What is Re-animation, well according to the dictionary definition:-
1. a renewal of liveliness or vigor
2. the act of bringing a person or thing back to life.
Fortunately for us, we are not looking at the Frankenstein type of re-animation but one based in the medium of photography, so what do we mean when we use this term in this context we are talking about renewal, vigor, and liveliness adding these to what may be called static 2d photographs and bring them to life with light and shadow or indeed even colour using an off-camera flash this can be done by positioning the flash or flashes in specific places to create the light and shadowed areas that you want to give the subject and subsequent image that extra boost of life turning it from a photograph into a PHOTOGRAPH! you will see what happens later on in this write when I put in some samples of work we did when we used the off-camera flash technique.
Off-camera flash; Flash, off-camera
Flash units that are not built-in to the camera are referred to as off-camera flash. They are mounted in one of two ways. On the Hotshoe on top of the camera. Alternatively, it can be mounted on a light stand or convenient surface. The off-camera flash communicates with the camera in one of three ways…
The camera emits its own flash or infrared light to trigger the off-camera flash
There is a direct wire connection between camera and off-camera flash
A connection is completed by a radio signal trigger. Some off-camera flash units are capable of Through-The-Lens (TTL) control where the camera senses the scene and adjusts the flash accordingly. Other units will need to be manually adjusted when off the camera. The degree to which the flash is programmable by the camera or the photographer is determined by the model and often price of the flash unit.
This is one of my own off-camera setups which is available from Amazon Yongnuo YN560 IV Speedlite Flashes with YN560 TX transmitter
So what brand of flashes are available, if like me you have a budget then I would suggest either Yongnuo or Neewer these flash are reasonably priced so for example if you bought a Nikon or Canon own brand flashes they could cost £300 or more Yongnuo and Neewer can be purchased for under £150 and still do a brilliant job. You could also use standard wireless transmitter and receivers remembering to get the one for you specific camera such as the Neewer kit again from Amazon Neewer Wireless Kit which would cost about £20.26 this, of course, does not include the batteries which you have to buy separate
You may also find yourself needing to use filters over the flash heads to give a colour contrast to the subject you are shooting Selens are a good cheap option see image below and link:
Selens Flash Filters they come in warm, mid and cold colour groups and will allow you to
- Create Magic Scene — Coloured Lighting Filters, or Gels, are Often Used as Accent Lights, or to Add Dramatic Colour to Backgrounds or Selected Portions of a Scene for Artistic Effect.
- Change Color Balance of The Image — Flash Gels Help to Improve the Colour Balance of the Image.
Irene Kung – irenekung.com
From the examples shown above you will see that Irene Kung has a unique way of working with her images which she processes in Photoshop and creates these lovely directed light on subject images The Buildings and The Trees are from her first and second books respectively called ‘Irene Kung: Trees‘ and ‘Irene Kung: The Invisible City‘ of which I have the latter which is a stunning collection of her architechtural images.
The images above are all black with what is a beam of light hitting the subject in a specific place but Irene also work with images that are a lot lighter than this but look just as stunning and in black and white as well ‘Trees light, Dark and Black & White‘.
Of Swiss decent Irene Kung started of as a painter and she achieved success early on in her career as an artist who’s technique was based upon that of “Etruscan, Roman and Renaissance frescoes” In recent years Irene Kung has expanded her repetoire into photography. creating some of the most visually stunning images of Architecture, Fruit Trees and Animals by using her own dramatic and unique style which sets her work apart from mainstream contemporary photography.
- A Sudden Gust of Wind (after Hokusai)
- A vision after an ambush of a Red Army Patrol, near Moqor, Afghanistan, winter 1986.
Jeff Wall provokes anger, awe and huge prices for his controversial staged scenes of hostage situations and homeless shelters.
The two examples above were recreated or indeed re-interpreted by Jeff Wall the first image and listed as No. 1 under the images is a re-interpretation of an Image by the famous Japanese print block maker Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) from a woodcut called “Travellers Caught in a Sudden breeze at Ejiri” (c.1832) from a famous portfolio, “The Thirty-six Views of Fuji,” and the second image “Dead Troops Talk” is a fictional scene made up by Wall, the show dead soldiers coming back to life, “the men show a range of emotional responses to their newfound transcendence, from humor to confusion. In a strange paradox, the troops appear more concerned with interpersonal relationships than with the historical meaning of their own actions.” (www.thebroad.org)
Jeff Walls technique for displaying his image is quiet interesting as he uses large scale transparencies on Lightbox. Jeff alongside Cindy Sherman and Andreas Gursky, became one of the pioneers of conceptual photography and by recreating either existing images or building fictional scenarios.
The Group creating this piece for the Jeff Wall Project is myself, Paddy and Lawrie the idea is based on a piece by Jeff called ‘A View from an Apartment’
But our image will be using the City of Culture stand in Hull’s Paragon Station if we can get permission and the idea dear would be to take images of the station itself and print them out and put them up on the back wall of the stand in the white stripes and and use a technique called Tromploy to give the idea they are windows looking into the station platforms.
Richard Tuschman – (www.richardtuschman.com)
“Until relatively recently, I would refer to myself as “an artist who uses photography” rather than “photographer,” though now I am happy to use the label “photographer.” (An Interview with Richard Tuschman, the Photographer Behind ‘Hopper Meditations’)
The images above are a small portion of images created by Richard Tuschman as an homage to the American artist Edward Hopper called ‘Hopper Meditations’.
Tuschman didn’t feel comfortable in a traditional darkroom until photoshop was released in the 1990s which gave him a darkroom he could work with after he started doing commercial work. His main influences where the surrealist work by Arthur Tress and the ‘Dreamy narratives’ of Duane Michals, who also started to look at the work of photo-illustraters Matt Mahurin and Amy Guip, Tuschman said he was also drawn to the surreal conceptual work of Geof Kern.
Richard Tuschman is a master of working with miniature dioramas and then adding models in to the scene via photoshop to create final stunning and realistic images the models are actual models photographed and then their images are reduced and placed within the diorama scene hen thens uses off-camera flashes and a floor based light to illuminate the scene and shoots it with his Canon EOS 7D as you can see from the following images.
This is Edward Hoppers most famous painting as you may have guessed called ‘Nighthawks’ which is an oil on canvas produced in 1942 and depicting four people in a late night American diner
First Shoot (Queen Victoria Square)
First Shoot (Sir Leo Schultz)
Second Shoot (Sir Charles Henry Wilson)
St. Mary the Virgin Church, Lowgate
Expansion on the above flash and Statue shots this time using flash and lighting up the doorway to the afore mentioned church.