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Cindy Sherman Inspired

Posted in Portraits with tags , on March 7, 2012 by moetdigitalphotography

In 2002 artist Cindy Sherman started photographing clowns. ‘I came to clowns,’ she says, ‘to show the complex emotional abysses of a painted smile.’ The photographs feature riotous make up, flamboyant costumes and digitally manipulated backgrounds of intense colours and patterns creating visual lushness. Sherman explores the intensities of different emotions from hysterically happy or intensely nasty to the sadness of the character behind the face paint and scary clown image. The photos are self portraits, as are all her works, which she disguises well.

Cindy Sherman

Cindy Sherman

Cindy Sherman

I was deeply inspired by Sherman’s clown images and decided to create my own. Instead of photographing myself like Sherman, I had someone model for me. Similarly to Sherman I wanted to explore the emotions of clowns, ones people stereotypically link with the clown image. I had my model laugh, stare, look angry and withdrawn, in order to explore the scope of emotions demonstrated by clowns. I made the images sickly colourful to increase intensity.

'Clown' Sophie Moet

In this photograph I overlapped two images: the clown laughing insanely and the clown staring straight into the camera. I was inspired by Cecil Beaton’s early portraiture works and decided to emulate his style. Beaton’s photographs were black and white and his subjects merged and overlapped to create a blurred overlapping effect. I think this effect adds intensity and bizarreness.

'Circus Memories' Sophie Moet

'It' Sophie Moet

In the photographs above I used layers to create a scratched film effect.  I also used a circus lights layer to emphasise the clown theme. I wanted the photographs to be moody and dark despite the bright colours. I had my model look micschevious and quite scary as he peered round the brick wall and looked down into the camera. I want the audience to feel quite intimidated, questioning what the clown’s next move will be.

'Clown 2' Sophie Moet

'Clown 3' Sophie Moet

As many people are scared of just a single clown, the thought of more than one must be terrifying. So I decided to use different photographs of the same clown to create the illusion of there being multiple clowns in one image, thus creating a surreal effect shown above.

'Scream' Sophie Moet

Duane Michals and Cindy Sherman Inspired

Posted in Portraits with tags , , on March 7, 2012 by moetdigitalphotography

By turning the camera on herself, Cindy Sherman has built a name as one of the most respected photographers of the late twentieth century. Although, the majority of her photographs are pictures of her, however, these photographs are most definitely not self-portraits. Rather, Sherman uses her body as the medium she uses to raise bigger issues. It is not Sherman we see but a character. It is through these ambiguous and eclectic photographs that Sherman has developed a distinct signature style. I was inspired by Sherman’s photographs as she embodies so many different characters. Therego, I decided to photograph people in different well known disguises.

Cindy Sherman

Cindy Sherman

I was inspired by Duan Michals, an American photographer who creates photo sequences and creates photographs that consists of multiple images, which are often layout separately to convey unravelling events or movement. He also creates photogarphs that include text creating quite textile pieces, examining emotions and philosophy.

'Salvation' Duane Michals

Duane Michals

I had my model dress up as Charlie Chaplin and added quotes and used different templates to create the following images;

'Life would be wonderful' Sophie Moet

Inspired by photo sequences I created this image showing an unravelling event: Charlie Chaplin happily smoking his cigar and looking out the window then Chaplin being rudely interrupted from his enjoyment by someone outside. I then used a quote of Charlie Chaplin ‘Life would be wonderful if people would leave you alone’ which links to my photo sequence.

'A mans true character' Sophie Moet

In many of Duane Michals photographs, his images are square or resemble postcards. I decided to emulate this style and used a postcard template shown above. Again I used a Charlie Chaplin quote that linked nicely with image, ‘A mans true character comes out when he is drunk’.