The artistic movement of Surrealism was greatly inspired by the work of psychologist Sigmund Freud, sorting after a revolution against the constraints of the rational mind. “Automatism” refers to involuntary actions and processes not under the control of the conscious mind—for example, dreaming, breathing, wishes etc. Automatism plays a role in Surrealists techniques such as spontaneous or automatic writing, painting, and drawing; free association of images and words; and collaborative creation though games like Exquisite Corpse. Surrealist artists also were often deeply interested in interpreting dreams as conduits for unspoken feelings and desires. 

 

 

I felt my strongest still images are the refined choices of Strabismus photographs (http://sarahelizaphotography.wordpress.com/2012/05/16/strabismus-2/) and that they work coherently as a set of six in a vertical grid layout, although I would organise the layout of the images to alternate the defining line in each between vertical / horizontal for the presentation of the exhibition.
The rich colour tones link to my previous colour work and the images are an interesting way of representing a sight deficiency that I think the viewer could apply to their own daily perceptions. I feel they also show the technical ability required to manipulate images as well as working to enhance photographs on photoshop. The adaptation of digital images to film appearance also makes my work unique and for this reason I think they are not only an ascetically pleasing set of images, but strong and interesting too.

I would also like to use my Strabismus video (http://sarahelizaphotography.wordpress.com/2012/05/20/strabismus-visualised-video/) as a moving image final piece, as not only do the stills and video link together, but I think the video is strong enough to stand alone as a final piece and adds the emotion that the photographs may lack. The contrast between colour stills and black and white film will also work to enhance each piece of work and again the recognisable landscape shots will allow the viewer to connect with the work.

Due to the recurring theme of technology and science throughout my work, I would like to present my blog at the exhibition, almost as a final piece in itself, as it represents how I have developed my work throughout the project and I feel it is important that the viewer interacts with the work as I would like them to appreciate the representation of sight deficiencies that they may be unaware of.

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Having a blog to present my work throughout this project has allowed me to not only channel modern technological advances in the enhancement and techniques I have used when creating the work (especially in the creation and display of my films) but has also enabled me to access a variety of different mediums and an …

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To explore the creation of 3D images, I worked with the Anaglyph 3D method for creating images as opposed to the traditional stereoscopic method as I felt it gave more diversity to my work, but still represented the alliance of the eyes and the brain through the perception of 3D using the development of new technology. Anaglyph 3D images work by encoding each eye using filters (in this method I used chromatically opposite colours - cyan and red – on colour images (from my original colour work).

When viewed through 3D glasses (which have “color coded”lenses) each of the two images reaches one eye, revealing an integrated stereoscopic image. The visual cortex of the brain fuses this into perception of a three dimensional scene or composition.

I chose to use mostly my original colour images to demonstrate how the eye-to-brain relationship can be manipulated to decode the same image in an entirely new way (developing from 2D to 3D) and continue the exploration of the alliance of the eyes and the brain through visual representation.

I felt the images work strongly as a series positioned in a grid formation as due to the hazy 3D border around the corner of the image, it becomes increasingly harder as the viewer to differentiate between each image the longer they are viewed, creating almost 1 3D image made up of 18 separate photographs. The colour the tones within the images also ‘blend’ as the cyan and red diffuse the original colour, so each becomes part of the set as they all features the same tones. The heavy black borders above and below each image also add a layer of contrast and definition to the images and are similar to the layout of the original colour images shown in the galleries for each colour / day of the week. As the original photographs were linked so strongly to the representation of religion and the Gods and the same images are now manipulated by a scientific process, an extreme contrast is created

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After studying David Armstrong‘s work, I was intrigued by the sense of a third dimension and depth created in the layers that build through the image. Although this does not directly link with the alliance of the eyes and the brain, the perception of 3D and 2D images does. Stereoscopy is described as a technique that ‘enhances …

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