FMP IDEAS

Ideas for FMP – the ideas in bold are my 3 main ideas, id love some feedback or ideas on techniques or equipment or locations i could use.

  • Police – cell shoot – long exp person sitting in cell
  • Homeless/elderly people – town long exp (see titerenko images)
  • Empty shops series
  • Army/Soldier injuries – Bryan adams reference
  • Derelict series

Elderly people who worked for war effort, soldier willing to have photos taken.

Ghost images – long exp – 35mm film & digital as well.

Some of my INSPIRATION & RESEARCH

http://www.stevehuffphoto.com/who-am-i/my-homeless-project/

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Homeless project

http://www.alexeytitarenko.com/time13.html

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Long exposure city/Homeless

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/bryan-adams-heartstopping-images-of-wounded-british-soldiers-to-go-on-show-at-somerset-house-9826687.html

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Army Soldiers project

http://www.kevinbauman.com/projects/100_abandoned_houses

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Derelict project

http://www.vice.com/en_uk/read/donald-webers-interrogations-opens-tonight-at-the-foley-gallery

This is my mood board of ideas that really grab me. And feed my ideas.

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After a discussion with my colleagues about ideas and elaborating on things i feel i will focus on my second idea of a long exposure social documentary series on the homeless, maybe looking at focusing on ex soldiers or the elderly that were involved in war in some way. The long exposures of my images would highlight the fact of these people that have done great things and risked so much yet only to be just another everyday person in society sometimes just being left to deal with their demons them selves and having no support, i will elaborate on the ethical issues within my work.

I hope these images will pull heart strings and people can relate to them in their own ways even personally.

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Playing about with photoshop

So i thought after such a heartfelt weekend i decided to have some fun with an old photo i took last year … i decided to make a pop art image!! hehe!! i quite like it as a first attempt!

Before Esnescopyyyyy After  Esnes popart

Well this was just a little post for fun!!

Hope you like!!

Remembrance Day

In Flander’s Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flander’s fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, tho poppies grow
In Flander’s fields.

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A beautiful fitting image found on google Copyright Photographer Stuart Gennery

http://stuartgenneryphotography.weebly.com

I took it upon myself to go to the War Memorial Park in Coventry before the Remembrance Day March to take pictures of the park as it had been decorated with crocheted poppies i think almost every tree or even every tree had one tied to it, it was the most beautiful colours especially with the golden autumn leaves all around.

Here is a little bit about The War Memorial Park in my hometown of Coventry

  • The war memorial park was built on what was once part of Styvechale common
  • The park was opened in July 1921 as a tribute to the 2,587 Coventrians who died between 1914 and 1918 in WW1
  • The park includes football pitches, bowling greens, a small golf course, tennis courts, a water play area, a park play area, an aviary for small birds, and a skate park, but it also has vast open green areas with many trees and shrubberies.
  • The actual war memorial, which is 90ft (27m) high, was dedicated to the fallen in 1927
  • It is the largest park in the city of Coventry
  • It hosts the annual Godiva Music Festival – a family festival which is free and normally runs at the beginning of July spanning a Friday, Saturday and Sunday, not only does it include music but it has arts and crafts, market type stalls, animals, a fair, and lots of other exciting things to do as a family or with friends!
  • Coventry’s War Memorial Park has become the first of 500 parks to be awarded special status to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War One just recently in July 2014 by Prince William.
  • Members of the city’s Women’s Institute knitted 600 poppies for the city’s War Memorial Park which are attached to trees all around the park.

Please pay your respects if you are around on Sunday the march is fantastic and there is a huge age range, from young Cubs and Brownies to the amazing veterans that are still with us today!

http://www.coventry.gov.uk/events/event/3100/remembrance_sunday_service_and_parade

I feel very proud to come from Coventry, we have a lot of history here and a lot to be proud of that is why i have chosen to post this as a mark of respect to the fallen and to those who are still out there. I will be posting up my photography after Sundays parade.

Here are a few images I took with my iPhone for now …

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As promised here are my images taken with my 5D MarkIII … i will post some more after the Parade tomorrow …

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So I have just returned from what can only be described as the most beautiful service I have been to … The weather is glorious the people were out in there hundreds to pay their respects and become united as a city while we watched the service men and women from all areas from the Veterans to the Brownie Guides they all looked fantastic and held their head high and proud! I loved every minute of it!
Here are a few bits from my iPhone for now …

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Here are the final images from the Remembrance Day Service today there is a lot of lens flare due to the sunshine being so bright but i have not edited it out on purpose as i really like the effect it gives to the images, i hope you enjoy them!

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The coverage from the Coventry Telegraph …

http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/watch-hundreds-coventry-pay-respects-8076294#

http://trib.al/cGdmlFk it’s a real shame they’re being removed so soon … And I’m sad I won’t get to see them all.

Thanks for taking the time to comment, like and share my blog i really appreciate it!!

Year 2 of my HND … and searching for some work experience

So I’ve been back just four weeks, and I’m really enjoying this year! I am learning some new things and really interesting things and starting to learn how to promote myself as a photographer, although what i really want to do is teach photography i would also like to maybe find somewhere that i would do a bit of freelancing, documentary type photography as it is my passion and also i feel it would be a great experience! I would throughly like to do this as part of my work experience unit so i have contacted the local newspaper for now with high hopes of hearing back from them, but also i will look into shadowing a photographer in the everyday running of their business for example studio work if i am not successful with the other side of things … i also feel that with the freelancing side of things it will give me a broader insight into helping me educate others when i progress into teaching in the future.

Any thoughts or help would be much appreciated as would any contacts.

thanks for stopping by!

Gallery review – Photographer – Jason Scott Tilley

My grandpa was a photographer  for The Times of India newspaper working from their offices in Bombay in the 1930’s and he was the inspiration for me making my own collection of images in India.

Jason Scott Tilley

http://thebeautifulpeopleblog.wordpress.com/about/

I visited this exhibition today, what is really moving about this exhibition is how its all family related and thanks to his grandpa, Jason Scott Tilley was inspired to go back to his roots. Jason Scott Tilley was a freelance photographer for a wide range of newspapers and magazines before his photography took him into documenting his own family.

People of India is an amazing photographic journey that plots both a historic record of colonial and post-empire India, and it is a personal journal seen through one man’s own pictures and the camera of his grandpa, The exhibition also explores the the images in the context of British rule in india and Jason Scott Tilley’S anglo-indian heritage.

http://www.theherbert.org/whats-on/events-exhibitions/people-india-photographs-jason-scott-tilley

The images are square prints in square white box frames and mounts, which really make the images stand out especially as they are black and white, the portraitures are beautiful documenting people in their everyday environment, unfortunately i was not able to photograph any of the exhibition, but i would rather spend time admiring the images than taking photos of the gallery layout for my review, i spent and hour and a half just taking in all the history and information, and of course all of the beautiful images not only of Jasons work but that of his grandpa’s too. The contrast and the depth of field within the images really shows the detail in peoples faces and clothing.

During his travels he kept all of his train/travel tickets throughout his travels during 1999-2009, they were all displayed in a beautiful but a little worn leather album.

There were so many images that stood out while i was walking around the gallery but i have picked two, the first i managed to find online, but the second you will either have to see the exhibition for yourself or i hope i do the description justice.

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Pahargani, New Dehli, 2004 by Jason Scott Tilley. Copyright the artist.

Here is my first image it really made me smile, this man was part of a brass band practicing for a wedding and Jason had asked hime to pose for photo whilst the mans band members looked on and were telling him to stand straight and hold his head up. I could really see this guy seemed to be making a real effort to make sure he looked good in his photo obviously with the help of his band mates.

The second image is of a man called Boom Shanka Baba who Jason met in 2002 during Diwali hindu festival he called out “No leg, no problem” he made a few rupees a day from selling postcards to tourists, Jason always ate his lunch with him, the image is a full body portrait and he has a smiley face, dressed in rags with his walking stick, apparently he liked to sing here is a link to a video Jason uploaded to his blog.

http://thebeautifulpeopleblog.wordpress.com/boom-shankar-sings-the-blues-2/

 

 

‘Golden Age’ Hollywood Portraiture

For this workshop i was asked to find a picture of a hollywood star from a choice given to me that i would like to recreate (lighting and pose, not really the look of the person) i chose to do two portraits of Lauren Baccall.

Key charchteristics of the type of images we looked at today are:

  • Dramatic
  • High contrast
  • Sharp shadows
  • Atmosphere – linked to character
  • Sculpt the subject with where the shadows fall
  • Minimise flaws with lights
  • Some areas were blown out to hide wrinkles and blemishes
  • 8×10 large format camera was used – extreme shallow DOF
  • created out of focus backgrounds
  • Posing was important
  • Very little direct eye contact
  • Hands were strategically placed to frame the face
  • Some of the poses were for convenience due to the long shutter speed
  • The lighting was so strong that it was known to cause skin problems and retina damage
  • Camera angles were different – tilting
  • Fresnel lights (stage lights typically) with glass over the front to adjust focusing – less even – tungsten

Due to there being no ‘social networking’ like there is today their social networking was done in person at events or meetings/interviews which is why the images were so important as they portrayed them as a character and showed them at their best which is how they sold them selves, it was all about their looks, especially as then the cinema was a very big deal with it being one of few nights out that people would see those that had ‘made it’ on the big screen.

One of the photographers of that time was George Horrell

Here i found a fantastic website telling you all about his life and how he became the master of hollywood glamour photography.

http://georgehurrell.com/george-hurrell/

My chosen images to recreate:

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Lauren Bacall was born September 16, 1924 her real name was Betty Joan Perske, She began her career as a model, she was also an American actress known for her characteristic husky voice and sultry look.

She first appeared in 1944 as a leading lady in the Humphrey Bogart film To Have and Have Not. She continued her film career in a number of other films, Bacall also worked on Broadway in musicals, earning Woman Of The Year in 1981 and Tony Awards for Applause in 1970. Her performance in the movie The Mirror Has Two Faces in 1996 earned her a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award nomination.

Lauren Bacall died on August 12, 2014.

I chose the images above as they both had a different type of lighting which meant i had two images to think about rather than just one, i really wanted to try a couple and I’m glad i had time to do that (although as usual not long enough).

So first of all i had to do a test shot of each pose (they are not great quality and not in focus but all i wanted was the actual pose) before i got technical.

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These were my test shots

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These were my lighting set ups for each shot.

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i then had to crop my images in photoshop and edit them so they were black and white, i did a bit of skin smoothing also and emphasised the eyelashes/lips

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These were my final images i am happy with them although i think if i had more time i would have spent longer with my model to ensure her pose was spot on as i do not feel it is quite accurate, but otherwise i really like how they have turned out, and i would definitely do this style of shoot again, but in more detail and more props/makeup/hair.

Evaluation

This was a really good workshop its a shame we couldn’t research/ spend more time doing it, as it was something i feel could have been even better than the outcome has been, i am happy with my images and happy with how my shoots went, but with more time i would have sourced my model properly, and ensured that make up and hair was done and, made sure the model knew what i wanted them to wear for the shoot, but overall i feel i was successful in this workshop, i look forward to reading any feedback that you may have.