Photography – Final Five Images

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.

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Individual Photography – Additional Image Shoot

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.

Second Shoot

SISE Group Project – Avonmouth Bridge Material Gathering

Production Journal

Today, myself and David went to gather more material for our SISE project. Our main aim was to further explore the area to take images back to the rest of the group who have yet to visit and to enable us to think about how we will use the area to best to create our final piece of work.

As well as gathering images in the immediate area, I had the chance to explore the nearby avonmouth village which was somewhere i’d not known about and was a source for some appealing images that showed the tight mix of residential and industrial buildings in the area.

While we gathered a number of fantastic images that will be useable in our pirce, our main aim was to gather some more interesting sounds as we had the use of some better equipment and the contact/underwater mics.

As it was a Sunday it was a lot quieter so we were able to isolate some of the more interesting sounds of the bridge more easily.

The contact mic once again was a really good choice when gathering interesting material. using the contact mic on the metal barriers on top we were able to create a unique sound that could be layered with other sounds to create a portrait or used on its own to highlight some of the more obscure sounds found in this location.

We were interested in testing out the waterproof mic and after a bit of debating about weather we thought the mic was really waterproof (it wasn’t ours to break) we decided to drop it down a water drain in the middle of the bridge. While we couldn’t really hear the results while we were there due to traffic noise, we were pleased to discover that we had recorded something that was quite surreal.

Overall I think the day was highly productive and it gave us some more ideas about what we wanted to include in the project and something more to give to the group to inspire them.

SISE – Group Project Meeting 1

Production Journal

Todays meeting was a chance for our group to share ideas that we can build on to create our group SISE project in a few weeks time. We shared some of our recent ideas that have been generated from our individual tasks and from past work. Isla showed us a series of images she had created of tower blocks in London and we discussed using this a a theme for our project. We discussed the different types of people who might live in these places and how this could have an impact on our finished piece.

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Taking my inspiration from Bill Fontana I was interested in exploring the Avonmouth road bridge and the effect it has on the lives of the people who live directly around it in terms of light and sound, I’ve often driven underneath it and can’t imagine how it might impact on the quality of life (if at all)

Avonmouth Bridge

From discussing our ideas we seem to have a related theme that we could focus on and it’s related to both often obtrusive architecture and the people who surround or rely on it.

Taking our ideas to Kathy and Amanda they pointed us in the direction of a few professional artists who have taken on similar work. Tom Hunter who photographed residents of a tower block in Hackney, London before it was demolished in 1997. His work was displayed at the Saatchi gallery and is a great example of typology photography where collections of photographs are taken with related forms.

Holly Street Residents Series – Tom Hunter 1997

Another artist who we could look to for inspiration in this project is Andrea Gursky who’s image Paris, Montparnasse, 1993 is an amazing example of large scale photograpphy capturing the modern world in amazing detail.

I like the idea of taking an image of a tall building from an elevated position like the Gursky image. I think this angle which would not normally be seen as we are normally looking up at tall buildings will make for a more engaging image.

To capture sound for our project I was particularly interested in using contact microphones to capture sound that would not normally be heard in day to day life. I want to maybe make the building feel like it’s alive by capturing the sound generated from the walls of the building itself. We discussed also how we could focus on the sound of the buildings inhabitants as the images move across the buildings exterior.

Next Steps

Our next steps will be to arrange to find a suitable location and take some test recordings and images which we can use to help plan out our project.

 

 

 

SISE Photography individual project experimentation

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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

Research Photography – Peter Fraser

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?)

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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.

 

Photographer – Christina Matos – Albers

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. 

Estudio de Luz, No. 1769. © Cristina Matos-Albers

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.

Photography Workshop

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.