Peter Schofield

Peter Schofield

Posted on 01/25/2014


Photo taken on January 25, 2014



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Self Portrait at 57 January 2014

Self Portrait at 57 January 2014
Been wondering whether to treat ipernity a little differently to Flickr. Seems pointless uploading the same pictures to both. May use ipernity as a forum for more contrived and playful things. Who knows? See where it goes. Self Portrait at home. January 2014

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Lorrie McClanahan
Lorrie McClanahan
this reminds me of your flickr icon.
i know what you mean about duplicating. i seem to have the same sensibility for both, however.

by contrived, do you mean processed? i like what you did to this. can't quite figure it out, which is good.
3 years ago.
Peter Schofield
Peter Schofield
By contrived I was thinking more set up ideas rather than found. I know there is a fine line – because wherever we find pictures we make a whole set of decisions which may very well constitute contrivance – but I was thinking of actually setting up things within the frame – something my personal code never lets me do normally – I always make something of what I find – I never move anything, never contrive the elements. This shot by the way was pretty much what I did with my Flickr icon – which WAS contrived – I kind of choreographed the blurr after practising movements and exposure times – a self portrait, but not one which represents an obvious realism I hope, but rather represents the decisions made in doing it. More about what is going on within my head. Picture is still straight from camera though – I don't process things – seems then to be not of the moment.
3 years ago.
Peter Schofield
Peter Schofield
But then again you've got me thinking about breaking my own 'code' and manipulating some images - I use photoshop quite a bit professionally, but steer clear of it otherwise - so I know how to use it. Maybe that can be my ipernity!
3 years ago.
Lorrie McClanahan
Lorrie McClanahan
i enjoy photography more when I don't post-process. The in-phone apps are an exception, I suppose because the ones I use are one step and immediate.

Perhaps because you're using yourself--a breathing, changing subject--setting things up still isn't really contrived. It's more a form of experimentation, in which you let the basic composition shift as you move, then evaluate the results. The steps are different, but it's the same mindset as your daily photography. If you pictured what you wanted in your head before you started, then carefully arranged things and further manipulated the image after taking it to fit your preconceived notion...that would be contrived. The way you're doing it, it's still a found image.
3 years ago.
Lorrie McClanahan
Lorrie McClanahan
oh. this is unrelated. i just came from flickr where you commented on a gray "painting" with a large corner revealing stacked stuff behind. It pleases me that you responded favorably. In a way it's indeed related, because I hadn't set that up. But, I've also been experimenting with holes in my canvases and get excited at the prospects. I have the hardest time deciding what to do behind them. It's moments like those, when the arrangements reveal themselves serendipitously, that I'm most pleased. So really, I'm talking about exactly the same thing regarding your photography. ha!
3 years ago.
Peter Schofield
Peter Schofield
I love the idea of 'holes', like silence in music. But visually, what do you fill them with? The visual equivalent of silence? Maybe a box of blackness or whiteness? Or randomness/chance?
3 years ago.