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Name: Ezra Evans
School: Paston Sixth Form College
Town: North walsham
Year: Year 12
Inspiration: Throughout GCSE, all I got to do was the more traditional painting. Once I got into college, I wanted to divert from the painting and do something different, inspired by the big skies of Norfolk at night, and old trees and barns. Rather than being put off by fields full off sheep and poo, I started going out at night with a friend who taught me how to use a digital camera and got me into night photography. This opened many more opportunities for me then if I had restricted myself to only portraits and short exposed daytime shots. I quickly found a passion for all photography and now go out on most clear nights, the most extreme of which was camping out in a national trust castle. My portrait is a combination of old and new photography and drawing but not in the traditional way. Rather than draw, I scratched into the photo my original. The scratching technique that I used was originally inspired by the drawing style of Dryden Goodwin; for this I wanted to breach the line that seemed to me to exist between art and photography, and old and new forms or photography and art.
Title: facial anatomy
Description: This is my mum, a rather stern half-Italian woman and yes, she is this scary-looking in the flesh! In this piece, I wanted to mix the old and the new again. It was originally a digital photo. I started scratching the anatomy of the face onto it with my brother’s pen knife to give an insight into what lies beneath the flattering human flesh, the complexity and beauty of the lines that make up the muscles that are underneath and control all of us. After I had scratched over several scans, I then scanned it in one more time and printed it out as a negative on acetate and started experimenting in the dark room using the acetate in the same way as you would use a piece of film; I would place it over the photo-sensitive paper at different angles, but instead of leaving it in the developer afterwards, I started experimenting with it by splashing it on, which led to painting it on and a combination of all of this led to the final image.
Medium: mixed medium
Width: 35.17 Height: 27.98
Keywords: Flesh, Old, New, Scratched, Scanned, Anatomy, Muscles, Control