After my little oily experiment last week and playing with shadows & the light box, I remembered some photos that I took some years ago. I have searched the lower belly regions of my computer and dug them out. With this set of photos I played with the idea of casting patterns with the shadows and light and after playing with similar ideas last week I have obviously still got the same ideas rumbling around in my head somewhere. I’m not sure where I’m going with this but I see great potential to use these shadow and light photos in combination with traditional methods. I haven’t digitally manipulated these photos. I am interested in using my photos in the raw state that they were taken and not manipulating them. I imagine them as layers behind intaglio prints. I have been reluctant to tread the tradigital path but how will I know how I really feel about digital if I don’t give it a go !? I feel a basic photoshop course coming on !
I’m doing some screenprinting at the moment. Part of the process of getting the image onto the screen is to paint the phocopied image with a oily mix so that it becomes translucent and ready for transfer. Whilst blotting the oily mix off my images I became aware of the “oily print” that was left behind and I began to take photos of these.
I love the blurriness of these oily prints. They remind me of batik prints. They will make great digital backgrounds for some of my screen prints. I think it’s really important when making art to let go of the notion of what you’re “supposed to be doing” and follow your intuition and act on your ideas when something unexpected happens. I did no screen printing on Thursday as I was so carried away with playing with my images and the oil and I took photos until my camera battery was flat !! Once I’d exhausted all possibilities at the oil table, I moved to the light box and began to play with my images and shadows. Here are some of my light box shots of “Oyster Catcher”.