Homework this week was to try a different technique to emulate the qualities of early photography. I played with techniques and elements that I hoped created atmospheric softness.For these images I threw nitrogen around, but waited until it warmed up a little then set the timer on the camera and jumped in. Dont try this at home if you don’t know what you’re doing, as Nitrogen can burn holes though you. I think I might go back to the drawing board and try a different technique, which there are many. A little bit of Friday night fun in the shed anyway. The scary woman in the image is me, I hope it’s not too disturbing, likewise with the vintage dressing.
A period from early 1900 to later to the early 20th C . The term pictorialism was coined by photographers who used techniques to emulate softness qualities in photographs. Atmospheres such as cloud, smoke, fog, unfocused lenses were used to create painterly type qualities. Painting was seen as a superior art form at the time by many, so this may have been why theses techniques were popular. Today with our technology we can use great techniques like lighting, afternoon sun, or computer programs to create these techniques. It is said that the tonalist techniques of painters were emulated in this period. Popular artists of this time were Alfred Stieglitz and Edward Steichen. In more recent times artists such as Max Dupain have created images that have pictorialist qualities.