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Video Montage ‘Hockney’ styled Scenes
May 1, 2012, 11:30 pm
Filed under: Extended Major Project, Photography, Video

This is the experimental video I did in the style of David Hockney. I did a couple of these in my documentary for the Specialist project, however they weren’t appreciated enough due to the fact they weren’t shown for long enough. I decided for this project to dedicate a separate video for these type of shots to show them in a more subtle way; therefore the viewer can take time to observe it like a piece of art.

With the handheld shots, I never quite know how well the shots will turn out because it’s hard to stay 100% still for a certain amount of time. This then adds to this disjointed look caused by the camera movements in each frame. When I’m putting these shots together, I always make sure they’re aligned as best as they can be for the first frame.

What I like about these shots is that it captures different moments within each frame. I think this particularly works best with the busy street scenes as there’s so much going on. This is part of the concept of being able to document different events happening in one environment.

However, I feel like I’ve not paid as much attention as I’d like to you have done with this particular sequence, which is why I’m questioning it. I’ve come to realise that I’m working in the area of, Cubism, which is a modern art form that was developed by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque.  As the various phases of Cubism emerged from their studios, it became clear to the art world that something of great significance was happening. The radical innovations of the new style confused the public, but the avant-garde saw in them the future of art and new challenge.

Pablo Picasso                                 Georges Braque

  

Hockney’s work has often been strongly linked to Cubism in that his motivation for producing photo montages was to introduce three artistic elements which a single photograph couldn’t do, namely layered time, space and narrative. By taking the pictures from carefully selected viewpoints, and arranging them in the right way, Hockney is able to change the apparent shape of space and introduce the element of time into the work. For instance, using this technique you can make a circular wall seem flat. Imagine walking around the wall taking lots of photos at a fixed distance from the wall, with the camera pointing straight towards the wall. If you just look at the middle of each photo, it will look like you are looking straight on at a flat section of wall. Since every photo looks like this, if you cut them up and lay them next to one another so that they join up, it will look like a flat section of wall. In fact part of Hockney’s (not entirely self consistent) philosophy behind these joiners forced him not to cut up the photos.

To sum up Cubism, be that Painting like Picasso Photography with David Hockney, objects/images are broken up, analysed and re-assembled in a slight abstract form. Understanding this concept I’ve now discovered that the images I’ve created using the Decim8 application is a form of cubism, which ties even more nice with my project.

 

 

Going to back to the video montage, I feel the need to add and some shots to try and see if I can gain better results. I really liked the static shot of the walkway long south bank because the shots were completely still, as the phone was on a tripod. I want to do more still shots as they’re more subtle and easier to watch.

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