Our next task using photograms was to create portraits. I done this by using a digital camera to take a side profile portrait of myself up against a white background, after printing this image out in A4 I carefully cut around my self, separating my body from the background but kept both cut outs as they were both to come in useful. I then switched turns using the cut outs over light sensitive photogenic paper, experimenting with different textures and shapes within the spaces my cut outs left and then exposing them to light for roughly 6-10 seconds each, resulting in these prints:
To the right is my fourth print, here I used the cut out of my face placed over many strips of film to create a nice effect that really makes my portrait stand out.
Lastly here is my fifth print and my favourite. This one is especially interesting and experimental, I took a piece of photogenic paper that had already been exposed to light in the shape of another persons portrait with jewellery and other pieces within the side profile. I then placed the cut out of my portrait above this already exposed photogenic paper and also above one side of film strip and once side of flowers. The end result was very interesting and although there was a chance this could have gone very wrong I am happy with the outcome.
Jocelyn is an artist who creates beautiful portraits using photograms with all sorts of different materials and textures in order to make the portraits unique and creative. The feature that sticks out the most for me in her work is the delicate and detailed effects of the materials she uses in order to create her distinctive work. I believe this may link to the reason why she also uses the portraits of young children/babies as the materials (delicate and small) almost represent themselves.