Slinkachu…

Born in Devon,UK in 1979. He uses the world around him as a stage for his miniatures which he has done since 2006. The work embraces the world around it and often includes elements of street art, photography and sculptures. Slinkachus work has been in the media since 2006 and at present still is.

I found his work interiguing because even though he uses toy they are mainly mini people from train sets, which he often repaints to the kind of characters that he wants, but with some of his pieces especially his political pieces i find them more relatable because he uses mini figures of people.

the photographs above are named Trumped.. trumped is one of slinkachus many political pieces created in 2016. Included is a macro shot and a wide angle shot. In the wide angle shot the background is blurred with some sharp crisp parts but the main focal point has crisp smooth lines with no shadow which suggest light was above or it was taken in a shaded place with just natural light.

Brian McCarty

Brian McCarty was born 22nd July 1974, he is a photographer and an art director and a produce, he works in his studio but much prefers to be working out in different locations creating real life situations with his many different characters. He graduated from parsons school of design in 1996.

Brian has commissioned works with a lot of people as well as companies such as; Disney feature animation, UNICEF, Nickelodeon, Disney consumer products, MTV, Rockstar Games, Hasbro and Upper Deck plus many more. His commissioned work and personal work has been covered by Washington post, CNN, BBC world service, New York Times and Wired.

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I have selected the images i have because i think they are playful and fun, I also like the fact that he has recreated scenes from actual movies themselves and i feel he has recreated them in a way that gives them a more three-dimensional perspective which makes them more realistic like they are in the real world rather then toys from animation movies.

Let the research begin..

Mike Stimpson

Mike was born in 1979 in West Midlands, England. He still lives there now. Mike happens to be a video game programmer rather than a photographer, photography is just something he does in his spare time. He is part of the stuck in plastic collective which is a small group of photographers dedicated to bring more toy photographers together, they all share knowledge and are trying to push toy photography further.. Mike is also known for his recreations of some famous photographs.

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So far the work that i have seen of Mike Stimpson, I find it quite playful and enjoy looking through his many different shots, i also like his recreations taking such iconic photographs and making them entertaining and playful, for this project i will definitely be using mikes work for inspiration.

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Out of all Mikes work, this has to be my favourite. Mainly because it is a very close recreation, even though his recreation is out of Lego it is still clear that it a recreation of the photo with the guys high up in the air on steel works, just sat having a chat and eating lunch.. i think its an iconic shot because it shows what used to happen on a daily but it also shows why health and safety regulations needed to be brought in on working sites.

New Term, New Project..

So new term, new project.. This project seems fun, we have little Lego figures and we have to basically make him look either little in a big world or big in a small world.. It is all about forced perspective, and so far we have studied and researched the meaning of this term ‘forced perspective’. We have also been on a few strolls with our mini figures and have started to start shooting some basic shots in order for us to grasp what forced perspective is from a practical side.
Also with this project we are to take photos of our Lego man when ever and where ever we find a good spot to shoot, and then print and document them in our sketch book and also analyse the photos that we have taken.
I have attached a few of the shots i have taken so far,
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These shots that i have added are not of the Lego figure i received from college, these are a few of my own. I have added these because i feel that these shots are pretty good at showing forced perspective such as the middle photo where he looks pretty big outside of Lincoln cathedral, I created this by using an angle which was lower than he was with the cathedral in the background, the difficulty that i had with creating this shot was only that i struggled to get him to stand in one place because of him being so light and tiny, he kept getting blown away. In order to think this problem i purchased some blu tac so that he will stick and not blow off so easily

The mad rush..

There are a few things missing from my blog at the moment because right before the dead line for the previous project we did, I kinda had a mad rush to get everything do and in on time.. I will fill in the blanks soon…

Cyanotypes..

Well this part of the project has been my Nemesis. It has completely boggled my brain.

 

Cyanotypes are made up of 2 different types of chemicals.

A) 25grams Ferric Ammonium citrate (green) and 100ml water.

B) 10grams potassium Ferricyanide and 100ml water.

Mix stock solution combine equal amounts of A and B, Soak the paper in a tray of both solutions or apply the solution with a paint brush. Make test strips to test for exposure.

Dry away from the light, Dry coating should be bright yellow.

Printing cyanotypes is a negative process, the areas where light doesn’t hit will stay white.

I made a cyanotype print, to which we put paper with chemicals on into the UV light box with a leaf for 120 seconds, in order for it to work I had to place it inside, close the lid and lock it with clips on the side and then twist the blue knob to pull all the air out of the machine and then press the start button which then switches on the UV lights which prints the leaf onto the paper, in order to take out the print, I had to undo the blue knob and allow the air back in by waiting for the pressure gauge to return to zero. Then i had to take out the print peel off the leaf and then run the print under water and allow to dry. Once dry it has a nice blue colour.

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Light Painting

Light painting is an imaging technique which needs a moving light source and a dark place with a long exposure on a camera.

Light painting is a lengthy process that takes a lot of patience and with light painting it is a case of practice makes perfect because it takes tons of practice.

The tools required for light painting ; A camera, A tripod and a light source.

The camera settings are as followed; Manual mode – (because this allows for the change of settings to shutter speed and aperture)

ISO – Needs to be set low at 100-200

Aperture – needs to be around f/8 – f/10

it is important that your camera is in focus which can be done by autofocus and then switching back to manual the focus shouldn’t change with the change of mode.

when light painting be creative to get the best results.

 

Lapp-Pro

Lapp-Pro was made up of two men, Janleonardo Woellert and Joerg Miedza.

Lapp-Pro are also sponsored by some big names in the photography business such as; Canon, Zeiss and LED lenser. They also create light painting for commercial clients and have worked with clients such as Nike to which they created an ad for the world cup.

Their work is slightly different to standard light painting as the camera is capturing an artist performance which is choreographed and rehearsed prior to the exposure even taking place.

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As seen in the photo above, they are created with the person in focus and with full choreography