Teeth! This image was just too good to not fold, just what could I do with this!
I made lots of folds and once the folds were rough and thin I sprayed the back of the image with some blue acrylic paint so it soaked through the folds to the front.
After I’d taken the photographs of the folded paper, using different angles and lighting to alter the image further on from the folding I used some iPhone editing apps to throw some different colour and texture into the mixture.
One of my MMT challenges is to learn how to better explain my reasons for liking and disliking an image. This is what I wrote in my sketchbook about folded photograph of false teeth.
“What appeals to me?
“The macabreness and strangeness of the teeth, it’s a normalising and mechanising of the essential naturalness of teeth. To take something that is so unique (dental records are after all used as a maker for identification) and to record and categorise so many of the individual pieces is such a human process. The simple hospital blue colour palette allows the pinkness of the gums to stand out and highlight the teeth”
Staying with the creepy feel I applied an invert filter to give the effect of an x-ray, the cooling of the colours actually made the teeth less unpleasant to look at.
This final image is my favourite, I like the composition: the way the thumb nail acts as a focal point drawing the eye and then allowing it to run down the 2 sides of the images and finally ending with the teeth. The use of the painting effect filter defined the fold lines, segmenting the image adding fractures that gives energy.