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Bethany Martin

Bethany Martin

Who Am I?

Short Film 

18th January 2016

Within this short film, I have concentrated on identity and how we show ourselves. Most people can remember a first day, whether it be college, university, work, meeting someone for the first time etc. This can be overwhelming at first, as everything is new to you, in which you have to establish your place and how you are in the certain situation. The main individual in the film is experiencing her first day at university, where the story of the film is getting across the loneliness of the person and showing how she finds her way through this experience, concentrating on identity and hiding this. At university you may come across familiar faces, however this situation is new to you, in which you are in a different city/location with unfamiliar faces and buildings. It is hard to adjust at first but as you get used to the surroundings it becomes easier for an individual to relax. 

By wearing a mask it covers the face, the main feature of a person and hides their true identity. The mask disguises your identity. You can be whoever you want with one but your true identity is hidden. What would happen if everyone wore a mask, would it change the way we communicate and see each other. By hiding our face does that block and hide who we are? Or does it give us the freedom to be someone else? Or is it a way of letting yourself not fully experiencing your true identity when in public?

 

 

Music Video

Music: 'Lost in Paris' - Josh Savage

30th January 2015

This video focuses on loss and finding your way. Introducing an individual exploring a location that they are not familiar with. Using overlays to represent confusion and disorientation. Ending with every aspect of the video coming together revealing a sense of direction and focus. 

 

One Day

Time-lapse video

31st October 2016

This experimental time-lapse introduces the audience to different locations taken throughout the day. Starting with a sunrise and ending with the sunsetting. This captures the journey throughout the day, including the differences of location and the changing of light and time. This explores times in different locations, where each place ends at the same point and each day is the same wherever the place. The video has a sense of time passing, hence why I produced a time-lapse, in which the day passes by quickly and before you know it it's the next day. It also introduces a sense of travel throughout the different clips of locations used. These clips fit together to show 'one day'. The time-lapse speeds up the progression throughout the day showing how quickly it passes from morning to night.

 

Bubbles of Reflection

Dye, water & oil

27th February 2017

When water and oil are mixed together, oil separates from the water, creating bubbles and patterns. The oil floats on top of the water forming bubbles, which reflects off the surrounding light and objects. I also used dye within the water which creates a dark colourful background showing off the detail of the oil. The use of dye creates a dark but colourful background, which highlights the bubbles and brings out the reflection of the surroundings, bringing in the light around and outlining the texture of the bubbles and the raised patterns. The bubbles act as mirrors taking in the surroundings and letting the viewer see more within the image, letting the audience imagine what surrounds the experiment and substances. 

 

Scroll Down 

Exhibition

20th May 2016

When searching through Google images, you can scroll down pages and pages of basically the same picture of a certain location, the only difference is, the time of day, devices used to take the picture and the angles used within each image. Keeping with the theme 'Out with the new, in with the used' which was the name for the exhibition, where our photography or moving image pieces were being presented, my piece focuses on the new, which is of the original photographs and people taking the pictures. Which are then being replaced with the used, introducing the pictures on Google Images, where people feel the already taken images are as good as being at the location.  

 

My Photography Piece

When looking through Google Images, you can type in 'the most photographed barn in America' and it comes up with pages of images of the barn. The only difference is what the person used to take the photo and the angles, what time of day and the lighting used in each image. This therefore, makes each image unique. There is the destruction of having loads of 'basically' the same image and it is accessible to copy and save these images, such as off Google, and to see this popular place without actually visiting the barn in person. However, this popular location that was once attracting viewers may be decreasing because of the accessible photos on the internet. Google Images is a good way to see the barn and other places without having to go there in person. This is much easier as it is a click away. 

 

'Out with the New, In with the Old'

Exhibition

The Exhibition was held at 'Comma 5' a space in Plymouth. It gave me the opportunity to present my photography piece. In my exhibition piece, I collected a lot of images from one place at different times of the day and differences within the angles and distance. I wanted to take photographs of a place or building which is seen as a normal everyday place - just like the barn. I displayed my creation as a scroll that falls and crumples onto the floor. It shows the amount of images on Google, where you can scroll down and it feels like the images are endless. 

My Full Piece:

Situating practise complete

Multiple Exposure of Travel

 Berlin

 18th January 2017 

Within Berlin, the trains and trams are the best transport to get from one place to another. The transport is constantly moving, taking passengers to their desired destinations quick and easy. It is more than just transport it is a daily thing for most people in Berlin. The people are incredibly dependent on the transport, including tourists just like me, as that was our only way of seeing other areas of Berlin.

Using multiple exposure within my images portrays the constant moving, with each train coming in every few minutes, as well as people travelling from one place to another. It was hard to get lost while walking around Berlin because of the multiple stations within each area.

 
 
 

In Their Eyes

Documentary Photography

 6th May 2016

Within this project I wanted to explore ways in which we perceive people. For example, when you look at a person in the street, you can imagine what they are like without knowing them. They may have children, have a job or be a student by just looking at their appearance and how they dress and act.

I asked six people to tell me a memory or something about themselves. I told them to think of what they would like to say whether it be happy, sad, embarrassing, funny or interesting. Just something they were comfortable to share with me. They sat down and told me the stories while I photographed them. As this question was so vague, I was interested to see what I got back from each person. I decided to focus on the eyes, as I feel the eyes show and bring out a lot of emotion and are one of the main features of a person's face. By just capturing the eyes within my photographs it lets you as the viewer to really explore and wonder what the outer picture could be, through their stories and what they may be like. I asked each individual to write down their response so that I could accompany the story with the photograph. This reveals the way each person writes, showing their identity and personality through this, as well as seeing their emotions from the story through the photograph. 

 

Joey-Writing

Hannah-Writing

 

John-Writing

Chris-Writing F

 

Charlotte-Writing

Water Photograms

Camera-less Photography

 19th January 2017

This project focuses on the reproduction of images, the movement of water and the shadows that are created within the water. The creations are taken within a dark room without the use of a camera, instead I opted for a flashgun, light sensitive paper, water and chemicals to reveal the image. The images capture the relationship between light, shadow and water, imprinting the forms and marks created by the movement of the water.

'...In photography, process reproduction can bring out those aspects of the original that are unattainable to the naked eye yet accessible to the lens, which is adjustable and chooses its angle at will.'
(Benjamin and Underwood, 2008)

Photography is a reproduction of an area/place/object in which when you capture something, you replicate this area by freezing the location within an image. You are able to see the location without the camera and by taking a picture, this is then replicated into an art form. Within my series I reveal something that you don't necessarily see through the naked eye. We can see ripples in water, but we are unable to pause this and really focus on the pattern without having something such as a camera to really see this. I went a step forward and took out the camera completely exploring a way that we are able to view something that we don't necessarily see through the human eye without the use of a camera. This however is still a reproduction of the ripples in the water, as I am still capturing how the water moves. We can't fully see this without a device, however, I have printed it onto paper in which we then are able to see the patterns created of the water movement. This is a reproduction but one that cannot be created again. The image can be technically reproduced, such as digitally scanning in my darkroom experiments, but the original is the only real capture.

As the water movement changes constantly it reveals a different pattern and direction each time. I like the idea of producing original work that cannot be captured again, such as water photograms. Each image is one of a kind and even though the images are similar, they cannot be replicated. 

Six images in the series focusing on water movement and the patterns created. 

 

Double Exposure

Intertwining beauty and nature

 22nd January 2016

Within this project, I wanted to show off the beauty within both nature and the model. Plants and nature are portrayed as beautiful which when intertwined with the model, shows off the beauty of the person. This reveals a way of showing imagination and thought processes that crowd the mind which fills the brain. We are always thinking and constantly using our brain. This project portrays this through double exposure, showing off the figure of the person overlaid with nature. The branches and nature travel away from the subject, which creates the illusion that the mind is flowing out, showing the beauty and thoughts within. 

 
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