Broken vase: How is photography composition made?

Many people ask me how the photography composition is made. Where does it start? What goes into the process from start to finish? Today I would like to show you what went into the preparation process for one of my recent photo sessions.

Most of the items in this composition have gone a long way waiting to be photographed.

I'll probably tell you about all of them next time, as otherwise, this blog will end up being of the size of a small novel! But I would love to share with you today the story behind the vase you see and what has gone into preparing it for the final composition.

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I bought this vase a real while ago in one of the local charity shops in Southend-on-Sea, UK. It had a beautiful color to it and the shape that I just couldn't walk past and had to commemorate in one of my photo sets. 

It has since appeared in a couple of my other artworks. For example these two pieces below:

Yellow dots

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and
Almost

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However, I feel like this time it will most likely be its last debut. Who else in their right mind except for a photographer would do all of these things to achieve a great composition?

So, the first thing that I did - I sanded the vase using a piece of sanding paper.

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Then I went over it with a stainless steel scouring pad. You've probably seen a similar one in your own kitchen.

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I still wasn't completely happy with the texture of the surface, so I got this red clay brick involved to help me out to achieve the outcome that I wanted.

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So this is the resulting texture that I managed to achieve:

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But like all the work that I've put into this wasn't enough, there was one last stroke that I still had to make - split the vase into 2 halves. 

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I think I will wrap it up for today, even though it was just a half or even less than a half of the whole preparation process - mainly, as I'm too eager and excited to put some time into photographing the resulting composition now.

But I will definitely be back to share the rest of the story very soon so keep an eye on my social media and or emails!

If you'd like to follow along this journey with me - I would be happy to connect with you on Instagram (@photoportrayal_) or Facebook. Or if you'd like to explore other artworks I've done in the past - feel free to visit my online store here. And if you ever have any questions about what goes into the light painting process that I use, or any queries about the artworks themselves - don't shy away and reach out, as I will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

But for now...

Until next time :)

Vadims


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