So far, with the exception of the first set of nudes (one of which has been showing at the Dirty Show in Detroit this weekend), we’ve primarily kept the waveform experiments to the background or at least noninvasive elements of the photograph. With this set, those rules change.
I’m finding a challenge in applying the waveform between what is appealing to me, what I think is cool and artistic, and what I suspect is commercially acceptable. This is all in my head of course. I’ve not displayed any more of the experimental works beyond the website and feedback from here is almost nonexistent. Still, if I’m the only one who likes the work then I have to question the point of doing it in the first place.
Thus, I’m at this point where I’m trying to find a happy medium, overlaying the waveform on top of the portrait in such a way that one can likely still identify the model yet not modifying the waveform to such a degree that it becomes irrelevant. This isn’t quite like using a double exposure, we’re not using any manner of offset to indicate motion. It’s more like superimposing different versions of the same photo on top of itself.
I like where this is going. Each new set quickly becomes my favorite. At the same time, it sparks ideas for where I want to go next. The experiment is not finished. The experiment may never be finished. But then, isn’t that the very nature of art? Is the work ever truly finished.
I used two different tonalities on this series, five in green, five in magenta. Part of my reasoning was to observe how tonality shifts and color shifts affect the visual impact of the waveform. There’s also a part of me still holding out to someday find a way to turn the images into sound. If we can do that, then I’m curious as to whether color alters the timbre of the sound in any way (it shouldn’t create a different sound, just the timbre of that sound).
Huge thanks to Victoria F S Nieke for letting me dress her oddly. Yes, you’re seeing that correctly, I put a lace dress over a heavy coat. Why not? One needs to stay warm but should that come at the expense of looking good? Keep the coat closer to the body and put the fashion on the outside. That makes sense, doesn’t it?
Hopefully, the waveform doesn’t completely obliterate the cool makeup work Kat did for this set. She really put a lot of effort into this series but as we essentially cut up the photos and put them back together some of the detail work is lost.
I’m returning to the gallery format for displaying photos this week. I like the slider better, but it doesn’t display well on some mobile devices and I don’t have the time at the moment to chase down the cause. So, click on any of the thumbnails to view the gallery full size.