Create a series of between six and ten photographs on one of the following subjects:
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’.
Please click on the link to view my first thoughts, also known as my Mind Map.
Below you can see my annotations of Edward Ruscha’s work. I talk more about him over on my research section.
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!
To view my contact sheet for this shoot, click the link below.
Contact Sheet Annotation
To view my annotations, which include why these images make a collection, click the link below.
Aperture, ISO, Shutter Speed
Image 1 & 4 –
Shutter Speed: 1/250
Image 2 & 3 & 6 –
Shutter Speed: 1/250
Image 5 –
Shutter Speed: 1/250
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.