Based on the moodboards and research that I did, I made a photoshooting of still life objects that were captured with different elements from nature like flowers and plants. Therefore, I decided to create some images of still life objects with flowers. Due to the lockdown I was not able to make the shooting at the studio as I had planned before, therefore I did at my place. Due to the restrictions I was not able to find a model as well, so I captured my own legs against a wall in my house. Although the shooting was quiet unprofessional I was really happy with the results that I produce. I find really interesting the colour contrast that was created between the colour of the shocks and the the colour of the flowers. With the pictures that I produced during this shooting I am planning to make different collages digitally as well as illustrations for the magazine. Playing around with the images I did different types of collages working on colour contrast between the the background and the content of the image. I am really satisfied with the result of the collages that I created and therefore I am going to use the ones that I liked most into the magazine .
After experimentation and working on Photoshop on editing different images that I have take during a photo shooting on still life, I decided to try and create gifs using the collages that I had created. It was the second time that I worked on creating Gifs and is a process that I really enjoy doing since they make the image more vivid and alive. I experimented using different colours , graphics and movements. I really like designing Gifs as I found that they give a life to the content of the image and make it more interactive and engaging with the audience. Therefore, I planning to place some of the collages on the magazine with a qr code that the readers can scan it in order to see the gifs.
I created a presentation that includes some visual elements of the magazine and the flat plan. I design the palette based on a picture of a sunset in Greece that I had taken. I choose to work with pastel soft colours in order to keep a minimal, smoothing and calm vibe and aesthetic on the magazine. After, a lot of experimentation with typography working with different fonts and types I designed the final logo of the magazine. Finally, I created a flat plan with the content of the magazine in order to be organise and have a clear view of the content that I have to collect and create. The magazine will mainly consist from articles, shootings, artists interviews, collaboration with brands, recipes and diy.
After I research that I made I found out another technique for creating natural dyes. I found a greek blogger Alexandra Diona who creates DIY tutorial videos creating house decorations and clothes with recycled materials. After, watching some of her videos I decided to experiment myself and colour garments with flowers. I used some flowers that I had in my house and they had dried to colour some old t-shirts that I had. I placed a carton paper under the t-shirt and on top the flowers. I covered the flowers with another piece of fabric and press them with a hammer until their colour came out on the fabric. On my first trial I decided to colour all the fabric and then as I understood the way that the technique works I played around placing the flowers on different spaces on the t-shirt. Overall, I was really satisfied with the result that I created as I discovered another sustainable method to dye fabrics with harming the environment. I created some time-lapse videos capturing the process that I followed. Since I was really satisfied with the results I am planning to create a section on my magazine with crafts, ideas and advices that the readers can follow in order to adapt a more sustainable way of life.
Since the beginning of this pandemic I found myself between Brighton and my hometown Thessaloniki. Having experienced three lockdowns in two different places, I always tried to explore new ways to pass my time indoors and outdoors. Being locked in a house, now more than ever each and every of us tries to find activities and reasons to spend some time outdoors.Morning runs, picnics, cycling, a walk with your dog, gardening were some of the hobbies that Covid brought back to our daily life. Personally, spending every day an hour outdoors running or cycling I found very interesting this return to nature . Therefore, I decided to film some of the activities that people do outdoors and create a short movie depicting human contact with nature during lockdown. I decided to experiment first with the content that I had collected during the lockdown in Brighton and Thessaloniki. I was really satisfied from the result of the short video that I created showing how people of different age pass their time outdoors at nature and therefore I decided to capture more videos depicting human contact with nature and create a movie that I will incorporate in my zine. Now more than ever human started appreciating habits, rituals, senses, emotions and feelings that before were obvious.Now more than ever people started appreciating the sun, the sea, the wind, fresh air and many more natural elements cause as they say “You have to lose something to appreciate it”.
Nature is art!” they say. But how do humans treat this unique irreplaceable piece of art. Over the lockdown after 10 years living in the same building, that was the first time I was able to admire the crystal clear colour of the sea, listen to the bird twits and breath fresh clean air . That was the moment were I asked my self “ Why? How? Where all these nature’s treasure have been hidden so long?” Living a busy overloaded reality, we never had time to enjoy this “small pleasant gems” that nature gifts us with. But at the same never had time to think the damage and corruption that we daily create on it. Having this a starting point and after a lot of research on issues about pollution, environmental damage and sustainability, for the FMP I want to explore human contact with nature. The project will examine the relationship that us, the young generation have with nature during three different periods , pre-covid, on covid and post covid-19.I intend to explore the way that this pandemic challenged and changed our relationship with nature. Not only our hobbies changed, as “forgotten” habits like gardening, going for picnic and long walks in nature returned back to our daily life but our behaviour too, since we start being more careful, cautious and chary towards the environment . During this pandemic not only humans changed, but also nature, as it had a chance to “pause, relax and breath”. Therefore I will display images that I have taken during the two lockdowns depicting “the break” that nature took over this time. Finally, I intend to display on a creative way my assumptions about the post-covid contact of humans with nature and the way that our behaviour and habits will develop or change as the pandemic will fade. The aim of the project is to raise awareness about environmental issues such as global change and pollution as well as encourage the youth to continue coming closer and being more respectful and mindful towards nature. I am targeting generation Z ,fashionable young people with a high concern about nature and environment. Therefore, I am planning to do a zine about human contact with nature creating editorial shooting about pollution and waste, interviews of people talking about their relationship with nature and how it changed over the pandemic, display sustainable brands, interview of artists and designers that work on sustainability and pollution as well as include ethical tricks and tips to the reader to adapt.
Researching photographers working on environmental pollution, I discover Kasia Wozniak a polish photographer working mainly with analogue photography. “This is plastic” is a project that she made in order to depict the pollution that humans create on the environment. She made a series of cyanotype prints from the pictures of plastic waste that she had taken on her walk the beach between Broadstairs and Margaret in 2017. I found these images very interesting and beautiful thus, I decided to search more about cyanotype printing. It is a technique that uses a mixture of iron compounds which when get exposed to UV light and washed in water oxidise to create Prussian Blue Images. Therefore, I order online a cyanotype printing kit in order to experiment myself with this process. On my first attempt, I used some images of rubbish that I had taken from the park. However, I was not very satisfied with the result since the prints were not very clear and visual. I found out that images with a lot of details like the ones that I use are more difficult to get printing using this technique. Thus, I continued my experimentation using this time objects that are often found thrown down on the streets like plastic bags, drinking cups, food packs and masks. I placed the objects on top of the special paper and then I put them on the UV light for a few minutes until the paper changes colour from blue to white. Then, I washed the paper in water for a few seconds and left dry . In this case, I was very content that I got using this technique since the objects were effectively printed on the paper. I found this technique fascinating as it is a creative way of depicting images.
Being inspired by Tim Walker’s editorial on August Vogue and Laurea’s Frankel project “Recycled beauty” I decided to capture a series of still life images using rubbish like plastic bags, masks, plastic gloves , food and drink packages decorated with beautiful plants and flowers in order to create contrast between the beauty of nature and the rubbish. Through these imagery I want to show to the audience the pure elegance and delicacy of nature and the way that it gets vandalised from humans interversions. Moreover, I am aiming to raise awareness about issues such as environmental pollution and encourage people be more respectful and careful towards the planet that they live in. I created 6 series of images with a synthesis of different items that I found, I haven’t planned the combinations before but I placed together the items that looked better on my eye .At the end, I was really satisfied with the result of the images since I believe that they communicate the message successful to the audience.