These images are my pictures in the style of Todd McLellan, these were a fight to achieve as I had to remove any shadows from this image which means I had to remove any external light, I had to use the cameras internal flash bounced against a piece of paper to flatten out the tone of the image. I was unable to use my tripod straight down since it was in the way so I held my camera against my ceiling to keep the camera still for the extended exposure as to compensate for the lacking amount of light in the frame. The image is arranged on a piece of white paper and I had to focus on making all of the elements align. In this series of photographs I made the parts go together as to make a story in which all of the elements become one unit. Disassembling this unit wasn't too hard as screws were the only thing holding the Gameboy together. I choose the Gameboy as it's a retro machine, and personally I feel that the constituents that comprise this image are heavily underappreciated, especially considering the era these were fabricated in. Another reason I choose the Gameboy is due to the fact I knew that I were to disassemble it I would be able to photograph it in series; a progressive maner. One would be able to see where a started and where I finished.
This is my amplifier photo shoot in which I had a much larger canvas to take an image of as compared to the Gameboy photos which meant I had to improve my lighting setup; I had to remove a light bulb from my ceiling and place it below my camera as to make these images come out in the quality that they are. Taking this apart was a massive hassle as since this device is so old some screws fused shut and I had to drill them out and not distort the flat sheets of metal which I had to photograph. In the end the hassle was worth it as the images came out bright and clear with a very low amount of noise. In these I did my best to consider the rule of thirds in all of these photos with the limited elements that I had. I also enjoy the vast array of textures which were hidden in this single photograph and device; this I find very similar to people a selection of different textures and features but together they form one entity. I chose to do this device in my photo shoot as it is rather obsolete and is made up of neat square elements which tessellate very nicely with each other. Thanks to this I discovered an amazing technique to take Todd McClellan style photos with a large objects with great lighting. Although I wish I had more colours to work with as to make the images 'pop' a bit more.
I just mentioned how I would like more colour and I disassembled a black toner cartridge; Ironic. This was by far my hardest photo shoot (not including the one that shouldn't be mentioned) but also could be my best as I shifted my focus from imitation to synthesis. After ruining a sheet of paper disassembling this and covering my self in toner (black powder) I simply did the usually and knolled the rather complex machinery. I was already very agitated at that point and when I discovered that the sheet Is already soaked in black and I cannot recover it; halting yet another photo shoot which I must scrap. In a fit of rage I tossed the pot of powder on the composition which encapsulated my dissatisfaction in the form of sharp explosions of lines on the clinical and calm knolling images. This is a deviation from my artists original work putting some more 'me' into this work. The lack of colour in this image also results in the viewer focusing on the form of these images and the contrast between the two colours. The final image I find most interesting as most elements I removed with only a ghastly reflection left on the paper which look much like shadows; the one thing which is a upmost importance to remove from my photos.
This image is a disassembled laser polarization unit from a laser printer. This image had a very small canvas meaning that I had to lean my camera lower so I had to use my tripod with one of the legs extended more than the rest to lean it over my image while propping it down with my desk so it doesn’t fall over. It was terrifying as if anything moved a very fragile and expensive camera would smash into sharp electronics. In this image I wanted a very clear focal point in my image to make the image have more of an impact and I think I succeeded. I made all the parts “orbit” around the centrepiece while still conforming to the knolling aesthetic.
This image is of a bunch of random Arduino shenanigans which I used to in the photoshoot to slowly assemble a little display. I made this to contrast the “things come apart” as it is things coming together to create something beautiful and working. I enjoy the contrast between what I was “supposed” to do and what I did. I also enjoy the strip of elements going down the side of the image. Furthermore, the image has an interesting mosaic look due to the shape of all of the elements. The display was also pretty interesting but unfortunately the refresh rate of it and the camera shutter speed didn't want to cooperate.
This is my final photoshoot in the style of Todd McClellan (Finally) I decided to experiment with depth this time with the disc drives I got from Mr Herbert (thanks again!!). I propped the drives up and created sorts of towers with them. It made knolling them and keeping them in line a challenge but it let me experiment with different forms and not just flat elements. This series of images also was a struggle to make due to the very large surface I have to work with and had to prop up my camera higher than the wonky tripod permits me to so I piled it up on my revision guides, this required yet another major overhaul of my camera settings to make it look presentable (and a flashlight taped to my camera). In the second set of images I focused on composition more than just pure knolling having all of the elements look like a sort of a logo or alien face which makes my work look a bit abstract contrary to what I have already.
Disclamer: The images may not look as crispy due to the insane Weebly compression; if you wish to see them in their full glory contact me personally