Monday, February 11, 2008

Consistency is Overrated?

Circles of Blue
Originally uploaded by emmakat79
I've been playing with my photography recently. When I started my shop I was pretty excited to play around with how to present my work. Early on I went through my bookshelves looking for new ideas for backgrounds, went outside, and tried all sorts of things. I think it was a good way to start off, I had fun, learned a lot and I think I managed to get some really cool shots too.

But now I've been around for a while and consistency seems like a good idea. For one I was making a big mess every time I photographed. After you pull all those books off the shelf you have to put them away, apparently. And that's no fun. Especially when ideally I'd be photographing every night or every other night.

So the current style I'm using involves tracing patterns in pencil onto white paper. I'm happy with this idea for now. It still allows me to find something cool in a book or elsewhere, I just have to trace it first. Which is work I guess, but it's the kind of task I enjoy, and I don't have to mess with clipping down a book to stay open, throwing fabric around or whatever else I was doing that made such a mess.

I would like to have color background as well, I just haven't figured out how I might want to do those yet. And I've had a little trouble keeping the white a consistent white in all the photos. Eh, it's a step toward consistency. There are always ways to improve!


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Rekoj said...

I really like the traced designs! Tracing adds back in a slight amount of organic feel and it is still just as striking as the original. If you just do one at a time pretty soon you'll have a whole file of them to chose from. Lovely!

Seattle Bead Creations (aka Classic Beadwear) said...

i do like your look, emmakat :) AND the fact that you've actually GOT a look while keeping a clean workarea. i can barely remember the concept of clean. beautiful job! cherylz

Anandi said...

That necklace is really pretty, and the tracing is nice and subtle, but still interesting.