Images inspired by short stories

 

Series of images inspired by short stories “The Company of Wolves” by Angela Carter, ” Cat Person” by Kristen Roupenian, “The Year of Spaghetti” by Haruki Murakami and “The Hansomest Drowned Man” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

A project by Laurentina Miksiene

Modern society is surrounded by photographic images. The proliferation and ease of use of photography has made it an integral part of life, as a participant in society. Collection of photographic images in physical albums or on digital media – allowed people to archive their past. It has become a great human proof of past history that he can visually share with people close to him. Photography captures the visual reality and documents it – to capture what is real (visible). But what is that reality? What is her relationship to reality? How much truth lies in the image? The photographer must be responsible for presenting the situation in a fair and honest way, he can’t do manipulation of the technical image, but also can’t manipulate the emotional impact.

My portraits are not about how the object looks, rather it’s about how I feel he looks. I transfer onto the object my beliefs and vision but not my emotion. In art photography, some photographs are more suggestive and remain in the human memory, while others simply pass away, as in journalistic photography, some photographs simply represent an event and some convey emotion, mood, light. Photography has a dual function: it depicts the human exterior and describes his identity. To photograph my grandparents, I kept the vision for two years and only last summer I went to my country (Lithuania) and was able to do this.

Towards the end of the 20th century, Lithuanian photography experienced very important changes: some of the photography created at that time did not continue with previous Lithuanian photography traditions and generally did not match the usual criteria of photographic artistry. My favourite Lithuanian photographers are Antanas Sutkus and Vitas Luckus. Every time I  look at their photography I feel very emotional. I do not only see the photos I feel them. In photos with my grandparents, I was looking for natural emotion and to capture the photos with natural light. I wanted to show their relationship and loyalty, their love and their daily routine. I just had a feeling that I needed to do this for myself. To remember them like this. To remember their eyes, hair, wrinkles, hands, and voices. The photo where they are holding the hands of each other has been selected by Lensculture editors to be featured in the Portrait Awards 2020 Competition Gallery. Some of the photos were featured on Vogue Italia. I kept asking myself why it was so easy and natural to photograph my grandparents and landscape where I lived. And I think I found the answer – it is because of memories! I am connected to this place and these people. Most beautiful memories with grandparents, long conversations before going to sleep. I wanted not only to have digital memories of them I wanted to hear their voices so I recorded my grandmother singing. It is very important to me because we always sang together when I was a child. I still have a feeling that I haven’t finished the project and I plan to go back to Lithuania this year and take more photos. My grandmother will be 88 years old this summer and my grandfather will be 91; it is a solid age for them.

‘’In summary, we can say: The photographic image is a message without a code, it’s continuous. At the same time it is a connotative message, but not at the level of the message itself, but at the level of its production and reception. The photographic image is a sophisticated object selected, structured, built and produced according to professional standards – aesthetic, cultural or ideological.’’(Roland Barthes)

Images by Laurentina Miksiene

Digital Residency 2: Laurentina Miksiene

 

Digital Residency 2: 01 February – 30 April 2020

My name is Laurentina Miksiene I’m from Lithuania. I started the most amazing journey last year when I came to the Foundation Art & Design course at Swansea College of Art UWTSD.

I love people and I love portraits. I think it’s amazing when you can freeze emotion. I tend to focus on feelings – which is the most important for me and hope important for viewers. For ‘Tabula Rasa’ I was inspired by hidden feelings – those of people who are close to me and many artists. My portraits are not about how the object looks, rather it’s about how I feel he looks.

We have eyes but we chose not to see. We have voices but we chose not to speak. Sometimes pain covers our body like tight fabric. It’s hard to breathe and hard to see. We need to be alone to feel the pain, to heal the soul. We can see darkness in joy and beauty in darkness. This is the line between sadness and joy, between life and end.

 

Digital Residency 1: Grzegorz Zalewski

 

Digital Residency 1: 01 September – 30 November 2019

Hi, my name is Greg. I love photography – there are so many inspiring and beautiful sights. Everywhere.  Many people instead of noticing seem to pass by looking at screens with digital data. I personally love connecting with nature and hope younger generations will not lose that  connection.

Ragnarok initial concept notes

sb1This is the opening shot to the episode, setting the location and mystery the episode will follow.

  1. Ext shot, hill with trees, panning down hill
  2. Follows straight from one, shot up river with buildings in the background, camera pans down into 3
  3. Camera pans down into final position
  4. Camera onto body lying on slab stones/concrete, hold for a few seconds, let music well up and smash cut into next frame

 

sb2

*All p/in/p videos fade in and out*

Half profile shots of the two leads of the episode (a police investigator and the leader/ sub-boss of the biker gang suspected of the murder. Beside each are small videos showing actions of the upcoming episode to give a brief insight to the characters.)

  1. Shot of character getting out of car and talking to colleague
  2. Shot of character arresting/interviewing someone
  3. Shot of character room clearing/searching for clues
  4. Shot of character in a bar with drink (maybe a smoke too)
  5. Shot of character preparing chain/knife/knuckle duster
  6. Shot of character flexing with leather/denim vest on

 

sb3

Main title card for the episode, pic 1 is independent, while 2 and 3 are together.

  1. Black background, title fades in, followed shortly by episode title
  2. Series title fades in as a snowstorm starts to pick up (going from upper left to lower right), flows into pic 3.
  3. White background with vignette around border, episode title fades in black letters (possibly with episode count underneath)

Winter is coming- project notes

I have a new project to complete for my university course, called ‘Winter is Coming.’

The aim of this project is to create an opening title for a fictional anthology series called ‘Winter is Coming,’  with each of us creating a basic outline for an episode and constructing the opening title sequence around that.

Below you will find some preliminary notes I made about the project.

Winter is Coming opening credits

  • Nordic/Gaelic/Welsh noir inspired
  • Typically from the perspective of the police (most commonly dealing with murder)
  • Sometimes deal with corruption of government
  • Slow burn tension and drama
  • Opening title to be 60-90 seconds long
  • Can either be an opening scene with credits or more traditional opening credits (like a montage)
  • Winter is Coming- anthology series style

 

Episode style/story notes-

  • Cops vs bikers (Ragnarök, name for Biker Gang)
  • Corrupt local government official funding bikers (either through drugs or weapons)
  • Police pick up the trail after a body is found, suspected be a gang killing
  • Bikers preparing for a war with other gangs

 

Opening credits content notes-

  • Opening shot of dead body central to plot
  • Majority of credits are a close up of the two leads (separately) faces, half on show, over a black background while short clips from the episode fade in and out beside them
  • Leads= lead investigator and biker gang leader
  • Clips showcase the characters personalities through actions (such as arrests for the cop and beating someone for the gang leader)
  • End of credits feature the series title (Winter is Coming) and the episode title (Ragnarök) as a subtitle.
  • Alternative: Main title comes up, a “snowstorm” covers it over in white and replaces it with Ragnarök.

Wendigo shoot BTS

Here’s a selection of behind the scenes shots from a photoshoot I organised today (Sunday, 14/10/18) at Afan Argoed forest park, for my university project, taking influence from the Wendigo legend.

Concept portfolio

This is a brief portfolio tracking my research and development of my first university project, which is to create six images to form a story revolving around the concept and theme of dreams.

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The first slide gives a brief summary of Jung’s study of dreams and his concept of the Shadow archetype.

The second slide is a series of pictures that I produced as part of exercises in my university lessons that I have found to be fairly inspirational towards the development of this project.

My third slide is simply just a small collection of films that explore a similar theme of an “inner monster/animal” to myself and that have inspired me in some way on this project.

Slide four is rather self explaining in that it describes my main inspiration (the Wendigo) for the project.

Slides five and six are also very self explaining as they are the storyboard for my proposed pictures.

Digital Residency | Nathan Mason

Digital Residencies 2018

The Jane Phillips Award Digital Residency offers support and promotion for artists, providing online space through its website to develop work, ideas and display new artwork.

It can feature images/documentation of objects, photographs, textiles, art, creative writing, sculpture, oral history, and archival materials. Artists whose practices include performance, sculpture, film, video, new media, video, sonic art, live works and cross-disciplinary practices.

This residency presents an opportunity to an artist/s working with exclusively online practices or who make work using digital processes, wishing to exploring the boundaries of art and technology and the interactions between digital, online spaces and/or their physical materiality.

Nathan Mason: 01 October – 31 December 2018

As an artist, I prefer to make the type of art I would like to see, but that doesn’t mean that I won’t take the time to experiment with different styles and mediums.

Typically,I’m a filmmaker (currently taking a university course for this), focussing on horror and action films, though I do tend to try and stay away from the regular trapping of the two genres. What I expect this residency to showcase, for me, is the processes that I go through when making films.

 

 

 

Abstract lines

First page of a new mini sketch book I just bought to keep on me at all times when I’m out and about. I like to doodle and this is just an example of the kind of thin I like to do – free form drawing with no conscious conection to anything. Just shapes and lines.  IMG_4021

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Dry Finish

Dry Blue and White jug pour

This how the Blue and white jug pour turned out after it had dried (which took at least two days considering the thickness of the paint) Since I re-used a canvas from a previous pour this pour features some cracking and interesting textures.