Project 2 : Research (Nursery Rhyme)

Artist Reference #1 – Arthur Fellig

For this project, I was mainly inspired by a forensic photographer called Arthur Fellig, also known as “Weegee”. Since he was active during the 1930s, his photographs were in black and white and had a seedy/grainy texture.
Arthur Fellig

However, what set him apart from the other photographers was that he had an eerie ability to arrive at the scene before the police. He would capture the moments where officers were digesting evidence and onlookers were trying to peek through. I felt that his audience were not only fixated on the tragic but the very human qualities too, like raising questions ‘What is the police chief thinking?’ or ‘What is the eye witness feeling?’.
Arthur Fellig

We became part of the drama. I noticed how he kept focused on people or objects rather than the events itself. His photographs raised questions in our heads as he only left us with ‘clues’ to what had happened earlier.


Artist Reference #2 – Kyle Thompson

Another photographer that I was inspired by was Kyle Thompson. He has a signature style of creating surreal conceptual photography. I liked how he carefully selected out his props to effectively produce the overall ‘mood’.

Kyle Thompson

I noticed how there was good contrast between the background and props, further creating emphasis. One of his ways was using wide space. For example in the right image below, he showed how the legs are buried in a vast and open area. The empty space also directed out eyes straight to the legs.

Kyle Thompson

Another thing that I took note of was how he created a sense of dominance and depth which resulted in focal points that attracted the audience’s eyes. He applied the one-third rule and even cropped the body out to show gestures or emotions.

Kyle Thompson

The concept of Emptiness. Kyle’s images usually featured one person alone in an open space, environment or surrounding. As quoted by him, “a beauty in their simplicity”.


Artist Reference #3 – Julien Pacaud

For this artist, I was only inspired by how he created his compositions especially the use of perspective that leads audience to the focal point.

Julien Pacaud
Julien has a signature style of producing fictional spaces with “retro” visuals. He also implemented geometric shapes to create playful scenes and environment. I liked the quirky use of background and foreground to form balance and unity.

Julien Pacaud

The sense of dominance in his images were from the size, depth, colour and texture. He effectively applied empty spaces to control the overwhelming visuals.

Project 2 : Impossibilities of Being

Along The Path
As a child, we grew up reading fairytales where they were just part of our imagination. They exist as fantasies that developed the children’s creative minds. Growing into adulthood and looking back into the stories, I realized how there are deeper meaning that lies in the fairy tales of my childhood than in the truth that life teaches.

They say that childhood is a time when one’s mind is asleep.

Hence, the concept I am going for is a fantasy-fairytale imagination story where I portray the fairytale we read when we were kids actually taught us lessons and skills to assist us as we grow up into adulthood. ‘Along The Path’ series will depict images of a character going through obstacles and challenges along her way to her destination goal. How she overcomes those challenges and meets new people.
Artist Reference

1) Katerina Plotnikova – Another Tale About Wonderland
Katerina poses with models and live animals where no photoshop editing is applied. Her signature style is to create a soft, magical and fantasy setting due to the slightly desaturated images. I was inspired her by that look and feel to give my photographs a dreamy environment.

She also shows the relationship between human and animals in a forest habitat. Since my storyline had some animals in it, I took reference from her images to see how she composed the animals in them so I can create a warm and innocent mood.

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2) Lara Zankoul
Lara creates fantasy landscapes where she defies time and gravity. I was mainly inspired by the use of scale, giving the images a whimsical and out of this world concept. The concepts are initially expressions of her subconscious as they are spontaneous visuals in her mind.

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Initially, I thought a set of 90 images was too many for us to do. However, after organizing the storyline and drawing up the storyboard then I realized how I had to remove some parts of my story to fit the 90 images requirement.

Through this project, I was given the opportunity to create my own ‘world’ where I got to share with my classmates. I also learned how compositions can make a big difference in the flow of your series. I had put a lot of thought into the props, locations and costumes to best fit my story and evoke a certain feel.

Although I was a bit disappointed at how rushed I was when doing the post-editing, I had fun doing this project as not only did I explore the world I had in mind, I also managed to execute them to what I had expected.