Gustave Le Gray said this as he entered the era where photography was all about what the camera could perceive. He was already producing works that were for an art form by capturing landscapes and view of the Forest of Fontainebleau in 1855 and then moving on to capturing seascapes from 1856 to 1857.
He was successful in producing such an impressive large scale of work alongside the skills of the wet collodion process in 1851. This technique could capture the movement of the waves and the light from the sky. However these two needed different exposure timings. Amazingly what he did was to combine two separate negatives together! One of the sky and one of the sea.
By introducing this complex process, Le Gray was trying to actually create an idealised image. He was trying to give a more truthful sense of how the mind and eye would perceive and image rather than what the camera would capture nature. Often, the camera would capture almost a false representation of what beauty or meaning it actually holds.
This completely intrigued me. The process of combining two separate image to come up with an image that what the mind or eye actually perceives. So instead of completely imitating his style of photography, I thought I would imitate his thinking process. So what I did was to play around with different compound words that would make an idealised image. The three words are treehouse, skyscraper and fisheye. (See you start to imagine what they really are from the words itself into the image in your mind rather than what the camera can actually capture!) So I used photoshop to combine these images together and it was fun process. I added the filter that sort of even looks like the style Le Gray did. My most favourite is the treehouse as I feel its the most successful photo and the most fun was the fisheye because it is actually quite funny. Enjoy!
Moving towards the final of the zine project, I was using the different colours hidden deep behind the concrete front of Geylang as my main concept. The concept behind the zine was that how these small coloured areas are reminiscence of what left of the vibrant culture of Geylang that we knew. I got more inspired when I saw more images like these.
I decided to add in poetry to accompany my photos as I felt that it would suit my zine better than just writing texts inside. I decided to base on the familiar song “Geylang Sipaku Geylang” and have my take on it. To me the song was somewhat like an invite to go back to Geylang together in a very lively and homely kind of way. So my poetry included a bit of Malay.
My past photos only showed architecture so I figured if I added a character inside, it would add more narrative to the zine. So with the help of a friend, I asked her to help make my photos more curated and almost as if she was discovering through these coloured places. I decided that I would only show different parts of her body so the main focus would be only the colour and architecture. I also edited the photos to bring out the colours more in photoshop and to get rid of the unnecessary elements in the photos.
I also decided that it would be fund to curate the colours of Geylang into a Pantone kind of way. I found inspiration from this local photographer, Jonathan Tan. So what he did was to classify the different places in Singapore into their iconic colours. So here is my attempt on my own!
One thing I have learnt from this project is to learn how to really curate photos and due to the restriction of the zine, how to best fit the content into minimal number of pages. I am looking forward to inputing more on what I have learnt about layout, typography and images and how to benefit from them into my future major!