With all the feedbacks and reflections from last week, I decided to wrap up gummy bear section of the project. The past experiments with gummy bear didn’t quite fit in with others. Chopped up gummy bears felt too separated from the skin, but I liked the curves of the gummy parts that were still recognizable. On the other hand, the melted ones had an interesting texture that sort of resonated with digestive acid. Despite that, the colors were too vibrant on its own (especially the red and orange). This time, I mixed these two up to see whether it can balance the textures.
Since melted gummy bears dry pretty quickly, I melted all analogous colors (red, orange and yellow) together. I also melted purple ones right after in a separate batch so that it doesn’t make the reds darker. Here are the photographs:
I do like these much, much better than the previous gummy bears. The way the melted gummy bears stream across the skin pretty much sums up the repulsive part, but the those still in shape relfects off highlights that illuminates its texture. The only thing that is bothering me is the vibrancy of the melted orange gummy bears. I might include more purple or just melt orange and yellow to lessen its intensity.
Meanwhile, after I get back from spring break, I plan to print out some photographs to determine which is actually the best or not.
Last week was a mid-point presentation, and I got a lot of helpful feedbacks after my presentation. Here are things that need more tweaks and things that should stay as it is.
One of the important aspects of the presentation I have to work on is clearing the language. The inclusion of basic information and personal experiences were good supplement to the content, but the focus on sugar addiction got lost towards the end. I focused too much on the process and eventually furthered away from the topic of the project. This made some people confused, especially on the way my photographs relate to addiction. So, what I need to do is to just simply bring back the content while I talk about the process. Color and lighting could also tie back to sugar too. It’s the moment of indulgence and pleasure you gain while you consume unhealthy food.
Another key feedback I received was about the photographs. Pasting sugary food on top of the skin works, and many people responded positively on photographs that had an even exposure of the skin and the sugary food. There were also favors towards bright and colorful ones (e.g. jolly rancher and refined sugar), especially since it resonates with playful look that sugar has. Because of this, I have to be careful with sweets that are monochromatic and darker (e.g. chocolate). Overall, the disgustingly beautiful aesthetic is evident throughout the photographs, and I need to make sure this is continued throughout.
And speaking on continuation, I realized I need help with editing. Some of the photographs I put out was not necessary the ones I thought it was good, but it had a lot of great positive responses. After the presentation, I recognized those photographs’ potentiality more. What I should do early in April is to print out small-sized photographs and ask people around for help narrowing down the best of best. I also need to document a lot more to show the process.
It’s always good to have feedbacks from other people when you’ve looked at the same thing for the longest time. So far, I’m heading into the right direction and is also on track with time. Let’s keep it up till the end of the semester!
Couple things to note for the sour candy series though. I need to be aware of color in the composition. In particular, the red sour candy is so vibrant compared to others. It’s just very loud and overwhelming when placed next to other colors. Julie pointed this out and I do agree a lot. Since I can lay out the sour candy by my hand, perhaps putting the analogous colors – orange, yellow, green, and white – first and then adding red and purple might help compositionally.
Another thing to remember is keeping balance between the skin exposure and the sour candy (or gummy bear in the next week). Too much candy on the hand changes the subject of the photograph. The hand is completely hidden and only candies are seen. On the other hand, too less candy and too much skin rather loose interest in relation between dominant and sub-dominant structure of the photograph. This will be hard to tackle at one try. I just have to keep shooting variations till I get to the ‘one’.
Here are two photographs we all thought was the most successful in the sour candy/gummy bear series:
By the way, I shot couple more shots with sour candy and newer shots of gummy bear. I might as well put them here before I begin re-shoot next week with these materials. The first 7 photos are sour candy melted in the same way as the purple one from previous week. The last 4 photos are gummy bears. I was going to lay the bears out just like sour candy at first, but the inside isn’t sticky at all. So, I decided to chop them finely to see how it turns out. They look interesting so far.
Side note: I forgot to check-out 100mm macro lens, which I usually use. The ratio and the size of candies might be a little different compared to last week.
And I must go to Luck’s on High St. for candies. And of course it’s going to be props. I mean, what else do you do with candies?