This assignment for university required to format a complete HDR Photograph. As such I chose to use an interesting interior space to photograph of a decommissioned train/carriage in Healsville, Victoria.
This image was assembled by compileing 5 different exposures and assembling them using Photomatix, then importing them file into Adobe Photoshop CS5 and then individually layering the different exposures manually using layer masks to fix up areas Photomatix did not succeed in doing. This was a very time consuming exercise.
The most particularly hard spot, was the two windows, and especially the glass shards surround the perimeter of them. Outside the window was also difficult because the bottom half of both windows is mostly full of black bricks and the top half is full of a sunlit environment. The result is that many, many layers were required in formatting the image to show a satisfying result through the windows.
The result is quite spectacular. In addition to this, I also completed some addition work which I called ‘Competency trials’ where I did two more HDR photographs to fill in the gaps of my processing which I may have hit in processing this train image.
This assignment required us write a 500 word statement about a quote we were supplied with, quite a confusing quote I thought so I did my best to respond to its artistic nature.
The domestic environment is most often a safe place of comfort and tranquillity where one simply appreciates the area by their presence inside. With the exception of the snap-shot boom caused by social media, photographs of one’s personal interior tended to only exist in relation to some other event that may have taken place at the residence.
However, with the boom of ‘lifestyle’ interior magazines, design television programs and the use of social media, society is now flooded with interior design glamour of homes, cars, workplaces and more. Author Angela Duea (2008, p.288) states this “has turned interior design into a boom industry in recent years…to make interiors work and look amazing.” Society is flooded across every form of media with ‘the perfect interior’ to motivate and manipulate society into always wanting more. Businesses have also taken advantage of this boom and created modern-affordable goods that requires the efforts of the consumer to build themselves at home. Where an unexpected psychological result occurred where according to author Burman (2011) consumers are “Treating that cheap, self-assembled IKEA table like it’s a prized heirloom.” This is called ‘the IKEA effect’ which motivates consumers to keep purchasing new goods, to chase that perfect room that the catalogues feature each season. It seems that society forgets their past history as designs progressively change faster each year as society chases “a project of the modernisation of domestic life and leisure through consumerism.” According to professors, Sarvas and Frohlich (2011, p.48).
The submitted image opposes this and gives praise to the forgotten or often ignored domestic interiors from decades long forgotten before these were tampered with as a consequence of the mass-media boom. This high-dynamic range photograph highlights and exacerbates every minute detail of the aging interior, showcasing their historic memories into the decaying material. Everything from the design of the train interior echoes back to an era that enjoyed its peak moments during the heart of the cold war. This design of the steam-train would have stayed as the pinnacle of its design for much longer than today’s lengthy fashion time of a ‘season’, society back then appreciated functionality over the constant refreshment of design changes. “As long as it was practical and maintained was what we cared about.” Stated Gwyneth Cadwallader (interview 09 August 2012), who says that back then things were purchased to last decades not days. This statement applies when viewing this image of the decommissioned locomotive, even with suffering decades of decaying in the open weather, the carriage still stands with the majority of the interior remaining intact and functional today, even some glass windows remain standing strong. The result is that this train, will most likely outlive domestic products that will be created tomorrow, often these products don’t simply offer practicality but offer a thrill promoted by the media, and when emotions die down, so do these products that were to enrich our lives. The result is that personally, this decaying image is just as ‘perfect’ as one featured in the next season of IKEA’s catalogue and a testament to a long lasting interior space.
1) Duea, A, 2008, How to Open & Create a Financially Sucessful Pet Sitting Business, Atlantic Publishing Group Inc, Florida.
2) Berman, J, 2011, ‘The IKEA Effect: Study Finds Consumers Over-Value Products They Build Themselves’, retrieved 09/08/12, >http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/26/ikea-effect-consumers-study_n_981918.html>
3) Sarvas, R, Frohlich, D, 2011, From Snapshots to Social Media – The Changing Picture of Domestic Photography, Springer, New York.
4) Cadwallader, G, Resident, Tullamore Retirement Centre, interview, 2012
Following on from my previous film experiment I have continued to use the Mamimya 7 – medium format film
camera to photograph another series, this one titled: ‘Historic Glory’
Due to being closed down and refurbished as a functioning station once again Healsville and Yarra Glenn stations and its historic trains that have become quite the tourist attraction will be demolished in place of a functioning station after decades of barely any use.
This series photographs these trains, their carriages and their train yard in an attempt to memorise what these trains once were and to imagine what they would have looked like in their glory days. I would argue they now look even more glorified as a rustic feature in a town that always draws the tourists.
I also completed a digital photography series on this same idea for university which may be published at a later date.
This series was photographed on ISO 400 film, and developed and printed in a darkroom by myself. These photos have been scanned to be shown on my website, the quality has been lost in these scans.
Thank You for reading
‘Historic Glory’ – By Ben Cadwallader all images are copyrighted.
So I have finally found some time to update the website with some new content. And I have decided to post up some
experiences I have had using various film cameras over the last year or so.
Today’s series involved taking a Mamiya 7- Medium Format film camera and walking around the Victorian suburb of Footscray.
After walking for a few hours, I discovered what I was going to show in my series of photos. And my first photo – showing the remnants of a poster for John Pilger’s documentary: ‘The War You Don’t See’ - gave me my title and goal.
As with all series’ I wont explain into detail, except this: The series explores the corners of Footscray and discovers what is hidden just off from the footpaths or major roads in the suburb, by looking a bit deeper reveals a darker history to the suburb.
2011′s Melbourne International Motor Show was a big hit this year and now after getting permission from my client I am now able to put up a selection of the best photos I took at the Motor Show.
The show was a big improvement as the emphasis on ‘Green’ vehicles seemed to take a step backwards and simply show off today’s cars and what is coming in the future…
I made a trip with a few friends to visit the Avalon Air Show 2011, in Melbourne on Friday 4th of March. Sadly, upon waking up we all saw the dreaded grey clouds covering the entire sky. The forecast was terrible: rain, black clouds, general unpleasantness but we all manned up and soldiered on and drove the long drive to Western Melbourne to the Air Show…
Upon reflection, coming on the worst day of the week (weather wise) was a fantastic idea, as there was essentially no effort to get to the front of the run way to get a great view of the live air action. When we looked at other peoples photo’s from that weekend we were shocked to see how much more busy it was. If you’re going for the spectacle of the live air show and acrobatics then definitely go on the potentially wettest day of the week. Perhaps if you would have preferred spending your day browsing through the show tents and displays among the large show grounds, it might be more ideal for one of the nicer days. Either way, just remember to bring a jacket because it got so cold.
The heavy rain in Victoria sadly caused half my house to get a very damp floor, so I was unable to launch out from my house with camera in hand. So sadly I missed out on photographing some potentially great scenes in the local area… (more…)