Collages

Collages

The collage project, ‘Unplanned’ is coming along. I’ve found a process of selecting the buildings, taking the images and creating the digital collages that produces something I’m pleased with, and has positive feedback from peers. Will come back to the project when I have more time and headroom, post masters, and devote time to shooting many more buildings as well as experimenting with different decades, architectural styles and more abtract collages. To be continued…

Collage

Collage

Completed enough of a Photoshop refresher to fully understand Smart Objects, and am much happier with the result of the latest test. The buildings were photographed on a walk from The Jewellery Quarter to Digbeth, Birmingham, via the canal. I plan to create two more tests and experiment with colour. I will then tidy up/rework the previous images and think about selling. 

Form follows function

Form follows function

I’m currently brushing up on Photoshop skills via an online course, whilst at the same time progressing ideas for a series of collages created from individual Birmingham buildings. The images attempt to capture the spirit of Jonathan Meads critique of the post-war city-scape. This latest test was an evolution of a previous piece which used the flip tool to create a mirroring effect. For this test, the mirror effect was applied to individual buildings, creating subtle variations in each wing of the image. Previous tests were more randomised and multi-layered city-scapes, this image is a more stylised and pictoral representation of the city-scape.

Brutiful

Brutiful

Still experimenting with creating digital collages using various buildings…needs work and some more thought, although creating a simple reflection looks interesting.

Legocity

Legocity

Continuing to develop ideas for collages based on the Jonathan Meades quote about Birmingham. ‘Its skyline has the appearance of a dysfunctional child’s Lego set’.

As the quote references the disjointed post war landscape of ring roads and towers, I took images of around 100 surviving buildings from this period and also reconstructed demolished buildings and structures from images found online. The first test piece piled these buildings on top of each other in a random arrangement. I have ideas to refine this eclectic arrangement and explore layering and other digital techniques to add more depth and subtlety to the collages. 

I plan to photograph around 200 more buildings and structures from different architectural periods and build a collection of ‘lego’ bricks to experiment with the concept further. 

Made some work

Made some work

I finally got round to making some work! Had been planning to for the last year, making notes on ideas for images and collages. Events seemed to conspire against me everytime I put time aside to create. Anyhow I finally made a start with some test pieces for a series of digital collages made out of Birmingham buildings. The three test pieces are a bit rough and ready, consisting of around 70 buildings. I still want to take another 300 buildings, public art, street furniture and other landmarks. Hopefully the idea will be refined over time. I’m planning a series of ten A3/A2 pieces.