Owen Watts

Family Portraits
This first photographic series displays the beauty and simplicity of the human shape, where humans are presented in a studio portrait style. I wished to convey the true beauty of the human shape through the use of studio lighting. With the use of studio lighting, I directed and placed my lighting behind the subject to create a glowing rim. This helped me to obscure the face and let the body shape talk to the viewer and reflect a personality in which the viewer may connect and relate to. The lighting ultimately created a sense of shape as well as a high tone. Using my family members as my subject allowed me to capture different people based on their gender, age, shape and size. The use and inclusion of props to represent characteristics of that particular person also added more variety, interest and story into the whole artwork creating a strong visual.
Portraits of Nature
This photographic series displays the beauty and simplicity of nature, where vibrant and colourful flowers are presented in a studio portrait style. I wished to convey the true beauty of nature through the use of studio lighting. With the use of studio lighting, I directed and placed my lighting at both high 45-degree angle in front and behind the subject which was carefully and purposely positioned on a stand. This lighting technique called Rembrandt lighting produces a strong sense of form as it creates reasonably sized shadows. For my second artwork I used it on the backgrounds of each image similar to a traditional Hollywood portrait to light up the background. This helped me to create separation of my subject matter from the background allowing me to show a broad representation of the vibrant beauty, uniqueness and structure of each singular flower. Every flower in the artwork is uniquely different which therefore draws and entices the viewers’ eyes to move across the image ultimately giving the artwork a mesmerizing and beautiful aesthetic. The variety and colours of the flowers have also been carefully and purposely placed in a particular way in to give the entire artwork a sense of balance and cohesiveness.

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