Sunday, 13 November 2011

Project 23: Selective processing and prominence

Another piece of catching up that I need to do – completing and writing up some of the projects from Section 4 of the course.  One or two of them still some photographs taking, some like this one just need processing and writing up.

This project says produce two versions of the same image but use selective processing to alter the balance and prominence between a figure and its surroundings.  I have chosen this image that I took a few weeks ago in the new Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield.  A single figure is standing beside a selection of Barbara Hepworth pieces, though at the same time seeming to ignore them.  I’m actually going to show four different versions and the first version is a relatively ‘neutral’ one, more or less ‘as shot’.

Certainly the pieces of sculpture dominate the frame, but the figure of the man could be said to be more or less ‘in balance’ with the piece next to him.  In the version below, the figure has been lightened significantly and becomes much more noticeable.  If the first image might be a, illustration from a magazine article about the gallery or about Barbara Hepworth, one kind of feels that, in the second, the man is the curator, or the gallery manager or the architect, or some such.

Taking the principle and reversing it, we have the version below.  The background remains the same in all three of these versions but in the third the figure has been darkened, shifting the emphasis entirely towards the art works. With the man offering little other than a sense of scale.

I did also try pushing the balance further, about as far as I could – by darkening the background and lightening the figure, with the following outcome.

Pushing the relative balance much further than this begins to produce a surreal effect .

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