Commercial Style Studio Shoot – Recapturing aestetics

This week, I managed to get some time in the studio and I experimented with more commercial shooting techniques such as backlighting.


  • Used studio in a much more effective way that allowed me to successfully light my subjects in a way that is visually enticing.
  • Lighting allowed me to capture a vast amount of tone and contrast within these images, whilst also allowing me to capture intricate and precise detail.
  • This also allowed me to make the black ground completely black, thus isolating my subjects and directing the viewer’s attention completely to the object itself and its surface and texture (how the light plays with each surface)
  • I used this studio shoot as an opportunity to experiment with more detail commercial styles and approaches to photography. Allowing me to experiment with technicalities such as triggered flash and black lighting my subjects which allowed me to create a successful set of images that now look extremely commercialized and edited à almost expanding into the realms of surrealism or hyperrealism
  • These images are well lit, tonal and high definition, there are sharp contrasts between bright highlights and dark shadows that create a depth of tonal variation that heightens the overall aestheticism and style of these images.
  • I have successfully utilized commercial photography techniques in capturing and depicting the used remnants of the commodity form, representing now empty and purposeless shells of what once existed.


  • This was the first time I had ever experimented with studio lighting, paying reference to incorporating backlit photographs, this is the first time I have ever attempted to light an object in this way. With this in consideration, I feel that I executed this shoot successfully
  • Time was an issue, as I only had brief access to the studio after Aimee finished with it, as a result, I couldn’t experiment with many of my photographic subjects… although I plan to book more time in the studio to fix this issue.


  • In the future, I will plan my shoot more thoroughly and utilize my time more effectively, ensuring that this time I have enough time to photograph each item in detail.

General Update:

  • Put into further consideration, how my final images are going to be presented in their final submission… Rather than consisting of images depicting multiple objects à I have decided to adopt an approach that incorporates several images depicting 3 objects, all different items
  • My project has developed into a collection of items found on the street and a household ethnography and thus a study of public and private waste behaviors.

Mike Perry – Washed up Plastic

Mike Perry created a photographic investigation into waste practices and environmentalism by creating a set of images and sketchbook that depict materials that have been washed ashore.

An investigation into the ‘Value’ of Commodity forms

Exploring the essence of Value within the commodity form…

What makes an object valuable? Is this a closed cycle?

Does an object ever truly lose its value?

Exploring 3 areas of the commodity disposal…

  • Items that are used and are permanent, not considered as disposable (e.g. Furniture, kettles)

  • Items that are single use and are recyclable… (e.g. cans, cardboard)

  • Items that are single use and are not recyclable thus having no value…. (E.g. Toothpaste, Pill packets, Condoms)

“Money For Nothing” (BBC iPlayer)

Series 3: Episode 9:

This series takes objects from people when they are about to be thrown away at a Waste Recycling Centre… Sarah transforms these items into re-vamped and re-worked items. Selling them on and giving the profits to the original owners! Sarah Moore is making junk valuable again!) Handing back the profits to the people who had no idea. This series explores notions of waste responsibility, value, and the commodity form.

In this episode, Sarah Moore transformed these old and seemingly purposeless items into new and desirable objects that have cult and artistic value….

Ex-Army Canvas Bag vs Italian Remake with a twist…

Old Copper and Lead piping Vs Rustic marriage between man and nature…

Old Handsaws Vs Niche and Original Cheese boards with a Twist


“Waste Land” – (2010)

Giving trash cult value!

“An uplifting feature documentary highlighting the transformative power of art and the beauty of the human spirit. Top-selling contemporary artist Vik Muniz takes us on an emotional journey from Jardim Gramacho, the world’s largest landfill on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, to the heights of international art stardom. Vik collaborates with the brilliant catadores, pickers of recyclable materials, true Shakespearean characters who live and work in the garbage quoting Machiavelli and showing us how to recycle ourselves. “

Studio Set-Up…


Here is a selection of photographs from this shoot…

Definite Photographic Objects/Final Project Ideas…

I have started to consider what items I will use and how I plan to photograph and present them, I have decided to create 4, A3 sized photomontages that include 2 images of each object…

  • Kettle x2
  • Crushed Can x2
  • Cigarette Packet x2
  • KFC Bag x2

Principles of the exhibition…

  • A3 printed items that are glossy and HD
  • Presenting images alongside a looped audio remix of TV adverts
  • Potentially exhibiting the original items themselves… As to break the photographic allure…

Composition Ideas….


“Kettle Grime”

“Crushed Can…”

“Colonel Chaos”


“Duty Paid – Consumption kills”  


Ffotogallery (2017) Mike Perry – Land/Sea (Tir/Môr). Available from: [Accessed 17 November 2017]

Money For Nothing (2017) Series 3, Episode 9 [Online]. BBC One, 17th March. Available from: [Accessed 21 November 2017]

Waste Land (2010) [Online] Directed by Lucy Walker; Karen Harley. UK: Almega Projects. Available from: [Accessed 21 November 2017]


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