When setting up and taking my own photos, I tried to follow similar guidelines that Francesca Woodman used for hers.
1. These photos were self-portraits, and I used a tripod and a self-timer to allow myself to be in the image. Even though I used myself, a person, as an object in the image, just like Francesca Woodman I chose to hide my face- that is because I think for her the movement and ethereality of the body was more important than recognition of the facial features.
2. A slower shutter speed, to allow the movement to enter into the image in the form of blurriness. I also had to make sure to balance the amount of light coming into the image by continuously adjusting the aperture each time I adjusted the shutter speed in order to make sure that the image was neither too bright nor too dark.
3. The rule of thirds was used to create a balanced image with the other objects in the photos, and to allow the blurred images to "fit" with the other images in the background.
4. I also used a similar perspective as the perspective in Woodman’s photos: I took the photos straight-on, which I think places you in the room with the movement. Looking at these images straight-on as opposed to from above or below adds some reality to an otherwise very ethereal and eerie image.
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