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  • Matt Johnson 13:41 on January 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Hidden Aspects 

    WHERE’S WALLY

    I will create a book using my photographs and follow the idea of a where’s wally parody, however i also want to look at the hidden effect of things, hidden costs etc, that the everyday person doesn’t hear about or understand.

    My project will take on various aspects. Firstly and most obviously as a parody of the Where’s Wally series. The photographs are a very different medium, but the costume speaks for itself in this case. Secondly my project will look at peoples’ desire to blend in or not and how this works or doesn’t work… how when everyone tries to be individual, everyone is the same. This I can explore through the irony of a character best know for blending in being the main focus and also standing out in a crowd. Thirdly I hope to explore the other hidden aspects of our lifestyles that we ignore or don’t understand, for example the costs and prices associated with food production and the ideas of fair trade and equality.

     
  • Matt Johnson 21:08 on December 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Where’s Wally Photos 

    You can view all my photo’s for the Hidden project here.

    I dressed as Where’s Wally and went about a ‘normal’ day, shopping, walking around Bath, eating lunch and even doing a bit of sight seeing.

    With thanks to Joe Meldrum who acted as photographer for me.

     
  • Matt Johnson 12:19 on December 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Hidden Ideas 

    Initial Ideas

    Where’s Wally Parody

    I could maybe create a book or series of images that parody the Where’s Wally series. With the help of a friend I would dress as the character ‘Wally’ and put myself in normal situations in everyday life, whilst my friend would photograph the result. These situations could include shopping, eating lunch, walking down the street and maybe a night out. To stick close to the original format I would try to find situations where there are a large number of people around, but perhaps unlike the original my unusual outfit would make me more obvious.

    Large ‘Hidden Meaning’ Posters

    I would create a series of posters using the techniques I have researched to create hidden messages or images. The ‘hidden message’ could be a clue that leads somewhere or to something like a treasure hunt. Maybe it could lead to a prize or an answer to the messages I have produced.

    Extended Ideas

    Where’s Wally Parody

    From talking with friends I came across the idea of shopping, but that all the products I pick up are red, white or striped red and white like the costume of Where’s Wally. This continues with the tongue in cheek nature of my initial idea.

     
  • Matt Johnson 12:18 on December 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Hidden Research 

    Hidden: hid-den – Being out of sight or not readily apparent

    HIDDEN IMAGES

    Magic Eye images contain an image that can’t be seen normally. It requires focus and an attempt to ‘look through’ the image to reveal a 3D optical illusion of another image.

    If you can’t see the above image, step back from your screen. It’s interesting how at close range the subtle alterations in tone and line are undetectable but once you step away and your eyes begin to consider the image as a whole the image becomes clearer.

    Below is one I quickly made in photoshop to try out the technique.

    I’m pleased with the way it turned out and I really like the idea of something being ‘hidden in plain view’ but I think this is a bit simplistic to present as a final piece. It’s a nice starting point though and something I’d like to continue to work with and develop.

    SEARCHING FOR IT

    Where’s Wally or Where’s Waldo in America, and it’s spin offs, are puzzle games aimed at children where the task is to find a certain character amongst a large crowd. They may be accompanied by a set of clues to hint at the whereabouts of the character.

    These images from Where’s Wally and Where’s Waldo books work on the same principle as wordsearches. The character is disguised by the jumble of other characters who look similar. In a wordsearch the word is disguised by the jumble of letters that could form other words.

    The words that you are looking for are not instantly obvious but can be found with patience and logic.Hidden

     
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