design Principles through Photography

Photography is the perfect way to capture a beautiful moment and preserve a memory you may cherish forever (or one that you wish your parents didn’t). I’ve always loved the idea of being a great photographer but never really had a chance to explore it in depth other than taking a few happy snaps at events, a selfie or two and about 1000 photos of my cat. So I decided to pull out my Sony DSC-RX100 camera and give it a shot.

And what better way to test out my camera, than to capture representations of design principles.

Colour.
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Light & Texture.
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Contrast.
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