I really wanted to highlight, with the image the different aspects of being bicultural and how this can be a struggle. In my image I included 4 images of 3 people, 1 person of Korean decent, 1 person of Hawaiian decent and 1 person of Birtish decent. These 3 people all identify as bicultural people and I felt this was something important to note, even though it is not something that can fully be visually communicated. I placed these 3 people in a mixing bowl because to me that’s is what I interpret biculturalism as being, a mixing of cultures into one person. This is an idea that is outlined in my chosen article. Something I wasn’t too sure about was whether to have the wooden spoon or a mechanical mixer in the image. I decided on the wooden spoon as it was less invasive and didn’t detract from the people in the bowl.
When I took the images with the people I took a large amount of images having the people in different poses and facial expressions. Initially I had wanted them to have neutral facial expressions however after looking at the images I decided to have them look upset as I really wanted to connect them back to the concept of the struggle and confusion surrounding biculturalism. A difficulty I did run into while taking the images was the lighting. This is due to the fact that I had taken the images at slightly different times of the day outside and at different locations so by the time I arrived at each location the sun had changed position creating different effects to everyone and bringing out different shadows.
The actual manipulation process of the images was quite difficult for me as I have no previous Photoshop experience. Everything was very new. The first step I had to take was to shrink the images of the people to a proportional size to the mixing bowl. Once I had completed this process I was able to begin the manipulation process of the images in order to have a realistic, natural feel to it. I first began with removing the backgrounds of the people images, isolating just the person themselves. I have been able to create this image in photoshop using various techniques taught in class such.
The first technique I used was the ability to select and remove specific portions of images using the quick selection tool and then removing the unwanted areas of image. This tool was really helpful with masking large portions of an image. Any remaining background of the image was removed using the eraser tool. The masking feature was really helpful as if I made a mistake I was able to easily return to the original image.
The second technique I used was the creation of shadows this technique proved to be really helpful in creating a more realistic feel to the image however I did run into trouble creating shadows for the people inside the bowl.
Overall I really enjoyed this process however I wish I had more time to wrap my head around the different aspects of photoshop before completing this assignment.