I have been taking photos as I walk around London. These are part of my research for when I begin the degree in Photography with the Open College of the Arts.m. Square Mile is the first assignment. I’m considering shooting in The City and capturing the contrast between wealth and poverty.
This has been a fun and creative approach to finding inspiration and allowing ideas to develop. I made use of three different styles of magazine – journal, gardening, lifestyle – and added to this with newspaper cuttings.
Following the reviews which I have just completed of Hannah Hoch and John Heartfield, I can see how I can create my montages in similar styles.
The first idea relating to climate change will be in the style of Heartfield, political, topical, a dominant character, more minimalist than the style of Hoch.
My photomontage which emulates Hoch will be far more busy and explore the underlying feelings and external symptoms of eating disorders.
Both of these ideas break away from the brief slightly, but this style of art has become increasingly important to me as I develop as a photographer. There is potential for me to develop as a mixed media artist, yes it’s the early stage of exploration, but I don’t have to limit my creativity.
Of course I will follow the brief as well, and Brexit is going to be my theme.
As in part one, I’m parking these in my digital sketchbook. These photographs have a relevance to me, and some do fit into the genre of still life, but I’m not sure if or how I would use or build upon these.
Having recently begun part 4 Experimentation: Still life, on the OCA Foundation in Photography course, I am exploring what still life means to me. Texture has always mattered to me, especially in relation to how clothing and bedding feel against my skin.
I’m not really sure where I’m going with this exploration, so these photos are going into my digital sketchbook.
I am shortly going to embark upon part four of Foundations in Photography with the Open College of the Arts. Although I am not going to begin the coursework exercises until I return from London, I am going to read the manual before I go. I am sure that London will provide additional opportunities for me.
Recently I have been taking some test photos so that I can explore Still Life and what it currently means to me.
My starting point is of course my schooling. Still Life in art classes was focused upon fruit, flowers and pasta in a jam jar. I am aware that still life in art and photography often focuses upon these, and in the days of mobile phones meals have become very popular to photograph and display upon social media.
I am going to posit that Still Life in art and photography are secondary features of themselves they are not Still Life.
“Still life is how people organise material or natural possessions, food stuffs, homes, the working environment, and shops. Photography and art develop from our basic need to be organised in order to function, and to possess objects as a means of individuation and pleasure. Often when we hear the words Still Life, we think of works of art or photography, and these are mistakenly believed to be the primary experience of Still Life. This is a misperception, and these are secondary reflections upon how we live our own lives.
Still Life in art and photography is the arrangement, organisation and presentation of objects for display, classification, documentation and study. Still Life is most often aesthetically pleasing, organised and an accurate representation of the subject.”
A peer on Foundations in Photography has commented that eye’s come up as a theme for me throughout my photography. I have cropped a few photos which had eye’s within them develop a test series to see if eyes have the potential to become a future project. It’s certainly something to bear in mind. If at some point I decide to take this further I will make new photos in which eyes are the point of focus.
This was a narrative sequence that I am very fond of, but I am not going to submit this for my assignment. The narrative is good and I am pleased with the photos. However these are going into my digital sketchbook. I like the narrative but I find it to be a bit of a cliche. Maybe thats because I’m a birder and find this kind of narrative is too staright forward.
I’m not to sure which one of the characters this could be, either a non-binary Hobbit, someone from Rivendell, or I could create the wood elves as non-binary people. I couldn’t get the face right so thats for another day.
The plan is to create a photo video of The Hobbit, in which I have to photos for each chapter, and read an excerpt from The Hobbit that the photo relates to. I’m currently trying to create my characters that I will blend into each photo.
Drawing is a very weak point of my creativity, so I’m watching YouTube clips which demonstrate cartoon character drawing, and observing face and clothes structure on TV. These attempts are poor, but they are a starting point for me, and good practice, we can only start something we can’t do from the place where we are.
These are drawn on paper, but I also have others on my pc which are drawn on my graphics tab. I’ve already selected the passages from each chapter of the book. The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings have very few female characters, but I’m going to include male and female hobbit, dwarves, elves etc.
I have such a long way to go… Feels like the drawing is too big for me. Time to live outside my comfort zone.
The Huawei P10 smart phone has dual, rear facing, f2.2 Leica lens. One of them is a 12mp rgb, and the other is a 20mp monochrome. Although you can use them individually you can also use them in combination. When combined you have a 20mp colour file,and the camera takes the light and detail from the monochrome and adds this info into the rgb. The pro mode works as a manual camera, and the low aperture and selective focus means you can create bokeh.
Although the camera is set to shoot in JPEG, if you change the file size to 20mp, you can then adjust to shoot in raw.
These are test photos where I’m practicing how to use and understand the camera. The first three are pro mode, I used an open aperture and manually selected the focus point. The rest where testing light and sharpness.