Emma Watson and Vanity Fair

I want to write about this as the backlash it received blew me away…

I have been watching and reading the Harry Potter’s for as long as I can remember, Emma Watson was always an inspiration. I mean who wouldn’t want to look and like her!! So 2001 6year old me goes to see what at the time is the most magical thing I have ever seen excuse the pun.

And what amazes me is 16 years later we are in denial that Hermione Granger grew up. We are in a day in age where all we do is make kids grow quicker, put the toys down and pick up the IPhone. emma-watson-tim-walker-march-2017-ss09.jpgI am apparently part of the minority who found this Vanity Fair cover tasteful and artistic, not revealing and shame worthy. She is 26 now not 10! And the criticism she received on this was enormous. The belief of gone is little Miss Granger and she calls herself a feminist… Yes she outgrew her school uniform. She is one of few celebrities trying to make a change. Feeling comfortable and empowered by her body does not lose her these titles, it embodies them.

“It just always reveals to me how many misconceptions and what a misunderstanding there is about what feminism is, Feminism is about giving women choice. Feminism is not a stick with which to beat other women with. It’s about freedom, it’s about liberation, it’s about equality. I really don’t know what my t—s have to do with it.”

 

I could not agree more with what she has said, her views on equal pay have nothing to do with her breasts that are not even on show. How does it differ from the male celebrities we see shirtless all the time. Or the Kardashians and their constant no clothes plastic surgery look. Emma Watson is a perfect example of elegance and poise, and she showed this in a classy beautiful artistic way. With the smallest cleavage reveal since pre-Kardashian sex tape!

I for one respect her, she has grown and many of us grew with her and can appreciate that fact. Our generation should be more sad that the current generation will know her as Belle NOT Hermione!!

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Michal Chelbin- Strangely Familiar.

Looking into travelling performers, this book has it all. From different cultures to different generations. He doesn’t just document one type he wants to show all aspects of their lives. The side we never see.

He uses a simple set up in his photo book, with both black and white images and colour. He doesn’t bleed his images across the whole page, but likes to show as much of them and lets them fill as much as the page with simple titles that tell us who is in the image or where they are.

His work shows the real life side that we never consider. There is no stereotypical images that cloud your judgement, if you didn’t read his description at the start it would take you a while to understand what you were looking at. I find that could be a good tactic there is so much surrounding this that people judge and categorise the people living that life. Which takes away the focus from the work so leaving it minimalist means they look at the raw work not filled with description.

 

Project Re-Write…

After my recent tutorial my project has been thrown out. And now am left confused as to what my project is really about now. My tutor after seeing my work for many months and knowing what it is about decided he did not like what the work was about anymore.

The idea of who she was, who she wants to be and who she really is now isn’t the basis for the work. But rather now I am to play with the ideas of too many photos of Jess like capturing her in every way. Or break it down into images she both likes and hates and then ones I like and hate. Which to me is going to get repetitive as we have very similar taste in the images.

So going to my second tutorial with my other tutor I spoke about the problems I was having. And had narrowed down my Images with approximately 5 images from shoots I have done so far. This brought my images down to 64.. Not the ideal amount. And then to be told to get rid of half of them again.

To me I feel like I am wasting my images, which I know isn’t the case as even I would not want to look at a 400 page edit. That would be mad, I just realise I have to be critical and get rid of images that won’t help me in anyway. Just because I like the image does not mean it will fit into the sequence.

Research into Erwin Blumenfeld.

I looked at this photographer as his work isn’t that well known but he has created some interesting portraits all in a very abstract way. They are quite surreal and have the look of work done by Salvador Dali in his paintings and photographs. He has distorted the body so it looks fake and like a mannequin.

I wanted to look at this photographer to see how people distort the body and represent it in many different ways. Although I haven’t done any work to match this I found it interesting to look into. He has clever use of color in comparison the the black and white which makes his images so much more bold and interesting to look at.

It has a retro sort of feel to it, with the pin-up girl style to the female models. Like the image of all the heads, it creates the idea that all women are the same. And detachable but it relates to the work that women are a kept commodity. He makes the women look plastic and false.

Research into Linnea Strid.

This photographer is also a painter, her work oil painting work is that good I struggled to tell the difference between the painting and the photograph. I like her work with water, water can be used and manipulated in so many different ways. It creates a abstract look to the work, and again makes it clinical because of the things we associate water with.

I like how she looks at both paintings and photographs and can make them almost appear as one because of the skill she has. The use of tones she has used make the body stand out so much more and by surrounding them by water almost frames them. But also distorts the body.

I have enjoyed looking at her work as it shows how you can make paintings and photography go hand in hand. She has studied the way water moves around her subject and taken influence from her photographs and used it t create unique and abstract water-portraits.

Research into Kelli Connell.

At a first glance these images leave a lot to question. But after looking more into this photographer I found out this project isn’t an odd twin situation. These situations never happened. She has photographer herself and overlaid them on film.

“These photographs reconstruct the private relationships that I have experienced personally, witnessed in public, or watched on television. The events portrayed in these photographs look believable, yet have never occurred.”

They make you think about identity and the many sides that come with this, it’s almost the good vs bad side in a way. The way the images look, like one copy of herself is a caring one while the overlay is the cared for. Because of the first look to these images they can be seen to be almost dark themed. Too quickly we judge what we see although we can not explain what we see.

It is interesting though how she has

Research into Aisha Zeijpveld

I really like this photographers work, the colours and post production on it are great. Just how she has taken a standard portrait and added colour and effects to turn it into something surreal and abstract. They haven’t been edited within an inch of their lives just simply but differently.

I have looked at this photographer because of my work looking at ideal body image. Although she takes an average looking body and almost breaks it down. She adds a flaw like the crack in the girls back or hair looking like it has been on fire. She is the contrast to my work. As I want to accentuate the perfection in my images instead of perfecting it and inserting flaws. I feel like she has thought about ever detail even down to the colour. The use of quite calming pastel colors almost make the flaw stand out more and look angry in comparison. Making the flaw the literal crack in the photograph.