It took a while for me to decide on my final five images to use in this project. I didn’t take a lot of photographs but apart from the underexposed images I would be happy to pick any of them. I noticed that I had a choice of themes I could opt for, I could just use outdoor images, I could just use Toys or just simply use the indoor shots.
I decided the best way to create the collection would be to go right back to the brief and choose the images that I thought best described the sense of place while also thinking about the influence of Peter Fraser.
I think the final collection works well. I like the greys of the house and tumble dryer and the colours in the toys. I think the colourful towel acts as a transition from toys to the tumble dryer. I think the pictures are made more interesting because they are not just set up compositions. Because I took the pictures as they happened there are little interesting details that you can see when taking a closer look, for example the cat sat on the driveway and the lighter on the tumble dryer.
I think this process has changed the way I take an image, I no longer feel compelled to take a ‘nice’ image and think more now about taking an image that looks good and has a basic implied meaning but also allows the viewer to interpret the image for themselves.
I was pretty happy with the images I took of objects in my home to create a sense of place but when selecting the final 5 and trying to create an overall theme for the collection I’ve been wondering if I needed something else to explain the area on a wider scale.
As most of my images are closeup detailed shots then I think maybe a few images which explain where this location is might help introduce the collection. I decided to shoot a few images outside and will see if they add the desired effect in my final 5 chosen images.
Taking inspiration from Peter Fraser I took some images that show a sense of place and icons of that place that could identify it and importantly will change over time meaning that these images highlight one particular moment in time. … Continue reading →
While sitting in a lecture for sound image and sensory experience we were presented with a number of images by Peter Fraser. These images were used to describe ‘Fine Art’ which is a concept of culture that has really always been confusing for me. Some of the images I could find some sort of meaning with but when presented with the image TWO BLUE BUCKETS., this image seemed to me the final straw in my understanding of fine art and I let out a giggle and didn’t understand how I could take this image seriously. why was it so special? What is the meaning (if any?)
I Was intrigued to find out more about this image and the photographer so decided to take his book, also entitled ‘TWO BLUE BUCKETS’ out of the library. Having looked through the images and studied the accompanying text it became clear that the special element wasn’t just the image but how it was produced, how it worked alongside a series of images and how it broke conventions at the time it was produced.
At the time (1983) most photographers were using black and white. Walker Evans said that “Colour photography is vulgar” Fraser explored the use of colour to highlight the present verses the past and used it to add an extra element to an image. seeing both ‘The blue and the sky’ Rupert Martin Two Blue Buckets.
In this interview Fraser explains of his work with icons as being there fro that moment in time and I think this alongside the curating of the book has helped me to understand how actual process of presenting an image in printed form in great detail is just as much a part of the image as is the subject matter and when creating an image thinking about how its intended look (in this case with colour) can have an impact on the composition.
I’ve decided to use my SISE still image project to try and dip into these concepts and create my own Peter Fraser inspired images.
Been looking around to try and understand more about abstract photography for my SISE project. Finding it very hard to scrub away from taking traditional ‘good’ photographs. Looking at a site called Lens Culture I stumbled across an image that just caught my eye.
I was intrigued at how this image was made (using reflective and coloured gels) and discovered that Christina Matos – Albers has a lot of location photography that will be helpful when researching my ideas to create my own sense of place images.
Today we took part in our photography element of the SISE Carousel exercise. We headed down to Bristol Harbour again and we set a number of tasks to try and take images that capture a sense of place.
Amanda explained to us that this exercise was not about trying to take ‘good’ images but by sitting and watching and trying to capture unconventional images that could be used to get a snapshot of a particular place.
When taking our images we had to consider the available light, framing and weather conditions when deciding on images to capture.
I found the exercise useful in trying to change the way I shoot to try and make my images more meaningful but I did find it extremely difficult when trying to break my habit of taking ‘nice’ photographs. I particularly like my image of the ping pong table as I think it does a good job of displaying a place. It highlights the friendly nature i’ve discovered in Bristol and encompasses the weather and the season while the framing only gives a small amount of information about what is being photographed so the viewer would have to interpret the image for themselves instead of being told what it is straight away.
As part of our ongoing workshops we were introduced to the photography departments Nikon SLR Cameras and Adobe’s ‘Lightroom’ photo editing software.
The workshops were a useful introduction to the functionality of digital SLR cameras and the basic principles used to capture images.
We experimented with the cameras making use of various ISO, Shutter and Aperture settings.
The introduction to Light Room was particularly useful in allowing us to easily manage large numbers of images and organise them for easy developing or use in other applications. I found the software relatively straight forward and the included image editing functions will allow for a more straight forward workflow when processing images.