School Daze - Over-Achiever by Alicia Adamopoulos

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Part of a series that shows a caricature of the classroom stereotypes.

THIS IMAGE is also included in a ‘School Daze’ Calendar here on RedBubble

I like to experiment with colour and texture to a degree and also put an individual twist into what I’m shooting. My preferred subjects are people and animals.

Based on the Gold Coast, Qld, Australia. My website is

Australian and international multi-award winner.

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  • colorblind
    colorblindabout 5 years ago

    i use to hate them ….lol

  • billyboy
    billyboyabout 5 years ago

    OK Ashanali. Let me try and explain to you how awesome I think this whole series is…
    I first saw the one with the dunce hat and thought it looked kind of Norman Rockwell. In fact he used to do the same thing as you in much of his art… he made sure it related to our experiences as kids, evoking memories that have relevance in our adult lives, reminding us from where we came. He also made sure that every minute detail lended to the overall picture. EVERY single kid in your background carries an expression that lets us see his/her own take on the subject, and each prop you use lends itself to the overall vibe. And most importantly, while you’ve got all this going on and absorbing us totally in the stroytelling, you make us smile. Bigtime.

    Your tones are conguous throughout the series making the calendar idea work so incredibly well, and your processing somehow brings out the caricature vibe in a way I can’t really explain… but it’s cool and I’m happy sitting here and just getting off on it in blissful ignorance.

    But I think what blows me away the most is how you’ve staged these shots. Your art direction is as amazing as your technical ability and your understanding of composition, framing, lighting, and use of colors… which is why I think this work so relates to painting. You couln’t have gotten those expressions more perfect if you’d drawn each of them by hand.

    This is seriously amazing art. Outstanding Over Achievement. In a good way :-)

  • Wow. I’m humbled by the comment. Thank you so much.

    I went into the shoot with clear ideas of what I wanted and I knew ahead of time that I wanted to process them as cartoon-like as I could without losing their ‘realness’. I also wanted to keep the hideous green tone because most classrooms have horrible flourescent lighting.

    The kids though, they were amazing. I sat down with them before we started and explained that I want them to act like cartoons. No matter what role they were given, I wanted them to have lots of fun and pretend to be those people. I asked the kids in the ‘class’ to give me the facial expressions as if they either love/hate/ignore/tease the subject.

    I could only do half the job – the children involved are what made it so perfect. They were truly brilliant.

    Thank you for your comment. :)

    – Alicia Adamopoulos

  • EvilSpanner
    EvilSpanneralmost 5 years ago

    Waw I love it. I love the whole series. Once I one of them, I had to see the rest of them. Truely wonderfull, something everyone can relate to. :) I’m also impressed by your models lol

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