Out of The Archives: Sylvia Plath Inspired Scanogram's

February 22, 2014

It's been awhile since I've brought something out the archives, so I'm excited to share part of a recent scanner exercise I did in my photography class.

As a design exercise in my digital photography class, we had to utilize the scanner and make two scanograms. A scanogram is when you make the composition directly in the bed of the scanner, unable to edit anything really. It sounds relatively simple, but I promise it's much harder than you think to select objects, compose them face down, attempt to create dimension and interest, and then hitting scan and hoping for the best. It's a great challenge for those who are designers or anyone else who wants to work on their composition skills. The scanner really is such a fun tool to play with. 

I was sort of at a loss as to where to start with this project, but I eventually decided to base my two themes off of colors found on the colors of two of my favorite Sylvia Plath books. I went for a red composition and a blue/pink composition. It was fun to gather a bunch of random materials that I had just on hand and make something really fun. The background material from my blue composition is actually the floral blouse I wore in my recent Spring State of Mind post. Haha! Did anyone catch that?

Thanks for allowing me to share!

You can view more pieces of work I've brought out of the archive here

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  1. What an interesting project. Loving how these images turned out. Thanks for sharing! Xo, M&K at brewedtogether.com


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