P.308 Gary Schneider and Anna Mooney

Task Five

Interpreting Light

Step One, Synopsis:

Step Two, A visual portrait:









Gary Schneider is a South African born photographer who is best known for his Genetic Self-Portrait series. Schneider creates images of his body which are very close up and incredibly obscure.

My response to this renowned aspect of Schneider’s work was to create a black and white obscure photograph which focuses on my own hairline which initially seems to resemble a feather until closer inspection reveals it to be hair.

Step Three, In the style of:







I focused on ‘Handprints of South African artists 2011-2013’. These photographs were made without a camera by pressing hands onto film emulsion which resulted in sweat and heat imprints as a means of revealing identity. Schneider borrowed this technique from the Caves of Lascaux (the earliest known examples of self-identification).

In a similar process I scanned a pair of hands pressed down onto the glass of a photocopier. Black and white editing highlighted the areas of pressure points giving the effect of thermal heat images.

Step Four, The task:

Step Five, Critical rationale:

Gary Schneider’s task of ‘Interpreting Light’ was split into taking 3 images following a set of instructions. For the first part I chose a first floor window at the Hub setting my camera to automatic mode and taking a photograph which contained half of the interior and half of the exterior view. The second image was to only take a photograph of the exterior view that was taken previously. Whilst the third photograph focuses on including all of the interior view adjacent to the window but not including it.

I compared the three images and decided to retake the first image with my camera set to manual mode focusing on whether I wanted the interior or exterior to be captured in details. I preferred this more detailed image of half of the exterior view with the darkened contrast of half of the interior.

This task was informative about how lighting can be used in conjunction with the camera. It also identifies how the human eye can sees and the brain registers the interior of the room as well as the exterior view from the window at the same time. The camera, however, is limited to what it can see and is able to record at any one time. This can be seen more clearly when all of the images are placed together. The human eye has to jump from one image to another to understand what each image means. It’s also interesting to see how these disjointed composites form an abstract piece of art.


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