Assignment 2 – Lighting trials and first results

Having explored the concept and made a few decisions about Assignment 2, it is now possible to formally state what I am doing. My object is to assemble a lightweight, portable and simple 'studio' that can be taken on location to make portraits. For tutor feedback, my initial images are likely to be in friends'... Continue Reading →

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Assignment 2 – Proof of concept; decisions and issues

For assignment 2, I will take my inspiration from Richard Avedon and Clare Strand. Avedon fits the 'vice versa' concept by taking his studio outdoors and simplifying lighting to the use of 'open shade' natural northlight. Strand fits it by using a studio environment to reproduce a stylised form of a location environment. I will... Continue Reading →

Gone Astray

Clare Strand is a conceptual artist who uses photography in her work. Some of her more recent works, such as 'The Happenstance Generator' (2015) and 'The Entropy Pendulum' (2015), explore randomness though the intermediation of mechanical devices acting on photographs. (Brown, 2017) The work that we are directed towards for present study is 'Gone Astray... Continue Reading →

June Street

June Street in Ordsall, Salford was demolished as part of major redevelopment programme in 1975. In 1973, knowing the houses and the community were under threat, Daniel Meadows and Martin Parr (then students at Manchester Polytechnic) contacted residents and photographed a (slightly formal) record of the community. June Street comprised small Victorian terraced houses, representative... Continue Reading →

Charlie and Bert

The Charlie and Bert of the title are not photographers but the subjects/collaborators of two photographers, Julian Germain and Kaylynn Deveney respectively. This posting looks at two superficially similar long-term projects in which the photographer has struck a friendship with an elderly single male subject and made a collaborative document of his life through routine... Continue Reading →

Harry Callahan

Harry Callahan (1912-1999) was an American photographer and teacher at the Institute of Design in Chicago. His major influences are said to be the photographic purism of Ansel Adams (following a lecture at his camera club) and the radical invention of Lazlo Moholy-Nagy (his director at the ID) (Cassidy). His work can be considered as... Continue Reading →

Exercise 2.1 – Laine

This is the final portrait in the 'individual spaces' exercise. It is a semi-corporate portrait of my daughter-in-law, intended for website use. In addition to a head-shot and some still-lifes, Laine wanted an approachable office-environment image. Although working from home, her clients are large business concerns so the background had to look 'office-y' rather than... Continue Reading →

Exercise 2.1 – Kathryn

This is the second portrait in the 'individual spaces' exercise. The sitter is my daughter, Kathryn and the location is her place of work. Kathryn has a History PhD and is an archeological curator with English Heritage based at Dover Castle. Here we see her at the workbenches in one of the stores, surrounded by... Continue Reading →

Exercise 2.2 – Covert

The brief is to produce five portraits of subjects who are unaware they are being photographed. This has been the most difficult project so far, not because of photographic technical issues (which are straightforward) but my personal reactions. This is a voyeuristic exercise, having much in common with stalking. There is an element of deception... Continue Reading →

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