You will make STILL LIFES and PORTRAITS using each of these color schemes.
Traditionally in Art History, Still Life paintings showed an arrangement of objects with symbolic meaning, dramatic and beautiful lighting (usually window light or other diffused light from one direction), and a dark and shadowed background or wall. Still lifes were intended to display status (for instance, expensive linens and perishable items such as fruits and cheese were seen as luxury items only owned by the wealthy and elite). Still lifes were also intended to inspire contemplation on the transience of life (for instance, skulls and dead animals were often displayed as reminders that we are all meant to die, and flowers bloom but then wilt). Still life images are poetic, simple, and packed with meaning and symbolism.
Project 6A: Colored Still Life
You will shoot your own still lifes: Some using a monochromatic color scheme and some using a complementary color scheme. These are not just photographs of objects, rather, they are photographs of objects that are arranged by you on a surface and in relation to each other. For instance, do not simply shoot an image of a flower. You must take the flower, arrange it among other objects or fabrics that enhance the symbolic meaning of the flower, and set up a space and surface with directional lighting (window light is your friend!).
Your still life images do not have to conform to the traditional still life ideals: you are not required to use fruit, flowers, food, etc. What would a contemporary still life look like? What objects could you include? See below for examples.
DUE: Monday, March 1st 75 RAW images using each of the the two color schemes described above—monochromatic and complimentary. Create a contact sheet and label it lastname_firstname_color_still_life_cs. Upload to Google Drive under your Project 6 folder. DUE: Friday, March 5th 4 final still life images — turned in as PSDs through Google Drive. Label them as such:
You will make portraits using and emphasizing color as a main story-telling element. Remember the goal of a portrait -- to portray a person's essence, their humanity, a truth and authenticity about who they are. These are not photojournalistic types of portraits— the subject must be aware of you photographing them, and they are meant to be created by you, not just observed.
This means you will need to spend time and focus setting up your shots, paying extra attention to how color will enhance your portrait. For many of these, you will need to set up a background of color, or find an environment with the correct color, in order to match the colors you will be using (see examples below). Pay attention to your lighting, composition, and focus.
DUE: Monday, March 22nd 150 RAW images using each of the 2 color schemes described above—one monochromatic and one complimentary. Create a contact sheet and label it lastname_firstname_color_portrait_cs. Upload to Google Drive under your Project 6 folder. DUE: Monday, March 29th 4 final portraits — turned in as PSDs through Google Drive. Label them as such:
We will have our first formal critique following the completion of this project. This means that we will be looking at everyone's work together as a class and giving feedback to one another. Keep this in mind and be sure to try your best!