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Christian Larsen

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A lot of Christian Larsen's new work has a constant emotion running through it. I thought this image was captivating as the model almost blends into the carving behind her, this to me seemed related in my idea of faith in the sense of being uplifted. Mainly because of the lighting and the composition of the entire image. It sets a heavenly, higher power mood. 

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This image is one of the key ones that struck me. The power of this image lies in the body positioning of the model, the fact that she's hunched over not facing that camera is intriguing. Similarly the lighting in these images are rather dramatic giving it a spiritual type feeling. It gives connotations of sombre pain or meditation, it also reminds me of vulnerability with is usually meant to be demonstrated within a God-Servant relationship. 

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Saatchi Gallery

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Tate Britain 

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The concept of poetry and dreams seem slightly religious and related to faith in a subliminal way, i liked the idea of things seeming vulnerable because that idea is that is run through the Christian faith.  I felt as though piece of work related well to Christian Larsen's photography of the movement of the material and the moment of the body, i really like the idea of vulnerability and submission to faith and religion or simply the feeling of being lost which i feel is a different take on the entire theology of faith. 

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Helmut Newton

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What struck me most about Helmut Newton's work was his use of black and white and the portraits of women that seemed to be telling some sort of story or struggle within. I think this idea of a story is interesting and can be expressed through the idea of faith as a personal belief is one that states faith is expressed in a 'relationship' with a deity.

In this image the model looks like  she's in deep contemplation. Although Helmut Newton's work has explicit sexual references and are visually erotic, i could take this idea and use it as a taboo against faith and religion. 

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Hussein  Chalayan

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Givenchy

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Most of my ideas and concepts stemmed from what i read, think the ideas of words being a starting point is interesting because most words have visual imagery related to them and i want to use these for a starting point. I didn't just select books about religion but one's that had interesting ideas about what is in religion such as sin; different taboo's such as sex and desire; and the ideologies about purity and impurity. 

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Marina Abramovic

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Shirin Neshat

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Andres Serrano

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Bea Denton

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These three images by Bea Denton is really striking to me because it portrays more of an emotion than a just a pose or simply clothing. I like the idea of portraying that, the faces looking up creates connotations of surrender or even prayer which is really interesting. The composition of the images do not seem very thought about which is successful because it's almost like a spur of the moment capture which i think allows the motion to be portrayed better and mrs successfully. The darkness of the images also create an eerie effect which wrks with the idea of faith. This is inspiring to me because i wanted to create something that creates a mood similar to this. 

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This piece doesn't give off a spiritual mood and is the least effective however still has strong religious connotations to the christian faith. This is because of the communion bread having text written over it. Because the text reads 'guest pass', it almost implies that that is the way to heaven.   

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International Fashion Showcase 

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Visiting the International Fashion Showcase allowed me to look at my project in a different perspective and try to take it in a less obvious 'faith' perspective. It helped me open up my mind to a possibility of ideas that could possibly relate to my theme according to what i found aesthetically pleasing and interesting to watch or enquire about as part of the audience. 

I wanted to use significant ideas in religion such as 'the crown of thorns' jesus wore on his head or the tradition hijab or burka the women in the islamic faith wear to express there dedication to their belief to develop into something interesting to either shoot, film or explore. 

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Again the composition of the mannequins is what i was real interested in and there vibrant color palette used. Although the barents were the main focus, i was really interested in the way the head wraps were put on and why they were across the face. I also thought that the robes resembled somewhat of a Priest's robe which was rather interesting to see, also combined with the islamic connotations the wrapped head brings, i felt as though the mix of the two religions worked nicely. 

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Images like this really give me a sense of peace and relaxation which is something that can be related to faith. Faith in the universe perhaps, i really want to capture this idea and mood in my publication and throughout the rest of this unit. I like the black and white element and having a vast amount of sea is also calming because you can almost imagine the motion of atmosphere around the image. 

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I like this image because it has a clear focus. I like the way the picture has been taken through weeds and almost covertly which i think gives it a nice element , almost something secretive and that should be protected. What i don't like is the obvious connotations of religion, in my work i would like to have an element of wonder for the audience rather than giving them a message letting them fabricate a message on their own using their own imagination. 

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Sarah Cheng De-Winne

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The red in this image is the central focus which is what i want my images to have, a central focus on color because i feel as though that's what carries my images. In this particular her facial expression is very important to express an emotion whereas in my images the face is going to be completely covered so the body language and the colors have to speak for the facial expression to be successful. 

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Rene Magritte

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I love Magriette's work in terms of the fact that both people in this painting are covered but the viewer can still feel their connection, i think that it shows a successful outcome when an emotion is portrayed through and concealed face. I really want to take this forward and use this idea of concealed faces that i have done previously, but possibly use several different people in less static poses. 

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Editorial Inspiration

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I liked the mirroring of the image and the text, this is just an idea of how i may want to portray the interviews against the image. I don't like the size of the image per say but i do like the fact that the image is standing alone on the page. 

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I like the way the images are put together on this spread because of the white space around the image. I do like geometric even white space around both images but i think i prefer more of an interesting layout, closer to the edge of the page and gutter.

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The composition of the spread is what i really like, i wanted to find a mixture of an image going right to the edge and white space. I like the interaction of booth images and the space it uses. I think images like this allow the eye to focus on each image in an unconventional way because there is not an equal amount of white space around the images. 

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I wanted to research different ways text has been used on a spread in relation to imagery and colour. It seemed quite bold in the magazines i had looked at such as 1Granary and Pop magazine. I did like the idea of colour but felt as though bold colours didn't fit the zen approach i was looking for, however i did like the two colums used. 

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I like this spread because of the full bleeds on every corner of both images which is something that i do definitely want to incorporate in my publication as i think it will be very effective. 

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SHOWstudio - In your face - Marina Ambramovic

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I wanted to use the SHOWstudio In your face interviews as inspiration form my interviews to create some more footage relating to people and have them interact with the camera. I like taking notice of their way people interact with the camera and how it affects their speech or mannerisms which is something that i want t take into consideration 

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Steve McCurry

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really like this layout because of the way the text and the page interact on the page. The fact that the text is in a neat column in the corner and the image goes right full bleed at the top of the page gives the reader something more interesting to look at rather than conventional grid positions and methods. 

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I was inspired by these editorial layouts again because the images are landscape and arranged according to their aesthetic. I wanted to experiment with how the images interacted with each other, whether i was sure i wanted to have white space or not. 

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The contrast of the blank pages and the images i think really focus the entree layout, i do want to experiment with this layout and how i'd be able to include more of a spacious format in my publication. I like it a lot when spread's go through to the other page but not entirely reaching the end. it gives a good look and is cool. 

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Karel Funk

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Martin Parr

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I love these two images because of the high contrast and saturation within them, this is something that i would want to use in my shoot and develop and experiment with color (complementary, harmonious, hot and cold). Because i'm taking portraits that has stemmed from religious wear and ideologies and almost exaggerated because of it's extremity in the way its wrapped, i want to also be extreme with the color and alert the audience and trigger questions n their minds about what i am trying to portray and convey. 

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Christian Larsen

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What struck me about this image was the black on black, the idea of silence came from the emptiness of colour, the  lankness of the palette. I think this was the start of my ideas. 

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There's a softness to this image which is think is calming and could even be heavenly representing what a religious person is trying to obtain.The idea of 'heaven' can be represented through an expression and body language, a complete peaceful expression gives ideas of spirituality bit not in the typical conventional sense. This image could also envoke the idea of heaven within the viewer, heaven in sometimes used as an adjective, therefore allowing people to use it to describe heir emotions.  

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Saatchi Gallery

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The taboo juxtaposition of a stark religion such as Islam and the idea of overt sexuality could be viewed as both controversial and humorous. The irony of having genitalia on show outside of the hijab and religious gowns can be viewed as comedic because the very thing Muslim's try to cover and keep pure is these private parts which have here been subverted. I think he idea of this is really really interesting and does voice a lot of opinions that people have about religious garments and the reason for them. The colours in the piece and the composition is what really think caught my eye. The simplicity if the black and white and the placement of the figures with the background. 

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Tate Britain 

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The main thing i really liked and took from this painting was the idea of subversion and defiance. I'm really interested in taking the idea of turning things on their head or questioning things, mainly religious wear or religious attitudes and beliefs. I really liked the bold color against the brown of the background, this is was was more eye catching to me and made me want to actually read about and study the piece. 

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Helmut Newton

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Hussein Chalayan

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The juxtaposition of being nude and fully covered is what drew me to this. The questioning of the reasoning behind a religious garment, or the association with a religious garment is evident when contrast directly with the complete opposite. The contrast and comparison of what is 'acceptable' and what is not is something that i would like to explore. 

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Givenchy

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Marina Abramovic

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Shirin Neshat

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Shirin Neshat's work really attracted me mainly because of the meaning behind it, the imagery is effective and the fact that they're black and white make the work and message more poignant and meaningful. I love the writing from the Quran  across the faces of the model which also makes the entire piece intriguing, the juxtaposition of the gun and the women in a hijab subvert the idea of muslim women being inferior and without power. The image specifically referencing silence, with the gun vertically up her lips is also strong and striking. 

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Andres Serrano

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In this image there is a juxtaposition of what is heaven and hell. The idea of a naked woman tied up and blessing is what hell represents could be defined as an obvious representation of what 'hell' is supposed to be like. Heaven is represented by the pop in his traditional religious garments but in red. Because the robe is red it also associates itself with the imagery of hell and creates an entire picture of pain, danger and fire. Serrano may have done this on purpose because of the portrayal of christian rules leaving people feeling as though they as restricted and already in 'hell'. The irony is that Christian may feel like they're in 'hell' because there trying to obtain what they feel is 'heaven'. 

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Bea Denton

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The blowing of the smoke is really enticing to look at in a still image because you get the idea of movement. I think the black and white element gives it a spiritual feel and effect, the idea of smoke or mist coming from within is spoken about spiritually because the idea of 'spirits' or 'souls' are usually represented through a mist or smoke. 

The idea of miracles stem from the idea of words from the bible, it is usually words that are declared that allow a miracle to happen. I really like the layering of the images because it again gives the notion of movement, possibly the model speaking a miracle or speaking belief. 

I love the composition whereby the image is completely stripped away but leaving the mouth in motion which keeps the audience focused.

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These images are interesting aesthetically which i found inspiring because i want my images to be the same. I was contemplating whether my images going forward should have models or sound simply be an expression through landscape or moving image. I like the way it's not simply photography but a piece of art and projection, the repetition of facial expressions and colours are intriguing and make the audience understanding the meanings and motives behind the piece. 

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International Fashion Showcase

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I liked the composition of this 3D fixture and the cool texture of the hat. I was interested in the coil ours and how they were used and put together even though they are both so simple. Because they are both quite vibrant on their own i wanted to see how well it works right against each other. My aesthetic has recently been very mundane and gray because of the 'intimacy' and religious connotations i've been trying to portray, however i feel as though having a 'faith' theme gives my outcomes and developments religious connotations anyway without me trying to discreetly do it. 

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I created a gif using these gifs from tumblr as inspiration and motivation, i've always felt that animated imagery of moving landscapes create a sense of awe and wonderment so i wanted to use this idea but relate it to the interviews i had conducted to put in my editorial. I wanted to relate my gif's to what had been said in my interviews to have the two run alongside each other. I didn't want to create a film but i felt as though the gif would have been more interesting. 

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Sarah Cheng De-Winne

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I love the feeling of a specific color and the camera angles. I like the fact that she used two models to get across this interaction and odd type of intimacy between the two, i like that fact and element, however i feel as though certain portraits are more direct with just one model in the image. I also like the way the scarves are wrapped on the model's head although they are not the central focus in the images. 

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Editorial Inspiration

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I like the front of Artefact Magazine, i wanted to use the layout of the font across the front page. I really liked the way the title of the magazine started from the left side of the page all the way to the right side. I also really liked the fact that Artefact magazine have specific issues for each edition which i want to adopt into my own publication. 

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I was really focussing on the idea of the juxtaposition of text and images to see how to plan out my interview transcripts and the portraits. I liked this layout with the images on top of the columns of text but i think i wanted something to focus more on the text itself rather than combine the two on one page. 

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I do quite like the way the image and the text is juxtaposed here, i feel like it seems clear and direct in relation to the image. I think this is a basic way of laying out text and imagery but it still work well and effectively. 

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I explored what different types of columns looked like and what effect they had, what i didn't want to happen was for the reader to be overwhelmed with too much text because the interviews are an essential part of the publication so i wanted to refrain form using 4 columns, however using only 1 column could have the same effect and be harder to read so i decided to use a 2 column grid and layout that is simply black and white. 

In terms of imagery, i wanted to have an image on the opposite side of text for the introductory that reflects the mood of the interview and the model's personality directly. On the other pages i wanted to just have text across both pages to not distract from anything other than the interview.  

I really like the idea of lowercase letter simply because i feel as though it has a sense of vulnerability which is what i wanted to portray, something calm and not too bold to reflect the idea of being under a deity or 'rules'. Also the idea of only using lowercase letter comes from the idea of going against 'rules' of English which is reflected in going against the rules of  religion. 

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Lighting Inspiration

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For my video i wanted to have a dark lighting, something harsh an very light and dark. I wanted to have a general inspiration for the lighting, i really lille Helmut Newton's use of lighting in most of his work, the black and white prominent shadows for me is rather interesting. Also the idea of me using a tight frame around the model's face whilst talking i thought would be rather interesting and encapsulating for the audience. 

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Steve McCurry

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I'm completely in love with this image because of the colors of the scarf and the emotional connection between the model and the camera. I love the fact that the model takes up most of the frame. The fact that half of the models face is covered is also a really poignant factor because the rest of the models face is concealed it allows the images to be moire striking because it's simply the emotion in the eyes that strike the audience. also the contrast of the crystal transparent green of the eyes and the brown dustiness of the scarf work well with each other. 

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I really love the wide shots in these two images compared to the closer frames Steve McCurry uses, it gives the viewer perspective to what they are looking at and what they can see around the model, also gives the viewer an insight to the location. The color of the man's beard is so strong and focal for this picture that it takes over the image which is something that i think is really cool and interesting to see. 

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Editorial Inspiration

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I like the layout of this page because of the text and the imagery, i feel as though the vast amount of white space really helps with focusing whats important and aesthetically intriguing. I really want to use the idea of big font and an interesting placed images. I think the image itself and the font work well together and give off a fun and alluring feel. 

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What i like about these spreads is the juxtaposition of a full bled image and a bordered one. I really like this idea but i feel as though because my images are quite striking, poignant and colorful they can afford to stand alone as a spread or just a simple image on a page rather than dealing with a lot of large images or full bleed images. 

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Karel Funk

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I love the fact that the model is not facing the camera, i love the feeling it leaves with the audience. It allows the audience to question and enquire about what this piece is about and what it's trying to portray which is something i want to do with my work. I do like the colours and easy tones but i feel as though my pieces will work better with a lot more colour. 

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Martin Parr

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Martin Parr does incredible over saturated photography which was something that really drew me to him, his use of color and the juxtaposition of skin tones against background created an overbearing, eye catching and poignant image. The tone of the skin is orange which completely contrasts with the blue of the eyewear and the towel in the background, this was a smart way of using complementary colors. I would like to use colors in a more obvious way but use the contrast nonetheless. 

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During one of shoots the idea of color and vibrancy came to me because i wanted the audience to really notice my work, to really see what message or connotations i was trying to portray and get across. 

I was inspired by the use of complementary color being juxtaposed directly in an image because of the theory that it causes both colors to be brilliant against each other attracting an audience directly. This is exactly what i wanted so i thought of experimenting and getting existing photography that demonstrates the use and contrast of complementary colors. 

I really like the orange and blue, when looking at the color they almost don't go together but that's simply the theory working in my mind, which is really interesting and cool to know. 

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Christian Larsen

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The pose in this image is the most powerful thing, i think in terms of my theme of exploring faith in relation to silence and space, this image ties in well because it seems expressed through movement. Another way people supposedly express their faith is through dance, which is captured in this picture. The props, lighting and tone of the image make the picture more dramatic which works well, and relates well to my theme also. 

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Saatchi Gallery

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I really really loved this installation in the Saatchi Gallery because of  how interactive it seemed. The fact that at first it doesn't seem like the figures are moving but then when you move close you notice the subtlety of their 'bowing'. Because the figurs are just machines and sound like machines could represent the marginalization of religion and the fact that a religious institution or acts causes people to become 'robots' or clones and embodies the ideas of entrapment and hypnosis. Also the stones set up as what could possibly be plaques of rules of testaments could suggest the fakery of rules and how people simply bow down empty rules. 

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Tate Britain 

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I've always been in love with this piece by Dorothea Tanning and i've always been interested in trying to replicate this effect she's convey through photography suing a slow shutter speed to create multiples in a ghostly type way and effect. I love the color palette and the tenderness of it, i feel as though having a simply grayscale, or harmonious coloured palette relates well to the idea of faith as it's something easy and calming. 

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Helmut Newton

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Hussein Chalayan

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What really drew me to this image was the lighting which highlights the garments in a solid way. The draping gives connotations of islam and religious garments. The monochrome element is something i want to incorporate and the simplistic photography with possibly one model being a main focus. The disguising of the head and face i think also gives an unnatural, eerie and supernatural look.

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Marina Abramovic

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Marina Abramovic's Balkan Baroque was of her sitting on top of cow bones washing the blood off of it. This reminded me of my own work with the washing he blood of the hands in the sink. Abramovic wanted to state that it is impossible to wash the blood or 'guilt' off your hands just as its is impossible to eradicate the guilt from the war in Yugoslavia. I think this concept is really interesting, and the idea of guilt or pain representing blood is what i have used is my test shoots.  

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This image is really relevant to my project because during my shoot i stumbled across this and realized that the aesthetic was the same. The idea of washing blood off of hands using a sink and water, the juxtaposition of both purifying symbols in a religious sense but also reflects guilt and 'sin'. Also the cupping of the hands reflect a 'begging' motion, possibly for forgiveness or surrender. Overall, this image is very similar to my shoot and the gif's i had created. 

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Shirin Neshat

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Andres Serrano

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Andreas Serrano uses a high saturation and filters in his work to express his themes, he also mainly deals with the ideas of faith and mainly christianity and there symbols/figures represented in it. 

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Bea Denton

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An interactive piece like this which allows people to touch the pieces create a personal and direct message to the specific audience. It allows the public to feel specially spoken to because they are they ones interacting in with the piece. Especially using envelopes where the viewer has to take out a piece of writing, makes it seems like that writing was specifically addressed to them. This increases the effect of the message powerfully because of the close intimacy of the art.

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These pieces allowed me to consider text in my work and how treat is used within religion, because of different religious books and religious jargon, i think it would be interesting to use text like this within my work possibly in an editorial or simply just running through a photographic image. I think the element of having it seem handwritten makes the communicated idea very personal which ties into the idea of faith perfectly.  

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I've really been interested in capturing the idea of faith without having to explicitly resemble something religious like Jesus or a religious symbol. I decided to capture faith as a feeling through landscape and emotion so i wanted to get inspiration through random imagery that are mainly black and white but really have a spiritual or reflective feeling. I think the images in black and white work well but i want to see if i can still get the same emotion from the images if i capture something in colour. 

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International Fashion Showcase

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This piece really stuck out to me, i thought the idea of having a completely covered face was rather interesting and allowed the audience to really think exactly as bout what they're looking at, why they're looking at it and what it means. All down to the technical things like how the scarf is wrapped, how tight it is only then face, the colors and the creases all contribute to what the viewer thinks and what they take away from the entire piece. I personally love the side profile and the colors of the scarf. I feel as though the fact that the scarf if colorful and the mannequin is restricted, the entire piece becomes an oxymoron and contradiction which is something i find really interesting and would like to explore 

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This being a mixture of a model and a landscape i think communicates directly to the viewer, it gives the viewer an emotion and mood to feel because of the way the model is positioned or expression on her face. I definitely want to experiment with both separately, and possibly do a shoot on location to mix the two elements of a model and the natural landscape. 

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Sarah Cheng De-Winne

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What really struck me about Sarah Cheng De-Winne's work was her use of a similar esthetic but different colors and a variety of different portrait type pose and looks which was something i was going for. In my shoots i wanted/want to do a string of different things using different colors, poses and background but having them all connected with the same aesthetic sand i feel that Sarah Cheng De-Winne does that really well. 

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I wanted to go back to the idea of covering the head, concealing and revealing things through fabric which automatically has religious connotations. I wanted to see if i could juxtapose the idea of being clothed and being nude, if it really is taboo or just something you're taught. I don't want my final piece or build up to my final piece to have an obvious direct religious message but more of a religious feeling. Shirin Neshat's work is really interesting and striking which is something that i want to take on board. 

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I really like the fact that it is simply text and no image on this page, i also really like the composition and the fact that it's lower down on the page. It's more striking than if it was in the corner at the top. This is something i definitely want to use because i think the idea of openness, emptiness and space goes well with my theme and what i'm trying to convey in my publication 

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I thought this was interesting to lay out text on top of the image it was talking about, however for me and my theme or direction i'm going i feel like it may be too much of a distraction because i'm going for a specific emotion in the audience. 

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I love the way images are presented especially with them having a full bleed because i feel like it gives the entire spread almost a 3D 'in your face' feel and really engulfs to audience to it's narrative and story throughout the magazine. 

I feel like images with a very striking subject look well and focus better with a white margin.

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This composition is the most interesting and complex out of all the ones i had looked at, i don't think it was relevant to my theme but the colour scheme was closely interlinked with most of the images i had taken in Brussels.

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I definitely want to incorporate this idea of having only text across the page so the audience is focused on exactly what is going on. 

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SHOWstudio - In your face - Phoebe Collings-James

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What really struck me about the 'in your face' interviews was the really tight shot that focussed the audience in, i really thought that concept was such an amazing one. Every single detail is shown, every freckle, every crease and every facial expression is caught immediately which is very 'in your face'. I love the black and white element of the interview, really strips everything down and gives a sense of personal intimacy to the artist or whoever is being interviewed 

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Steve McCurry

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This image really took hold of me because of the colors used and the composition of the entire frame. I really liked the model chosen and the fact that his face is covered with red paint in front of a green background which is something that i wanted to develop more. 

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wanted to use this type of layout swell to keep some things quite simple. I favour having just a simple portrait image with equal borders around the page. I wanted to use this image mainly for my publication but all my images are landscape so it would be difficult to achieve this type of look without having too much border at the top and bottom. 

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I really like the juxtaposition of two landscape images on an A4 page and the spread of one landscape image. I'm using these as inspiration because i'd rather a clear image layout with a lot of white space because of the intensity of the color and there focus it needs. i don't want to overwhelm the publication. 

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favor this layout because it gives both landscape images time to breathe and really be separate but also contrast each other. I am thinking to use this layout quite a lot in my publication, i really want to use images that look similar, possibly a profile image and the a front facing image on one page so it almost looks like a transition of movement. 

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Karel Funk

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What influenced me most about this image was the angle at which the image was taken, this relates well to my work because it's a portrait without seeing the face of the model but i feel is still effective and intriguing. I really feel as though i could use more of this type of photography in my shoots to get this type of effect and focus on the intricacies of the image like the creases in the hood. 

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Martin Parr

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This is image is definitely one of my favorites by Martin Parr because of the combination of several blocked colors. The lack of gradient and tones through the image really makes the audience pay attention to the image and is aesthetically striking. The green of the ice lolly and the red parts of the jacket bring out the brilliance of the color but the purple parts of the jackets do the same. Also the orange tone of the child's skin is juxtaposed with the blue car in the background which again is playing a part in making the entire image an extremely striking one. 

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I really like the red and green contrast because it brings connotation of roses in grass which again is a contradiction because of the idea of beauty being juxtaposed with the thorn. I like using this idea, i have experimented with this in the past and jot has proved really successful so i want to see what more i can do with the color red and green. 

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