Assignment 2

‘Collecting’

Brief

Create a series of between six and ten photographs on one of the following subjects:

  • Things
  • Views
  • Heads

 

Initial Response

Although this brief may seem very short for an assignment, I can assure you there is much text surrounding this, that explains various ‘Things’, ‘Views’ & ‘Heads’. Not only does the photographs need to be one of those subjects, but the series needs to sit as a collection. 

Instead of a deep and in-depth assignment brief, this brief is a more of trial it yourself and use your creative flair and create your own pathway and do your own thing, with just slight guidance instead of strict guides. I feel this assignment is more of a ‘show us what you got’ rather than ‘follow this’.

I think this gives some leeway into using your imagination and to creating some lovely and cool pieces of work. 

One of my first thoughts was ‘YES’ when I read ‘Views’ as I am going Iceland soon and feel this could be an insane opportunity to miss. 

Having read through all of the text and a brief look at the photographers mentioned and text, I feel that a lot of it was very interesting and I could talk about and use some of it in my own work. I also had an idea or two about other photographers and work I could talk about. 

In all, I am very excited, and hopefully I can produce some interesting work that I can label a ‘collection’.

 

Mind Map

Please click on the link to view my first thoughts, also known as my Mind Map.

Mind Map

 

Artist Annotation

Below you can see my annotations of Edward Ruscha’s work. I talk more about him over on my research section.

Edward Ruscha

 

Shoot Plan

For this shoot I am going to go to Iceland. Well I mean, not specifically for the shoot, but I will be in Iceland on holiday, so I will use this to my advantage to take some beautiful images of ‘views’. whether or not it is landscape, cityscape or any other aspect of photography will be determined when I am there, as I have never been there before I am not sure what to expect.
I have looked at all the artists offered surrounding the brief and I have done a fair bit of research and gathered various inspiration and thoughts that will help inspire my photographs whilst shooting for this assignment.
My technical approach will be various, as I do not specifically know what I am going to shoot yet, mostly everything in my path whilst I am there. I will hopefully come home with so many photographs it will take me a year to sort out.
Depending on what there is to shoot, I will be taking all my lenses and my batteries, memory cards etc. to make sure I am well equipped for the journey.
I will use my mind map and my current knowledge to help execute a shoot worthy of being one of my best so far, so I can really show how far I have come in photography!

 

Contact Sheet

To view my contact sheet for this shoot, click the link below.

Contact Sheet

 

Contact Sheet Annotation

Contact Sheet Annotation

 

Shoot

 

Image 1

1

Image 2

2

Image 3

3

Image 4 

4

Image 5

5

Image 6

6

 

The Collection

Annotations

To view my annotations, which include why these images make a collection, click the link below. 

Annotations

 

Aperture, ISO, Shutter Speed

Image 1 & 4 –

Aperture: 14
ISO: 250
Shutter Speed: 1/250

Image 2 & 3 & 6 –

Aperture: 14
ISO: 320
Shutter Speed: 1/250

Image 5 –

Aperture: 14
ISO: 200
Shutter Speed: 1/250

 

Reflection

I found this assignment very challenging, but also fun. I feel the brief was strange as it gave lots of artists, but not much meaning to the collection. I think that the brief had a lot of freedom, and gave an interesting spin to the amount of possibilities, to create a collection. Out of the three options I chose to do ‘Views’. I chose this as I was traveling to Iceland when I started the assignment, and felt it would be beneficial for me to take my camera and to try and capture my assignment whilst over there.
I had no issues with applying my current knowledge and the specific requirements throughout my shoot. I tried not to be repetitive and to give an explanation to my collection, rather than ‘here just some beautiful pictures’ I intended to do a Joel Meyerowitz style shoot, but this was only planned later on as I didn’t know what to expect in Iceland. I did however, make use of research and used Godwin’s research along with other inspiration to help guide me to a strong shoot.
In terms of preparation for the shoot, I pretty much packed for anything and everything. I took all my equipment with me, well most of it and managed to access my research when required whilst I was over there. I also continuously reminded myself of what I needed to do in terms of briefing and kept focus throughout. The techniques I used came from the instructions and shot landscape as I was shooting landscape. I made sure my camera setting was in line with the brief also.
I feel the content I produced was of a good standard and feel that the images sit together to create a stunning collection of the waterfall with a snowy backdrop. The angles I used and what I included and excluded were very important because this clearly shows that what landmarks can look like from various angles with their surroundings.
Working within a time frame, strong winds and lots of people did take its toll, and I reckon it would have been a better shoot if I adapted some of my images to be from even stranger angles giving the shoot a more abstract feel.
In conclusion, the shoot itself is really cool of the waterfall and the surroundings, I think it is interesting that you can see the waterfall from the various angles I have taken it from, some looking more magnificent than other angles. The collection really shows how landscape can look from a shift in location, and that the smallest of detail, may it be rocks, or fences, create texture and lining that another image, may or may not have.

 

Feedback

After having my first video call feedback from my tutor, there was a lot of positive points I felt, and also some work to do! I could easily see where my tutor was coming from and where I needed to improve upon, one of the main points was Assignment 2. This is why I am talking about my feedback on this page, because my other work needed improvements in certain areas, but I will need to rework this assignment if I wish to pass and this is why.
My shoot, as pointed out by my tutor and I can clearly see why, was rushed, because I was going Iceland and saw this as a good opportunity, I felt I needed to do it there. I could have seized many better opportunities than what I put together for my assignment but I failed to remember to use the same camera settings throughout. I feel different waterfalls would have made a huge difference to this shoot and would have improved it significantly. Although I only shot one, from various angles, which limited my shoot immensely. This didn’t give enough variety to the collection.
Different locations, but the same subject would have worked much better, and I needed to take my time, which I did not, maybe it was the word ‘assignment’ haunting me and making me feel that Iceland had to be the opportunity to produce.
I also need to produce work that is more experimental, more unique and something not everyone’s shot, or thought of. Or a more independent thought, a less of a mainstream shoot. Maybe this could be something less common, rare, or harder to shoot.
I need to produce work that is the same subject, but different, not the same image with mostly the same attributes.
Another point stated by my tutor was to be more critical with my work, this is across all areas of my work and to say why I feel the way I feel about certain aspects of mine or other people’s work.
In conclusion, I am going to re-shoot for this assignment. I will not take this work down above, as I feel this shows progression. I will also keep the same research and mind map, even though my mind map as the majority is still relevant, and my initial response, was still my initial response. So, from shoot plan onwards, I will be working on a shoot which I feel will show my true colours as a photographer and will provide answers to the assignment like it is intended to. I feel that this shoot has shown me that I need to improve and how, and the next shoot for this assignment will blow that one out of the water and will cover the points provided.

 

Shoot Plan

For this shoot, I will be using the same instructions as given. I will be conducting a shoot across the Moors, into Plymouth of various religious buildings, churches and Abbey’s. Like the gasoline station shoot, this uses a subject, but different places. Unlike my waterfall shoot, which used to same waterfall. The buildings will range from modern, to old, from ruins to amazing architecture. I feel this will be an interesting shoot and hopefully, this time I will be able to fulfil the brief.

Contact Sheet

Click to view my contact sheet via the link. Warning: It is huge!

Contact Sheet 2

 

Contact Sheet Annotation

Please click the link to view why I chose the selected few.

Contact Sheet 2 Annotation

 

Shoot

Image 1

5

Image 2

6

Image 3

4

Image 4

3

Image 5

2

Image 6

1

The Collection – Churches

Annotations

Please click the link to view my annotations for this assignement.

Annotation 2

Aperture, ISO, Shutter Speed

Image 1

Aperture: 14
ISO: 320
Shutter Speed: 1/160

Image 2

Aperture: 14
ISO: 160
Shutter Speed: 1/160

Image 3

Aperture: 14
ISO: 1000
Shutter Speed: 1/400

Image 4

Aperture: 14
ISO: 800
Shutter Speed: 1/400

Image 5

Aperture: 14
ISO: 2000
Shutter Speed: 1/2000

Image 6

Aperture: 14
ISO: 4000
Shutter Speed: 1/4000

Reflection

 

Normally I would do an overall reflection of my exercise or assignment and then at the end of the part I would do a written analysis. But I feel it would be more beneficial to be more critical and use the guidelines to give myself more of an honest reflection at the end of each assignment or exercise, and basically merge the two together.
After my feedback, I could see that it was evident that my work needed to be improved upon to progress through the course and to get my degree. My first shoot as explained was too similar in each image and contained much of the same, just from a slightly different angle, whereas this shoot showed many different buildings and locations, something I should have done for my waterfalls in Iceland. This time I didn’t let the occasion get the better of me and planned accordingly.
In all I feel the shoot went very well and the locations and my ability to stick to the brief is evident in my work. The buildings vary in size and shape and this shows that they can be diverse but also sit as a collection at the same time.
One thing I feel I could improve upon would be to try and make it not look over exposed when overcast / sunny, I need to work on this to make sure not too much light is entering my camera.

Demonstration of technical and visual skills

As mentioned above, I feel I have demonstrated my visual skills and shown my technical ability by sticking by the brief and the instructions of what to do and how to do it. I have then observed various artists to help inspire my work to then visually push myself to producing work that can work as a collection. Compositionally, I have tried my hardest to make sure all the aspects of the image I wanted to include, are included and what I did not want in the image is excluded.

Quality of outcome

The quality of outcome is evident in my work and the comparison to my first shoot and how I have developed the assignment and amended it suitably to ensure that it is a shoot of the best of my ability and one that sits comfortably with the brief and works the brief. The content I have produced is of a large scale and I have pushed myself physically and mentally by shooting across miles of locations, by going up tor’s and hills and across cities. I have produced over 400 images for this shoot and the process was long and tough to narrow down to my best images. I have applied my knowledge throughout the shoot and have kept in my mind my target and advice from my tutor to ensure a strong shoot is produced. I have presented my work, like usual in a professional and easy to read. My ideas documented and shown to observe and to help develop into work.

Demonstration of creativity

I have pushed my imagination, further and away from normality with this shoot by trying something different rather than the usual and the easiest option, I have discovered and travelled across a national park and have taken my surroundings and used them to my advantage to publish some stunning and beautiful images of the country and of churches. I have experimented more this shoot, with location, angles and so on, to make sure, my work is pushed and made better by using more recourses.

Context

My reflection, feedback, research and thinking has been very time consuming, but worth. I have conquered different problems and looked at this assignment from various points of view to how to attack and produce. I have used inspiration from various artists as well as my own inspiration and have tried my upmost best to produce a worthy shoot that can show the brief and my photography abilities, along with the foundations to build it to being a strong shoot.

© Lewis.Gibson.Photography.2019

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