- To explore Halloween and its connections to “paranormal” and “levitation”;
- To learn how Levitation is being used in the world of photography;
- To make connections from levitation to real-world uses;
- To create levitation photographs inspired by other amateur and professional photographers.
I think that looking at the examples of levitation photography really helped me with creating mine by seeing how other artists composed their pictures. Looking at how the photographers put together the photos to make the subject and the background fit together to give off a realistic vibe what super helpful for me to give me ideas how to pull mine off. I believe that the resources I looked at also helped me by inspiring me to make my photos seem more mysterious. I was looking mostly at examples at first that were a bit on the creepy side but I found great interest in them. For me, I think that Pinterest was a pretty good site to look at for examples because not everyone on there posting their pictures are professional artists so you can look at it and realize that by learning, you can also create great pieces of work.
I am actually pretty proud of my photos and I personally think that there were a lot of successes through the making of these photographs. I think that one of my biggest successes was when I really started to get a handle on what I was doing and coming up with all sorts of ideas on how to pull it off. For example, in one of my photos, originally I wasn’t going to use shadows, (mostly because I thought they were out of my comfort zone) but after looking at the image for a while I realized that with the shadows it will look so much more realistic. I ended up trying it and proving myself wrong, that I did know how to make shadows and I couldn’t have be happier for myself. Something else that I think went well was how I managed to compose the pictures. I think that the subject and how it is positioned really works well with the background and all works together to make the viewer feel one emotion.
Although I am so happy with how my photos came out, there were definitely times that I struggled with this process. I think that one of my biggest challenges was taking the people out of the original photo. I had already made two levitation photos but had to start again because I hadn’t cropped the people out good enough. I am glad this happened, though, because once I did start over I came up with totally different ideas for my images that I like much better. I also struggled a bit using the masking tool but i kept at it and eventually I got good enough to create what I have now. One more thing that I had a hard time with was coming up with what the background of my picture should be. Whether it should be a cloudy sky, or a flowery field, I was at a point where I wasn’t sure what I wanted my picture to look like. The way I got past this was by trying a few different ideas out to figure out which I liked best.