Known for his outrageous photographic style with bold messages, colours and looks, Rankin is a photographer known world wide for a reason. He has always been one of my biggest inspirations ever since I first picked up a camera, and knew I would find some sort of inspiration from him for this project.
I had a look on his website, and came across a few images that stood out to me that could potentially work with my idea for this project.
Take away the commercial facial expressions and bright colours from the images and what I will take from them is the relationship of the materials and the skin. In the first two images, I like how the liquid is smothering their skin, I could potentially use black liquid to look like oil, as that is also a problem within the oceans. From the second picture I will take the sense of essentially ‘choking’ someone on some plastic. As animals are choking on plastic and dying daily, maybe using a person choking on plastic will send more of a message? Lastly, the third picture really intrigues me, how they have tightly wrapped the face in what looks like elastic bands, and how it is restricting she face and skin. I like this idea but instead of elastic bands, using plastic wrapping around the face to show how it restricts movement.
Hendrik is a Dutch born photographer, who in 1995 left his business to follow up his love for art and photography. His wife worked full time to help financially support his photography dream, and his daughter was left at home with him for long hours of the day. While thinking creatively, he decided to start using his daughter Paula, as his muse for his work. He composed his photographs with his interest in the Great Dutch Master paintings of the 17th Century.
The simplicity and materials used in these portraits are what drew me to use this series as some inspiration for my project. Again, I like the use of materials and plastic on the human body. These photos are quite eerie due to the dark background, dark clothing and dim lighting. I am not too sure on what the message is behind these images, or even if there is one, but the inspiration I will take from these images is how to use plastic materials on a model. In my images, I can integrate plastic in the hair, on the skin or even use it as clothing.
Alban Grosdidier is a French photographer born in 1989, living between London and Paris.He started his professional career in photography by collaborating to the editorial team of French anti-HIV festival Solidays in 2010; until 2013, he focused on HIV-focused movements, LGBTI groups, feminist activists and the event landscape in Paris. In 2012, his portrait series Drowning – a visual comment on big city life – and the subsequent street exhibitions in Paris became his first internationally recognised series, with publications in It’s Nice That, Zeit Online, My Modern Met, Fubiz, Yatzer and Il Post. This marked the beginning of his career as a portrait photographer, with various collaborations in the music industry.
When I first saw these images a few years ago, I thought they were quite disturbing as the people look deceased underneath the water. As I have got older, and my photographic knowledge has got broader, I recently come across these images again and I can look at these images in a less disturbing way and in a more artistic one. Rather than focusing just on how the model looks, there is more to look at with the patterns in the water, the contrasting tones on the skin, and how it is lit. If I am to use water within my images, I will take inspiration from this on how to capture that water movements and how to light it.
What I love about these paintings is the plastic and how it is surrounding the skin, almost acting as a layer of skin on its own. The lighting on the plastic makes the lines and shapes really interesting to look at. Although they don’t look like the are neccesarily suffering or suffocating, this may be a good way to get my message across to do with the plastic in the oceans problem. Using plastic on the human body will convey a strong message of how the plastic would affect us if we were to be living in the sea.