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Hello,

I am currently in my third year of university studying Fine Art. Below is an example of my artist statement which briefly explains my thoughts and ideas in my current project. These photographs were taken through the steamy glass of the shower and use no Photoshop techniques. I would be really grateful if you could give me some feedback about my images and how I might improve them.

Is it possible to find security and comfort in an insecure environment? Have you ever wondered how a stranger feels in their most private moments? My work challenges the illusion of everyday life - of what we choose to leave unnoticed. Although Iíve drawn heavily from my own experiences, I feel the concept is something that relates to everyone in todayís society.

The theme of each piece determines the form and materials I choose. Photography allows me to translate my inner vision into realism in a way I feel accurately expresses my interpretation of the world around me. When using photography I enjoy contrasting harsh and sensitive materials, to portray the vulnerability which Iím painfully aware of every day. Before I settled with using nails I experimented with cigarettes, needles and anti-depressants. The nails had more impact; they had a piercing quality that the more contemporary objects didnít possess. Instead of bare skin I tried using fruit, which I kept in sealed jars and photographed in their various stages of decay. In the end, the images of hard metal against delicate skin felt more evocative, and pertinent to the emotions I wanted to evoke.

An element of my project focuses on the idea of the first months of foetusí in the womb. It allows a direct comparison to be made with the outside world, which is both safe and threatening at the same time. There is a dream-like quality pervading throughout - a sense of the surreal that contrasts with the bare truth of reality. Iím looking forward to taking my ideas further Ė I want to experiment with different locations as well as focusing on the female form. Varying the compositions I use to present my work is also something I want to develop. This will give more depth to the fragility and insecurity that lies at the heart of my craft.

Thank you very much for your time,

Natasha

Brand:Samsung
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:28 Nov 2010 - 8:22 PM
Focal Length:4.9mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.5
Aperture:f/3.5
Shutter Speed:1/45sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Auto, Fired
Title:Womb
Username:tashytoo tashytoo
Uploaded:30 Jan 2012 - 1:37 AM
Tags:Black & white, General, Photo journalism, Portraits / people, Specialist / abstract
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Inner-Funk
30 Jan 2012 - 8:44 AM

Hey, i took a second look at your photograph as there is something slightly unnerving about it... keep working at it, it is a concept that deserves some development for sure, thanks, amelia

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wolf1964
wolf1964  9 United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jan 2012 - 10:08 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

The shot is interesting. It made me stop and think about what I was looking at and that's an important achievement for something as sensetive as your project.

A piece of advice that I would give you about projects such as this is to not seek advice Natasha.

Artistic interpretation is very individual. From my limited experience, your project is original and your words suggest that you have a clear idea of what you want to achieve.

There are some aspects of photography where the elite expect certain standards (eg a straight horizon on a scenic shot) ... but projects like yours are out bringing forth original ideas and ways of looking at things. So it's bringing forth YOUR vision and creativity rather than something distilled by whatever we may say. Keep playing with the settings of your camera (ie take the same composition on different settings to see the variations - eg altering the aperture settings) - experimentation can be fun!

Have you completed a set on this theme? Is it going to be used for an examination or a distinction panel? Keep original ideas to yourself Wink ... when the time is right and you are confident that you have a set of images that you are happy with, bring them out for all to see but ensure that your work is adequately protected as Intellectual Property (see http://www.wolf-photography.com/html/IP-UK/respectIP.html for some tips).

All the best with your project/art/work.

Regards

Wolf

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banehawi Critique Team 10911 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2907 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jan 2012 - 4:56 PM

This piece is very evocative of the subject you want to suggest, it works well, and is well thought out. I like it.



Regards


Willie

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paulbroad  782 forum posts United Kingdom861 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jan 2012 - 8:24 PM

Right - difficult to be subjective. I'm afraid it does nothing for me at all, but I'm old fashioned. A neighbours daughter did a photography degree - not fine art as far as I know - and she used to show me her course work. How she passed and got a 2:1 I shall never know, but it shows how times and tastes change.

When you think about it, getting good grades depends entirely on the likes of the person assessing the work.

Paul

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tashytoo
tashytoo  2 England
31 Jan 2012 - 12:43 PM

Thank you so much for your feedback everyone! I am so glad that a majority of you enjoyed this piece. I am working towards my final exhibition at University and I am currently experimenting with new and interesting ways to display my work. This image is part of a set of 30 images but I will not be using all of them for my final piece, only those that I feel are the strongest.

Wolf - Thank you so much for your feedback, it is much appreciated. I am glad you approve of my work, it is so nice to hear from experienced photographers that my work evokes a strong emotion rather than just looking pretty!

Natasha

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KevSB  101410 forum posts United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
29 Feb 2012 - 6:08 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 


Quote: evokes a strong emotion rather than just looking pretty!

Natasha

Im unsure what My oppinion is in regards the Finished article as im set in my ways now and very hard to change that, but I do have an open mind, if i was to mark on Technical Merit then this would be a failure.

For challenging the bounderys then this is quite good,I do like the fact you made me think about what im seeing, Its not pretty as you say but does make me look twice, So easy to go the classic route of following all the routes and formulas of Photography or doing something like this which sets you apart from the million of us who do Pretty Pictures.

Well done for challenging the bounderys

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gajewski e2 Member 10gajewski vcard United States9 Constructive Critique Points
1 Mar 2012 - 6:13 PM

Very creative shot.
-=\Walter

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pippin70701
21 Apr 2012 - 11:39 PM

I love this!

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