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NEW TINGS NEW TINGS

school has started and i am overwhelmed a bit but i have so many beautiful things to go through from qc :) i cant wait to share with you all

INFLUENCES
Final Series of 2nd Year
12 Lightboxes
2014
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12 signs make up the wheel, which are: Aries the Ram, Taurus the Bull, Gemini the Twins, Cancer the Crab, Leo the Lion, Virgo the Maiden, Libra the Scales, Scorpio the Scorpion, Sagittarius the Centaur, Capricorn the Mountain Goat, Aquarius the Water-bearer, and Pisces the fish.
I am very interested in both history and nature, and so the zodiac is something that holds strong resonance. First of all, astrology is actually one of the oldest sciences, originating from Mesopotamia. The western zodiac as we know it was developed by the ancient Egyptians and Greeks following the introduction of a basic zodiac wheel from Babylonian scholars. The twelve signs all have their own appearance, character traits, and mythological background. They are a key component in the very complex practice of astrology, not just as “sun signs” as we know them, but also for dividing the skies mathematically - a way to map the heavens and the various placements of the planets. Astrology was a science practiced from Mesopotamia to the Early Modern era, disappearing during the Enlightenment, and resurfacing again in the 80s.-
As a practice which has had significant cultural importance throughout most of recorded human history, I chose to emulate this through aesthetic choices in my subject. I carefully chose contemporary models with modern piercings, tattoos, and hairstyles, none of which were professional models but just average people. The models wear simple cloth garments mimicking togas, juxtaposing the new with the old through what they wear. The props they hold are minimal and for the most part timeless, subtle suggestions at the appearance of the sign they represent. They are still representing mythological, celestial beings that held high status, and so the atmosphere I created emulates luxury like that of the gods. Bright, divine lighting and elegant drapery accompany but do not take away from these simple portraits.
Each image is in a light box, in which each sign has the corresponding constellation aligned to the position of the figures. This brings the images back to their material existence, and the roots of the zodiac as celestial objects. The physical luminosity is a feeble echo of their real counterparts, but an echo all the same.
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i will be uploading the individual images in sequences, as well as installation shots of the actual lightboxes. Be patient. I hope you all enjoy this series, I worked very hard on it.
final series bts / self portrait 
this is a wierd edit thing for fun bc i am procrastinating a 10 page essay due tomorrow.
ended up sneaking myself into my final series. school is kicking my ass but the series will be finished in a week!!!
A work-in-progress screenshot of my book Chlorophyll
2014
Chlorophyll
introductory text i wrote for a new book i have put together - the book is about plants :))

Anonymous asked:

Those models are literally wearing a bedsheet. There is no composition, and the lighting is more even and uninteresting than a Star Trek TNG episode. I think in the future you should never attempt anything like that again.

answered:

i have already stated i am not pursuing this for the final series. obviously its not spectacular as i am nothing more than a second year photo student learning the rigs - i have never in my life claimed to be more. secondly, i am showing you the behind the scenes/ unusable images because this is a blog that shows my journey, not entirely final pieces - i have a portfolio for that.

the only thing i must say i 1000% object to is “to never attempt anything like this again”. if i was expected to hopelessly surrendered on my first attempts to the words of an accusatory and negative stranger, well i don’t think there would be much point in living! because, you see, nothing makes me more determined than people telling me i cant do something. :) 

Virgo, The Maiden 
INFLUENCE: PERSONIFICATIONS OF THE ZODIAC
2014

i started off doing two separate portraits of each sign. I’ve decided on doing only chest-up portraits on each figure, to more succinctly distill the sign and their character. I’m only going to show you versions that I am not going to use, until i can post the whole series :)
Taurus, The Bull

INFLUENCE: PERSONIFICATIONS OF THE ZODIAC
2014

i began doing two different portraits of each sign, but have decided on doing only chest-up portraits on each figure, to more succinctly distill the sign and their character. I will only show you versions that I am not going to use, until the entire series has been completed.
Gemini, The Twins

INFLUENCE: PERSONIFICATIONS OF THE ZODIAC
2014

i started off doing two separate portraits of each sign. I’ve decided on doing only chest-up portraits on each figure, to more succinctly distill the sign and their character. I will only show you versions that I am not going to use, until the entire series has been completed.
seeing as this is now definitely a blog and not my main portfolio any longer, that means i can share behind the scenes shots!!!! heres a sneak peek at part of my final series. there will be two versions, and this is after the major backdrop change. cant wait to share it all with you guys!! stay tuned ladies and gentlement
Grid, Confused (v. 3) 
2013
disrupting the viewer’s reading of a classical nude portrait.

i just found this file and i am in love with it? hitting myself over the head for not using this in my critique instead of the rubbish i submitted.