Assignment 3 – Rework

Below is my re-written evaluation accompanied with the original photographs sent to my tutor:

Assignment 3 – Putting yourself in the picture

This assignment required one to keep a diary for a set period of time (approx two weeks). When I first read this, I was quite worried, as I haven’t kept a diary for a very long time, and also I find it quite difficult to put my feelings and emotions into words.

After a few days of writing, there were three main themes that stood out to me; nostalgia, love and anger/arguing. Being in a new relationship, we are still trying to get to know each other and sometimes this can cause arguments, but we still care a great deal about each other. I decided to incorporate the two feelings into one set of photographs, showing the good and bad side of a relationship in one photograph.

After having previously looked at Francesca Woodman’s and Benjamin Heller’s work, I like the ghost like effect to the images, making the viewer wonder if hat they were seeing was ‘real’ or not.

For my final images, I tried to create a set to show the imminent break down of a relationship. The first photo A Peaceful Resolution is what the title suggests and portrays a couple in a situation whereby they need to work on their relationship. The second photo A Breakdown shows the couple in a heated argument, in a clearly unhappy situation. And third and final photograph Walking Away shows the final breakdown of the relationship, and the man walking away from the situation. All of the images also have the couple in a happy embrace, making the viewer feel confused as to what is the real side of the couple that they should believe.

All of the photographs were taken using a tripod and a self-timer app on my phone directly connected to the camera. We took the loved up photos first as they needed less setting up, followed by the contrasting argument shots. The interior shot was taken in a spare room at my house, and the exterior shots – one in the woods, and another at a park, both near to where we live. The locations had no significant affects to the photographs, other than that they would be locations that both sides of the story could take place.

The ‘ghost like effect’ was achieved in post- production, using layers and lowering the opacity of the selected layer and erasing any excess parts of the image. I chose to make the photographs black and white so as to strip right back to the rawness of the emotion behind them.

Overall, the project I have created is very thought provoking and allows the viewer to relate these images to their own life and the relationships within them.

Assignment 3 – Peer feedback

When I received my tutor feedback for this assignment, I was quite disappointed in what he had to say as I was really proud of this piece of work.

I decided to put my favourite of the three images onto Facebook for some peer feedback. The feedback was good, I understand the people I asked would probably be biased but it restored my faith in the photograph I had produced.

Below is a screenshot of the image on Facebook with the adjoining comments and ‘likes’:

Assignment 2 – Final Rework

Below is my new write up with my original photographs attached:

Assignment 2 – Photographing the unseen

On first read of the assignment choices, I decided to go for photographing the unseen. I felt that this choice would allow me to be more creative.

The hardest part of this assignment or me was to choose an emotion or feeling that I was experiencing.  In the end, the three feelings I narrowed it down to were; nostalgia, stress and love. Out of these, I chose Love.

Love is a difficult emotion to convey in any sense. It is completely personal to oneself and can be shown and interpreted in many different ways. There are also many different types of love; I chose to convey the love between a couple.

As this assignment was about photographing the unseen, I decided to twist the meaning and have my photographs so no emotion at all. By having my subjects have a deadpan expression in the photographs, there is no give away to the relationship between them; they could be lovers, friends or even strangers.  I then asked each couple to handwrite what they loved most about the other person. By doing this, I was able to manipulate the meaning of the photograph into what I wanted the viewer to see. Also, with it being handwritten, it adds a sense of authenticity.

In post-production, I decided to change the photographs to black and white to strip the photos back to raw emotion. By having the colour removed, it enables the viewer to be less distracted by patterns and colour and focus completely on the faces and the emotions within the image. I also made the images and text into a Polaroid type image with the writing below as this tied the whole images together. By also printing them in this way, it added an extra sense of credibility.

The overall idea came from Duane Michals’ This Photograph is My Proof. He did a similar idea, in that the photo did not directly give anything away, but the text added a different meaning. He also used the Polaroid theme in this set.

Assignment 2 – Reworking

As I had designed my final images in a style of Polaroid images, I decided to have them printed in this way.

Not having a Polaroid camera ready available, the photos would need to be printed on to normal photo paper but cropped to the right size. To do this, I would need to get them printed at 4″x4″ size.

As computers are back lit, I would need to ensure my images were lightened slightly, so as to avoid my final prints coming out too dark.

As I was changing what I originally had sent to my tutor, I needed to also slightly change my write up. This will follow in the next blog post.

Assignment 1 – Final Rework

Please find below my original write up with the new and final set of photographs underneath.

Assignment 1 – Two sides of the story

On reading the brief for this assignment, I struggled to come up with an idea for it.
A few of the ideas I had were; using my local area and capturing the nice and the not so nice side of it, but I didn’t feel I could make this convincing or original enough.
Another idea I had was to create a scene of a crime, and use the two sets of images to allow the viewer to decide on whether it was a murder or a suicide. On reflection of this, I think it would have been too difficult to stage, and again to get convincing images.
Finally, after much deliberation, I decided to use a model to create two different situations; at work and at home.

The model I used (my mother), is a successful director of a small business but she is also a housewife when she isn’t at work. I wanted to capture these two conflicting sides of her personality.
When she is at work, she is in charge of a small team, and although it has a relaxed atmosphere it is necessary that she has to be professional with her staff.
When she is at home, rather than relaxing after a hard days work, she is still having to “keep home”, and reluctantly has to do housework.

When capturing both sets of these images, I wanted to try and let the emotions come through in my images.
In Set 1, where she is at work, I kept them in colour and photographed her interviewing, giving a talk, and general office activities. In these images she is either concentrating or looking happy to be at work.
In Set 2, where she is at home, I changed these to black and white, as I wanted to enhance the moodiness and unhappy feel to these photos.

I found this assignment quite difficult, in trying to capture both sides of the story to be convincing.  Also in trying to make the photographs look candid and unstaged, this was difficult when using a model, because I still in some way needed to pose them and take the images at the right time in order to convey my idea.

Assignment 1 – Reworking

Following on from feedback from my tutor, there was a just a few minor changes that needed editing in the final photographs.

The first was Set 1 (2), my tutor suggested cropping out the mouse from the foreground as below;

The second was Set 1 (5), my tutor suggest removing the light socket on from behind the subjects head;

And finally, from Set 2 (3), to remove the photo on the wall behind as it was distracting to the viewer;

Assignment 5 – Reflection

Below are my comments of Assignment 5 with regards to the assessment criteria:

Demonstration of technical and visual skills
I fees assignment was able to stretch my technical skill as there was a lot that needed to be done in post production. My visual skills were also tested because it was an emotive piece that needed to be portrayed in the correct way.

Quality of outcome
I think my quality of outcome was really good for this assignment. The final image turned out exactly as I had imagined it in my head.

Demonstration of creativity
I was able to be really creative with this piece of work and make it very personal. In doing so I feel I have demonstrated this well.

I feel the research I have conducted is coherent and concise. It is laid out well in my blog, and is easy to read and understand.