Saturday, November 3, 2012
Tutor Feedback Assignment Four Light
Overall Comments Well done again with this assignment Katie, I get the impression you eventually solved the problems you faced, through a determined methodical approach. The key issues I mentioned within my last feedback report were as follows: Look at the work of Sander / Penn / Weston. Continue reading around the work of the practitioners. Review an exhibitions or gallery visits via the blog. I can see you have made some headway here and was impressed to see your research developing through the submission [IE: Weston / Sanders refs] It would also be useful to start to try and discuss their work when commenting on your own now [IE: critical position] – it is sometimes easier to try and start doing this by perhaps using a relevant quote from somebody you have researched. You can only really achieve this by reading about the works, as well as viewing the prints. This is why the bigger names are easier to research as there has been more written about them within academia. Also … just be very careful when citing references … you have referred to Edward Weston as ‘Watson’ ! A simply enough mistake to make, but this won’t strengthen your argument when trying to convince assessors you know what you are talking about etc. Assignment Feedback This assignment specifically looks at the application of different lighting techniques. IE: Highlighting Shape, Form, Texture etc Your set of images work well together as a series and certainly answer what is essentially a technical exercise. I liked your use of backgrounds, especially when a shorter depth of field had been deliberately selected in order to reduce distraction. [Form 1] The next image [Form 2] does tend to merge into the background somewhat and for me, doesn’t work as well as Texture 1, where you have managed to define the object against the background. The image which had most visual appeal to me was Shape 2, which worked really well as a silhouette. Here the positioning of the object was well thought through and the vignette and double exposure effect really added to the image. Finally Texture 2 was also interesting – especially your comments about ‘shade on a nice day’. I find bright but overcast days are really the best days to photograph on location, as the cloud acts as a huge softbox, avoiding deep shadows and highlights which both film and sensors often struggle with. Take a quick look at the amazing typological work of the Bechers [Bernd and Hilla], who painstakingly record Gas and Water towers …from very specific viewpoints in very specific weather conditions ! Learning Logs/Critical essays Your blog is progressing well and is being updated regularly. Suggested reading/viewing Germain, Julian.2005: For Every Minute You Are Angry You Lose Sixty Seconds Of Happiness. Steidl MACK. Gottingen. Germany ISBN-3: 86521-077-5 Muller, Wolgang.2003: Karat - Sky Over St Petersburg. Nazraeli Press. Tucson USA ISBN-3: 932809-40-8 King, Stephen.2009: Lewis’s Fifth Floor – A Department Story. Liverpool University Press. Liverpool UK ISBN: 978-1-84631-246-5 Billingham, Richard.2000: Ray’s a Laugh. Scalo. Berlin. Germany ISBN-3: 908247-37-3 Follow Up Work Your next assignment deals with ‘Narrative’ or story telling through imagery and I have included some excellent contemporary publications for you to take a look at in direct relation to this. Some will be easier to track down than others but you will find most of them in any University Library that has an Arts and Media Faculty. I would recommend you could try to locate your nearest Uni Library and try to gain access to these publications just for reference [IE: You won’t be able to take them out without being registered as a student with the institution, but you can view them on site as a reader] In addition to this, most of them will have been reviewed on line. I’d like to know your thoughts on these publications for the next assignment if possible. The four key images a picture editor will be looking for in a photostory / essay are as follows: The Establishing Image - In order to place an event, activity or person within context of their environment, it is important to step back to get an overview. For example, if your story is about a small coal mining community in a Welsh valley, you will need to get a shot of that valley in order to set the seen of the location. This image is often referred to as an ‘Establishing Image’ but doesn’t always necessarily have to be the first image in the sequence. This image can often be taken from a high vantage point, thus setting the stage for the rest of the story. It is obviously one of the most important images to get right as the success of what the entire story is trying to communicate can rest upon this one shot. This shot should really not just be of a sign in front of a company declaring what the company do etc … try not to be too obvious. The Action Image - This shot refers to a medium distance image capturing the action or interaction of the people or place that the story is about. Many images fall short within this area, especially if there isn’t an awful lot happening in the story ! The photographer should try and change the vantage point frequently for this image to be effective. Too many images from the same vantage point can be considered visually repetitive and would probably result in the editor removing them from the story. The Portrait Image - Portraits are really important in any story as people are generally interested in people and the viewer will want to identify with the key character or characters of a story. Viewers will generally be drawn towards the portraits unless the action images are particularly exciting / bizarre. The viewer will expect the photographer to have connected with the subjects in the story and the portrait image is a method of showing this connection. Environmental portraits differ from straight head and shoulder portraits in that the character is seen within the location of the story. The Close up or Detail Image - The final category requires the photographer to identify a significant detail within the overall scene. This detail is enlarged to both draw the viewers attention or to increase the amount of information the image offers. The detail shot might offer the viewer the opportunity to read an inscription or clarify a small detail. For example, if the story is about a crafts person that works with their hands, a good detail shot might show a close up of their actual hands, or a detail of an artefact they have made. These shots are quite unique and help to tie a story together, thus avoiding image repetition. Assignment Brief Ideas Commodity – Maybe try to find a local allotment to photograph. Visually they are always very appealing and generally most people are friendly and wouldn’t mind helping with a student project. Light - A day in the life of ….. Try photographing a person you might know in the daily working routine from dawn until dusk. This would represent time through the shifting of daylight. Holidays – Try to uncover an issue that has been deliberately hidden from view or covered up from the perspective of the tourist. This could be an environmental issue hidden away from the pleasant commercial face as seen by the tourists. I’ll look forward to your final assignment Katie, at which point we need to discuss what you should do regarding submitting your work for summative assessment and grading, in order to obtain the credits and move on to the next module.