Deborah Gillett Photography


July 2020 – Photo Project – Idris Khan

I’m thoroughly enjoying reading the book titled “Why It Does Not Have To Be In Focus: Modern Photography Explained” by Jackie Higgins. (Available at Waterstones) and enjoyed reading about the artist Idris Khan. In particular, his densely layered imagery which bring together moments in time, history & experience into one image.

It inspired me to create some multi-layered images of my own using photographs I have taken over the years. The three subjects I chose are:

  •  Milton Keynes Wheel (2006-2007)
  • Ampthill Town Centre (2010 onwards)
  • My Tree (2014-2020)

To create these images I:

  • Found all the photographs I’d taken of each subject over the years
  • Imported them into Adobe Lightroom, increased the exposure and converted the photos into black & white
  • Exported the photographs so I had new images with strong outlines
  • Imported the images into Photoshop and adjusted the positioning of each image to overlay the last correctly
  • Reduced the opacity of each layer to between 2-20%

Layering all the images on top of each other to create a new image that contains all the elements of various years, compositions and seasons.


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