By Laura Franx – BA Illustration
Although I study Illustration and Animation I enjoy practising photography on the side. I find it allows me to acquire imagery quickly, which I then use as inspiration for my drawings or as mood boards for my animations.
These photographs were taken during my Easter holiday at home, in a small beach town in Spain. Taking a break from the busy and stressful day-to-day dynamics during term time at uni, I was mesmerized by the stillness and calmness of being at home.
In these photos I capture isolated man made objects in nature. When confronted with these objects against the delicate pastel hues of the sky my immediate reaction was to immortalise this view.
I wanted to make sure the compositions were balanced and kept minimalistic, with plenty of negative space, allowing the viewer to focus on the object and feel soothed by the lack of noise. I decided to keep a very low contrast allowing the objects to almost blend with its backgrounds and avoiding visual stridencies. The beautiful gradients with geometrical shapes floating in them creates a some-what unworldly and magical place.
Although, as I mentioned before, these photos do not conform any part of my university projects they do form part of my portfolio. My aim is to print them in large scale, hanging them side to side, bringing to the room a sense of being outdoors. Just as these images were almost therapeutic for me I hope they are also able to bring serenity and tranquillity to other viewers.