P. 194 Jason Lazarus and Shannon Dillon

Task 4- Impossible Pictures

Step 1: Synopsis.

Step 2: Artist portrait.

To me, Lazarus is a perfectionist. I have determined this through his style of photography. To create this Artist portrait, I physically manipulated a self-portrait of Lazarus’ using makeup products. I did this because makeup is often used to hide flaws and create ‘perfection’, thus using it to manipulate the image emphasises Lazarus’ strive for perfection.

Step 3: Photograph in the style of the Artist.

Step 4: Complete task.


Step 5: Critical Rationale.

When first reading this task I looked at interpreting it literally, to me this translated to ‘form or devise (a plan or idea) in the mind of ten photographs or photograph projects that are impossible to make’ then post them on a blog, but that didn’t feel right, there are many beings that are no longer alive or their existence questionable. For example, I could have said ‘a close up photograph of a Dodo using a macro lens’ Dodo birds are extinct, thus rendering it impossible to photograph. After a lot of time deliberating I decided to interpret it from a different angle.

My interpretation of this task was to think of 10 different impossible scenarios or sayings and produce a visual representation for each of them, for example photographing ‘pigs in flight’. A lot of this heavily involved Photoshop and whilst some images were recreated using actual objects; ‘Play it by ear’ incorporated a young musician holding a saxophone to her ear. Others were my interpretation of what the photograph might look like if it was possible to capture it, for example ‘a close up of the sun’ is, in fact, a flame from a lighter with fire layered on top.

To gain a greater insight on what I would be able to achieve with this idea I watched a TED talk by Erik Johansson on ‘How to create impossible images’ and several Photoshop tutorials. After creating the images I posted them on my blog with the appropriate ‘captions’.

Upon reflection I am pleased with the final outcome of this task, it has taught me that things do not always need to be literal, that I can use my imagination to achieve and not to be afraid to think differently. This experience has increased my confidence and knowledge in Photoshop skills and has highlighted that anything is possible to photograph if you use representation and interpretation.

References: Johansson, Erik. “Impossible Photography”. Ted.com. N.p., 2011. Web. 12 May 2017.

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