Well I have been AWOL for a while but I have been busy shooting film, I even got an Olympus XA so I can be part of the club! I also got a puppy and he has been distracting me like crazy so although I have some shooting I have got nothing developed…
Something I can show you is some work I produced as part of a project for my photography class. The assignment was to use a mix of old and new techniques to create digital art. I really enjoyed this project because we got to shoot film and use the darkrooms..Yay! As I worked on this project for 4 weeks and shot 5 rolls of film over a 3 week period I thought this should count for 3 weeks on 52 rolls!
So in this entry I will talk a bit about this project and some things I tried even though it might not be to everyone’s taste!
One of the first things we did was get to grips with the college darkroom by trying some photograms, I had brought in some skulls from work (as you do) and my wisdom teeth to make this image:
I then did a more normal photogram using cassette tapes!
We shot some film on the college Bronica (One roll black and white and roll slide film) however, I am not sharing any of the images because I don’t like them enough to scan them! I was pretty disappointed as I had always wanted to try a Bronica and the college one just wouldn’t seem to focus correctly.
I chose to use my Holga 120GCFN to take photos which I would then alter to fit the assingnment brief. That week I shot 3 rolls of Ilford HP5+ (which I found scarily easy!)
I developed the films in the college darkroom and scanned them on the rather lovely Epson v750 scanner. I love using this scanner as I like to get the film frame in shot.
Here are some shots:
However, to make my shots more creative I chose to burn some of my negatives with a lighter, I really like this effect. I got carried away and burnt negatives shot a while back as well!
More can be seen here (http://liztylerphotography.com/2014/04/18/burning-negatives/)
Now this is where it gets a bit more controversial, my submission pieces needed to show further techniques and I had the idea of merging with my images with colour images. This is not usually my cup of tea, I am not a fan of over manipulating images. I merged them in photoshop to the best of my basic abilities and college seemed happy with them. I am not so happy with them and would rather have left them as burnt negatives, however, they are not as bad and cheesy as I expected! I did find it useful being forced to do this as it is always good to be pushed to try new things – especially if it is something I would not have tried otherwise!
Here are my submission pieces for better or worse:
More here: http://liztylerphotography.com/2014/05/30/creative-college-project/
Hope you enjoyed reading about my college project, I will do a normal 52 rolls update soon!