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.

Assignment 5 – Making it up

For this assignment, we were asked to create e a standalone image of our choice. To draw upon the skills we have learnt so far, including various forms of narrative, putting you in the picture and telling stories and reading images. The only stipulation is to produce work hat is controlled and directed by one.

For this assignment, we need to control the props, lighting, models, location etc. to contribute to the overall meaning of the image.

My first thoughts on this brief were to recreate famous movie scenes with action figures but I felt in order to develop this further, I wouldn’t be able to make significant imagery and narrative to make it successful. On further thoughts, I decided to use the idea from an earlier assignment of ‘putting myself in the picture’. I enjoyed developing this creativity that was used in the self-portrait for Assignment 3, and felt that I could put a lot of emotion into this piece of work.

I have struggled with my weight and body image for as long as I can remember and felt that it would be successful if I could put some personal emotions into this brief. Body image is something that is widely talked about both within media and most social circles and is something that most people can relate to in some way.

For the image I wanted to create, I needed enough space where I had access to a full length mirror and room to set up a tripod for a camera to get the self-portrait I needed. I would also need to ensure that there was a minimal amount of distraction so that all focus could be on the subject itself. In the area that I was going to take the shot, there was not a large amount of available light, and so I would need to attach a flash on top of my camera.

Once I had the placing of the camera and the settings correct, it was a matter of getting my posture and emotion right to convey this to the audience. I wanted to ensure they could see the sadness on my face, and make it believable. I also wanted to have myself just in my underwear, so that I could make the image as stripped back and less distracting as possible, and make it easier for the post production process.

Once I looked at the selection of images on the back of the camera, and felt like I had captured what I needed to, I began the post production process. Taking into account the above, I narrowed it down to my final image. I used the cloning tool on Photoshop to edit out the door on the right hand side of the image, the shelf on the left, the photograph on the right and to do general tidying of the image. I then began the process of editing out the reflection; slimming down of the belly area, the arm, the legs, and adding a curvature to my back. I added extra shadowing on the reflection to make parts look slimmer, and shadowing to the ‘real’ me to make certain areas look bigger. Finally, I made the image into black and white to again strip the image right back and make it feel as raw as possible.

Although the idea and the set up for this final photograph was simple, I think it has been successful in conveying the imagery I was trying to achieve. The feeling of wanting to be skinnier, and not being happy with the skin you are in. I feel that people will be able to relate to this image. I feel that the simplicity of this image allows for the emotion to speak for itself without any distractions.

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