The feedback from my tutor and student peers has been that the portraits could be a strong anchor for this project. I do not want to lose the unique sense of place and will need to experiment with some strategies to incorporate the junkyard aesthetic but, for the moment, I am working on the human portraits.
Wendy suggested I try a portable studio-style white backdrop to provide some consistency for head-and-shoulders portraits. I have been wrestling with this as the gardens are so colourful, white does not seem like a natural choice to me. I am more of a black or grey background type of portraitist at the best of times. I’m also somewhat reluctant to intrude on the space with something as formal as a pop-up studio kit. Still contemplating that but I think – ideally – I would prefer to upcycle something already within the NCG to serve as a backdrop.
During one visit, Saleem was recycling old frame with blackboard paint to create a menu board for the outdoor kitchen so we tried that as a backdrop. It was not big enough unfortunately although could possibly work with some judicious Photoshopping: