Introductory Project: Behind the Scenes

Following on from my previous post on the Introductory Project I have laid out the thought processes that led to the final Iced Landscape image I produced below.

When trying to collect items around the house that may fit the theme of Iced Landscape I was drawn towards three main considerations:

  1. Colour – my mood board was predominantly white, silver and blue with hints of colour produced by sunsets and the aurora borealis.
  2. Glass – in lieu of ice (the current summer heatwave is not conducive to having ice cubes lying on tables) I looked for items made of glass that have similar reflective properties.
  3. Texture – iced landscapes seem to have two distinct textures, smooth/crystalline structures or soft fluffy snow.



The images above show the items I collected based on the above considerations.

I arranged the fabrics in the first image to give the impression of an iced landscape with black at the top and a variety of whites at the bottom. The fabric samples used are:

  • Black leather to represent the inky sky
  • Grey and light green voile along with a scrap of hand dyed (by me) silk to represent the colours of the aurora borealis
  • Glitter craft paper, crushed velvet and fleece to represent snow. I discovered that the craft paper allowed light to pass through it when crumpled and lit from behind which added another visual element.

The polar bear was needle felted by myself last year as a Christmas decoration. I also created the large mosaic which is made up of fragments of coloured glass, mirror and beads.

A selection of white beads were chosen to represent boulders or balls of snow.

The clear fairy lights were added to the scene to look like stars.

Below is a “behind the scenes” look at the set up for the final image complete with bulldog clips and a light box.


By taking the photograph with a macro lens (using a shallow depth of field) and choosing a low angle to give a sense of depth to the scene I was able to take the final shot:

Using different white materials with a variety of pile lengths helped give a sense of depth to the scene.

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