Evaluation – Social action

For this project Sam and I collaborated to create a series of posters to raise awareness of skateboarder stereotypes. As skateboarders, we know how annoying it is to be treated badly and like we’re doing something wrong when we have our skateboards, and then just being treated normally when we don’t have them. This is what we aim to change.

This project was inspiring to me because it affects me directly and taking action to promote change is a good feeling. In this project, we looked in to a few different artists including Evan Hecox, JR and Jim Philips but my posters were mainly inspired by JR’s face2face project. I also think JR’s style was translated in my work. I think this translated in my work because it made me want to work a little bit harder. In this project, we set out to make posters and stick them up and I did achieve that exact goal.

Throughout the duration of this project we also had another project going on and this made it quite hard to know what to prioritise. I found this a bit of a struggle and I found myself rushing to get somethings done but I still achieved them.

In this project, I experimented with a lot of photography and editing photos. I am now very educated on how to set up a DSLR camera in manual mode to achieve different styles of photo. I also learnt how to turn panorama photos in to mini planet style photos.

In this project, I used a lot of different equipment and tools. I used Photoshop a lot to edit my photos and to make my mini planet style photos. I also used a Cannon 760D camera for this project and I also used a tripod and an LED light panel. The camera equipment was new to me and learning how to use this was rewarding.

All in all, this project went very well and there wasn’t much that went wrong. The only thing I can think of is handling my time better especially with 2 projects at the same as I was rushing around a lot.

My other approach to this project was to make a series of little planets to show how we feel looked down upon and separated because we skate. This could’ve worked but I just liked my other idea more.

As I have displayed my work publicly I think there will be a lot of different reactions to it. I think most people won’t even understand the posters but some will.

Advertising

I stuck up my unfinished posters in a subway near my house to see what they would look like. I think they look pretty good an when they are finished I am going to paste them up using wheat paste. This is a very sticky mixture made from flour and water. You make it by mixing 4 cups of water for every cup of flour. You then smear it on the surface you will be sticking a poster on with a paint brush and then stick it on. You then put more wheat paste over the top to water proof it slightly.

Unfinished posters

Here are the photos from the shoot I did now that they have been edited and had the text that will be on the posters put on them. I made the posters black and white for a few reasons. The first is because it made it very easy to edit out all of the light etc. in the background so that the people in the photos stood out more. It also emphasises the fact that the skaters aren’t happy with the way society treats us and we want change. I also think that all in all they just look better in black and white.

The next thing Sam and I are going to do is come up with some sort of branding for the posters so that our different style posters actually look like they are promoting the same thing. We are going to make a name and logo and think of the best way to describe what we are promoting.

Skateboarder photos

I recently did a photoshoot with a few of my friends who skateboard. For these photos I asked them to do whatever they felt like doing because I wanted to try and capture their personality rather than the fact that they skateboard. The reason behind this was to show that although they skate, they are people too who are equal to everyone else. Now I am going to decide wether I want to use the headshots for my posters or the full body pictures.

Test photography

 

For my final piece I have decided that I am going to take photos of skateboarders and non – skateboarders and paste the up like JR did with his face2face project. This is why i rented out a camera and went to Torquay with my friends to take so photos and get used to the camera, here are a few f the shots I took of my friends and one that I took of some security cameras which I think fitted in nicely with this project as its about skateboarding not being a crime.

Experiments

nicks-planet

I originally created two of these experiments but one of them could not be uploaded to my blog unfortunately.

To make this photo I took a panorama outside college and made sure that the whole top of the photo was the sky and that the majority of the bottom of the photo was the road or pavement. Once the panorama was taken I brought it in to photoshop. In photoshop I first cropped the panorama to size and flipped it upside down. From here I went to ‘filters’, ‘distort’ and then selected ‘polar coordinates’. This drags one end of the panorama to the other forming an oval with the sky on the outside and the land on the inside. After this you have to increase the canvas size in the ‘Image’ section so that the height is the same as the width, and then drag the image to fill the whole canvas. This creates a small planet but there is ab obvious line where the horizons don’t meet up. To fix this i used the clone stamp tool to make the sky look like it carries on smoothly all the way around and gladly the buildings looked realistic with out any serious editing.

Once I had my small planet I edited in a photo I took of my friend Nick on his skateboard. To do this I first cut him out of the original photo and put the cut out in to the small planet file. Next I edited the colour of Nick so that the lighting looked the same as in the small planet and I also used the ‘skew’ transform tool to make his head and shoulders bigger and get gradually smaller going down towards his feet so that the perspective looked correct. After this I added a small shadow as there wasn’t much sun. I also made nick slightly bigger than he should be to emphasise  how small the planet is.

The reason I created this is to visualise the way that skateboarders are looked down upon in todays society. Nick is shown in his own small planet because we aren’t wanted when we are skateboarding.