After experimenting further in photoshop with the photographs, I felt as though something was missing, as if there needed to be more depth to the images. Since the beginning of the project, I had admired to use my portraiture skills to portray the people of the market. With this new approach of creating work that is physically void of people, I began to think about how I could take the images further, so that they could represent the people of the market. As after all, they represent the reason why the market has sustained the popularity and business throughout the years.
I opted to collaborate with Illustrator Chloe Crowther, where we took inspiration from artist Andreea Robesca, to manipulate my architectural photographs by placing bold colours and illustrations of abstract shapes over the top of the image. Robescu is an artist from Barcelona who uses bold and abstract colours to express and challenge how the body is represented visually in the fashion industry. She achieves this through illustrations and line drawings.
(Robescu, n, d.)
Robescu , A. (n, d.). Abstract Motion. Andreea Robescu . http://andreearobescu.com/project/abstract-motion
Chloe and I were fascinated by how Robescu amalgamates these bold and vibrant colours and shapes over the top of the photographs to create a more abstract image. I was inspired by Robescu’s application of the line drawing effect around the portrait. This is a feature I would like to apply to my work, as the outlines of faces could be a way of representing the people of the market, without actually having to physically photograph an individual.
With an emphasis on the abstract panels featured on the outer walls of the market, Chloe drew some of the most prominent shapes over the top of the textured photographs. She then added the line drawings of the outline of a face, as a way to represent the people of the market, who play a significant role in keeping the market alive.
(Crowther and Galloway, 2020)
This was an interesting collaboration as architectural work is the opposite of my typical style, so it was beneficial to work with someone to bring more life and character to these images. Originally, we experimented with the base photograph in black and white with a contrast of the bold abstract illustrations on the top. I liked how Chloe has emphasised the shapes by drawing them in bright colours on top of the photograph. I also thought the line drawings worked well as it creates an image that represents the market in its entirety. I still felt as though there was something missing from the photographs, so I decided to further experiment with the base photographs. I began altering the hue/saturation to create a more vibrant image. I thought a vibrant photograph underneath would contrast well with the bright abstract shapes and illustrations on top.
(Crowther and Galloway, 2020)
Shown above are my final images. I think the strikingly colourful compositions help to portray Queensgate Market in its entirety. In creating work for an archive, I wanted to portray the many different aspects that have contributed to the success of Queensgate Market over the years. By amalgamating a photographic and illustration approach with the use of vibrant colours and abstract shapes, I think it not only reveals information about the building and people, but also Huddersfield’s efforts and desire to utilise the market as way to showcase and bring artists together, through their Temporary Contemporary exhibition space.