The images submitted for tutor feedback have come from two of my three shooting sessions. (The second session was unsatisfactory due to ‘working around’ bad weather). I have further sessions arranged, and regard this as an interim submission, to enable me to move forward to Part 3. I am expecting to do rework, and it is likely that the final set of images submitted for assessment will be different from these.
My assignment notes are here. I also submitted 14 pages of contact thumbnails, seen in previous posts, not repeated here. My five prints are:
Reflection against assessment criteria
Technical and visual skills
I am happy with the technical and visual skills, deployed in this exercise. I was able to identify equipment requirements, and source them economically. There was a learning curve, reinforced by experiments previously described, in setting up off-camera flash and balancing it with daylight. There was also a re-learning curve, with the use of manual focus without the microprism or split-circle focusing aids of older cameras.
Quality of outcome
Given the open nature of the assignment, I was able to develop and realise a concept (the portable minimalist studio, with a mix of indoor and outdoor techniques employed. The images fulfil my personal brief, to make the portrait sessions fun for both photographer and sitters. I am satisfied with the technical quality of the images.
I am much happier with my creativity in this exercise than with most of the previous exercises in this and other modules. I had to develop a concept, and realise it. There is an element of risk-taking, which will increase when I branch out to photographing people not previously known to me.
As always, the question of ‘personal voice’ is one for the viewer.
I am happy that I have placed my concept within the context of Avedon, Penn and Strand’s work. My blog postings have followed my journey in some detail.