When it came to processing the photographs I used a dark vignette to bring out the portrait. I also set the blacks, midtones and whites in Photoshop. I tried a combination of settings and settled on darkening the midtones slightly. I wanted to make sure there was plenty of contrast to accentuate the facial expressions to portray the pain and suffering.
I also made the conscious decision not to remove any noise from the photographs, which can sometimes be seen as a cliché. However, I felt that this would not be the case with these images.
I then set about deciding which photographs to put together in the series. Each image should stand on its own merit and yet compliment the other photographs.
This is something that I have really been struggling with and need to do more research on. The penny hasn’t quite dropped yet.
After trying a number of combinations I settled on the sixth image above.
The darker images are of my friend being quite contemplative rather than being in pain. I wanted to make these images darker to highlight that cancer sufferers experience days when they struggle mentally and physically, even if they don’t show it.
The four corner photographs are of my friend in pain. I chose to use the lighter images I had because I didn’t feel the need to to use darker images in order to emphasize the pain she was in.
When looking at the two different tones together I felt that they complimented each other holding the viewers attention for longer enticing you to take time to look at each image.