30 Wears Campaign

‘Why would I want to wear the same thing 30 times?’
‘For the environment, for the planet, for your finances…’

Before you buy any item of clothing ask yourself ‘will I get at least 30 wears out of this item?’ if the answer is no because you’re holding up a flimsy blouse or because that particular pair of shoes are just a bit too out there to be considered chic, you don’t need it.

Buy clothes you love. Spend more money on one pair of jeans you know will last you years because of the high quality rather than a cheaper version which will eventually need to be replaced in 6 months because the fly is busted. You’re saving money in the long run, even if it doesn’t feel like it at first.

By purchasing things you know you will wear plenty of times you ensure you will get your money’s worth. Don’t buy things with the intention of throwing them away after a few uses because not only is it wasteful as hell, but you’re also giving a massive ‘f*ck you’ to whoever made that garment.That’s just not nice.

Let’s consider the environment shall we? The pair of jeans you’re wearing took around 11,000 liters of water to grow the cotton to create them, your t-shirt around 2,000. Rivers are running dry due to the water required to farm cotton which is having detrimental effects on the environment, let alone the people who make a living cotton farming.

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How to manually manipulate photos

Despite Photoshop often seeming like a more professional way of changing your photographs, manipulating a photo after it has been printed can produce really interesting results- some that can’t be done on a computer.

So here I’m going to explain a few different ways artists manipulate their photos but first you’ll need to take a photo and print it off!

Nigel Tomm

Nigel TommThis one is really really easy. So easy in fact you can do it in a fit of rage when your printer runs out of cyan or magenta. Just crumple up a picture and re-photograph it. Done!

Eva Eun Sil Han 

eva eun sil hanThese photomontage style pictures can be recreated by using Photoshop using a tutorial I made here. Or you could print 4 or more of the same image and cut them up. Geometric shapes, turning the paper and repeating parts of the photo (such as the eyes) all look really effective.

Lucas Simoes 

Lucas simoesSimoes clearly uses a lot of manual manipulation in his work, you could copy him by burning your photos (please be careful!) Often scorching photos from beneath will give you more control over the final look of the image than simply burning it.

Maurizio Anzeri

AnzeriTraditionally Anzeri used vintage photographs for his embroidered pictures but in reality you could use anything (using pictures from magazines could be very interesting). You’d need to use thin cotton thread in a bright colour to sew onto your photo- printing onto photo paper will reduce your chances of tearing the paper.

Rosanna Jones

Rosanna JonesIn her work on concealment Jones would capture a blurred photo, print it and lay objects over the top of it. You could use pens, pencils, other photos, chewing gum your dog… anything. Or you could be inspired by Ben Giles and use flowers.

Lorena Cosba

Lorena CosbaAnother thing you can do when you’re angry! Yay! Tear, peal or rip up your photographs. If you want to push the boat out put another image underneath to be revealed.

Matthew Brandt 

Matthew Brandt

Brandt submerges his photos in water to make the colours run. Interestingly he also uses the water closest to the place where he took the picture to do this.

Last but not least, a few ideas off the top of my head:

  • Drawing on the photo
  • Re-photographing it in a different light or from a different angle
  • Transfer your image onto another surface such as wood
  • If you transfer onto fabric you could stretch it and photograph the tension

Photoshop tutorail: Creative cut and paste

Today I thought I’d post a really simple Photoshop tutorial that anyone can do but I think it provides really pretty results and it gives you freedom to experiment with different shapes and colours. You may recognize this style from my previous post “the night I wanted a rainbow” which you can find here.

So you’re going to need a picture of a sunset or at least a landscape to begin with like the one I’m using. The first thing I’m going to do is make the colours a bit more vivid (please note that these colours will look different on different devices).

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To do this I’m going to increase the contrast of the colours and make it a little darker too. This will make the colours pop out even more.

I really want to enhance the pinks/apricots/purples in the sky so I’m going to use the colour balancer and slide the bars over towards red, magenta and then either yellow for a more orange hue or blue for a psychedelic purple.

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Now on the left hand side of the screen select the elliptical marquee tool-the circle to you and i-and draw a circle with it over the last layer you created.  Now you simply ‘edit’ ‘copy’ Ctrl+C and ‘paste’ Ctrl+V- make sure you’re on the layer named ‘background’. It will look as if nothing has changed on your screen until you use your mouse to click and drag on the picture and you’ll see a cut out circle moving!

Here you can do one of two things to make your circle visible:

  • You can move your circle where ever you like so long as its move a fraction from where it was selected so it can be seen.

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  • You can click onto ‘edit’ ‘free transform’ Ctrl+T on your circle’s layer where a box will appear over your circle. You can bend or rotate it however you like. When your circle is positions as you wish simply click the tick to save your transformations. You can then move your transformed circle onto any part of your existing picture. In my example i moved it upside down.

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You’re finished! Now you can repeat these steps if you want more circles or you can leave it how it is. I’m currently using one of these sunset pictures as my screen saver. This tutorial is really easy but now you can experiment with different colours and shapes!

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What do you think? Soon I’ll post some more complex Photoshop tutorials

Are self-portraits vain?

We’re living in an age with camera phones and social media which is oh so important to have at least 1000 followers on the only way to keep those followers is to keep posting and to post something interesting. The selfie was born. Many people have said that these people are attention seeking, have nothing better to do or…they’re vain. There is a difference between a self-portrait taken with care, or a picture through a dirty mirror, yes, #dirtymirrorselfie is a thing. But are they vain? I beg to differ.

I have recently been capturing self-portraits, primarily on the grounds that it makes life so much easier. I don’t have to worry about my model turning up on time or making sure they rush over at a random time of the day because the lighting is just so. I don’t have to have someone leering over my shoulder whispering “ewww do I really look like that?” “delete it!” (Seriously, if I wanted you to look like you were fresh off the cat walk I would’ve told you that in a briefing- you’re making me delete the best photos) I can shoot when I want and when I feel inspired without having to rely on anyone else.

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On a similar note, I know myself best and I know what I want from my photography. I have full control which pleases the perfectionist within me. How do I explain that I want to take a picture of someone’s jaw or neck without sounding a tad weird? I can’t. I’m nothing more than a subject. It’s not vain or narcissistic.

Taking self-portraits doesn’t mean that you’re confident within yourself. But on the same hand narcissism isn’t necessarily a bad thing- love yourself.  Seeing how other people see you is quite an eye opening experience. I wouldn’t think a model looks bad without makeup or from a certain angle, I should see myself how others see me.

A self-portrait is brave.

What do you think?

6 Creative Portrait Photographers

My next project is centered around the theme of portraits. I’m looking into what makes a portrait a portrait, what makes a photograph different from another media and what is the best way to capture a portrait.

So, here I’ve compiled a list of 6 portrait photographers that I admire the work of (in no particular order) There are obviously more portrait photographers I like the work of, but enjoy!

Olivia Bee

Olivia Bee

Focusing primarily on fashion and snapshot photography Bee’s work consists of bright colours and whimsical themes in her portfolio. Most photos are innocent, making being a teenager look magical and exciting.

Susan Alonso 

Susan Alonso

Another fashion photographer Susan is 15 and is taking the trending side of Instagram by storm with over 16K followers. Her inspiration comes from other bloggers and and music videos her photos feature quirky clothes, ever changing hair colour with Barcelona as her backdrop.

Rosanna Jones 

Rosanna Jones

One of my all time favourite photographers Jones manipulates her photos after they’re been captured. The photo above is actually a photo of a photo. To achieve the same affect print off a photograph and prick it with a pin from the other side. Then hold it up to the light so it shines through the holes and recapture it. The result makes the model look as if she’s crying glitter.

Brad Wagner

Wagner’s work is extremely conceptual, each photo seems to tell a story. I’ve interpreted his use of forest scenery as an underlying theme of growth, which has been executed well in the photo above as he looks as if he’s flourishing from the ground.

Anna Di Prospero

Anna Di Prospero captures images of her family and loved ones, documenting the bonds and drama in her family’s life. A lot of her work is photographed through glass which gives the viewer the impression that they’re seeing more as they can see in front and behind the subject making the photo more intimate- especially in this example as she clutches a photograph of a loved one, making her look more vulnerable.

Alex Prager

Alex Prager

This is a photo from “A face in the crowd” which is a series of images that uses colours and correct positioning to draw your eye to a particular face in the crowd. In this example he’s made the focus noticeable by making the model younger than the others, having her wear bright colours, look up and to stand still in a photograph that otherwise contains a lot of movement.

The night i wanted a rainbow

Last week i was working at my desk when i realized how pink the sky looked. When i looked out the window there was a perfect rainbow close to my house. I called for my brother (he’s the nature photographer of the family) and we drove uphill so we could hopefully get a better picture from a hill than from in a valley. Unfortunately for us, in the 5 minutes it took to get there the rainbow had gone, the only saving grace was that the sky was still pink-but i still found that a little.. boring. It was stunning, especially looking over the countryside in a pink wash but none the less i wanted a rainbow. I settled for taking pictures of the sky in my pajamas.

I wish i could say these had some sort of meaning behind them. Not everything has to, i was just bored.

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I edited these photos on my laptop but i soon found that the colours looked different from my ipod so i am a little disheartened so i may re-edit them to see if that improves the problem.

Feminist you were warned about

In my photography coursework I had to produce a small project on the theme of line. I’d noticed how lines are used in comic books to represent power (take Spiderman for instance) I wanted to use lines to show women’s power.

It was this point in the course that my photography skills had really improved. Not only with simply taking photos but also forming and explaining my ideas in a way that i could potentially develop into a final piece.

My photos are simple and poster-like featuring 2 girls in black and white with coloured lines coming out of their eyes/hands/mouths (some teenagers no teenagers were harmed in the making of this project) to represent power with feminist slogans beneath.

In short i wanted to condense those lengthy feminist blog posts into something quicker, snappy and to the point. There will be change. We will be equal.

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