University of Sussex: BA Media Practice
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Manipulation of Time

Manipulation of Time

Samuel Good

According to David Hockney ‘Photography can’t show time’. My aim has been to challenge that assertion by creating single images which capture one person’s narrative, using recent and historical photos taken from their social media account. I was also interested in the way past art movements such as cubism, allowed spectators to look at the same subjects from different and multiple points of view. Manipulation and combination of photos is easy thanks to modem software and that what I have done. The results are, in effect, portraits.

Through continuous experimentation I settled on a final process which could be adopted by others. The stages are as follows: collection of photos from the subject’s social media posts, organise in a folder, pull these into Photoshop and crop out suitable face sections, export the results into another folder, pull the selected cropped elements into the portrait template of choice in Photoshop again, and combine intuitively.