Task: Create a series of images using layering techniques. Then produce a 500-word blog post on the work of one contemporary artist-photographer who uses layering techniques.
The image above is a composite of two photographs based on Ariana Grande's One Love Manchester concert. Following the Manchester Arena atrocity, the young singer encapsulated the resilience and strength of the city and community. I intended to overlay her face over the fundraising concert at the Old Trafford cricket ground.
Whenever I am being a tourist, I often find myself waiting for an opportunity for another photographer to take a picture of the same subject, from the same viewpoint as myself. Sometimes, I decide not to take the photograph, because the scene is so readably available on a quick Google image search. I want to be taking photographs that offer something new and different. Whilst research photomontage, I was intrigued by Corrine Vionnet's work. Appropriating similar photographs, taken at identical locations, really resonated with me. The photograph above is a montage of photographs taken of the Bull, outside Birmingham's Bull Ring shopping centre. Every time I have visited there, there are crowds of people waiting to photograph it.
Similarly, this image of the Leaning Tower of Pisa (above) is a compilation of many similar photographs. It reminds me of Martin Parr's photograph, in 'Small World', of a number of people attempting to have their photograph taken, trying to either push over, or keep the tower upright.
I liked the monochromatic element in Idris Khan's images. I decided to experiment with using a black and white montage of images I found on the Internet, of the Statue of Liberty (above) and an old VW Beetle (below). I feel that the lack of colour enables the viewer to concentrate on the form and shape of these two distinctive objects.
Having created the image of the Beetle (above), I started to think of the current environmental issues. The image above is a composite of the outline of a car superimposed onto a deforested part of the city. The photograph would be intended to be used to illustrate how the increase in traffic leads to deforestation, in order to build more roads and cars.