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Assignment 4.

Multiple layered image.

Cracked egg of face.

Similar to Schoeller with paper portraits.

Writing on glass steam. Like, friend ….

Fantastical world fairytale flowers fuzzy unclear with portrait.

Multiple portraits to match different social media sites, work, play, instagram, FB, Linkedin, second life.

Second life digital online fantasy world like real life or not so real doll house where you can decorate it.

Doing self portraits and placing them in dolls house series.

Tied up with wires danger of Social pages smart phone obsession.

Image of self portrait sewing blood on finger a sense of unease in the image.

Portrait of second life fantasy world and placing them in frames around the house as one would have put family portraits. Single person or family putting more importance on digital fantasy world. This could refer to the reality of ammount of time spent on our smart phones updating social media playing digital games etc and neglecting real time spent with people.

Taking cuttings out of magazines of goods, ideal home creating a fantasy world similar to second life collage 3d.  Mixing it will part real images so we do not know where one begins and the other ends. Placing self portrait in this environment.  It would be evident that the images have been taken from magazines therefore that the image is not entirely real.  Using blue lights to light the windows for example or from TV screens to give a sense of the blue light that they emit.  A sense of the digital world but also cold, strange.

Title of project

My virtual life, or my second life.  Aim to use collaged images mixed with real self portrait and to display them across Instagram, blog and Facebook.  Taking also idea of a meme but less obvious what it is about.  To create an interactive work so people can comment add their own images and a debate around the digital self image and consumerism.

Encourage a platform of collaboration/ curation on this topic.

Following who sees images and best platform to use for future project use.

Aim to start a student discussion on this topic and to link in fellow students ideas on the topic of Self.

Introduction will be important on bio as will how to hashtag images to allow access to those who would critique such images and debate it.




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Next phase first attempt selfie

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Selfie indoor using natural light again having difficulty with flash so using window.  placing different angles of head to as to fit in with magazine poses and directions.

Photoshop trying to master refine edge cut and paste, fill colour.

Aim to get level of photoshop so images can be seamless but then to allow certain hints that it is fabricated.  This is not so difficult when using magazine cut outs as when placed beside actual series the background appears cartoonish.  Watching light on selfie to ensure it matches background light from window etc.


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Research – Networks without a cause. Ch 2 multiple faces



My objective with this project was to evaluate the effect digital imagery and advertising have on us.  In doing so I put my self in the picture as honestly as possible.  I am influenced by imagery, I try not to be.  I try not to be obsesses with my image, or constantly swayed by marketing to purchase goods.  It is virtually impossible and I am as much sucked in by its tentacles as the next person.

In order to do this I have taken cut outs from magazines and created collages.  I have included only goods that would interest me to buy.  Homes I would like my own home to look like.

I have then taken selfies that include myself caught up in wires.

What became evident was the images from magazines look less real beside my own portraits.  The objects look cartoonish.  It is interesting as when I look at the magazines they seem very true to real life.  Yet in fact they are more like illustrations in reality.

Critical Analysis of project.

Am  I putting across my point.  Can this project be a starting point.  I think the idea of collage can work as a theme but the images if they were to be seen as an exhibit would need to all be similar and to hold attention.

I would like to create more images where I can see an overload of products my house if full of it.

I feel the self portraits could be stronger and that the blending photoshop is not very efficient.  I want to avoid them appearing to comfortable or pretty photos in a pretty environment but perhaps a little less obvious.

I like the painstaking work of David Thomas Smith and the style he has created there  is a theme in his work and I would like to consider this when creating my images.

Bibliography of research. 

Lovink, Geert. Networks Without a Cause: A Critique of Social Media, Cambridge and Malden: Polity, 2012.





http://www.secondlife.com (first Accessed

Eric Kessels, Aperture http://aperture.org/shop/the-many-lives-of-erik-kessels/ First Accessed July 29th 2017.

Eric Kessels, Time  via Aperture via Facebook http://time.com/4755037/erik-kessels-retrospective/redirect_log_mongo_id=597c2adef9c94d003f00016d&redirect_mongo_id=597a2dad40962442630000b9&sb_referer_host=www.facebook.com&utm_campaign=Trackable+Links&utm_medium=Web&utm_source=Springbot First Accessed July 29th 2017.

Eric Kessels, http://www.kesselskramer.com/exhibitions/24-hrs-of-photos First Accessed July 29th 2017.




See also. http://evaoleary.com/concealer multiple faces originally found article

http://www.richardtuschman.com/ ( First accessed July 2016.)

https://www.lensculture.com/street-photography-awards-2016#success-stories (First accessed July 2016)









See also. http://evaoleary.com/concealer multiple faces originally found article


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