After re watching the video, we were given for our research Methods Reading Group,


 
 

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I came across the a section which talked about the way photographers frame and crop their images. This started me thinking about the fact we tend to crop, to make our subject, in to the focal or point of interest.. I then applying this to my previous idea of the museum I started to think about how this focal point is similar to the way I was considering the objects in a museum setting, and from there the idea of how much interesting material we are losing, when we crop or frame the images. I decided to experiment with images and make the normally deleted area the focal point of the image even if it was mostly darkness. I attempted this initially using old images I had on my hard drive, as as soon as i have an idea, I do like to test it out.

 

I also after remembering about an article I read on surrealist photographers, and the work of (add name) about artists who cut out sections of their images, this could be the perfect opportunity, to attempt that technique here, then I could add other images behind, and create new scenes, almost like a physical photomontage. Then if I re photographed this set up, My initial images were becoming photographic objects themselves. the irony being that the original images having been cropped to play with the idea, of the reverence we place on objects and subjects, these images, would not for the most part be uncropped.
To start this i decided that it would be best to have a new selection of images, so I returned to the studio and shot random commonplace objects, ensuring that they did have shadows, so once I removed the centre area, you could still tell that something had been there.

The images were all photographed using a grey back drop (to ensure shadows could be seen, but not so overpowering as if I had used the white backdrop), They were all lit using two soft boxes to mimic the lighting of dutch paintings and the technique of Chiaroscuro .