The four images above are a series of different ways of showing the two genders within one image, I wanted to look into the way the two could become one. Here I explored with the ways that the face is constructed and what distinct features make the face either male or female. Here I played with the eye, nose and mouth area, I wanted to swap them around for change them to create facial features that look masculine and feminine. I quite like the look of Fig.2 because I believe that being able to see the different features of a male and female as well as stereotypical female or male hair helps to enhance the image. I would like to take this idea further and continue this double manipulation and exposure change.
The article attached below is showing the work of Wynne Neilly, who photographs the progression of going from female to ‘male’. I found this work would be good for my project because it is showing the progression of a person from female to male and how it is showing both genders in one series of work. I would like to use the idea of showing both genders in one series/work.
The four images above are what I would like to look into when creating my visual work. I would like to use the idea of layering and double exposure. Fig.1 I like to take inspiration from the most because I feel it can help show the idea of showing the two genders in one image, being able to use different exposures and layers to show something else. From Fig.2 and Fig.4 I would like to take that idea of using double exposure but still being able to see through the layer and see the face.
The two images above are edits that I have created and I am exploring the ideas of layering and exposure. I have chosen images of one male and one female. I decided to have them black and white because I feel that it adds to the chilling idea of being two people in one body, and that gender can be mixed. I like both images and would like to explore this further.
In what way do artists/ designers and others show their concerns related to the issue around gender stereotyping?
When it comes to gender stereotyping we typically relate certain objects/movements towards a gender. For example the image above (Fig.1) is an example of the way artists approach this idea of gender stereotyping and how they break down the stigma around this social issue. Here is one image from the series where men are dressed in masculine clothing and are associated with activities that are described as typically male. Here the poses shown are ones that would be more feminine, as the photographer stated “…applying traditional pinup poses that are reserved for the female form, while still presenting the models in ‘masculine’ clothing.” (Rion Sabean Photography). From this I will be taking the ideas around gender stereotyping and how to break this down into one visual image.
Fig.2 is part of a collection by Kelly Reemtsen, where feminine figures dressed in dresses are holding an object that is associated to be masculine. Here this creates a visually effective image as well as showing how she is touching on the issue of gender stereotyping. From this I would like to take the idea of bring masculine and feminine together and breaking this stereotype. I would like to introduce the idea of mixing the two together in one visual image.
From looking at these two artists and their ideas around gender stereotyping, I would like the go back to the basics and create a poster expressing the attitudes surrounding gender. I am going to do this by mixing up the two faces of a male and female. I am going to do this through photoshopping faces together and manipulating them to create something visually disturbing but effective when people come across it.
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