Thursday, 12 October 2017

A RESPONSE TO MY PINK PROJECT



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 [ PHOTOGRAPHY: MYSELF + @RACHTFCP]

Me and @rachtfcp paired up to create a photoshoot reflecting on our project on the colour pink so far. After brainstorming ideas we thought about how pink can stand out so much against other dull colours. We wanted to portray this as how it is a colour of expression and how many people use it to express their gender and sexuality without having to write it all over them.

I feel the extravagance and strange, almost disturbing images we produced really connote this. The tiara and broken up feather bower also add to the aesthetic of expression. The way the colours appear almost neon compared to the dark and dirty water was a key element for us. We also wanted to explore a range of pink shades in one image to compare the effects of each. 

As well as being a message of expression. I feel the image also reflects on how trashy and predictable the colour is and therefore shows both of its capabilities. The pink rubbish bin helps this side of the storytelling and the My Little Pony toy relates back to the Barbie trend I talked about in a previous post.

We also had to create a short moving image piece to compliment out photoshoot and I believe this reflects our message. Without any words or physical sound how images can speak to people and how the colour pink can connote deeper meanings than being just a tacky, girly colour.

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PINK: PATTERN + TEXTURE




[ PHOTOGRAPHY: CATHERINE LOSING + GOOGLE ]

 I've been exploring how the combinations of colour and texture and colour and pattern effect the connotations and aesthetics of images. The same shape skirt could be in a hot pink colour but in either a latex material or a denim material and send completely different messages. The latex hot pink skirt above appears strong and sexy. Whereas the light pink fur jacket appears more fun and luxurious, therefore completely changing the story the image wishes to tell.

In addition to the fur looking luxurious, the satin ribbon also has connotations of maturity and glamour. The darker pink ruffled image also holds these characteristics but they are magnified by the delicate ruffle technique applied.

I found it interesting that the piece of sculpture in the second image has a smooth rounded finish and for me it appears quite childlike, especially in the baby pinks associated with little girls.

I also explored pattern in my mood board and found that also drastically effects the storytelling of the image. The pink polka dot pattern appeared fun and vintage and the pink floral patterns is discovered also had a very vintage aesthetic as well as making the colour appear even more feminine than it stereotypically is. Layered underneath the fur coat the model is wearing a blazer and a shirt in quite masculine and traditional patterns but they have pink incorporated into them and it works well to bring out a fun and more feminine style of the tailoring.

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Saturday, 7 October 2017

PINK: PRETTY PREDICTABLE




[ PHOTOGRAPHY: IMAGES SOURCED FROM GOOGLE + PINTEREST ]

As I've been exploring deeper into pink I have discovered that it's pretty predictable. A lot editorials, campaigns and brands use it in its most simple format. This basic use of colour results in a girly, Barbie Doll aesthetic suggesting materialism and compliance to gender stereotypes.

It seems like the easiest way to create these unimaginative connotations is through shade and texture combinations. The baby pink and velvet aesthetic in image five is predictable. The shades connote girlishness and materialism and therefore together hold no deeper meanings. The highly bejeweled image to its right also achieves this unexciting outcome as heart shaped hot pink sequins and tacky embellishments create an excessive look.

As well as texture, decorative features of the garments in the images such as the ribbons on the Puma trainers and the ruffles in both the third and forth picture further connote youthfulness and girlishness and therefore aren't as innovative or exciting as those uses of pink I explored in my last post.  

I will further explore the colour pink in my next post where I will create mood boards on both innovative uses of the colour and predictable uses.

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Thursday, 5 October 2017

PINK: AN INTRODUCTION




[ PHOTOGRAPHY: IMAGES SOURCED FROM GOOGLE + PINTEREST ]

I'm going to pour some thoughts I've been having about the colour pink into this blog post. Understanding the use of colour and how its use can be positive or negative is part of my first project for my course. I gathered a few images of in which I believe pink has been used positively. They avoid the colour being misinterpreted as purely feminine and related to Barbie like ideals which are very outdated. They add edge to the images and have a deeper meaning than when the colour is used for its more stereotypical connotations.

The first image uses a bright, hot pink neon glow in the background to draw attention to the silhouette of the garment. The colour also adds a sexy attitude to the image without making it tacky or predictable. This is very similar to the sixth image where pink lighting is used to compliment the image. I think this shade of hot pink works brilliantly as a form of lighting.

I love the use of pink on the suits in the second image. The tailoring makes even the baby pink look more grown up and I believe that pink creeping into men's wardrobes is a positive use of the colour as it challenges gender boundaries in fashion and society as a whole. I am interested to explore this positive societal impact of pink. Similarly to image two in terms of challenging gender boundaries, image four is able to create a masculine image by juxtaposing the femininity of the pink fur shawl and the male underwear. The models facial expression and stance also offer a juxtaposition to the delicate millennial pink colour.

The fifth image uses a coral shade of pink on the eyes in a wet, vinyl texture. Normally when pink is used alongside this hi-shine effect it becomes stereotypical and old fashioned. However, the coral shade works well with this textural combination. It makes the colour a lot more mature than in its matte form.

In my next post I will be talking about the negative uses of the colour pink.

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