Tuesday, 20 April 2010

My Meaning

I started off hating joiners. To be honest I used to think they were lame. But now I love them! They are so fun to create and to me it's more like using photography to create a piece of art work. If I had simply taken a wide angled image of Pepe and Kat in my room then it would have without a doubt been one of the most boring photographs I've ever taken. However, the way I have manipulated and changed its appearance has made the total opposite of boring. It's like I'm trying to show that it doesn't matter what the subject is, you can still make it interesting. It's like Daido Moriyama. He takes a photograph of something uninteresting and manipulates it to make it interesting. And that's exactly what I've done here. I mean, who wants to see a photograph of my room. But can a joiner still be considered a photograph? Personally I think it can. It's just showing how photography is changing and developing.

Friday, 2 April 2010


After creating this massive, time-consuming joiner of my room I decided to do a much simpler one. I really like how it's almost a square but not quite. I also like the top right corner and the bottom left corner and the leading lines that draw your eyes out of the image rather than into it.

Thursday, 1 April 2010

My Room

Eeeek. Okay, so I haven't finished this joiner yet, and I still have one more to produce but I think that when I do finally finish this joiner it will look really good. My room is a very odd shape. It has two rectangular parts to it and it's sort of in a 'T' shape. I have only taken photos of half of my room (the top of the 'T') but I think if I did this again I would somehow take photos of my whole room and put them together.

Another thing I have started to do here slightly differently is to put in bigger parts of an object, surrounded by lots of little ones. For example, the middle of my window is out of proportion. Also, the other night I took a few more images. I photographed the view out of my window so I may change one of the window squares. Even if I don't doing this has given me an idea to do it in the future.

The idea to do a joiner of purely my room came from the joiner of Pepe and Kat. It's the first joiner of a person I did where I didn't just focus on my subject, I also included a large amount of the surroundings. So it gave me the idea to not focus on a person at all.

So like, 700 pictures later this is the result. In the end I did decide to do the whole of my room.

Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Pepe and Kat

Kat and Pepe came round so that I could take some portrait photographs of them both. After I had finished Pepe's shoot I decided that this would be a great opportunity to put a joiner together. So, I took a lot of photos and have put them all together here. It took me a really long while and a little way into putting it together my file got corrupted and ended up getting fluorescent coloured lines through it. It also merged my layers together so I couldn't move them even though I had saved it as a photoshop file. Luckily I managed to fix it by erasing some of the squares so you couldn't see the lines and then copying another square into its original place. I am really pleased with the result of my joiner. I wasn't sure whether to add to it a little more, but I'm glad I didn't because of the odd shape it turned into is really interesting. The one thing I did differently here that I haven't done with the previous joiners was to move some of the squares so some objects would align, rather than making sure there was an equal white line between each photograph. For example, I have done this on Pepe where the edge of my chest of draws meet, but his face doesn't.
Also, I know I said 'equal' white lines but in reality my lines are not equal. I have done this deliberately as to me it gives it more character.
To add to this I would also like to say that the reason I like this joiner so much is because it looks like some kind of 'backstage' image. This is because I had taken and uploaded a portrait of Pepe in this situation, however you couldn't see his surroundings. My lighting is present in this image pointing at Pepe, and then you've got Kat in the shadows looking on from the sidelines.

Monday, 22 March 2010


The most interesting thing about this image is the flower wallpaper behind my subject. It was really fun putting it together as well. With the other joiner I only put my subjects face in it about four times, but here I've put it about seven times and I've also got a lot more gaps. On top of this I also have about three different lighting scenarios.
I'm really enjoying doing this week. I have a feeling that each image is going to get bigger and more complicated. I guess I'm sorta doing my own versions of these things. My grid is never exact, my squares aren't always the same sizes and, they tend to be really odd shapes. I'm always leaving certain areas blank. You can break the rules and make it your own.

Wednesday, 17 March 2010


New Shoes.
Yes, I know the composition is all wrong but I don't care because I like it. I know I didn't mean for it to be like this, but as my image grew it kind of went off in different directions. Hence it being composed to the bottom right. However, I really like it like this. It's kind of quirky ;)