Project Process 1/28

After a month of winter break, I am in full spirit to complete this project by the end of this semester. It might change, or it might not change. I’ll let ideation and process lead the project, just like the last semester. Last semester, I learned that allowing some space for spontaneity and intuition contributes to the shaping of the project. I want to keep this in my mind as I glue sugar and sugar food onto the model’s hands.

The summary of this semester’s plan is to glue various kinds of sugary food on to a hand. I want to explore how far I can get with this project, and changing the medium is one of the ways I came up with to experiment further.  The medium for the up-coming photo shoot includes; Jolly Rancher (or any candy), gummy bear (or snake, ufo, worm, etc.), cupcake and icing, and whip cream. As seen from November, chocolate chip cookies is one of the sugary food that I’ve already shot. That makes it total of 5 different shots. Oh, and if I have time, I want to experiment putting soda onto a hand, just like other medium. I’ll see if there really is time (geez, sounds like there isn’t time at all).

So to start this semester, I began with Jolly Rancher, also known as fruit candies. I thought Jolly Rancher represents this specific sugary food the best amongst all. It is the most well-known merchandise, and is very popular amongst everyone, especially to the kids. But, unlike the happy side, this candy is ridiculously hard to break these into pieces. Since each candy piece is a miniature version of a brick, I decided to smash it into smaller pieces. That way, I can control the amount of candy to be pasted onto the hand, and they wouldn’t look too out of space compared to other photos. These candies are really amazingly super hard. I ended up triple bagging several Jolly Ranchers onto fridge door. Here are the photographs that explains some of the pains:

I then followed the same steps as I did for sugared hand and chocolate chip cookies. A super compact procedure will be: paint egg white to hand, pour sugar, make sure it dries, spray some water if too dried, and shoot photographs. For Jolly Rancher, I did two versions to see which si better. One is candies & white sugar with sprinkles (see top row). Another is pasting just the Jolly Rancher pieces onto the hand (see bottom row).

Additional note: the top row with sugar was the initial plan, particularly to unify each sugar photographs. And, I forgot to check out 90mm macro lens – hence, I was unable to get variations in the composition (105mm doesn’t get your camera too close to the subject). In tactices II DIDN’T NEED TO GO.

Both are interesting enough to keep the audiences’ eyes glued onto the photographs. It especially helps that the vibrancy of the red contrasts against the flesh skin very well. It attracts attention, though at the same time, allows texture to sink in naturally. The bottom row feels stronger than the top though. This is probably because there are not many distracting factors, like the white sugar and other boldly colored sprinkles. I like that there is emphasis on the wetness of the candy, and that the skin’s visibility is clearer.