Design Journal 16
I find this image to be an inspiration primarily due to the fact that the photographer was able to include the woman’s shadow accurately into the edited version. In my project I plan on doing something similar to this photo where my subject is edited to be just about levitating above an abnormal surface.
This second example continues along with my interest in creating a levitation portrait of my subject for this project. What I find striking about this particular example is twofold. First off the fact that the subject was positioned to be diving head first into the water is a unique perspective and something that I might look to do in my own edited image. And secondly I like the fact that the subject is also entirely anonymous in that it is just a male silhouette that is pictured, which is another feature I may try to incorporate into my own project.
In this project I want to work primarily on the idea of levitation of the human body above a surface that it would normally be unusual or dangerous for it be above. This could be simply be dangerously close to the pavement, high above a cliff or other elevated surface or closely above a body of water. Ultimately this image will work to convey a sense of surrealism and danger that being so close to crashing down on to an uncomfortable surface would create, without letting the viewer of the image recognize that the subject is not actually in that situation. Since the photography done for this image will be done in the winter months, I also want the image to give off an eerie, foreboding feel since the photos used will likely be taken in conditions that are harsh and unpleasant to begin with. The image will be found striking by people who fear falling, fear heights, or are captivated by the idea of levitation. Essentially I want the viewer of the image to wonder “Wow, how could a photo be taken of someone that close to being in imminent danger of crashing down to Earth?” I also want the image to convey a sense of clarity as the image will be depicting the split second that the subject has before hitting the Earth, which in my opinion creates a very clear and unique moment. This image would be useful in being associated with a magazine article or story about natural landmarks in the West Philadelphia area as that will be where the photos will be taken. It could also be used as an album cover for music that focuses on falling or floating.