Aimee and Coree, Lac d’Annecy, 2014

Aimee and Coree, Paul Cezanne, Lac d’Annecy, 1896

Inspired by Paul Cezanne, Lac d’Annecy, 1896.

The main idea we took from the painting is the feeling of illusion: the closer you look at the painting, the more it disappears into blobs of colour. This painting is a reflection of the artist’s mood. Cezanne was known to be quite grumpy, and this is reflected in the colour scheme as there is a lot of the colour blue. This colour scheme invokes a type of sad nostalgia.

For our own work, we were interested in producing images that reflect ourselves: personality traits that might be obvious as well as those that might be more hidden.

During the evening course, we worked with the photography tutors and discovered the technique of photograms, which we really liked. Our final work is made of 11 photogram-inspired works which illustrate our personalities. We experimented a lot with textures and shapes to produce our work in the dark room. We really enjoyed being in the dark room, we had all this free space to work in and had free rein to produce what we wanted.

For Aimee, we explored love and loyalty and for Coree we explored trust. Using the written word for Love, the symbol of loyalty for a dog and a chain with a ring for trust, we then produced blown up icons of these elements.

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Paul Cézanne, Lac d’Annecy, 1896

Paul Cézanne, Lac d’Annecy, 1896

Cézanne described this mountain lake near the French border with Switzerland as a scene one might expect to find in the albums of young lady travellers. Instead of recording the standard picturesque view, Cézanne set out to explore the landscape in terms of patterns of form and colour. The tree in the foreground gives a sense of scale and distance to the castle on the far banks of the lake. The slopes of the mountains close off the scene.