Tuesday, 20 April 2010

12. My Evaluation

I have really enjoyed this project because of not having to write everything down in a sketchbook. It's much more laid back and easier/quicker to do because I'm typing up everything rather than writing it down. It's a lot easier to access, you just need a computer. You don't have to lug a sketchbook around all day, everyday. I also feel that it has been a lot more fitting with our generation (we seem to do everything on the computer). Luckily during this project I have not had the difficulty of having to fix the internet portal thing, I've always had internet connection. Usually my net goes wrong every so often for some stupid reason, but thankfully this hasn't happened in a while. I guess that would be the only draw back to the project that I can think of. You don't rely on electricity if you have a sketchbook.
I have enjoyed having to think of 6 different small projects to upload. That was really fun because I could focus on several different things at once, rather than just one.
If I had more time then I'm not really sure what I would change because I'm pretty much happy with the images I have produced. I probably could have done more for my contextuals though, and I probably shouldn't have continually spelt 'kind of' like 'kinda' and 'going to' like 'gonna' but I'm typing whatever I say in my head, word for word and this is my blog so I don't care ;)
I must admit, I didn't enjoy having to write up loads of things about my images. When I upload them onto something like Facebook I never write anything and I like the fact that I don't have to write anything.
I've found this site very easy to use. It was hard to use at first but after a few times of using it I found it was really simple. It's also really easy to make things simple and tidy. My sketchbooks are never in order or tidy...

Saturday, 3 April 2010

11. My Meanings And Their Meanings

I have come up with some ideas on my own but for a few weeks worth of photographs I have been greatly inspired by such photographers as: Nadav Kander, Daido Moriyama, Mario Testino and David Hockney.
Nadav Kander - For a lot of the portraits I have done I have always heavily manipulated them and I saw Kanders images and thought to myself 'I'd really like to do something like this'. The only thing that was slightly different was that none of my subjects wore make-up but some of Nadav Kanders subjects did.
Daido Moriyama - Just like Daido Moriyama tries to show another side to his home, I have tried to show another side to my home.
David Hockney - I tried to do the same thing as Hockney does, where he makes his subject appear to have several hands/feet etc. and I also succeeded at doing this :)
Ed Freeman - Ed Freeman enhances ordinary buildings so that they might be appreciated rather than going unnoticed. In my series of 'My Door To Door' I have tried to the same, except I have not manipulated my images in any way. For example, the image of the blue and yellow doors is a really nice image but I'm sure a lot of people have simply walked by them not taking any notice.

Friday, 2 April 2010

10. My Chosen Image

You can find my chosen image work by going onto 'Oh No, Not Another Portrait' and finding 'Daido Moriyama' on the Inspirations link. Alternatively click here.

10. My Book List.

Elliot Ewitt - Snaps - 2001 - there was one particular image in this book that I really liked. It was of an old man having a drink at a cafe. Except what made it so different from other images I have so far seen was that this image was part of a series. There were three images and I particularly liked that last one where he had gone and left his cup on the table.
Jeff Dunas - State Of The Blues - 1998 - I especially liked the portraits in this book. When I usually take a portrait image I turn it into black and white. Only once have a done a print in the darkroom and turned it into sepia. Looking through this book has inspired me to try out more sepia portraits.

Fay Goodwin - The Edge Of The Land - 1995
Joe Cornish - First Light - 2006 Richard Strong - Cornwall - 2003 - Looking at these books inspired me to go out and about and take images around Cornwall. I mean, we live in the most beautiful part of England and I wanted to go out and see what I could find.

Mario Testino - Let Me In - 2007 - Click the link on the book list.
Nadav Kander - Beauty's Nothing - 2001 - This book inspired me to take images around my home and was also the starting point for my portraits.
Tom Sulloms - AG:The Interjournals Of Photo Art And Practise - 1998 - There were a few images in this book that I really liked, all from the same series. There were images of a person in an area except the person was a dark out of focus figure.

Tuesday, 30 March 2010

9. My Holga Film.

Okaaay, so I think there is a slight problem with my camera because my images keep being overlapped. Theres like a rattling coming from it and a little screw is missing that usually holds the film in. But apart from that my images have been developed and I am quite happy with the results. I'm planning on scanning them in some time tomorrow and then begin working on them later on in the day.

Sunday, 28 March 2010

8. Untitled.

Today wasn't very eventful. But I have managed to finish taking all the photographs I need to. I've finished taking my holga film which I will get processed tomorrow and then hopefully scan in on thursday. I also took enough photos to make two other joiners. I'm currently working on the one of Kat and Pepe but I have a feeling that that's gonna take me a while to finish. I'm hoping to finish it tomorrow so fingers crossed :)
I thought that seeing as three of my joiners already have people in them I would do another one without any. So I stood in my room and went round and round in a circle taking photographs. I didn't move anything so it is quite messy, but oh well, I'm looking forward to joining it up! Aha, anyway the other one I did in my living room. No idea how that will turn out. I'm planning on starting and finishing these on wednesday. And, in the future I would be very interested in doing joiners again, maybe even for a whole project. It's kinda like making one big jigsaw puzzle.

Friday, 19 March 2010

7. And I Know It Sounds Lame.

But for the film week I've strangely decided to take photographs around my home.
I'm really interested to see how they have turned out. It doesn't sound all that interesting but I sorta figured 'well, I've done a week of houses you can't have a look inside of, why not take photos of a house you can look inside of'.

Oh yeah and I'm like half way through the film (which is a black and white medium format film) and I've got like 6 or so more photos to take. And I'm using my holga...That's about all I can think of right now.

6. My Weekend

Will probably going to consist of mostly photography...
So like, saturday I'm going round Lisa's to take more photographs for my flash film and then if I have time I might also take some photographs of her to make another joiner. That's the plan anyway. On sunday (hopefully) I plan to take photographs of Kat and Pepe to finish off my portrait week. I have a very strong feeling that Kat won't come because she will probably be ill...So if that happens then I will probably either work on my blog, work on my film or take more photographs for the joiner week. Either way, photographic things are gonna happen ;)

Thursday, 18 March 2010

5. It's been over a week.

Since I posted something here.
As the photos go I'm actually up to date still, but I really need to write about them. And write stuff about the meanings...For my portrait week I have asked all my models to not come wearing make-up. I'm like, going for that whole natural look rather than a great big beauty fest. I also have only got rid of really bad spots. I've left moles and all that jazz. It's just, spots aren't great. Besides, they come and go so it's not like I'm getting rid of anything that's permanent. I haven't dressed them up, they have all come wearing whatever they felt like putting on that morning. I also haven't used a white background for any of my subjects. I am planning on continuing this when I do another shoot over the weekend. I just felt like a change.

We've also started doing joiners. Since I did photography last year I have already been introduced to them, and I might even upload the one I did for AS. (That's if I can find it). Because I didn't really enjoy it the last time, I wasn't very keen on the idea of doing it again but I did it again anyway and have found that I really enjoyed putting it together. So...think I've found something else to do for a week.

Monday, 8 March 2010

4. Plans And That.

Hmmm, what to upload this week..
I'm probably going to work on the portraits for a while, and upload them on either the fifth or last week. I only need one more image for the Landscapes, but I think I'm also going to work on the out of focus idea and see how it goes. So, if it goes badly then I can just start off with something else. Simple.
So...Water, Landscapes, Portraits, Buildings and Out Of Focus. Five ideas, just need one more...Ahh well, got plenty of time will just have to keep my eye out.
Roads maybe?

Sunday, 7 March 2010

3. A Little Bit Extra.

Today I went to Port Isaac to try and add to one of my projects.
And to be perfectly honest I'm only happy with one of the images, but I have uploaded a few just to see whether they will grow on me. I'm also gonna look out around where I live and see if I can get a better shot to replace them.
I'm finding it much easier taking photographs for different projects at seperate times rather than starting a new project every week. I've already started on my portrait project, which will probably take more time due to waiting for subjects to be free. I'm hopefully going to be taking more pictures for this particular project next friday.

Sunday, 28 February 2010

2. Week One Went Sorta Like This.

Finally managed to upload one weeks worth.
My first group of photographs has been based around water. I took images of the sea, the foreshore, a river, a reservoir and a harbour. I think that the combination works very well together. It shows how we have manipulated water for our own use and also how it has control over us. For example, Crowdy Reservoir is where everyone in my area gets their water from and the river down at Vallency Valley has been widened due to previous flooding. Whereas, the sea controls when people visit St. Michaels Mount.
I have also uploaded some work in progress. Four under 'Landscapes' and three under 'From Door To Door'. I am planning to go to Port Isaac for more images on buildings as I probably won't go back to St. Ives any time soon.

Thursday, 25 February 2010

1. These Ideas That I Have.

The Brief:

At least five images, every week for the next six weeks.
Okay, so I have a few ideas but I haven't really planned them yet. Seeing as for all the other projects so far, I have always focused on Portraiture, I would like to explore Landscape. But I don't want this whole project to be based purely on the land. Haven't thought of a theme for people yet though.
Currently I have taken a few images at St. Ives, St. Michaels Mount, Tintagel and Padstow and am interested in making more from the same places.
Here are some rough ideas so far:

My Home
Out Of Focus
Portraits - basic ones, without all that make-up.

So let's get it started ;)