The Creating Balance Project

On a recent trip into Winchester I noticed a new shop so went to take a look inside, after browsing the shop I noticed an open planned exhibition space in the corner with 10 prints. The work was by 10 photographers and 10 artist/graphic designers in collaboration with the University of Portsmouth, Strong Island and Anglepoise lamps. With each photographer being paired up with an artist/graphic designer they worked together to produce a single image using there Anglepoise lamp.

The first image of the exhibition was by photographer Matt Saxey and Designer Carl Leroy-Smith, their impressively dark image picks out the perfect lines of both the building behind but also the subtle detail of lamp and person in the frame. I like the depth perception, placing the lamp and person in such a way to give the illusion of similar heights, this has worked extremely well and the light from the lamp is captured perfectly, reduced highlights but still an interesting pool of light.

Secondly the image by Cotton Candy Photography and Illustrator Neal Layton & Artist Sadie Tierney is in interesting and eye catching image that shows a number of layers throughout the image, firstly two adults, a man and a women staring into each others eyes with what appears to be a baby on the back of the lady. This is with a background of what appears to be a carousel, this is all while the image is in an eye catching and vibrant colour/paint effect that sees both the back ground and foreground brought together with this effect. I really like this image, the overall impact is great and technically thought provoking, it also shows a good balance of photographer and graphic design.

The next image is by photographer Russell Squires and street artist/toy designer FarkFK, their fascinating multiple framed finished piece is an interesting insight into the thought process and the stages of design and photography between the two artists. Each of the 12 images are framed nicely, with wonderful soft lighting that is focused on the subject.

Photographer Josh Knill and design studio I Love Dust have created this striking and attractive abstract image using the Anglepoise Lamp, and the design studios logo. The depth in this image is surprising with the style and composition however when considered closely it gives the illusion of looking into and towards the middle. I also like the tonal range on the black and white image, it really suits the composition with the highlights, other than the central element being complimentary to this.

The fifth image by photographer Matt Sills and artist Lorna Apps-Woodland is a very engrossing and pleasing image the use of multiple lights all focused on the subject really draws focus onto them. It also gives the sub contextual element of being watched or having eyes on you, this interesting element add depth and thought to this otherwise eye catching and visually interesting photograph.

The next image by photographer Jack Daly and urban artist My Dog Sighs is an environmental twist using the Anglepoise Lamp as the single source of light. Decorated in a multitude of paint, the lamp takes on an interesting texture and form, attracting the eye away from the initial focal point being the cans, which have cleverly been made to look similar to faces. The frame is then given depth by the placement of text in the foreground, saying “Don’t be concerned I’m sure I’ll be fine on my own” perhaps an interesting reference to life after significant environmental change. Overall this a brilliantly lit still life photograph that use the single light source to draw the attention too the message and focal point on the table.

Photographer Rob Luckins and artists Roo Abrook @ Barry Abrook have created this visually appealing image that fits nicely into a surreal expression. The composite of elements throughout the frame create a colourful and interesting image. The use of the colours work well together in catching the eye and the layering of the hello and orange works well to give an otherwise flat image depth.

The eights image of the exhibition was taken by photographer Thor Haley and artist Will Pounds, in what is a rather traditional and subtle composition. Initally thinking the lamp was used as the single lighting source but then realising the lighting on the subject is opposite to how it should be, I assume this was never the case but I would like to see the same composition but with perhaps the Anglepoise lamp as the sole source of light, with the use of a reflector it would be interesting to see the results.

The penultimate image was taken by photographer Paul Gonella and Creative Director Tristan Savage. This location aware image includes a significantly important element of Portsmouth, the sea. The lamp having been emerged on the seabed has changed significantly taking on the appearance of a piece of salvage perhaps from a sunken ship. This simplistic photograph is backed up wonderful by the visually appealing aspect of the form the lamp now takes which is also complimented by the lines of the lamp.

The final image was taken by photographer Andrew Whyte and blacksmith/artist Peter Clutterbuck, an extremely striking and interesting photograph with a perfectly suited experimental photography technique. The placement and effectiveness of the wire wool is brilliant and with the added element in the background the context and depth of the image is effective in drawing the eye through the image.

This is an extremely interesting and effective exhibition showing the extreme difference between different photographers and artists. It effectively uses a single given prop in a multitude of environments, styles and uses and creates in each case a contemporary and also traditional visually attractive image. I really like the idea of collaborative work, the process of bouncing ideas off other people has always been a situation that I find myself at my most creative. Working within a group of likeminded people you are bound to produce exciting and different work to what you would originally so in turn broadening your experience and skills.

Please find the works of the exhibition here and I fully recommend you do: http://creatingbalanceproject.tumblr.com

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