Studio Shoot 14: Studio Window


This shoot was created upon research of Josef Sudek and his studio window works. My aim was to recreate my own style of image that holds the same feeling and representative value. I arranged my objects on the window sill, using natural light coming in through the window as Sudek did. I also sprayed the window with water from the outside for extra effects as seen in Sudek’s image. I chose to use a series of colour and black and white as it gave the image a more rustic and aged effect. It also dramatizes the highlights created in the glass and the water, I prefer the slight sepia tone to the black and white.

I find the diffused view of the garden particularly satisfying, with the addition of sprayed water on the window. I believe that I have managed to replicate the rain in Sudek’s studio window image well. I find the way the composition and objects chosen has created a narrative to the image of creativity, due to them being artist’s tools arranged in a way that looks like the artist is in the act of using them. I chose three main objects to appeal to the compositional rule of odds. The light has been captured in a manner that emphasises the refraction of the glass and water, creating nice shadows also projected light through both the jar and the water onto the window sill. The positioning of the paint brushes in the jars has proven to produce a pleasing effect. I particularly like distortion of the paint brush in the water and also the mirroring of this brush, of the one upside down brush in the large jar. This creates a sense of non uniformity and disorder that adds to the effect of creative narrative.

I also like the way the water jar perfectly aligned with the window frame but the large jar protrudes above it and therefore the view through the window is still seen but further distorted. I think the way the easel is cropped creates a miniature window in the corner of the larger window, appealing to repetition in the way a fractal does. However, on evaluation maybe misting the window from the inside with a spay bottle would have been more effective.

I used settings 1/320 second shutter speed, f/5.6 for a soft background and ISO 1600 to compensate for the low lighting indoor conditions.




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