FACE sponsored these photos at the Bolton University Photography exhibition "Rus in urbe" held in Manchester in January 2012.
It was a great way for FACE to be recognised in a very urban setting.
If anyone is interested in commissioning the young photographers or contacting them about their work they would be delighted. Some of the work is for sale as original limited print runs.
You Are What You Eat
‘You Are What You Eat’ was inspired by the work of Ju Duqoi, who used vegetables to replicate paintings and to create her own imagery of people; her idea was a new way of looking at portraiture in a way that interested her. I also used the work of Arcimboldo Giuseppe who painted faces using the shapes of different foods. This is the idea of using many different shapes, to create a whole new portrait experience. Living on a small farm, is where I gained an interest in the idea of buying British, from meat to produce. This interest is what led me onto the work I am exhibiting, where I have focused on the use of vegetables into human shaped forms. ‘You Are What You Eat’ is a project based on the idea of living a healthy lifestyle, working on the guidelines of 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day, I have used 5 different fruit and veg to create my living foods.It may surprise you to know that the North West is the largest food producing region in England and Wales. Overall, the agriculture and food processing sectors generate an impressive 12% of the region's income. To put that into pounds and pence, that's a colossal £9.5 billion - £1 billion of which comes directly from farming.
They were photographed using a 5x4 camera, with a phase one back and using a 135mm lens. I photographed looking down onto the food, using one fill light from straight above to evenly spread light across the vegetables. A few of the photographs involved using a white reflector to bounce light into the darker crevasse of the food.
I took photographs of people faces, again with a fill flash straight ahead of the person. These were done of various facial expressions to which would fit the shape and movement of the vegetables. These were then photo-shopped onto the veg to create my living food. Unlike Ju Duqoi who made the faces from veg itself, I chose to do it using photoshop and real faces, to make it seem more realistic, to give the appearance that these foods are living.
The photographs are to create humour for viewers, but also to bring the idea of using 5 a day in everyday living. I hope it gets people to think about the food they put in their bodies, and to see that vegetables aren’t dull or boring, but bright, vibrant and enjoyable.
Because, after all, You are what you eat!
A Little World Of My Own
My aim was to make people smile. This was my one wish for the work I have created.
My inspiration for using minature figurines for this work originally came from 'Travellers' by Walter martin and Paloma Munoz. Their work simply makes me smile as well as providing me with enthusiasm. In the book they create a scene with miniature figures within a snow globe, and light them perfectly to create a soft and strong images which depict everyday life.
Appreciation of my work should create a smile . People should recognise my images as 'real' even though perspective is not quite right. Many photographers look to create breath taking, beautiful images and yes that's great, but occasionally things need to be looked at and considered differently.
I love working with the miniature figurines, simply because I have all the time in the world to create that one photograph I am hoping for. This also means I can play around with a variation of lenses, exposure times and backdrops.
Within my work I did not try want to tell a story but more like set a scene for the viewer to interpret in their own way. This then creates many different explanations almost to what and why is going on within the frame. The pictures are presented as triptychs to reflect a comic book style. My aim was to create everyday images that although the viewer recognises the figures are not real, the image is true and not computer manipulated. Creating humour and satisfaction from observing the photographs as a series. The prints are in colour, as I believe the strong boldness greatly adds to the effect.
I believe the series takes us away from the dullness of everyday life and shows us the lighter side of life, but most of all, creates a smile!
Under Water Fruit
This project is looking at creating images for advertising but in a way that is different and unusual, but helps promote the product shown, there have also been some images with fruit to give it a fresh look and feel and to bring vibrant colours to the images.
The Owned and Consumed Landscape
From the very start of this project I never intended that my images would 'trick' people into believing that the photographs were miniature sets akin to the sort one would find in a miniature railway set-up. It is my hope that the images seen here cause people to consider what photography does when it miniaturizes pretty much all it captures and makes of these places and other photographs a kind of trophy and 'proof' that one was there. Roland Barthes, the great photography theorist, famously said that the photograph is as a child pointing and saying 'there, that is it!'. It is to this point that I believe my images make their statement on ownership; either through owning this 'trophy' photograph or pointing that 'I was there'. With landscape photography for the most part now considered to have had its day I believe that my images speak on depths of ownership of the landscape, consumerism of these places, considerations of these areas as 'other' than our own and also the nature of what a photograph is.
By miniaturizing the landscape I have made it much easier to 'own' and consume as though in ownership of these land-tracts but I also would like to believe that some measure of thought will be given to these modes of 'ownership' upon seeing the landscape as a miniature. I would like to think that my images cause some thought to be given to the naivety that we have when we consume these landscapes as though they were the answer to our daily rat-race problems without realizing the issues are still there beneath the aesthetic veneer of these beautiful locations. It is my belief that printing these images on fibre-based paper and then toning them in Selenium and Gold toner adds to the discussion on fine-art photography in general and our 'ownership' of the item, event or place in the photographs if nothing more than in memory and 'trophydom'.
This set of six images were shot on 120mm film which was then developed, scanned, adjusted digitally, printed out as images and the images then re-photographed on a copy stand. The new negatives were then developed, printed out onto fibre-based paper in the darkroom and toned using Selenium and Gold toner.
I recently moved to Todmorden, North Yorkshire and have been charmed by its landscape and beauty, and so I set out to try and capture some of its allure.
The land is old and worn, the sheep look haggard and the weather goes to extremes, but for such a small town it has a vast Landscape. It was the countryside that arrested me and I decided to encapsulate the emptiness and openness.
I used black and white film to enhance the maturity and grit of the landscape. I was fortunate enough to be shooting the project in winter when there was snow and strong winds that brought the place to life and accentuated its bleakness.