Here is my latest body of work, called Decay. It is leading on some the dead birds I photographed a few years ago. I don't edit in my photography, barely using contrast, so this was a biggie for me but honestly couldn't be happier or more proud.
Say that I am so happy it is over, all my work is handed in so I can start the next project...
I AM DOING HIGH FASHION DISNEY!
Just you wait until you see what I have planned. It is going to be Disney, political, high fashion, SEX. Well, not sex, but hopefully slammin' photography (:
I am in my happy place with my work and it feels wonderful!
PS: I should hopefully have my own website in a couple weeks time Keep your eyes peeled!
We are starting work on our dissertation already.
This is just another thing to add to my on-going list of stuff to do for uni!
However I am really excited for the question I have come up with.
It is something I love, and already well versed in, and think I can write a good dissertation on.
This is going to be twenty percent of my overall grade so it has to be good!
How has the death of Ophelia been represented through photography, and in what ways has this representation changed through time from the original portrayal in Shakespeare's play 'Hamlet'.
COME AT ME BRO!
THERE IS SO MUCH READING I WANT TO DO!
BOOKS TO BE BOUGHT!
QUOTES TO FIND!
REFERENCES TO CRY OVER!
doctorwhowithtea Feb 21, 2014, 04:51pm [X]
Takes off my hat and bows at you. How are you doing tonight fine maiden. You are the most beautiful and sexy site I have ever laid my eyes on. Any plans for this weekend?
AlexaAdorkableFeb 21, 2014, 04:53pm[X]
I think you've sent me that message before and that I'm not the first girl you've said it to either. And hopefully my boyfriend is going to be staying over, we've been busy with uni and I miss him fucking me.
Have a nice day!
I am really not in the mood for creepers.
February 22, 2014, 02:13:pm
Part of me wants to pull a Willow on him. I want to say in the ep Beer Bad but I could be wrong. I know it's season 4 where she has a "chat" with that guy and pretends to like drink up all his words and then pulls a psych 101 on him
I am really not in the mood for creepers.
February 22, 2014, 02:49:pm
That is from Beer Bad, yes V (: PLEASE DO THAT IT WOULD BE HILARIOUS!!!!!Chloe I swear that is what he does I won't say no to his ratings though. If he does it enough maybe he'll get me off page 4 and onto the third, I'm getting there
...I cannot be trusted to do anything. Here is the description for my Birthday event on Facebook. I had a moment, it made me chuckle, I figured I'd share it even though it probably interests a total of zero persons on this site I AM NOT EVEN SORRY.
My dear students and friends, scroungers and stoners, nerds, geeks, photographers, writers, artists and cards-against-humanity-masters.
Today is not my one hundred and eleventh birthday, but tomorrow is my twenty third! Alas, twenty three years is far too short a time to live among such excellent and admirable stoners... and Yas.
I don't know half of you half as well as I should like, and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.
....Okay, enough of the nerdy crap! Tomorrow I'm turning 23 so instead of getting drunk myself I wanna watch you all get drunk for me! We are going to have cocktails, possibly play some drinking games, possibly cards against humanity and just generally have a merry little time. My mom even sent us cake!
B.Y.O.B. and also B.Y.O.Food - There will probably be juice but canne afford to food and water everyone, also might be getting a take-away as I have been craving Chinese so if you want some please for the love of god BRING CHANGE.
Anyone who brings snacks is a god. George you are on music duty - I'm thinking that wonderful pop-rock-punk playlist of yours? And basically lets just have a lovely old time of it :3
HAVE A GEEK DAY MOTHER FUCKERS!!!!!!!
Alexa Webster, writing terrible event descriptions for 23 years (come tomorrow)... HUZZAH!
Chloe, we'll all come over and be annoyingly ill as well while trying to handle them We're all ill! I can't even remember ever having this combination of being ill, my throat is basically closed and my eyes are tearing from my headache or whatever. I do not particularly like this bug that's going around
Sounds like we've got the same then. Can you still produce solid sounds? Also, I was completely headache-less yesterday, then just my throat was closed and I was a bit nauseaus and dizzy. The headache arrived today. Hopefully you'll skip the headache part though, it's no bueno
As promised here is an update of everything that has been going on with the weather and to be blunt I have never known anything like this, and living so close to the coast and everything that is going on is just... Mind blowing.
We have had waves of over SEVENTY FEET. I can't even comprehend that size (though to put it in a wee bit of perspective I am 5'4 so it would basically be about 25 of me). We are officially completely cut off from the mainland by all but road as the trainlines have been taken out. Whole beaches have been swept away, homes damaged, severe flooding and businesses lost. This isn't including the "small" things like fallen trees, toppled dustbins, destroyed roads, power cuts, etc.
So far no reports of any deaths (thank the fucking lord) but everyone is not getting very worried as out foundations, sea walls and other ways to keep the water off the main line as broken with an even bigger storm heading out way on Saturday. This is going to be a long, long week.
What needs to be said and appreciated is the fucking resilience of the people of Cornwall.
Life really does go on and despite the loss and terror everyone is remaining strong and together.
This isn't a country - this is a community.
I have never been more proud to call myself honorary Cornish and to live in this place.
A little scared, but proud.
AND THIS IS WHAT IS GOING TO HIT US ON SATURDAY
The waves are apparently going to be larger than anything we have yet seen, and our sea defenses are gone.
We've been having some really bad flooding here in Portsmouth as well apparently, down near the beaches in Southsea roads are completely flooded out and the buildings on the seafront attire severely damaged as well as the typical roads closed from wind damage.. but it's nowhere near as bad as Cornwall, so we're lucky I guess. Hopefully it'll calm down soon enough so we can get back to normal. Well once the damage is repaired, of course. I know I'm a random but I share your pain just to a lesser extent. Stay safe
For those of you outside of the UK Cornwall is the "foot" of England, where I go to university and from tonight up until tomorrow night is going to be being attacked by this big, black circle on the below map.
We're meant to be getting the largest waves on record coming between 36 and 40 feet in height, this is after already having over £4m worth of damage done just a few days ago. The below picture is from near to where I live and some waves we have had so far, which aren't even the record breaking ones. This isn't a case of if there is going to be a loss of life but how many, I've heard sirens going off for the last two hours and usually we don't get any.
I have never been more grateful to be living on a hill and a couple miles from the coast, but it isn't just the waves we're concerned about. Winds over over 70mph are predicted and I've already seen two people fall over outside my window (one of the main routes off campus just outside the flat I live in).
I'm freaked out, hunkered down in my room and hoping that everyone stays safe in Cornwall and Devon over the next twenty four hours.
What better way to celebrate Valentines days coming up then a letter from Rose to her husband James? Just a simple thing I submitted a couple weeks ago for a contest in Sanctivus but thought I would share it (: Also a shout out to jadednightmares who made this gorgeous icon of my Rose! Oh, and may attention to the gifs at the top - they're there for a reason (;
My Dearest James,
This will be my fifth Valentines day away from you, it still feels strange to be alone on this day despite us only ever having three together. It feels like forever and no time at all all mixed into one, I don't think this is something I will ever get used to. I can't even look at another without seeing your face, I swear the smallest things remind me of you - it could be eyes, or a smile. But they're never quite as bright as yours, the colours just never quite add up to what you were.
What you were... I won't ever understand how I can only ever speak of you in past tense, how you are not my present and my future. You will always be my husband, that is something I promise you. I will forever love you and there is no way I could ever love another as I loved you. We made a promise, you and I, that we would only have and need each other for the rest of our lives. You might have been taken from me sooner than was fair but I will see our promise to the end.
Do you remember our wedding night? How we ran away together, you in that suit you always wore whenever we went anywhere smarter than jean. And that ridiculous floral dress of mine! I swear it will always be equally the most beautiful and ugly dress I'll ever own. I still cannot see or be in snow without thinking of the way you insisted on carrying me from the church to car, how we fell over and just lay in the snow giggling and watching the world go by.
Those are the times you're still with me, in the small things like snow flakes or the flash of a camera. I still have your camera, that single photograph you ever let me take of you by my bed. In my vows I promised you you'd be the first person I saw every morning when I wake up and the last when I went to sleep at night... Some things will never change I guess, I still can't sleep without you next to me.
One day we'll be together again, though having to survive this life just to wait to meet you in the afterlife seems cruel. I know you're here, I know you'll always be watching over me.
[DRABBLE] My Dearest James...
February 02, 2014, 10:37:am
Well, that's convincing. Is there much free reign or is it really story based? And is there a lot of romantic/sexual stuff ('cause that's annoying to me for some reason)? I'm always tempted to RP but I'm just unsure on whether I'd like it.
[DRABBLE] My Dearest James...
February 02, 2014, 02:54:pm
There is the overall storyline, so everything has to take place in the citadell but in that place every subofurum is different Characters are really open and gosh no! There are already a lot of relationships, and long standing ones at that, and most RPs are either boss/employee or parents, or just friends! The only relationship I have is Emilie/Dimitri but really that is just lust 'CUS IT IS HILARIOUS AND WONDERFUL! Faline was made to be Atticus' daughter so is in that RP, Az is Dominic's security guard and friends with a Faerie, then Rose is Christian's head of security, which is a hilarious and serious relationship, but we've now plotted and she is going to fall for another of the security guards just 'cus DRAMA.I love it, really open cult and a lot you can do
[DRABBLE] My Dearest James...
February 02, 2014, 03:29:pm
It sounds really good! Obvs. I don't RP right now so I don't have a sample for the app. If I write a bit of RP style fiction later in the week or so could you just read through it and tell me if it's good enough or not?
[DRABBLE] My Dearest James...
February 02, 2014, 04:59:pm
Of course I can honey!! If you want to practise we can always inbox back and forth to each other, or just make a mini RP cult for "the gang" to practise in, just something simple and basic where we can do what we want
I get quite a few questions and comments during the year asking for photography advice, but also opinions on photographs and how I take mine. I have JUST finished typing out these minutes from the three days it took to take the below photograph. This is every action we did to produce that photograph, and just an example of how much work goes into a photoshoot!
The final photograph is unedited, it is all done in-camera and through lighting.
Studio Set – When We Did What!
Monday 18th of November
9:00am – Get in the studio.
9:00am – 9:00pm – Update this studio “timetable” of everything we do (Alexa).
Problem – Floor covered in dirt and paint, therefore the water wouldn’t look clean and clear.
Solution – Build a base for the lake to go on, constructed out of paper and celeotape.
9:15am - Collect ready painted boards as well as wood for the “lake”.
9:30am to 10:30am – Measure white board for lighting; taking dimensions, marking out where the lights need to go as well as where the holes need to be drilled.
10:25am – Iris and Emma arrived.
10:30am - Start work on constructed the “sun” light but attaching the lights to the large white board (Gonzalo).
Problem – Fabric hasn’t arrived yet.
Solution – Today and tonight work on the construction of the “lake” and the “sun” lighting. If we finish that start work on the lighting (eg. Bleaching background, the “lake”,etc.) and/or send Iris and Annalise to pick up the fabric from Iris’ house.
10.30am – Collect paper and celeotape to create base for he “lake” to go on, as well a food and cigarettes! (Iris and Alexa)
10:35am - Cigarette break (Alexa and Iris)
10.40am – Collect the smoke machine (Annalise and Emma).
10:45am – Natalie arrives, and goes to collect drill, nails, etc. with Iris.
10:45am – 12:30pm – Build the paper base for the lake to be put on (Alexa and Emma).
11:00am - Start working out the dimensions for the wooden plants for the “lake” as well as how we’re going to construct it (Annalise, Natalie and Iris).
11:10am – Taking part a lamp to use the cable to power the lights (Gonzalo)
11:15am – Cigarette break (Alexa and Iris).
11:25am – Attaching the cables to the ceiling lights (Annalise and Gonzalo)
11:30am – Test the lights for the “sun” lights… IT WORKS!! (Gonzalo and Annalise)
Problem – Discovered that we don’t have the correct drill ‘bits’ to drill a substantial hole into the wood.
Solution – Help from the technicians, possibly have to go to the hardware store to buy one ourselves.
11:35 – Went to media stores to ask if they could lend us a drill and all the necessary parts, but unfortunately they wouldn’t let us have the equipment due to health and safety reasons (Annalise).
11.40am – Celotape run (Natalie).
Problem – The drill broke, but only a small part of it (Iris!!).
Solution – Replaced the part that broke.
11:55pm - Lighting equipment available from stores but changed the pick up time to 4:00pm as not needed yet (Annalise).
12:00pm – Start to drill the planks for the “lake” frame together (Iris).
Problem – The wood base for the “lake” doesn’t seem to want to take. Unfortunately the drill has now broken twice both under Iris’ use so we need to look into a more effective way of drilling/constructing the “lake”.
Solution – We spoke to a technician (Steve) about the afore mentioned problem. More details when it happened after lecture at 4:00pm.
12:10pm – Stop drilling the “lake” and instead drill the holes for the “sun” ceiling board for the light fitting and electronics (Annalise and Gonzalo).
12:30pm – Finished the celotape and paper base for the lake! FINALLY! (Emma and Alexa)
12:35pm – Flipped the celotape and paper base for the “lake” over to the blank side (Alexa, Emma, Annalise and Natalie)
12:40pm – Cigarette break (Alexa and Iris).
12:50pm – Temporary break for lunch and lecture (everyone).
3:50pm – Return from lecture (Alexa, Natalie, Emma, Iris and Natalie).
4:00pm to 4:45pm – Trip to collect nails, wire to hang the lights from the ceiling as well as running via Iris’ house to collect the fabric if it has arrived (Annalise and Iris).
4:00pm – Talk with technician (Steve) about constructing the “lake” as well as hanging the “sun” light from the ceiling (Alexa, Natalie and Emma).
4:15pm – Support from technician to drill the four pieces of wood together to construct our base for the lake (Alexa, Emma and Natalie).
4:25pm to 4:40pm – Begin to drill together the four planks of wood that we are using for the “lake.” …AND IT IS WORKING!! We are doing this by using brackets to hold the pieces of wood together. We’re using one on each corner, each with two nails in it (Emma, Natalie and Alexa).
4.40pm – Drill out of battery so put on to charge!
4:45pm – Annalise and Iris return from their trip to get supplies… And bring pizza with them!
4:45pm – Cigarette break (Iris and Alexa).
4:50pm to 5:00pm – Continuing the drilling now that it is charged, until… FINISHED! It came together well in the end, although it is a twenty minute job that has until five to complete at least we’ve done it how it should be done (Natalie, Iris and Emma).
5:00pm – Gonzalo returns from his “lunch” break he took after lecture.
5:00pm – Talk with Steve the technician about hanging the “sun” light from the ceiling and how we should do this. We’ve now know exactly what we’re doing, we’re adding more holes to the board and putting more wire through it so that the weight is evenly distributed (everyone).
5:10pm – Annalise picks up beauty dish’s and lights.
5:15pm – Drilling the final holes in the board for the “sun” ceiling light. We’re putting eight holes in for four pieces of wire to hang it from the ceiling via the silver beam in the centre of the studio (Gonzalo, Annalise and Natalie).
5:30pm – The step ladder to hang the “sun” ceiling light from the silver beam has been unlocked so we can start work as soon as the drilling is done (Emma and Technician).
5:35pm – Taking measurements for the “sun” and where exactly we are going to hang it. (Everyone)
Problem – We aren’t sure what length we need to cut the wire, everyone is saying different measurements and we’re just confusing ourselves.
Solution – Instead of cutting the wire pre-hanging we’re going to thread the wire through the holes on the roll and then cut it once it is in place. This way it is exactly the right size that we need and we don’t run the risk of cutting all the wire too short and then having to buy more.
5:40pm to 6:00pm – Placing the board in the correct location as well as working out how to hold it in place EXACTLY. We’re looping the wire over the main beams and then looping it through the holes. After solving the previous problem we’ve worked out the actual length we will need vs. how much wire we have left. We’re cutting the wire at 4 metres 75cm each, which gives us roughly 35cm excess to tie everything off. If the light is too high up we’re just going to elevate the pool to place it closure to the “sun” light (Everyone).
6:00pm – A massive discussion about the best way to cut the wire. Unfortunately a case of too many cooks in the kitchen, however because Alexa hasn’t been a part of the construction she has an objective eye so was able to solve the problem (detailed below).
6:05pm – Cutting the wire to the length we need it, we’re folding the whole piece in half, and then half again, to then cut it into quarters so they are perfectly evenly distributed between the four corners (Annalise, Natalie, Gonzalo, Emma).
6:15pm – Cigarette break (Iris and Alexa).
6:20pm to 6:40pm – Attaching the neo lights to the “sun” ceiling. Doing this by threading the wires through the back to then attach the lights. Also have a hole for the electrical wire to go through as the back for the plug (Gonzalo, Annalise and Natalie).
6:40pm to 7:00pm – Attaching the “sun” ceiling light board to the beams going across the studio, suspending them by wire. It has taken four people holding it, a helping hand from our friend Mark, directing from Alexa, Iris threading wire through holes, Gonzalo standing on the worlds largest step ladder and a little bit of hope! But… Ceiling suspension successful! Everything is hanging perfectly from the ceiling right now, there is a slight bend in the middle but we are not worrying about that tonight (Iris, Annalise, Gonzalo, Emma, Natalie, Alexa and a helping hand from Mark!).
7:05pm – Victory photograph under our suspended ceiling (everyone)!
7:10pm – Fixing the “lake” as two of the screws had some undone. Simply retightened the screws so the boards stay together (Natalie and Emma).
7:15pm – Final placement of the “lake”! White pieces of paper as the floor as a base for our “lake” went on first, then we placed the wooden base of the lake on top of the paper and centred it (everyone).
Problem – We can see the back wooden beam of the “lake” which will ruin the photograph.
Solution – Covering it in paper to it blends nicely into the background.
7:20pm – Covering up back wooden beam of the base of the “lake” with white plain paper to disguise the wood against the white background (Emma and Annalise).
7:20pm – Cigarette break (Alexa and Iris).
7:30pm to 7:40pm – Putting the see through tarpaulin in the base of the “lake” to put the water in. We’ve added a double layer for extra strength and put weights in each corner to hold it in place. We’re not adding the water tonight, until the neon lights are fitted into their sockets as it is a health and safety hazard (everyone).
Problem – The staple gun isn’t strong enough to go through the wooden frame so we cannot get the tarpaulin to stay in place, which is a concern in case the water goes everywhere!
Solution – We’ve put weights in each corner of the base on top of the tarpaulin secure it in place. Right now we believe that it will work securely enough, however tomorrow we are going to run it by Steve the technician before we add the water.
7:40pm – Starting to get the base elements we need together to construct the chicken wire sculptures. Working mostly with the boom arm which will act as a spine along the body of the chicken wire.
Problem – We’ve been trying to get the boom arm to work as it is the main support for the chicken wire but unfortunately we cannot construct it let alone get it to actually work.
Solution – We’re going to use the large white boards used to brighten light (basically cheap reflectors) on their side to ac as the spine.
8:00pm – We’ve managed to get our hands on two extra large boom arms, which are perfect to act as supports. We’ve placed them at 2 metres high so they are the exact same height as the ceiling light and straightened them out to hang the wire off of (everyone).
8:05pm to 8:15pm – Cutting the chicken wire into the right lengths. We have ten metres of chicken wire and need it in four pieces so have just cut it evenly down the middle and made each piece 2.5 metres (Iris, Natalie, Emma and Annalise watched closely by Gonzalo!).
8:15pm to 8:30pm – Putting the fishing wire up. We’re wrapping the top around the boom arm and securing it with wire to hold as a base, then curving it into the “lake” we’ve created and securing it with weights at the bottom. This gives a beautiful and smooth natural curve which will leave the fabric hanging loose on the “lake”. We’ve been extremely careful to not pierce the plastic sheeting in the bottom of the “lake” (everyone).
Day One Summery
Today has been really successful and we’ve achieved a lot, although not as much as we initially intended. Unfortunately the fabric has yet to arrive, which has held us back as the draping of that has yet to happen. However we have achieved a great deal with getting the basic construction together, with the creation of the “lake”, chicken wire frames and the working neon lights suspended over the “lake”. Compared to how much we have actually done the fabric itself it such a tiny aspect that we’re not actually feeling to worried or upset about it, we’re on track for tomorrow and as we are going we will easily meet the deadline.
Tuesday 19th of November – Day Two
9:00am – Open up the studio and check everything is in still in place. The ceiling hasn’t fallen down!! (Alexa)
9:00am – 9:00pm – Update this studio “timetable” of everything we do (Alexa).
9:00am – Emergency trip to Trago to get thicker tarpaulin as we’re really concerned at how thin our current two layers is. We cannot risk it ripping and a) ruining our studio set and b) flooding the studio (Emma).
9:05am – Natalie, Annalise and Gonzalo arrive.
9:10am – Andrew introduces himself to us, as our support for today… We like Andrew.
9:15am to 9:25am – Starting to set up the neon lights on the “sun” ceiling light. Put the extension chord over the chicken wire which will form the gold walls when we have the fabric up. This way the chord will be hidden when we take the final photographs… AND IT WORKS! Though Gonzalo knew it would anyways but it is still a relief when it does work (Gonzalo, Annalise and Natalie).
Problem – There is a curve in the middle of our board we’re using for the “sun” ceiling light. We’re not sure if this is going to effect the photograph or not, but we’re more concerned about it concerning Gonzalo as he pulls an inhappy face whenever he looks at it!
Solution – We have two options. The first is setting up the camera and just photographing to see how it looks as to whether or not the curve actually matters. The second option, if the curve does matter, is to nail a large piece of wood to the back of it to act as a spine going down the middle of our “sun” ceiling light board. This will involve nailing it from below, and we will then have to use filler
9:25am – Collect the camera we’ll be using for this project, Linhof Techno camera with Mamiya back (Annalise and Natalie).
9:30am to 10:00am – Start to set up the camera to see how the studio set currently looks on the camera to decide what we want to do about the curve in the middle of the board. It is a camera none of us have used before so Andrew is helping us to not only set it up but also show us how to use the camera. (Natalie, Annalise, and Alexa).
9:35am – Iris arrives with the fabric! And heads off to get coffee and breakfast as she hasn’t eaten anything yet.
10:00am to 10:20am – Start cutting the fabric to size. We have eight metres of fabric so are going to cut it into four two metre pieces – we have no scrap at all!! (Alexa and Gonzalo)
10:10am – Emma arrives with spare polythene.
10:20am – Finally set up the camera and start doing test shoots to see how our set currently looks on the screen. We’ve tethered it to the Mac in the studio so we can see how it looks more clearly. The curve in the “sun” board is a problem so we’re going to sort that out next (Iris, Annalise and Natalie).
Problem – The fabric isn’t long enough to touch the bottom of our “lake”, we’re about a foot short of the fabric we need as the boom arms are two metres high and the chicken wire curves outwards.
Solution – Right now we have two options, the first is to lower the boom arms so the fabric can reach the bottom which will make the gap between the “mountains” and the “sun” larger OR we can raise up the “lake” so it is closer to the “sun”. Either way something is going to be moved, right now we’re going to worry about that after the lighting is sorted.
10:25 – Cigarette break (Alexa).
10:25am – Had to take out two extra Elinchrom lights from Stores (Natalie and Annalise)
10:30am to 10:50am – Start work on straightening out the “sun” ceiling light board. We’re doing this by nailing two long pieces of wood at either end to straighten it out. They basically act as spines going along the back. They are drilled in from below as several people hold the board up and Gonzalo drills them in place. We are had help from the technicians with doing this (everyone bar Alexa).
Problem – The board is actually longer at one end than the other. The wire although cut to the same length has been tied shorter on the left side facing than on the right, so the board is, although straight, now slanted.
Solution – We’re simply going to raise it! We’re going to use a leveller to make sure the board is exactly straight and, well, level! We’re then propping up one corner with a tripod base and Iris is going to scurry up and shorten the wires at the top. It sounds easy, and we hope it will go well!
11:00am to 11:20am – Start levelling out the “sun” board as we have described above. Got it done and now it is not only straight but also level! It is a little higher on the far side however this shouldn’t affect he overall photograph. All in all a huge success! (Iris, Gonzalo, Natalie and Emma)
Problem – The tarpaulin isn’t thick enough to hold the water, which we already knew but were basically in denial about. So we need to find a way to thicken the tarpaulin or just make the base of the lake more secure.
Solution – We’re going to get a bottom layer of a thick pond tarpaulin, which unfortunately will be black, but to overcome this we are going to put the white sheets of paper on top of this and then our clear plastic on top of that so it still looks white.
11:20am – Run to a garden centre or something similar to collect the thicker black tarpaulin (Annalise and Natalie).
11:25am to 12:00pm – Straightening and tightening the wire for the lighting coming out of the “sun” ceiling. Just making it perfectly flat against the ceiling (Gonzalo).
11:30am – We’ve spoken to the technicians and we’re going to raise the pond up onto boards. Hopefully it will be about a foot in the air, which will not only be perfect for the fabric but will also be a lot easier to add and remove the water.
11:40am – Much needed run to the shop to get supplies to Andrew and Alexa! (Emma’s good deed of the day!!)
12pm to 12:30pm – Drilled the “lake” together again as it was falling apart. We basically needed to strengthen it, especially before it is taking the weight of the water as well o top of just holding itself together (Emma and Iris).
12:30pm – Clear the main space at the centre of the studio for the polystyrene boards which are going to be used as a base for our “lake” to go on to (Iris, Alexa, Gonzalo and Emma).
12:45 to 1:15pm – Pile up the boards for the “lake” to be placed on to. Three per layer in six layers, layered up as bricks to make it more sturdy. We then put wooden boards on top to make it more study. (Everyone)
1:15pm to 1:25pm – Lifted/placed the lake onto the “bed” we made for it as mentioned above. Used the camera to place it correctly. (Everyone)
1:30pm – Started hanging the fabric from the boom arms to drape into the “lake”, had to be draped and shaped around the chicken wire. (Emma and Iris)
1:30pm – Start attaching the tarpaulin to the “lake” using staples, had to be shaped into place around the corners and made as smooth as possible for the photographs. (Natalie, Gonzalo and Annalise)
1:45pm – START PUTTING EVERYTHING TOGETHER!!!! (everyone) INCLUDING LIGHTING!!!
1:45pm – Second guinea-pig laughing fit of Alexa’s.
Problem – The beauty dish we’ve booked out won’t attach to the Bowens lighting which is the ones coming from the ceiling....
Solution - ....So, we’re going to use Elecrom freestanding lights for the front lighting with the beauty dishes and the Bowens are going to be used for the sides.
1:55pm – Had to readjust and place the fabric on the boom arms so it photographs properly and falls nicely. (Alexa, Emma, Iris)
1:55pm to 2:30pm – Alexa goes to a tutorial .
2:00pm – Set up Beauty Dishes to Elinchrom lights (Annalise, Gonzalo, Natalie)
2.25 – Trip to get more weights for the EVERYTHING! (Iris and Emma)
3:00pm – Making weights out of cups and stones to weigh down the chicken wire. (Emma)
3:05pm – Putting paper on the back beam of the “lake” so that is blends into the background. We’re then adding plastic on top of that so make it waterproof (Annalise and Natalie).
3:15pm – Shaping fabric… Again. (Iris, Annalise and Alexa)
Problem – The fabric is falling wrong, can see the edge around the ceiling (ie. Corners), and just not flowing well as we hoped it would.
Solution – Just take the time and keep reshaping where needed, replacing different sections and trying to fix it over and over again. This isn’t something that can be fixed in five minutes so we just need to take the time so it looks good in the photograph.
3:30pm – Continuing to get the fabric hanging perfectly, a lot of test shots have been taken and using that to see how it looks. Don’t want too symmetrical but needs to look even so one side doesn’t stand out more than the other. (Everyone)
Problem – The fabric still is not symmetrical.
Solution – Fold neat edges a bit more messily, fake the idea of it falling in a random but even way.
3:45pm – Gonzalo finishes the lighting OF THE GODS – gets basics set up with white background and beauty dish. (Gonzalo)
4:00pm – FINALLY FINISH THE CURTAINS!!! (Emma, Iris, Alexa)
4:00pm - Start focusing and getting lighting right, now it is about getting everything perfect now it is all in place. Changing settings around a lot.
4:40pm – Second laughing fit of the day, third guinea pig laugh (Alexa)
4:50pm – Iris said “no one touch that fucking camera again” - IRIS SWORE!
4:55pm – The lights are finally perfect, focused and we can now fill the pool with water! It feels like we’ve been waiting forever to do this and can’t believe we can finally get the main element of this whole project in place. Hopefully we’ll be able to get everything ready to start shooting tomorrow.
Problem – The heart breaking moment of not being allowed to add the water to our “lake” due to health and safety. There won’t be any technicians around to fix anything if it goes wrong so we just can’t risk it.
Solution – Just going to have to wait until tomorrow. We’re all going to get an early night tonight and rest up. It is amazing how tired we have become simply by doing the work we’ve been doing. Starting at nine and finishing at nine is exhausting.
Day Two Summery
We started off today on a little bit of a low. We thought we had gotten a lot done but it turned out a lot needed changing, however it really was changed for the better. Everything is really coming together in the end and it is actually is starting to look really good and how it looks in Iris’ original concept image. It would have been great to be able to get the water in at the end of the day but we understand why we can’t. Going to use the time tonight to just relax, chill out and rejuvenate before we finish this up tomorrow! We’ve got a lot to do tomorrow. Although the lighting works right now we know it will change when we get the water in. We also don’t know if the water will work or not, it SHOULD work but you never know. We have a lot to do tomorrow, it isn’t just setting it up at this stage but also taking the final photograph and then clearing out the studio. There is a lot to do but we’re excited to finish this up and take our photograph!
Wednesday 20th of November – Day Three
9:00am – Open up the studio and check everything is in still in place (Alexa).
9:00am – 9:00pm – Update this studio “timetable” of everything we do.
9:05am – Natalie and Emma arrive.
9:10am – Start filling up buckets with water to add to the “lake” (Emma and Natalie).
9:10am – Annalise arrives.
9:15am – Celotape down the plastic and paper on the back beam of the “lake” to secure it into place for when we add the water (Emma, Natalie and Annalise).
9:20am – We have our first water spillage!! Luckily only a little slopped out the side of one of the buckets so isn’t a hole in the lake (Natalie!!!!).
9:20am – Add the first buckets of water to the “lake”! So far no leaks and the water is actually looking really beautiful on top of the black tarpaulin (Emma and Annalise, Natalie isn’t allowed near the water anymore).
9:20am to 9:40am - Filling up the “lake” with buckets of water. We only have three buckets, so it is slow work, but even from an early stage the mirroring created by the water on the black tarpaulin looks beautiful, it is almost a perfect mirror and we’re excited for how it will look once the lighting is all set up (Natalie, Emma and Annalise).
9:25am – Gonzalo arrives.
9:30am – Annalise leaves to have a Christmas photograph taken.
9:30am – Iris arrives.
9:40am – Finished filling up the pool and taken the initial shot just to see what it looks like now the pool is filled (everyone).
Problem – The back row with the paper and plastic over it stands out too strongly on the photographs and doesn’t blend into the background as we wished, which makes the photograph look messy.
Solution – We’re going to paint a piece of wood white, then place it over the back of the “lake” so we have a solid white edge.
9:45am – Start repositioning the camera. We need to get more of the actual we’ve created in as the current composition has too much negative space within it. We’ve pulled the camera itself back a few inches to allow more space for our studio set itself, before centring once more (Iris and Alexa).
9:50am – Collect the wood and the paint for the wood going along the back of the “lake” (Emma and Gonzalo).
10:00am – Start experimenting with different things we can use along the back of the “lake” to hide the end of it. We’ve tried a metal pole and it jus didn’t work, so now we’re going to paint a board white and angle it into infinity (Gonzalo, Emma, Alexa, Natalie and Annalise).
10:15am – Collect the painting roll and tray from Alexa’s house (Emma).
10:15am – Take the paper off the back bean ready for the painting and application of the wooden barrier for the light (Natalie and Annalise).
10:20am – We’re still struggling with just getting the camera in the perfect position and everything in focus. Right now we can’t even get everything lined up as we want it, let alone actually anything in focus. Once this is done this will be half the battle (Alexa and Iris).
10:25am – Start painting the wood that could be used to create the infinity effect (Emma)
10:30am – Looking at the pole along the back of the “lake” to use to block out the black, back wall. It reflects the light beautifully but we’re currently unsure of it working within the photograph.
10:40am – Stapled the tarpaulin to the wooden back to reduce the size of the space that we need to cover up (Annalise).
10:50am – WE’RE IN FOCUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
10:55am – Start the lighting properly, the first job is getting the background bleached out. We’ve made the lights as bright as they will go so literally white out the background and because this isn’t perfect we’re also going to possibly add umbrellas (everyone).
10:55am – Painting equipment cleaned (Emma).
FROM NOW ON EVERYONE IS WORKING ON THE LIGHTING TOGETHER.
If no name was mentioned it means the whole gang worked on it.
11:00am – The light is too defused, creating a flat image, so we are changing the beauty dishes to normal light heads just so there isn’t too light excess light on the front (Iris, Gonzalo, Alexaand Natalie).
11:00am – The lighting along the back is perfect and doesn’t need touching. FINISHED!!! (everyone).
11:05am – Cigarette break (Alexa).
11:10am – Putting snoots onto the two spare Elinchrome lights to try to eliminate the shadow at the top corners of the ceiling, created by the fabric. (Gonzalo and Iris).
11:15am – Topping up the paint on the board going along the back as Andrew stepped on it (Iris and Emma).
11:15am – Natalie is put in charge of working out exposures using the lightmeter, Andrew gives her a quick lesson in it.
Problem – We can see the snoot behind the curtain, which is also looking more flat rather than having the right form.
Solution – Putting black boards between the curtains and the lights to block them out. This also gives the curtains a solid background which helps give them a more 3D effect rather than being flat.
11:30am – Got the lighting on the left side curtain all but perfect, we still need to switch the beauty dishes out. Working on matching the right side.
11:50am – Working on the lighting for the fabric and addressing how the fabric is sculptured. We’re changing the left side so it is more similar to the right side and hangs in a more natural way to match the depth and structure
11:55am – Collected two flash heads and two soft boxes from the stores for the front lighting on the curtains (Gonzalo and Annalise).
12:00pm – The fabric is finished! (Iris, Alexa, Natalie and Emma)
12:05pm – Putting the soft boxes together and then onto the front light for the fabric (Gonzalo, Annalise, Natalie and Iris).
12:10pm – The painting has dried on the board we are going to use at the back of the photograph so starting to measure it up
12:15pm – Searching for a new saw for the wood to put at back (Emma).
12:20pm – We have a saw!
12:20pm – We’re excited because THE LIGHT FOR THE CURTAINS IS FINISHED!!
12:25pm – We’re filling in the dark reflections running along the edge of the top board, adding snoots to try to focus the necessary light. Snoots on ceiling lights (everyone).
12:25pm – Grabbing another snoot (Emma).
12:35pm – Getting the snoots perfectly placed on the ceiling to try to white out the ceiling.
Problem – The lights are brightening the overall photograph but they’re not actually taking out the top reflection.
Solution – Move them to the back and try over exposing them to just white everything out.
12:40pm – Swapped the softbox onto the ceiling light, and put the snoot behind on the stand that was originally on the front.
12:25pm – The snot looks amazing, it has cut off the edge of the board so there is now no ceiling and the reflection leading up which mirrors the waters reflection and adds another element.
12:30 – Putting masking tape over the corners of the bored where the wire from the ceiling can be seen.
Problem – The wire is raised so the masking tape isn’t working at covering them.
Solution – We’re going to paint directly over them and hopefully they will be less noticeable.
1:00pm – Annalise is leaving as she unfortunately had a prior commitment, won’t be returning for the rest of the day.
1:30pm – Lunch break.
1:50pm – Cutting the back white board to size to slot into the back of our “lake” and hopefully hide the back wall of the taup’ (Gonzalo).
1:50pm – Buy paint brushs (Emma).
1:50pm – Cigarette break (Iris and Alexa).
2:00pm – Painting the wire coming from the ceiling lights to try to hide it, now we have the paintbrush (Gonzalo, Emma, Natalie).
Problem – Came back after lunch and it isn’t whiting out the ceiling, for some reason the lights have changed over the break, so no longer going into infinity. We think someone might have accidently knocked the camera on the way out but something is off!
Solution – Trying re-angling the snoots. Didn’t work. One softbox was too bright so dropped the lighting to a lower number and suddenly it worked again! It’s a miracle.
2:20pm – Added the white board along the back, huge improvement from black line along the back and the metal beam but still not perfect (Iris and Emma).
2:30pm – Stuck paper to the ceiling to try to cover the wire.
2:40pm - Realised we cannot actually cover them, so we’re just going to let them show. It isn’t perfect but there also isn’t anything else we can do or try.
2:45pm – The white board at the back isn’t whiting out enough so getting out another two lights to light it (Iris).
2:45pm – Annalise has texted us letting us know the SD card needs to be back in by 4:30 so Emma is running and begging and trying to sort it out.
3:00pm – Cigarette break (Alexa).
3:20pm – Guinea pig laughing fit (Alexa).
3:30pm – We have the lighting exactly how we want it and we can start taking photographs! Although we need just one it is good to play around with adjusting the light.
3:50pm – WE HAVE OUR FINAL PHOTOGRAPH! THIS IS THE BEST FEELING IN THE WORLD! It is incredible to see what we have worked so hard towards come to realisation on the computer in front of us. It has taken about ten lights to get it perfect, and the photograph looks nothing like what we see in front of us, but we have a final photograph and it is beautiful!
4:00pm – We want to try using the smoke machine so we’re asking Dan for the fire alarm to be turned off! (Emma)
4:00pm – Experimenting with ripples and water-drops by throwing stones into the “lake” to create waves and movement. It is really hit or miss about having the press the trigger at exactly the right moment, however when it works it works really well. We’ve gotten a few really interesting photographs, but one in particular looks incredible with several perfect splashes coming up from the surface of our lake. (Everyone)
4:15pm – Having to ask for the fire alarms to be turned off… Again! (Emma)
4:25 – Search for extension lead to plug in smoke machine (Gonzalo).
4:30pm to – Experimenting with the smoke machine. The main problem is that we have so many different lights and they are so bright the smoke just looks flat and boring. It also mists out, so although we’ve left time for it to clear because there is no wind, and it is a mister not actual smoke, it creates a haze across the photos so the only really clear photograph we got with it was the first one. At this point we’re all exhausted, it has been a long few days, and we’ve already gotten at least five photographs between the original idea and the stones that look awesome. We’re glad we tried the smoke but in the end it took away from the photograph rather than added to it.
5:00pm to 9:00pm – We take down the studio set! This is having to be done slowly and in stages, especially with the water which we are going to have to use cups to get out. We’re not going to write down each action it takes, it has been a long few days and the five of us left just want to get to work, take this down and then go to bed!
Day Three Summery
And we’re done! It has been a long few days but all of us are excited about the final photographs. Today felt slow at first, just getting everything sorted, but time seemed to be flying away from us at the same time! It is amazing how long it takes to get the lighting perfect, just the smallest tweaks and how one things effects another thing. It took a long time, and we were working up until the last moment, but we got there and it was worth it. Couldn’t be happier!
Appropriation and Stolen Images on Social Media Sites
January 23, 2014, 03:35:am
The laws surrounding stolen images, what to do if an image is used without your permission and a simple way to avoid having your images appropriated.
Appropriation is defined as the taking of anything that belongs to another for ones own use, usually without the permission of the original owner. The copyrights to images verse the legal appropriation of images can be a contested subject both legally and morally when it comes to social media and the Internet.
With the popularity of social media websites, where it is possibly to share a photograph instantaneously with others, people can unwittingly sign over images copyrights without their knowledge. Upon joining sites, such as Facebook, by accepting the terms and conditions any image then uploaded is legally the property of that site to do with as they please. This can be advertising for the website itself or they can legally sell your photograph outside of the company to make a profit.
But what if an images has been uploaded without the creators permission? On sites such as Facebook the work of others is often shared without the creator’s permission, this can be something as simple as a person using their favourite artwork as their display picture. Facebook does, however, take the original copyrights of images into account, stating in their terms and conditions that one “…will not post content or take any action … that infringes or violates someone else's [copy]rights.” Before going on to say how the image in question will be removed from the website and if this rule is continually infringed upon they will also remove to perpetrator.
Although the terms and conditions in this case are in favor of the original creator of the image it still doesn’t resolve the problem of image appropriation. This is due to the common misconception that it is not stealing if it is done online by taking a photograph from a website, usually done through ignorance and without thought or knowledge of copyright laws.
Of course it is impossible to manually police every website and social media network to make sure that no image has been used without permission, however through sites such as TinEye it is possible to see where images have been posted online. From there one can take action to have the photograph removed from any sites if they wish. It is possible to take legal action if one considers that necessary, however it is a lot of work to simply have a photograph removed from a website. An easier method is to simply email the person who posted it and respectfully asking them to take it down, noting copyright laws within the email. It is surprising how many don’t know the laws and are willing to comply if asked.
Going through the stressful process above can be avoided by the simple technique of posting a watermark upon your work, that way if an image is stolen and uploaded to a site without permission anyone who views it can see who the image actually belongs to and was created by. This also helps with social media sites such as Facebook as it is unlikely to be then sold on by the site, as companies will not be able to use the work. It is a simple technique but something that can prove effective as a deterrent as well as a way to advertise work to others if it is still taken without permission.
Appropriation and Stolen Images on Social Media Sites
January 23, 2014, 04:58:am
Firstly, thank you! I am kinda pleased with the writing of this, not gonna lie! And yeah you're right - we're encouraged to do that at university with every shoot (NIGHTMARE). What I would say is just having the original image and a whole set can work just as well when it comes to photography or just photographing your work to put online. If you have around 300 unedited, original photographs from a shoot that is just as good evidence as mailing the memory stick to yourself. The person who stole the work will only have the limited pieces they stole online (:I basically just wanted to do one simple easy thing in this rather than the MILLION other things people could do as it get complicated. Changing the data of the image, for example, so it is encoded with copyright and your name (:
Appropriation and Stolen Images on Social Media Sites
January 23, 2014, 08:24:am
It turned out to be a great essay! It states all the important things about the subject, but it keeps to the point at all times.If you were allowed to go over 500 words, you could've extended it, but I think if you scratch from this now to extend, it won't be as good The only thing that bothers me is the "one" and "ones", but that's probably because we're not allowed to write in a tense as such
I actually found this really hard to write. I've killed characters before, that part is actually easy, but with Clara and the way she sometimes acts I do relate it to my own health problems. I showed my friend Jason the last drabble I did and he instantly went "This is about you, isn't it?" I hadn't really thought about it that way or realised it until he had said it but on many levels it is true. Clara is so far from me as a person it almost 360's in some ways and makes the similarities stand out. I was there once, overwhelmed by the life I had and had the choice to either allow myself to fall or else stop it from happening. I was so lost in pain killers, the fibro' and shutting myself off from the world that I had lost myself.
Clara is the me I could have become, and this is the end I could have come to.
As always any feedback on it welcome, it isn't much compared to my last piece on Clara but just from a personal level I'm quite pleased with it. Just wish it flowed better... Constructive criticism always welcome!
Clara wasn't paying attention to what she was doing. She fiddled almost blinded around with the machine that cleaned the different fuels and liquids which circulated the robotic parts of her body. There was a full bottle of whiskey in her human system, along with the red wine she had drank earlier, not to mention the fact she simply was not interested in what she was doing. It become old very quickly having to clean her insides on a daily basis, for five hours unable to do anything while everything was taken from her and purified. It was physically exhausting, impossible to even read as she lay there all but passed out as her life force was taken from her before being forced back in again.
Working away on the machine Clara found her movements to be clumsy as she removed valves and siphoned off the gas and liquid compounds within. Drinking was daily for her but not on nights where she was working on the most important thing she owned. Without this machine she couldn't remain alive, it kept her parts working which in turn kept her nervous system from shutting down communications with her brain. Deep down she knew she should work on it in the morning, just face one more day at work of feeling run down before heading home to cleanse. But she had grown even more stubborn since she first came to Lantea, the life she currently led being nothing compared to the one she had lost those two years ago. Clara bit down on the end of her cigarette as she worked, frustration coming to the surface as she body refused to communicate properly with itself.
The smoking itself was a small act of rebellion for her, though to what she didn't know. It was a pleasure, a pointless one, and in this instant a stupid one. Every liquid she was working with was flammable, one slight mistake or one ember sparking off and her whole apartment would be lost. If she had done the job sooner, changed over the compounds within the machine that purified her body the previous day or just earlier in the day, she wouldn't have to be there struggling as her hands didn't work. It would have been a miracle if she could have held a pen properly in that moment, let alone successfully changing the gas and liquid like she was trying to do.
She hadn't been looking after herself like she should have been and had drank to much too quickly. Clara saw what was going to happen before it did, yet in the moment did nothing to stop it. She could have reached out a hand to stop the bottle from spilling it's contents all over the floor. She could have clenched her teeth in frustration rather than swore allowed. She could have tried to catch the cigarette as it fell from her mouth. Clara did none on this, she was so tired of everything she had been through and the life she led. It felt like more effort to stop the inevitable from happening than to allow it to happen. She watched in the same detached way she watched everything as her hand knocked over the bottle causing the pungent liquid to spill over the floor. It spread quickly, the liquid hitting her knees and spilling around the other canisters who used for the gas. "Fuck." She breathed, allowing the word to spill from her lips causing the cigarette to fall into the pool of liquid that has spread throughout her apartment.
There was no tunnel with a bright light at the end. No heavenly angels to sing her into the afterlife. Clara's life did not flash before her eyes as time slowed down around her. All she had known was the rush of noise, a blinding white hot pain that encircled her whole body and then nothingness. An endless darkness consumed her as in seconds it was over and Clara was no more.
Latest set of fashion photographs I've just completed in time for hand in. Gave it a bit of a kooky title just because I thought it would be fun and make my friends giggle as I wear nothing but black. Anyways, here are the stats for the photographs:
Unedited except for cropping and turning them black and white. Taken on a Canon 5D Mark II which is a beautiful bit of kit! For lighting I simply used two soft boxes at slightly different levels of brightness to create a subtle effect of one side being darker. Models are myself and my friend Dan (who I call cheek bone boy BECAUSE LOOK AT THAT BONE STRUCTURE). Styling and posing is done by myself as I am a control freak when it comes to my photography.
Any feedback on these photographs is more than welcome!! I usually get really good critiques on here and they help me grow as a photographer (:
What I am about to say is not going to be popular.
And yes, I have done this in the past - I admit it.
But is anybody else getting really frustrated that Top Journals is no longer journals?
It is basically people promoting cults.
And it is the same few cults over and over again.
I love the cults I'm in, and yes I post journals promoting them, but I feel all top journals is now is cults.
Want to promote your cult and get people to notice it?
Get active, try to be sponsored.
Fuck, just try to be in the top ten most active for a day!
But I miss journals being journals.
For just one week can it please go back to being interesting and entraining?
Top Journals or Top Cults?
January 08, 2014, 05:50:pm
Annndd Zewe requested I post something, just not to the extent I decided to add to it I'm a bit high on le pain killers this evening... Again.And Just stating my opinion yyooooo! I genuinely believe that, wouldn't post it if I didn't!
Top Journals or Top Cults?
January 08, 2014, 05:53:pm
Versace Pot calling kettle black, homie. You don't have a great wrap-sheet yourself. But lets not go there. Just look into what I'm saying for once and you'll see that beyond what you may think are ramblings, lies some golden nugget of truth. By the way...top journal today is yet another cult whoring post. I started my own cult yesterday and I'm not even posting about it. Can't wait to finish up the layout. The concept seems promising enough.
Top Journals or Top Cults?
January 08, 2014, 05:56:pm
RozzWilliams - whats your new cult? I'm intregued now! And i don't care about people posting journals about their cults, just when the same ones get spammed into top journals week after week so you see nothing new that annoys me!!
Top Journals or Top Cults?
January 08, 2014, 07:55:pm
Its called "Caseys Vault". its dedicated to sharing vintage media but with the exception of new media meaning I don't want to see torrents for shows like walking dead in Breaking Bad just public domain kind of stuff in old forgotten cartoons and video games and a place to discuss that I also have a subform for community support so we can give advice to people in need I think it's a good idea.