Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Themed Wednesdays - Water

"Does everything have to mean something"

BaBar - Jean De Brunhoff

For those who can't view the video on the blog, here's the link to youtube;

Hi, so sorry about the lack of posting, everything's just been really hectic for both myself and Ambreen these past couple of weeks. Anyway, we recently came up with an idea for something we've named 'Themed Wednesdays', and for the next few weeks the theme will be water. We're hoping that themed wednesdays will become a regular part of the blog. 

The video above is part of a collection of videos I did for my A Level Art controlled assessment, in which we were given 15 hours to complete our final piece (or pieces in my case) of work. Although 15 hours of exam time may seem like a nightmare, art exams don't really feel like exams at all (not in my college anyway).

My initial ideas started off when I began to explore the movement of tidal waves on beaches, which then prompted me to explore the movement of waves in a bath tub. However, as much fun as this was, I felt the videos weren't capturing the mood, or the feel I really wanted. My 'light bulb moment' came  when I was washing away my inks down the sink. The change in patterns and colours that occurred as they were being washed away got me daydreaming for a moment, and this was the exact effect I wanted my work to have on people. I'm hoping it has the same effect on you! (Please do let me know your thoughts, as I would love feedback!)

These videos were recorded on my 8 Megapixel Sony digital camera... not so fancy, but it did the job! As all work had to be carried out in the same room, I needed a dark space to record the videos, where there were minimum shadows and reflections. My "den" was made using tables and chairs with black curtains draped over them, and this is where I spent the next 3 days. The actual recording was of ink,  being dropped and squirted into jars and tanks of water using pipettes and syringes. The camera was attached to a tripod and placed very close to the jars, and in most cases, so close that you couldn't see the edges. It appears as if there is actually lots of water, instead of just a small amount in a jar. I shot the video in the close focus setting to minimise blurring. I also edited the video, which let me tell you felt like a complete nightmare, but I'm really pleased with the result! I got 98/100 so I must have done something right! 

Hope you've all been well, wherever you are in the world. Our next post shall hopefully be up this friday. 

Irsa x

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