The beginning of my Photography domain.
Referring back to the very beginning of this development for my project, I had to conjure up three different pitch ideas. The outcome of these would be that I would develop them into one idea that would eventually become my FMP. These three ideas started out like so;
Pitch 1 – Life and Cause of Death.
With using the technique of Lenticular printing, two photographs will be converted into one expressing the life and death of a person. The question is what was their cause of death? Whether it be; murder, suicide, natural cause or even an illness. Each character has a different history, life experience and circumstances that led to their deaths, and all of which are associated with each other in some way or another, but how?
To incorporate the use of film and not class it as just a photography project, I will include some form of a collaboration of clips that will showcase each characters journey through the day they died.
Pitch 2 – ‘Traveling Light’, Projection Square Box.
186,000 miles per second. Moving instantaneously from one location to another, it contributes to many forms of life and the way we live. This would be an experiment to see how far I could go, how complex, I want to add dimensions to my piece and it not just be static. Along with the use of a specific audio to which will create some form of an audio-visual narrative to add depth and further meaning, all with the use of light.
Pitch 3 – Title to be confirmed…
Using dry ice, or fog screen.
This idea is merely in the process of even becoming one. I love the idea of using either dry ice or a fog screen to showcase my photography, as it can simply add the wow factor to any given concept.
I was first introduced to this effect in a past lecture, but to my memory I can’t remember the artist but have since found other examples.
Through prior research I’ve also found that you can make it an interactive medium, allowing spectators to draw on the screen, which would be interesting to develop and make it stand out.
At the moment this is just an idea I have in order to showcase my work, but I am still working on the actual concept behind it.
When looking back…
I feel I have come a fair way through the process of both research and development from these three original pitches I came up with. I feel they all have factors that I want to develop into my final idea, one aspect in particular being that of Lenticular printing.
What is it: Lenticular printing is a technology in which lenticular lenses (a technology that is also used for 3D displays) are used to produce printed images with an illusion of depth, or the ability to change or move as the image is viewed from different angles. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lenticular_printing
With this diverse effect I wanted to create a two-dimension photograph of both the living and the dead, in order to show more motion and increase the depth of my photographs. Lenticular printing is a many step process, to which consists of creating an image from two or more images and combining them with a lenticular lens. There are many types of lenticular prints, the one I would use for the particular project would be a ‘transforming print’. As this describes the way in which I can see my project forming. With this particular process you can use two different photographs, in my case it would be one living image and the other representing the death of that living image. The lenses used within lenticular printing are designed in a way that requires them to have a large change in the angle of viewing, in order to make it possible to switch from one image to the other. With this effect it will allow my audience to see both of the images clearly, as these small movements won’t create much change whereas large movement will allow the images to flip from one to the other.
Many would say this process causes a some what 3d effect, as it lets two images transform into one. This is created by getting each image and arranging them into strips and then interlaced with the similar image. These can then be either then printed on the back of a piece of plastic, or printed on paper which is then later put on to the plastic. Now with the up to date technology we have the process is much simpler, the lenses are printed in the same way as the interlaced image. When accurately aligned with the interlaces of the image, the light that is reflected off each strip is refracted in a slight different direction. Although the light that is from all of the pixels originating from the same original image are sent in the exact same direction. This then leads to that 3d perception of the image you have created.
There is a history when it comes to lenticular printing and this dates back to as late as the year of 1692, where a French painter named G.A Bois-Clair. He created a number of paintings that contained two images. Moving 0n to the late 1940s to the mid 1980s, this is where lenticular prints really hit their popularity when then were used by the Vari-Vue company. Their most popular product was the novelty of campaign badges, including political badges to animated cards on cereal boxes. One easily recognisable badge would be that of the Rolling Stones tongue.
Further forward to more recent times in 2009 and continued is the lenticular arrays that are used frequently in the likes of 3d television and films.
With reference back to my project there’s the certain aspect of cost I need to take into consideration. During my research I have found out that there are a number of film processor that will take what I want to create with just two images and create a lenticular print, these come at an apparent reasonable cost. If I wanted to spend more money, it is a possibility that I can buy the equipment myself. I have also been told by two fellow students on my course, that they know of people that conduct in the field of lenticular printing. If I decide to proceed in this idea, I will follow up these leads and have a better idea of how much this would cost if I was to do it from my final project.