Lastlight (Fine Art Photography) by roberta borges
2018 - 2019, Golden A' Photography and Photo Manipulation Design Award Winner
The ocean is my inspiration, my metaphor of life.Everything what I learned came from the sea when I was a surfer competitor. Observing the waves, I decided to register the last day light like a darkroom. The darkness values the light and builds forms. This was the metaphoric form I found to express my concern with the current state of negligence with the sea, where the Darkness represents death and the light is life. White is related to good things. Black represents the bad side, damage, pollution, almost dead, but with still a chance to be saved.
The project took eight years. The images were captured under special conditions: light, tide, volume of waves, wind, among others. The final photograph does not pass through extensive post-production, emphasizing, on the precision in the capture of the image. Therefore there are few opportunities and, when they do occur, there is little time to realize them. since the ideal light appears only a few moments before dusk. The Lastlight project explores in a direct way the importance of ecological and preservation matters of the Sea.
Design Challenges
The creative challenge for me was find a way to address to polluted reality of the ocean in a artistic form. The main obstacle was to create images that would impact people in a subliminary maner. By using a real dramatic photographs should convince a broad range of the cultural society which has a major role in social action. I realized that I could use the light and darkness as a metaphor of life and death referring to the Ocean.
Production Technology
I used Canon 5 D Mark II, ISO 100, low light, high speed. Adobe Photoshop CS6 software was used in the digital post processing. Prints are on Hahnemühle Fine Art Paper.
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