Student Name: Chin-Han (Kelly) Chiu n8862419
Date of Post: 29th of August 2014
Topic and Relevant Lecture Week: 5 – Selfie Critique (Compositional Interpretation)
Artist – Chin-Han (Kelly) Chiu
Title – New hair style selfie
Year of creation – 2011
Dimensions – 1488px × 1984px
Collection/source – Digital Camera
Technique, material – Photography
Genre – Self Portrait
Style – Casual
Image URL / origin – Digital Camera
Content: A self-portrait of myself taken after a haircut. I was seated close to my desk and was slightly slanted to fit most of my head and my right arm. The doorframe, floor mat, carpet, tile and my pink slippers were also captured.
Colour analysis: This image consists of mostly yellow and dark brown. The yellowness of the image creates a pastel like filter across the whole image and makes it look very warm. The brown hair colour surrounding the face creates a border like outline that helps distinguish face. The slight pinkness on the cheeks as well as the lip highlights the female facial features. The blurriness of the background makes me look feminine and submissive.
Spatial organization: The camera was tilted, held above and slanted towards me at around 45-degree angle. This creates a V shape from the cheeks to the chin and bringing our eyes down to the hair. The strands of hair on the fridge also direct our eyes down towards the left eye, nose and then the entire face. The desk on the left as well as the doorframe clearly dissects the image, leaving the character at the centre of attention.
Light– The light appears to be shining from above me. My head is lowered; therefore light is not directed straight on my face and instead is reflected on my arm. The hair is also capturing some of the light, causing it to shine and making the strands of hair on the fringe more noticeable.
Expressive content – This self-portrait expresses a calming and soft feeling.
Artist – Woody Photographer
Year of creation – March, 2014
Dimensions – Unknown
Collection/source – Instagram
Technique, material – Photography and Computer Graphics
Genre – Self Portrait
Style – Casual
Image URL / origin– http://instagram.com/woodypictures
Content: Woody is holding a phone close to his face and is smiling and looking at the device. This same expression and posture is also displayed on the screen of the phone. Woody’s fingers are touching the buttons on the screen and is taking a self-portrait of himself.
Colour analysis: The image is made up of warmer colours like yellow, cream, brown and white. Features like the hair, brows, eye and lips are highlighted with a low value dark brown to indicate the features of Woody’s face. There is a clear cut between the border of the phone as well as the blue in the screen. The blue borders in the screen makes the image in the phone very obvious.
Spatial organization: In terms of the selfie, the camera is positioned in front of character. Woody is holding his phone at his eye level and his face is right in the centre of the frame.
On the other hand, in terms of the whole image, the camera is positioned on the left of Woody. The viewer follows the direction of the character’s eyes and looks straight to the phone that contains the selfie of Woody. Therefore, the phone is the focus and place of interest.
Light: The light appears to be behind and above Woody. This is a type of backlight and spot light purposely set up for photo shoots. Woody is in the centre of a blurred spotlight with edges that clearly frames and outlines the centre of attention.
Expressive content – The self-portrait expresses an energetic and delighted mood.
These two selfies share a very similar approach in terms of colour. Both of the images use very warm colours to express the personality of the character. Also, they both contain lighting that helps highlight certain features of their face but does not interfere with the surrounding. This is important in designs that contain photographs of people. The photos could be edited so that a particular person in the image becomes more focused while the surrounding could be slightly burred out.
The camera angles on these two images are very different. The first example is a typical female selfie where the camera is held high above the head and slanted down so that the eyes are bigger and the face is smaller. On the other hand, the Woody selfie is taken with the camera close and in front of the character, capturing the whole face and therefore is slightly more humorous.