Off-Hand

Discussion in 'Portrait' started by ReD, Jan 15, 2016.

  1. ReD

    ReD SC Hall of Famer

    Mar 27, 2013
    Off–Hand

    My Right Hand

    It surprises me how something like the Single in January challenge can lead you down paths you hadn’t realised were there.

    Quoting myself from the Blooper thread
    “Inspired by a documentary of Barbara Hepworth Sculptor – considering the next roll to be a photo series examining the shadows forms shapes and textures I can create with my right hand. Reasonably easy to do with a digital camera but with a film camera focusing composing and shooting is much more difficult. Cable release and tripod.”

    Barbara Hepworth
    available on bbc i player

    Background Explanation

    Ever since the 60’s and a school trip to the Tate in London I have always admired Barbara Hepworth’s work. I find them very moving, extremely tactile and fascinating. Though I need to clarify that not all of them are instantly understandable (to me) but all of them are an experience. I find myself wondering what the source for her inspiration was and how a piece was developed. It’s not always on a large scale as some of them are quite small but then what has scale really got to do with anything?

    While watching this documentary I found I was following / tracing the images on the monitor of some of her shapes with my hand. This in turn gave me pause to look at my own hand a bit more closely and start to study it as an object in itself. The slightest change and twist of angle altered the light and the shadow. Shapes and textures appeared more distinctly whereas Half closing your eyes adds a softness and blur to the outside edges and is a useful blending tool for shape and shadow. To re-create this with a camera requires a fair bit of dexterity and thinking - so enter post processing tools.

    I originally intended the photo exercise to be done with the Cosina C1 with the X10 as backup. I must admit this is all too limiting and have switched camera roles. The X10 has many more advantages ie rear screen is much more useful to focus with one hand, self timer (none on the Cosina), and most useful is the macro capability – with the Cosina 50mm lens my hand is 500mm away in focus – that’s quite a stretch viewing through a viewfinder. Also Photos of my two hands together are possible (just impossible on the Cosina). Not to mention speed and convenience of processing and getting feedback on images. The X10 is a better all round tool in this instance.

    Another aspect of the documentary for those that can watch it is the black and white photography by Eric Deeming. None of your HDR here, it has a 50’s feel which I find quite beguiling and very much suits the sculptures. (Note actually dated 1961). I maybe wrong but I think it’s a 16mm movie format - with its own character, benefits and shortcomings.

    Looking back through my own archives it seems that hands have already played a reasonably prominent part in my photo journey. Not something I was particularly aware of until now.
    I have no idea how long this exercise will go on for and I’m not setting any targets. Just to say that apart from the human face our hands are the most expressive part of our body and a very convenient resource.


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    SJ 10 My Right Hand X10
    by Roger Evans, on Flickr

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    My Right Hand 2 X10
    by Roger Evans, on Flickr

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    SiJ 10 Hand X10
    by Roger Evans, on Flickr

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    MRH Paper Form and Light 1
    by Roger Evans, on Flickr

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    MRH Paper Form and Light 3
    by Roger Evans, on Flickr

    Previous Photos

    Looking back through the archives it seems that hands have played a prominent part in my photo journey. Not something I was particularly aware of until now.

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    Hands Selfie
    by Roger Evans, on Flickr

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    by Roger Evans, on Flickr

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    Two Hands 800 bord
    by Roger Evans, on Flickr

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    The Shout
    by Roger Evans, on Flickr

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    DSCF3091 hands
    by Roger Evans, on Flickr

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    DSCF3239-014b
    by Roger Evans, on Flickr

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    DSCF3289-006b
    by Roger Evans, on Flickr

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    Visiting
    by Roger Evans, on Flickr
     
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  2. Looks like you are having fun with your hands project
     
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  3. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    do you have a title for that Barbara Hepworth documentary. BBC player no workie outside of the UK

    Thanks for the food for thought. There's definitely a few framable shots in your work above.
     
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  4. ReD

    ReD SC Hall of Famer

    Mar 27, 2013
    Luke simply called Barbara Hepworth - BBC Film Documentary 1961
    If I can find a universal link I'll post it
     
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  5. christilou

    christilou SC Hall of Famer

    Jul 13, 2010
    Sunny Frimley
    Being interested in dance I also find the hands/arms very interesting as a form of expression.
     
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  6. ReD

    ReD SC Hall of Famer

    Mar 27, 2013
  7. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    Thanks Roger. I haven't been doing any photography lately, but maybe I just need some inspiration. A few videos might do the trick.
     
  8. Tilman Paulin

    Tilman Paulin SC Top Veteran

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    Nov 15, 2011
    Dublin, Ireland
    wonderful work, Roger. I really like the abstract experimentation you did in these!
     
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  9. ReD

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    Mar 27, 2013
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  10. pniev

    pniev Student for life

    Jun 10, 2013
    You're in master in abstract and design!
     
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  11. ReD

    ReD SC Hall of Famer

    Mar 27, 2013
    thanks Peter but not from where I'm standing
     
  12. ReD

    ReD SC Hall of Famer

    Mar 27, 2013
    Tried a wire sculpture - not happy with it . It proved a lot more awkward to do than I thought it would be

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    MRH Wire 1
    by Roger Evans, on Flickr​
     
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  13. michealj

    michealj SC Veteran

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    Feb 8, 2015
    Twin Cites, MN
    Micheal
    This is wonderful. My first thought when I saw the image was of Alexander Calder, a artist who often worked in wire.
     
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  14. ReD

    ReD SC Hall of Famer

    Mar 27, 2013
    Thanks for the tip - was not aware of this guy though I must have seen his mobiles before
     
  15. ReD

    ReD SC Hall of Famer

    Mar 27, 2013
    Version 2 - Same Wire push pulled - Much happier now
    closer to what I was trying to achieve and looks better in real life too
    25cm high 12cm wide

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    MRH Wire 2
    by Roger Evans, on Flickr​
     
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  16. ReD

    ReD SC Hall of Famer

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