‘Mapping A Killer’

This weeks task was a very unique one: Using Google Maps, tell a story…

The Process:

Firstly, Google Maps is a very intuitive way of getting around. It adorns most smartphones, and it is literally impossible to get lost with a smartphone in the 21st century. Not only this, but Google Maps has also been used recently as a form of storytelling. I began by crafting a (dark) story, and plotting where the events of the story would take place. This then creates a timeline of sorts, and allows the reader to follow the story from point to point. Immersing themselves into the story more. On top of this, I also added pictures to each point, allowing further immersion, and more a 3D element to the story.

While I enjoyed this exercise, I do find its usefulness in any kind of narrative besides a ‘gimmicky’ or ‘inventive’ storybook would be limited. It only allows the same amount of storytelling as a novel would, with the addition of pictures.

To read the story and follow the map, click HERE



I Think You’re Gonna Need A Bigger Dryer… (Sequential Images)

An Unexpected Surpise...

Never trust a student and a washing machine might be a good phrase…

This week’s task was to explore narrative within a series of photographs (Sequential Images) and create a ‘comic book-style’ narrative. The narrative I looked at was ‘an unexpected surprise’ – I used my photoshop knowledge to date to create something much more unexpected, and surreal. And while I was at it, do my washing too… If only my Mother had employed that tactic whilst I lived at home…

The Process

The completed image started life as six individual photos, documenting the process of loading the washer, turning it, something unexpected happening, opening the door to look inside, and the final reveal. Photos* 1, 2, and 5 were left as is, while the rest had some minor and major editing done to them. Photo 3 was cropped to centralise on the washing machine door, and remove any details that may have been distracting in the background. For Photo 4, I removed all colour from inside the door, and left it blank. Then, I placed the ocean scene behind this image, masking all the white behind it, and making it appear to be what is behind the door. The shark fin was then masked with the ocean scene, and manipulated into the angle it’s at. Image six used the same process of removing the inside of the washing machine, and replacing with the ocean scene. Then, I created another layer covering half of the entire washing machine to create the effect of the shark appearing from inside the machine, creating a much more 3D effect, and a more believable one at that.

As always, thanks for looking, and I’ll have some more photography work up soon…Enjoy.

(* Photos are numbered as they are shown in the timeline of events)

© GBuxey 2014//TheRealDealShowReel

Use Your Illusion/Teenage Riot

Magic and Illusion - First Photoshop Task

Magic and Illusion – First Photoshop Task

 Following on from last week’s task of ‘taking urban photographs’, this week we were tasked with taking a seemingly normal photograph, and using Photoshop, creating an element of ‘mystery’ and ‘illusion’ within the photo. It was a free-reign task, so instantly my mind went to the magic and illusion music creates. (Can anyone else tell I’m channeling my inner Clash/shoegaze?!)

The Impact: Without sounding overly cliché; Music can be a thing of magic, mystery, and beauty. It can come from dark, grey parts, but still become this thing of beauty. The idea of the guitar smashing but becoming this new power of beauty (butterflies) after it has been dismantled is something that I look for in my own musical endeavor. Bands like Sonic Youth, My Bloody Valentine, and Pavement inspire me on a daily basis, and in my creative work. They aim to break down what music really is (Especially Sonic Youth), and create this new beast of power, and beauty. To those who don’t understand it, it can seem like noise and nothing more, but, like this image, once you can see where the influence is, what the meaning of the music or image is, it can take on this thing of beauty that only some people can interpret. If I was to take my creation one step further, I think it could easily be coupled with, and explained by this song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sf2qYa8c-cA

The Process: The image started off as a background of a wall mural, taken using a tripod to create a still background, then taking the photo with Marshal Reilly (Big thanks to him for taking part) pretending to smash a guitar – The act of actually smashing the guitar would have been hearsay to students with little disposable income… I think used the magic wand tool from photoshop to cut the subject out of the second image, and place it into the blank mural background. I then added shadow to add realism, and blended the two together, and blurred the depth of field – This stopped the photo from looking more like an obviously copy & pasted photo.

Next, I cut parts of the guitar out to create the broken effect, and spread the shards around slightly around to give the effect of it being splintered with some power.

Finally, I used stock photos of butterflies from Google – some individual, some in clusters – and changed the colour to black and white. I positioned them to appear as though they are coming out of the guitar, positioning them, and layering them behind the guitar.

© GBuxey 2014//TheRealDealShowReel

Thanks to Marshall Reilly for posing for the photograph!

Urbanism (Pre-Edit)

'Do You Think More Intelligently Than The Average Person?'

I’ve spent the last week getting to know Liverpool as a city, and what better way than to walk round like a tourist, camera in hand, and photograph the urbanism of Liverpool.

Of the 5 shots I’ve picked, I personally prefer the first image in the series. As you can tell, there have been no effects added to any of the photographs; only the settings on the camera have been modified before taking the final shot. The first image, even without any editing, is an incredible composition of light, colour, framing, and angles. If we were to define and adhere to the rules of composition, I feel like this photo in particular ticks a lot of boxes. I’m particularly proud of how much of a story this picture tells in such a small space.

While all the photos are taken in daylight, I think this worked to my advantage, mainly because the first image wasn’t so obvious by night, and was spotted walking home during the day: I just had to stop and document such an interesting feature of a standard Liverpudlian street. Now I’ve taken these photos I intend to look at the effects available to me in depth (no pun intended), and create more striking photos that pull the focus in another direction. However, as a starting point, I feel these 5 photos give me a lot to work with, while still being professional and suitable to my aim of ‘Urbanism’ with the minimal effects I had at my disposal.

         Alignment in Liverpool Juxta-position Myself Here      Work. Play. Public Transport Is So Over-rated.

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