Above: Student Projects
The Altered Portrait
An introduction to magic realism
Form: For this assignment, you will use the lighting studio to photograph each other. Use good lighting and manual controls on your camera to control light and shadow, depth of field, frozen or blurred movement, etc. You will then edit and manipulate your own portrait as you learn more about Photoshop.
This portrait is not meant to be too exaggerated. It is magic realism, not surrealism. It should be odd or almost believable (for example slightly enlarging or shrinking elements, changing tone or texture). Don’t plan a narrative. Work intuitively. Review the artists below.
Content: What does your distortion make the viewer ask or think? Looking back after working, (not beforehand) can you imagine why you chose to do it one way and not another? Write in your journal about this.
Rudd Van Empel
Aziz and Cucher
Ines Van Lamsveerde
I am not asking for "creepy" but that is certainly a contemporary issue about distortions and artificial intelligence:" As artificial representations of humans become more and more realistic, they reach a point where they stop being endearing and become creepy”—a point known as the uncanny valley."