Elements of Imagery
The next thing for finding ideas, we've already touched on this a little bit, but really breaking down image components, okay? How do we break down an image into every single component part? And I think it's good to build the scene around one of these things. So I have my little list here that I've made, we can add to it: location, wardrobe, hair and makeup, lighting, color, set design, theme, emotion, posing, time period, props, and more. And you can add to the list and I encourage you to do that. You know, like, type a comment, tell me, what else you can thing of to add to this list. Obviously it didn't fit on the slide, so I had to stop somewhere, but what can you think of? And how do we build a scene around it? Now I had this door, specifically this door photographed, ages ago and I wanted to use it for something. So I chose the door as my prop that I was going to build a whole scene around. And I asked myself, where would I wanna put that door? And I thought the forest would be a ...
fun place. And then I thought, well okay but why? Why is there a forest and a door? And I thought, oh it's the Alice in Wonderland-ey, isn't it? The choice: which door do I go through? So I decided to add multiple doors. And then I thought, okay well what colors then, would evoke that sort of fairy tale feeling? And I decided with these blues and greens to make it really soft. And so on, and so on, until an image is created. Making all these choices based on one single component. And same with this. It doesn't have to be this grand location or anything like that. This just a sheet that I hung up in my house to photograph myself against. But I started with the idea of color here. I had created a different image with blue, red and white. And I thought, I wanna do another image like that. What can I do with these strong colors? I already had this dress that I wanted to turn red, I already had a blueish background, and then I asked myself, what white thing could I use in this image? And I ended up with this cloud that I though would be really neat. So color can start something. And then we've got this final image. Tons and tons of things to consider here. But I just started with a branch. That was my thing, started with a branch. I said, what could a branch be if its not just a branch? And then, I created this whole scene based around that.
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