Nan Goldin

While doing this module I’m very glad that I discovered Nan Goldin. She is a New York photographer and most famous for her confessional images she made while living in Lower East Side, New York.

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“I’ll be your mirror” is one of the series that captured her self portraits which are far from being glamourous, but being real. (She used tonlive in Lower East side in new your in the ninties. )To me LES is the most vibrant and exciting neighborhood in manhattan. Even now it’s very, very cool. I just can’t imagine what it was like in the 80s. I know it was quite dangerous and rough, but there were so many artists living there. I remember I watched Downtown 80, a film with Basquite and it was all about Lower East side. Famous music venue CBGB was here and with all the New York punk scene. Well, Nancy lived in the heart of it all where she created her wonderful series of photographs capturing her and her neighborhood friends.

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What I really love about her photographs is that they’re not professional looking, instead she just used cheap camera and printed her picrures at the local drugstore. These made them so appealing to the time and the scene she was in. Another thing is that she appeal very open and real in those photographs and they tell us a story of her life. The images that speak to us in a very confessional way. We see the way she lived, her relationship, her home, hang abouts. Everything seems so enduaring to me.

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The images have this kind of beautiful colour tones which reminds me of impressionists paintings like Monet. She really touched my heart with her work and I wish I can one day create these kind of beautiful photographs. Nan Goldin is definetely my inspiration.

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Mood Board for Visual Studies Brief 3. “Portraits of cultural icons”

For my brief I have chosen to draw portraits of cultural icons. It was quite easy to choose who to draw because there are people of the Sixties which fascinates me very much and I would love to make their portrait. They are Andy Warhol’s superstar Edie Sedgwick and Pink Floyd’s Syd Barrett.

To get inspirations I researched and created a mood board of the images that can inspire me in my drawings. I looked at different portraits of them done by several artists, I looked at the typography and color patterns of those times. And here is my mood board.

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After creating a mood board I put some ideas on paper. On this assignments I intend to experiment with different media and put everything I learned during this semester. I know it’s going to be quite enjoyable to draw my icons and I’m very excited about it.

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Task 1. Self-Portrait project. When I grow up, I’m going to be a movie star.

For our Image Making session we have to create a set of Self Portrait images. After researching and lectures given buy our tutor I got inspired by work of American photographer Cindy Sherman who is famous for creating a set of self-portraits which looks like stills from Alfred Hitchcock movies

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I’m fascinated by films of the 50s and the 60s. My favorite actresses are Marilyn Monroe and Brigitte Bardot and I decided to recreate cinematic stills inspired by the stills taken from their films. I used Tripod to create these images and I think they went quite well.

These series of images are called: “When I grow up, I’m going to be a movie star.”

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this one is inspired by Brigitte Bardot.

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This one is inspired by Marilyn Monroe

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and this one is inspired by Catherine Deneuve in Roman Polanski “Repulsion”.

And here are the images that I used for my inspiration.

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Font Manipulation

In this session we had to create our own font by manipulation different fonts into one another. We have to do all the work in Illustrator. For this task i’ve chosen Helvetica Bold and Helvetica Italic fonts. I cropped them in half and joined together using pathfinder Divide and Unite tools. And in the end I put my mushed up text into the image. And you can see the results here.velvetunderground