Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Portraits

'Portraits' is our new assignment for these next two weeks.

Firstly I've done my research. It sort of takes me back to my time while studying at Blackpool & The Flyde college.  We always did our research first before we took any photos.  Why, because you learned and got ideas from other people's work.  It quite often got me dreaming of images sometimes practically impossible to take but I dreamed, and sometimes I was able to come up with something else, sometimes just as good.  Once I found inspiration I'm off and running.

I stumbled upon some amazing portraits that are different and I feel that I want to apply this sort of creativity to my work to show what I can do and how I think in terms of seeing and imagining from my mindset.  I just looked at google images and got ideas from there as I scrolled down them.

I've chosen a Spanish girl for my first set of portraits.  She is young and is living and working in England for a year away from home in a college where she is a volunteer as an resident assistant. Which is a job she does in assisting students on a daily basis; she like a voice for them and a listening ear.

Here are a few trial shots I did on my iPhone.

I'd like to think of the first photo as an environmental photo as you can see the rain, along with the reflections of the outside world that surrounds her in this photograph.



The photo below was one I took as I looked at the back of my Nikon camera.
It is what we call a classic portrait.


More photos will follow soon as I continue to walk through this assignment.

Browniegirl 



Thursday, 24 November 2016

Feedback on Relationships

Last Friday having presented my 'Relationships' project which I found to be the most challenging to date on the course.

Firstly I need to try to improve on this way of seeing as Leonie put it and I'm willing to learn this as I did like the idea of trying to capture this genre on camera as it does carry many deep issues.

Before the shoots I thought through the process and had an idea a picture in my head but due to time and other commitments it didn't happen.  The picture I had in my head and the theme that never left me was "A love gone" it simply was an idea to capture someone going through grief a process I've been through and i know the deep feelings one goes through during loss.  I wanted to capture possibly a woman standing at the window looking out yet clutching a photograph of the person no longer here but you can't see the photo as she was clutching it.  Then she sits down and looks at the photo and thats the fist time we get a glimpse of the person 'a love gone'.  Then the story unfolded with however she moved around the home environment.

That was what I kept thinking.  Other areas were a mother and child playing a parent love for the child which has a bond no-one can take away it's strong.

The last one was quite random as I walked the streets of Lancaster one rainy afternoon I thought to myself try the library and see if I could find anything worth photographing so upon entering someone caught my eye straight away.

However I wandered around looking just to see what I could spot.

But I kept thinking about this couple it was well looked like a student getting help with his written work from an older woman.  So I gently approached them and asked if I could photograph them and explained what I was doing and they said yes to my amazement I honestly thought they'd say no so I began to photograph them.

As I was taking the photos it dawned on me that I didn't have much space to move around in it was somewhat hard but I kept going.

Another thing I need to keep in mind is that I need to try and not photograph people from behind as it's important to capture the faces as you can tell so much more from the face, as you can see the emotion and that enables the viewer to get involved.  Lennie said that a fundamental skill of story telling is to bring a closeness into your photography.  And to do this one needs to see the face.  My aim is to now portray this in my work from now onwards.

Some other points relating to the feedback were basically on the mother and daughter photos.
Think about how things change for a mother, there are moments when mothers get fed up and exhausted with children but it's still an aspect of relationship.  Love can be about exhaustion and sacrifice.  Don't just look for one type of relationship but look at really human relationships with different aspects of emotion.  Going back to the images and ask yourself what would you change?

I told Leonie that at first I thought it might be about people in love and then I analysed it further and thought it might be more complex than that so I tried to think outside of the box.  Leonie said "perhaps love is not just one thing, it's many things like tiredness, discomfort, sacrifice, wanting to be alone.

I highly value Leonie's feedback in these sessions.

Below are some photos that I took for this brief.









Monday, 14 November 2016

Relationships

This past week the Photo project has been on 'Relationships' and for many of us the first thing that come's to mind is a couple in love.

I am somewhat challenged to think 'outside of the box' for this brief.  It has been a challenge as we are not allowed to photograph people we know it has to be strangers which is hard so hard to ask.

These past few days I've been thinking a lot about the brief and why it has to be strangers I can understand why as if we are photojournalists we will never 'know' the people we are photographing as thats the nature of the job.  So I guess this is a great tool to develop and have as we are studying for the degree it will equip us and make us more than ready to face what is ahead of us for when we graduate.

Just the other day I took a walk in a cemetery it was interesting as I had in my mind 'A love lost or gone' I loved that idea as to how to approach this from a different viewpoint as it's not just about someone in love 'present tense'.  As I walked through the cemetery a few people came and went they allowed me to photograph them they shared a little about their loved one who was no longer here so sad yet lovely that they visit the grave to lay fresh flowers and tidy up the area where their loved one was laid to rest.

My main problem I could't get as many photos of the one person so I did a few and I hope that will be accepted within the brief.

Today I went to a local library and saw a student talking with an older woman it looked like they were looking at his work and making adjustments to his written work so I approached and asked if I could photograph them and they said yes straight away.  I began to photograph them it was hard as they were sat in a confined area so small which gave me little room for moving about but I got some good shots I believe.

I'm learning and I'm loving this course so much it's great and oh I can't put into words just how good it is...  So much ideas and things running through my head as I type amongst excitement.  As we have just been given a briefing for the next project and I can't wait to start....

Enjoying the journey

Brownie Girl....

Saturday, 5 November 2016

Street Photography

Street Photography was our last assignment it was interesting and dare I say a real challenge.

The three places I chose to visit with the view of capturing the ongoings were Morecambe, Manchester and Blackpool.

The first town was Morecambe Bay it's a town populated mostly by older people.  I drove over on this beautiful sunny day to begin my first street shoot.  I have done street photography before with the "24hr street photo project" which happens Worldwide every year.  You capture one image every hour in your chosen city and upload them to Instagram or Twitter but having done that on my phone never my Nikon Camera.

So the day began as I found myself walking the streets of Morecambe trying to in someway be discreet but it was impossible to do that as it was evident as from my camera as to what I was doing, people could see that I was taking photos of them and some objected and told me to move on.

Below are a few shots that I managed to get from that trip to morecambe.


This old man was passing by when I spotted him and as I aimed my camera at him he was happy to just stop and pose.  An interesting man yet he seemed happy in himself. 


Man and Child in the shop doorway.

It was an interesting afternoon.


Manchester 

Manchester was quite busy that day with shoppers rushing around and minding their own business, young people too.  They were probably getting their last minute things for halloween who knows what was going on.  As I walked around looking for opportunities and looking for things that were a little different, it was hard as I tried to get away with capturing the people once again some told me to move on..  

See below for some photos I captured that afternoon.


Man asleep on bench


Woman having a break.

Manchester has quite a lot of homeless people which I find heartbreaking to be honest that people find themselves in this awful situation.  It's not something that I take lightly my heart goes out to these people who've lost everything whether through life choices or not of their own choosing it's a tough life and this is so sad I struggle with this area of life in our generation.
It just saddens my heart totally.


Man on a bench

I love the feel of this image the man is sitting there observing what is going on or maybe he's out to clear his head from the ongoings in the office where he works. 


Shoppers rushing past.


Blackpool

Blackpool was interesting and once again it wasn't so busy I had planned to visit on the Saturday but having not been well I had to re-plan this trip to the Tuesday after.  As I wondered through the backstreets of Blackpool looking and observing as I walked along.  Many old people were out in the town that day and a few caught my eye just at the right minute I was able to capture them quickly.


Old man looking in the butchers shop window


Old woman rushing home


Two men having a catch up

The whole project was hard as to the camera I used as firstly people could see what I was upto some gave strange looks whereas others were quite happy to allow me to photograph them.  Others hurried past without even noticing what I just did...

It was also hard at times to get up close to the people I guess its maybe a confidence issue as I'm not used to doing street with my Nikon only on my phone which is more discreet and easier in a way.
Some of my photos have got people looking away from me whereas it would have been better if I had them looking at me to connect with them.  

However I submitted my photos to Leione for feedback she is so knowledgeable in this area of knowing what to look for and what works beside with what doesn't.  I value her feedback massively so interesting and how she is gentle with us too as a class.  

She encourage me to look at Trente Parke "Minutes after Midnight" and Winograd along with Lee Friedlander.  She encouraged me to look for pools of light within my images and not to be afraid of getting closer to the people.  Also cropped heads plus people at the corner of the frame, for myself thats hard a I'm used to capturing the person as a whole not cropped heads etc.  But I do see her point as to why, also she encouraged me to look for simple things, themes too and work with that as well.

It has been interesting this project.

http://erickimphotography.com/blog/2012/08/20/10-things-garry-winogrand-can-teach-you-about-street-photography/

http://erickimphotography.com/blog/2013/03/29/10-lessons-lee-friedlander-has-taught-me-about-street-photography/

http://erickimphotography.com/blog/2014/10/03/street-photography-book-review-minutes-midnight-trent-parke/

Now I move onto Relationships and haven't a clue at the moment how I will unfold that area with my camera.  

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