When model Blair Lawson dropped by last April she was already packed and ready to move to New York. After she posed for what is perhaps the defining image of the Brown Paper Project, we dressed her in an eclectic array of clothing that, quite honestly, turned out better than I expected. Our intention was to draw attention to the randomness of style and its often unexplainable trends.
When we decided to return to these photos and apply the experimental waveform method to them, though, we ran into a problem. I had been using a variance of waveforms on both vertical and horizontal axis and that approach didn’t work with Blair’s pictures in any way I found remotely satisfying. Instead of creating the standard displacement that we’ve seen in other experiments, these looked warped as though I’d used some type of balloon filter on them. The results were not acceptable.
After trying several different variations, what I found was that these photos responded best to all but eliminating the horizontal adjustments and focusing instead on the vertical adjustments. I toyed with varying widths and volumes and was generally pleased with the outcome. We used the hat to play with some differing masking techniques as well.
This set makes me all the more curious about finding a way to turn the photos into sound. These images would have a dramatically different tonal quality from others we’ve done. Chaining the sound together from all ten photos would likely create an interesting tone poem, though probably not anything likely to win a Grammy any time soon.
I am all the more curious as to what we can achieve with waveforms. Unfortunately, with Blair in New York and recently signed by SEEN models, we’re not likely to get her in front of our camera again, which makes me a bit sad. Blair has a lovely back piece that we didn’t have time to photograph. I would be especially interested to see how something of that nature translates with waveforms.
Once again, click on any of the thumbnails to view the full-sized gallery. The larger your device/monitor, the better the experience. Our eternal thanks to Blair for participating and to Kat for the creative makeup.
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