Silhouette Film Photography – How I Rediscovered My Old Work Pt.1

Silhouette Film Photography – How I Rediscovered My Old Work Pt.1

Where It Began

A notice popped up on my email saying something along the lines of ‘calling for images of cages!’. Way back in university I remember photographing some beautiful vintage birdcages so I decided to dig out my old hard drive and see what I could find – and oh boy did I find a treasure trove that I was not really prepared for. Unfortunately, I found no images of cages, but what I did find was really quite exciting and strangely cathartic.

There were a lot of images of my old photo work from studying at university. I mean, mostly there were just so many memories crammed into one dusty hard drive but I found access to images that I really thought were long gone and that I would never ever get back. Result!

Finding the Treasure

Amongst those images was a series from my very early uni projects (around 2011) and one of my only photographed on 35mm film. I can’t remember much about the brief now but I think it may have had something to do with constructing your own reality within a small series. While I look back and see I didn’t quite do what they asked for, they make for pretty awesome images still and I’m definitely going to add these to my images for potential book covers. Back then I remember having so many ideas for use of silhouette photography within portraiture and this was my first foray into the field.

Learning From Past Work

The lesson I learned from looking back on this old work was that photography can be fun and playful, and sometimes I really lose a sense of that. You can experiment and get strange but brilliant outcomes and just go with what you fancy. I’m definitely going to try and incorporate that more going forward.

So, here we are – these where taken in a studio on 35mm film which I then developed, scanned, printed etc. When I found them this week I also added a bit more magic to the colour, mostly inspired by the book cover idea.

Cirque De La Silhouette

Learn more about my uni photography experience here:

9 Things I Wish I Knew Before Studying A Photography Degree

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Thanks for reading!

Jasmine Aurora x

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

Hello and happy belated Halloween! A friend of mine very kindly got me this huge amazing pumpkin from her family’s patch and I needed to do something with it this Halloween. This was pretty fun to make and upload. Halloween isn’t usually my thing – I love all the cute spooky decorations, and I can get on board with the dressing up, but actual scary things are not my cup of tea. Do you celebrate Halloween – if so, how?  Jas x

Synthesis

Synthesis

I have always felt a connection with nature and flowers, and as I get older I find myself wanting and needing to be around nature more. I love walking down to the river to feed the ducks, and days full of rain and walks outside have such a relaxing and meditative effect on me.

If only I put could down the computer and phone more often and do these things, instead of scrolling on instagram. Does anyone else feel the same? As soon as I’m living somewhere that allows pet’s I’m going to adopt a dog and we can explore the woods around here every day.

I want to start including nature, particularly flowers, in my work at lot more so this was my first little self portrait adventure. One small, single bloom to show the start of something more.

jasmine aurora self portrait synthesis

Switch Off

Switch Off

This image was one of those that just flashed into my mind one day and I had to make it because I couldn’t stop thinking about it.

For me it represents those tough days of depression or anxiety where you’re stuck in negative thought cycles and wish you could step outside of your head for a breather. It’s also for those nights where you’re awake at 4:00am and wish you could turn off and go back to sleep.

conceptual photography about mental health by jasmine aurora

‘Switch Off’ by Jasmine Aurora

Windy Day

Windy Day

I have re-discovered a few things:

– How much I love conceptual self portraits.

–  My bike which has been on a permanent sleep over at my in-laws for the last year (thank you for looking after it!)

Something I love about photography is how much you can take a prop or a concept and just make so much from it. Ugh, I love it. I’m going to do MORE!

‘And in that moment, like a swift intake of breath, the rain came.’ -Truman Capote

Windy Day conceptual self portrait Jasmine Aurora

‘Windy Day’ – Jasmine Aurora

I also snuck in some general portraits while the light was still pretty awesome.