Celebrating big and small – with a difference.
Photo gallery time. Here are two series of images that were recently brought to my attention. The photographer, Elam-graduate Hilary Upton, used some interesting techniques to achieve quite different results.
The first series of images is comprised of textured landscape shots of iconic buildings. The shots, variously entitled Find me in New York, Monday in Paris and London were tweaked in Photoshop, recreating methods that traditionally would have taken place in the dark room.
Upton says that pre-Photoshop she would have undertaken this process with an enlarger in the dark room by exposing two sets of film to paper. "Photoshop is basically the new dark room the only difference is you can see what you are doing – however I do feel it can sometimes be too easy to take modifications too far, and it's a shame to lose something in the process of taking the photo."
The second series, 'Tea', was taken using a process called TtV ( Through the Viewfinder), a technique that gives photographs a vintage feel, with soft focus, dust and scratches adding to the overall effect.
"Through the Viewfinder photography is defined as taking a picture of any subject through the viewfinder of any camera with another camera," says Upton. "In this case I used the viewfinder of a vintage Argus and a Canon digital SLR with a macro lens. To block out any light or reflections I created and used a black card like sleeve over the Argus. Once you have captured the shot you are left with an image among a sea of black to which you then crop in Photoshop leaving the curved black frame of the photograph. I tend to print the image with an additional white border so you don't loose anything when framing as such."
- Michael Barrett