Next year is a 50th anniversary of Summer of Love of 1967. So it’s perfect time to remember that crazy era of Love, Freedom, Experimentation and Psychedelia. For our Digital Skills assignment we had to collage black line images and textures together. We had to choose 3 images from 1970s book and put color to it using Adobe Photoshop. To be honest it was rather difficult thing to do and I almost went crazy couple of times during the process but managed to finish it at the end. I used masks, layers, Polygonal Lasso tool to crop the selected thing that I need to add color to. I also used different 70s textures for the clothes.
At our last Digital Skills session we were introduced to Adobe Illustrator. Personally it is my favorite program and I really enjoy working with it. We had to create a LoPoly self portrait illustration for our assignment. It was an exciting thing to do.
First I placed my picture into Illustrator.
Then using Pen tool I put triangles on it using different layer, then I filled a triangle to a different color using Eyedropper tool.
It was rather long process but very engaging indeed. After several hours it was alluring to see the final illustration. Voila!
On my library session we had to choose three inspirational images, each from different book. After looking through numerous books I discovered Martin Parr’s book and it impressed me very much. To be honest it’s my first introduction to Martin Parr photography and it’s really interesting indeed. It was quite hard to find just one image which impressed me the most, because there are so many which strikes strikes strikes strikes strikes. But at the end I’ve chosen the image taken in Liverpool. I love the urban environment about this image. Any urban images fascinate me, I don’t know why. But here we see not just urban landscape but also a little girl running and jumping in the corner. To me she is so beautiful and innocent at this moody, urban, rather rough background. Her childlike happiness make this image look beautiful and more uplifting than the initial idea of the image was. This picture reminds me of my childhood, when I was like this girl living in the Russian city with pretty much the same urban landscapes, to be honest even the worst, and I remember how I had fun on the streets and everything was so interesting and exciting to me and I didn’t notice anything grey and sad, life was beautiful and joyful no matter where you are. To me this picture symbolizes it of how pure our minds when we’re kids and how we loose this joy of life and an ability to see positivity and beauty everywhere around us and not to stress our attention onto negative things. Grey is also a color. And this white car is quite cute.
Another image that inspires me is the image from the book “London in the Sixties”. It’s an image from one of my favorite films 1967 “Blow Up” directed by Michelangelo Antonioni. This photo features supermodel Veruschka and actor David Hemmings. I think it’s absolutely brilliant, i think it represents the whole era of the swinging sixties with it’s philosophy of freedom, love and youthquacker. There is careless, a little bit crazy feel about this picture. It’s has a creative and fun mood. The position of the photographer and his model shows us that they’re very open minded and willing to explore new things which represents the culture of 1960s. Black and white color scheme gives it more depth although the film was shot in color.
The third image is taken from indie-magazine “D-Palma”. It striked my attention because of the absurdeness of it. We all know of New York being as this glamorous fashion capitol, well most of is all just on the pages of magazine. The reality of it we can see on this picture. As I lived in New York myself and i know that the real NYC street fashion is very different of what it is portrayed on the pages of Vogue. If you walk around New York these days, you will see that most people don’t dress so glamorous. So I love this contrast of a real new yorker shot in style of a high fashion editorial.