“Typology is the study of types, and a photographic typology is a suite of images or related forms, shot in a consistent, repetitive manner; to be fully understood, the images must be viewed as a complete series (Kristine McKenna, “Photo Visions,” Los Angeles Times, 29 Dec 1991).”
Typology also provide an important historical record. The term ‘Typology’ was first used to describe a style of photography when Bernd and Hilla Becher started to document German industrial architecture in 1959. Each photograph was taken from same angel and the same distance. There idea was to record landscapes what they saw changing and disappearing, but i don’t want to talk about them i want to talk about what Indris Khan did after. He took these mandane and boring images and made in to different kind of Typology. Typology that inspired me to try it out. Typology that gave this images new life, new story and defiantly new view.
“Whereas critics and historians may make subjective arguments about the significance and influence of artistic work, Khan’s images get at something more concrete and measurable. By digitally layering Bernd and Hilla Becher typologies, or pages of Sergei Rachmaninoff piano compositions, or paintings by Caravaggio, Khan has created appropriative artworks that vibrate with the creative energy that began them.”
I could not say it better myself.
Here are few examples of Indris Khan work. And you can see why i wanted to try it myself.
So I was thinking to do something similar.
in this case grids worked better than my layering of images.
This time I got bunch of friends to pose for me, while looking in the mirror. Lack of organization skills and practice again let me down as my final layering looked a bit mushy. I wanted mirror frame to be very clear, did not happen.
and then I thought to do something very simple (they do say simple things are the best). I asked same friendly bunch to pose for me, simple mug shots: left, right and facing me. This time I was getting somewhere.
I think big part of layering is to convert everything in gray scale first, so you don’t have so many distractions. As my last attempt I asked even more people to pose for me, but i wanted to change it somehow. i tried many ways till i finally got what i wanted.
Well that’s it from me today, but i can assure you its not the last time I’m using layering typology as i liked the process so much!