053/365 – Paper Art

I like trying new things out and as the weather was rather wet today, I thought I’d attempt to create my version of ‘fine art’ as they call it in Practical Photography.

The idea is to arrange 6 sheets of white A4 in an arch shape and photograph. Sounds simple enough doesn’t it?

We have actually ran out of ‘normal’ A4 paper so I had to resort to using a ‘text and graphic’ alternative, which is ever so slightly thicker and ever so slightly harder to arrange into place. On the plus side, it wasn’t going to go anywhere once it was stapled.

Once I had created the required shape, the next step was to place the paper arch onto a white background (yet more A4!) making sure there was enough light from a window to…erm… light it. The idea is extremely simple but any photographer will tell you that trying to make white things look white in a photo is easier said than done.

After numerous shots using different exposures and apertures, as well as having the  paper positioned at a range of angles, I finally got a result I was happy with. A quick convert to black and white, followed by editing out the staples, all was complete. It’s probably not as white as it could be, but I think that adds quite nicely to the image.

I really enjoy creating abstract images with bits and bobs lying around the house, an enjoyable way to pass the time on a rainy day.

“This paper will no doubt be found interesting by those who take an interest in it.”
John Dalton

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