Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Project Narrative: Exercise A Narrative Picture Essay

I decided to photograph an event for this exercise and as I had been invited to do the photography of the opening of a new supper club in London I thought it would be the perfect opportunity. The evening was to consist of home cooked food, wine and a series of burlesque performances. It was my role to capture the night and try and convey the ambience and feel of the evening for any future events. 

I got there after the food had been prepared and was just being put out so unfortunately I missed the preparation stages there, although I did get some shots of the girls getting ready to perform (not included for this assignment). I chose my favourite ten pictures from the night that seemed to get across the relaxed and cosy atmosphere and arranged them in Pages with captions. I then took screenshots to upload as images here. 

They tell the story of the night from the pies coming out of the oven, the guests enjoying each others company to the performances and packing up afterwards. Burlesque combines strip tease with comedy and I tried to pick the shots that best sum that up and give a snapshot of five of the six performers routines. Acts ranged from a business woman putting the spark back into her dating life to a nurse contracting a sexy virus to an act based on Canada which involved a sad ending for a toy seal! 

I'm not sure using Pages is the best way to present this narrative, but other than taking a photo of the printed versions arranged on paper I wasn't sure how else to present this. The lighting was very low for the dinner guests and I took candid shots of them without flash to give it more of a dive club feeling. I also wasn't able to use flash during the performances as requested by the promoter so did the best I could with the very mixed lighting. I think if I am being critical of myself what I really missed was any shots of the audience during the performances to show them interacting and enjoying the night.

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