Goodbye
As the blog started with a “Welcome” I am guessing it should finish with a Goodbye. This is the last post for the “Photography 1: People and Place” course’s blog. The purpose of this post is to reflect over the past two years, how much I learnt and how much my photography has improved.
Coursework submission:
After advice from my tutor there were improvements in the submission of the coursework. Few of the things improved are: white frames on the images (how to do this on photoshop etc), check the display calibration to avoid dark prints, check sharpness for print,  choose matt and not glossy paper (as the glossy leaves fingerprints), use of cd case when submitted with a cover printed on paper, avoid the use of adhesive labels on the cd as this can damage the CD disk on the computer. Avoid to use staples for documents and use plastic/transparency folders instead. When submitting and assignment not to use hard envelop but sent it with amazon or photobox boxes-type instead.
Photographic People:
I took this course as a kind of personal challenge. Before this it was really hard for me to convince people/ friends to pose for me. All started around 2 years ago when I took photos of some of the girls of the Notting hill carnival. I really enjoyed that result and decided to go for the People and Place course one which I was thinking to avoid when I started as a student in the OCA aiming for a BA. Finally, I registered for it and I am more than happy that I did so. The main part of photographing people was working with models. In order to achieve that I start putting castings on model- photographer websites. I started with Starnow.co.uk then used Model Mayhem and more recently PureplePort. I felt that during the last two years many things changed. When I started it was more popular in UK, MM but now there is more activity by UK based models/ Photographers in PP. I also noticed since I relocate in the North (hope not for long more) that models are different here and to be totally honest I enjoyed more working with models in the South. During these past years, I developed the Photographer- Model relationship and I hope that I also develop the portraits I am taking technically, both in composition and in the post production (not extreme plastic look on models though as this not what I want to do, I am more a fan of natural looking models, just removal of spots and some lines in the eyes sometimes if they look really bad). I used to have most of the recent photos in my facebook page but for many reasons at the moment (as on 13-10-2013) I unpublish my facebook page and deactivate my account (I do not know if this temporary or permanent). Also photos of most of the shooting except the most recent ones are in this blog. You can see some of the photos in my portfolio and also in my purpleport portfolio at http://purpleport.com/portfolio/argyrios/
I understand working with models how interesting and rewarding is to photograph people. Some nice moments during the shooting, more nice moments in editing. Of course I did not like all the models I worked with, I tried though and I hope that I achieved it, not to show any negative feelings. That makes me feel that photography is not only about photographic objects or landscapes usually with trying to avoid people on them (most of my photography until this course was like that). Now I believe there should be a balance between people and objects/ Fine Art photography.
This course more than the previous two helped me to develop further my communication skills, which will help me not only in my photography but also in other aspects of my life. This happen not only when I was working with models, but also when I had to ask permission to photograph places or to ask information for events etc.
People Unaware
I also learnt from this course that photographic people without asking them can result in some interesting photos. I understand the effect of having one figure/ person (small or dominant in the photo), many people, people unrecognised etc. How we can use the element of a person to improve and give a character or a tell different story in an landscape photo. Also how the activity of a person or a group of people can be an interesting subject (eg. sense of place - Blackpool photos).
Places
I enjoyed also photographic places. I do not think that it has to do only with the photos, but also with the feeling that I can have access in places where under different conditions I would not allowed to take photos (eg. Waterloo Station London). Also I liked taking photos in museums/ galleries (eg. Saatci Gallery). The interaction between people and the objects in the gallery/ museum can give some interesting results. There, we have to notice possible shapes or colours in the cloths of the people and if this can be combined with elements of the works of arts etc.
Theatrical/ Nightclub Photography
I really enjoyed researching for Theatrical Photography. As I mentioned in relevant assignment people let me down. I really hope that I will have the opportunity in the future to explore this genre of photography.  I also tried Nightclub photography, although some nice photos came out of it, I understand that this is not a genre for me. That was clear to me before trying it, but it worth to give it a go and confirm it.
Events/ Demotix
Before researching for events I was always thinking how photographer found about events to photograph and I was thinking that it might be hard etc but I never actually did my research. It is amazing how many information you can find in the websites of each town. I do not know if it was that time of the year but I noticed when I was doing my research 2-3 months ago that many things were happening. In the future, I will have that in mind. At the moment I am not considering mainly due to the fact I am still unemployed so I cannot afford travelling. Another photographic challenge I was thinking was the possibility to publish any photos in a newspaper/ magazine. This should  not be fine art but photojournalism/ covering events. I tried to sent CV and e-mail to local newspaper but never heard back. When I have seen somebody posting in facebook about demotix I decide to join there. It is better than nothing and there is a small possibility that at some point some of the photos to be published. You can see my profile there at http://www.demotix.com/users/argyrios-georgiadis/profile.
Social Documentary VS Paparazzi
In social documentary I am feeling sometimes a little nervous as I do not like the idea of “stilling” somebody’s photo. I do not like in general when this happens from paparazzi and making the life of famous people difficult (when they do not themselves “fake” the paparazzi photos). My thought and the reason I put this paragraph is that Ignoring the famous factor some paparazzi and social documentary photos can be similar. The main difference between the two is that in Paparazzi photos the important factor is the person whereas in the social documentary it is the depiction of the action by a person. I also think that the social documentary photos will have more importance in the future than today. I noticed that when looking photos from the past when everyday moments of the past becoming interesting for next generation whose life is totally different.
Collections of Photos I like
I also want to put here links to collections of photos I like in few websites (photos by other photographers):
- http://www.modelmayhem.com/list/546761
- http://purpleport.com/viewcollection.asp?id=16600
-https://lensculture.com/collections/6591-argyrios-s-collection
What Next?
I really hope to find a job soon, so I can go to 2nd academic year courses. Everything depends on the job hunting. If I cannot find a job soon I have to go back to greece to do my military service. This will affect my studies here but will see (I will post the link for the blog for the new course when this will happen).
I was not feeling creative for a long time but since I found lensculture website few days ago I start feeling more creative (it helped spending few hours looking nice photos there :)). I was looking for a long time for a website like that. I really like also that I can collect photos I like there. As I mentioned I deactivate my facebook page few days ago and decided to make a personal blog. I do not know how this will evolve but I hope that it will be my main photography website (this was my facebook page for the past 2 or more years). The link to the blog is http://argyriosphotography.blogspot.co.uk/.
There you can also see a list of the models I have worked with and also selective references they left for our collaboration.
As this is an End, I wanted to put a photo I took couple of days ago in this post, I do not know how this will evolve but I hope that it will be a new personal project.
Two final things. One of the most important things I learned in this course is the importance of Research in photography. The final thing I want to say is a Big Thanks to my tutor John Todd for all the support and help over the past 2 years.

Goodbye

As the blog started with a “Welcome” I am guessing it should finish with a Goodbye. This is the last post for the “Photography 1: People and Place” course’s blog. The purpose of this post is to reflect over the past two years, how much I learnt and how much my photography has improved.

Coursework submission:

After advice from my tutor there were improvements in the submission of the coursework. Few of the things improved are: white frames on the images (how to do this on photoshop etc), check the display calibration to avoid dark prints, check sharpness for print,  choose matt and not glossy paper (as the glossy leaves fingerprints), use of cd case when submitted with a cover printed on paper, avoid the use of adhesive labels on the cd as this can damage the CD disk on the computer. Avoid to use staples for documents and use plastic/transparency folders instead. When submitting and assignment not to use hard envelop but sent it with amazon or photobox boxes-type instead.

Photographic People:

I took this course as a kind of personal challenge. Before this it was really hard for me to convince people/ friends to pose for me. All started around 2 years ago when I took photos of some of the girls of the Notting hill carnival. I really enjoyed that result and decided to go for the People and Place course one which I was thinking to avoid when I started as a student in the OCA aiming for a BA. Finally, I registered for it and I am more than happy that I did so. The main part of photographing people was working with models. In order to achieve that I start putting castings on model- photographer websites. I started with Starnow.co.uk then used Model Mayhem and more recently PureplePort. I felt that during the last two years many things changed. When I started it was more popular in UK, MM but now there is more activity by UK based models/ Photographers in PP. I also noticed since I relocate in the North (hope not for long more) that models are different here and to be totally honest I enjoyed more working with models in the South. During these past years, I developed the Photographer- Model relationship and I hope that I also develop the portraits I am taking technically, both in composition and in the post production (not extreme plastic look on models though as this not what I want to do, I am more a fan of natural looking models, just removal of spots and some lines in the eyes sometimes if they look really bad). I used to have most of the recent photos in my facebook page but for many reasons at the moment (as on 13-10-2013) I unpublish my facebook page and deactivate my account (I do not know if this temporary or permanent). Also photos of most of the shooting except the most recent ones are in this blog. You can see some of the photos in my portfolio and also in my purpleport portfolio at http://purpleport.com/portfolio/argyrios/

I understand working with models how interesting and rewarding is to photograph people. Some nice moments during the shooting, more nice moments in editing. Of course I did not like all the models I worked with, I tried though and I hope that I achieved it, not to show any negative feelings. That makes me feel that photography is not only about photographic objects or landscapes usually with trying to avoid people on them (most of my photography until this course was like that). Now I believe there should be a balance between people and objects/ Fine Art photography.

This course more than the previous two helped me to develop further my communication skills, which will help me not only in my photography but also in other aspects of my life. This happen not only when I was working with models, but also when I had to ask permission to photograph places or to ask information for events etc.

People Unaware

I also learnt from this course that photographic people without asking them can result in some interesting photos. I understand the effect of having one figure/ person (small or dominant in the photo), many people, people unrecognised etc. How we can use the element of a person to improve and give a character or a tell different story in an landscape photo. Also how the activity of a person or a group of people can be an interesting subject (eg. sense of place - Blackpool photos).

Places

I enjoyed also photographic places. I do not think that it has to do only with the photos, but also with the feeling that I can have access in places where under different conditions I would not allowed to take photos (eg. Waterloo Station London). Also I liked taking photos in museums/ galleries (eg. Saatci Gallery). The interaction between people and the objects in the gallery/ museum can give some interesting results. There, we have to notice possible shapes or colours in the cloths of the people and if this can be combined with elements of the works of arts etc.

Theatrical/ Nightclub Photography

I really enjoyed researching for Theatrical Photography. As I mentioned in relevant assignment people let me down. I really hope that I will have the opportunity in the future to explore this genre of photography.  I also tried Nightclub photography, although some nice photos came out of it, I understand that this is not a genre for me. That was clear to me before trying it, but it worth to give it a go and confirm it.

Events/ Demotix

Before researching for events I was always thinking how photographer found about events to photograph and I was thinking that it might be hard etc but I never actually did my research. It is amazing how many information you can find in the websites of each town. I do not know if it was that time of the year but I noticed when I was doing my research 2-3 months ago that many things were happening. In the future, I will have that in mind. At the moment I am not considering mainly due to the fact I am still unemployed so I cannot afford travelling. Another photographic challenge I was thinking was the possibility to publish any photos in a newspaper/ magazine. This should  not be fine art but photojournalism/ covering events. I tried to sent CV and e-mail to local newspaper but never heard back. When I have seen somebody posting in facebook about demotix I decide to join there. It is better than nothing and there is a small possibility that at some point some of the photos to be published. You can see my profile there at http://www.demotix.com/users/argyrios-georgiadis/profile.

Social Documentary VS Paparazzi

In social documentary I am feeling sometimes a little nervous as I do not like the idea of “stilling” somebody’s photo. I do not like in general when this happens from paparazzi and making the life of famous people difficult (when they do not themselves “fake” the paparazzi photos). My thought and the reason I put this paragraph is that Ignoring the famous factor some paparazzi and social documentary photos can be similar. The main difference between the two is that in Paparazzi photos the important factor is the person whereas in the social documentary it is the depiction of the action by a person. I also think that the social documentary photos will have more importance in the future than today. I noticed that when looking photos from the past when everyday moments of the past becoming interesting for next generation whose life is totally different.

Collections of Photos I like

I also want to put here links to collections of photos I like in few websites (photos by other photographers):

- http://www.modelmayhem.com/list/546761

- http://purpleport.com/viewcollection.asp?id=16600

-https://lensculture.com/collections/6591-argyrios-s-collection

What Next?

I really hope to find a job soon, so I can go to 2nd academic year courses. Everything depends on the job hunting. If I cannot find a job soon I have to go back to greece to do my military service. This will affect my studies here but will see (I will post the link for the blog for the new course when this will happen).

I was not feeling creative for a long time but since I found lensculture website few days ago I start feeling more creative (it helped spending few hours looking nice photos there :)). I was looking for a long time for a website like that. I really like also that I can collect photos I like there. As I mentioned I deactivate my facebook page few days ago and decided to make a personal blog. I do not know how this will evolve but I hope that it will be my main photography website (this was my facebook page for the past 2 or more years). The link to the blog is http://argyriosphotography.blogspot.co.uk/.

There you can also see a list of the models I have worked with and also selective references they left for our collaboration.

As this is an End, I wanted to put a photo I took couple of days ago in this post, I do not know how this will evolve but I hope that it will be a new personal project.

Two final things. One of the most important things I learned in this course is the importance of Research in photography. The final thing I want to say is a Big Thanks to my tutor John Todd for all the support and help over the past 2 years.

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Assignment five: People and Place, on Assignment (Resubmission)- Part 2 (submitted June 2013)

Photo 7 (DSC_1219)

I have noticed how full of life was this old lady. From her face you can tell that she is really old, however her cloths and hat express the younger part of herself which is still alive. That right hand is higher was a trial to snap her dancing. I think that maybe a different position of me or If I had taken the photo few moments before the final photo would have been more interesting.

Photo 8 (DSC_1234)

I like this moment. It shows the relationship with the disabled lady and the dog. I liked that they put this green thing on the dog and make it a part of the parade. I slightly crop the initial one.

Photo 9 (DSC_1237)

Another moment I like. This guy was the soul of the parade. He was dancing all the time full of energy. He was looking like he was feeling more comfortable with this make up and cloths than the “everyday clothes”. Although I took several photos of him I prefer to submit this image as I like the combination of the cameraman on the front as it is like the photo can tell a story here.

Photo 10 (DSC_1264)

Although this guy has this big colourful dress I noticed that most of the times I tried to photograph him his face was sad. This is the only photo he looks more happy. Although he looks like being a part of the crowd here “hiding” behind the lady I think that fits him better, it is like it shows that he is more happy that he belongs in the parade and he feels more accepted in this group of people.

Photo 11 (DSC_1268)

I prefer to submit this photos from the couple than the rejected one as I like the body language of the guy on the left and also his happy face. I also preferred it as is on shade. Again here maybe a different composition would possibly give us a slightly better image (but again when the people are keep moving in  parade that is not always easy).

Photo 12 (DSC_1274)

Last but not least. I like this photo. Like her hair and how the tattoos look. She was also pushing a kind of wheelchair which helping her in walking. That’s would make the photo even more interesting but she posed there just for a second for me and after that she disappeared from the parade. The background is slightly distracting but still I really like this photo.

Rejected photos

I took more than 200 snaps during the event. However I edit only around 30. I will discuss here only those photos out of the 30 that I did not include in the Assignment.

DSC_1099: I like the idea of this photo in general. The girls with the short dresses in contrast to the manikin of the Christ behind. However, I felt that something is wrong with it. The bag on the bottom right, for example and I cannot crop as I will also have to crop the banner which I think adds a lot in the photo. Also maybe it would be better if the girls will be focused and manikin out of focus (opposite as it is).

DSC_1101: this is not bad. I just have to select a specific number of photos and so have to reject some. If I had this among the selected I would have cropped it a little.

DSC_1104: This is also not bad. However, I prefer the other one of the couple I submitted (Photo 11).

DSC_1113: Photo 1, uncropped

DSC_1117: Interesting character, but I felt that something is missing

DSC_1124: Photo 2, uncropped

DSC_1130: not bad, among the final selects but again though that other are better

DSC_1132: same as 1130

DSC_1137: not a bad one. Would be better if I was more on the right to have eye contact with him

DSC_1146: again not a bad one. Among the final selects

DSC_1159: A nice photo. However, I think this one  does not fit with the general brief I decided to go for. It would be better for a front page of a local newspaper covering the event and also inform about the activities/ actions of the mayor

DSC_1173: similar to 1159

DSC_1196: again similar to the previous two photos

DSC_1199: this would be better if he/she looked at me or if I had captured a different pose

DSC_1200: a nice one. among the final selects

DSC_1240: same as 1200

DSC_1247: this is not bad in general. However I think it is something wrong with the composition

DSC_1276: an interesting one. among the final ones

DSC_1280: a nice photo and moment but I think again it would be better for a different brief as the only element that inform us that it is a pride event is the tie

Short Written Assessment

The clients Briefing

I preferred to put this before the photos

A statement of how you set about planning the photography

As described in the introduction I did more research this time. Initially I check local tourist information websites for town/cities close to me. Once I found the event I checked also the information required to be sure I would be there on time and in the correct place etc

How well you succeeded, including the difficulties and opportunities you encountered that you had not anticipated at the outset

In general I am happy with the result. The main difficulty was the lighting, as usually when I am doing shootings with models or photographic people I try to work not in direct sun light. I just want to make a final comment. When I found the Demotix website I decided to try to photograph more events etc. For this reason before gone to visit the National Media Museum I checked for events etc. It was the last day of the Bradford festival and as it was really close to the museum I decided to take some photos. You can see them at http://t.co/SBRJyMzCxR. Comparing the two events, I noticed that there are more dynamic photos in the Bradford photos. I tried to understand why this parameter missing from the Blackpool photos. I believe that this is due to the nature of the events and sometimes acting/dancing etc can give more dynamic images than a Pride Parade where the characters are more interesting and the way they are dressed/ expressing themselves. 

Assignment five: People and Place, on Assignment (Resubmission)- Part 1 (submitted June 2013)

Initial thoughts

For reasons explained in the tutor report I had to resubmit my final assignment. I had several thoughts for that including a series of portraits of models, covering possible outdoor events, do something similar to As. 4 but for a different town and finally if nothing of the previous work to go for a possible series of photos for places which is the second part of the course.

Planning

I start checking for local events which I can possibly cover. What impressed me from this research is how many local events happening and how well updated are the tourist information websites for each town. In the past I was wondering how I can find local events and was thinking that it is hard, however I never tried to do so. The first event I was trying to cover was the  “Super Custom and Classic Bike and Motor Vehicle Show” in Nelson. I have gone there but not so exited for the photographic opportunities so I gave up and understand that I needed to find a different event. The second event I was planning to photograph was the “Manchester Carnival Parade”, unfortunately though I was having a really bad cold on that day which kept me on bed. Finally, I find about the Pride Festival in Blackpool. I checked online the details of the event about the starting point and time. I arrived around an hour before the start, asked the organisers about the route and also gone to the Blackpool Tourist information canter to ask for further information. It was a really bright sunny day and the reason I asked was to check if there was any part of the parade that would be in shade. It is funny that although I miss sun being Greek, however when I take photos I prefer a cloudy bright sky to have uniform, diffused by the clouds light.

Research

As I finally understand that the events can give me possibly more interesting photos, I concentrated my research on Photojournalism/ social documentary photography.

Books

I had two books for photojournalism which I tried to browse for inspiration

- Andy Steel, (2006), “The World’s Top Photographers and the stories behind their greatest images: Photojournalism”, Rotovision SA

- Kenneth Kore, (2004),”Photojournalism, The Professionals’ Approach”, 5th edition, Focal Press

Website

A “friend” in facebook shared a story from a website called Demotix. When I click to see what it was I found that is a network for freelance photojournalists. I really like this idea register as a user and again checked it for inspiration. However, the quality of the photos is not the best, it is interesting to check what subjects can be interesting for a publisher and also for inspiration for possible events I can cover in the future.

Looking to the work of other photographers

We change some e-mails with my tutor discussing possible ideas for re-submission. My tutor mentioned again the photographers Peter Dench  and Martin Parr both of whom I discussed in the past. As I found their work really interesting I ask my tutor how I can find more photographers like them and he suggested the following photographers

- Tony Ray-Jones, Lee Friedlander, Gary Winograd, Henri Cartier-Bresson,  Daniel Meadows, Chris Killip and Tom Wood.

I start researching about them.

- Tony Ray-Joneshttp://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/spl/hi/picture_gallery/04/in_pictures_the_english_by_tony_ray_jones_/html/1.stm

I remember seeing photo 4 of this link in “The Genius of Photography” book. Again as my tutor mentioned in that e-mail it is clear the influence of Ray-Jones to Parr and Dench.

-Lee Friedlander

In google search for this photographer I found this post in a blog which is really interesting

http://erickimphotography.com/blog/2013/03/29/10-lessons-lee-friedlander-has-taught-me-about-street-photography/

one of the points the guy mentions is ” Know that in street photography we have little to no control of how a photograph turns out. However there are a few things we can control: where to stand and when to click the shutter.”  Having done many shootings with models where I more or less decide to be on the shade if it is a bright light, I was feeling really uncomfortable that I have to take the photos in bright UK sunlight for the Gay Pride in Blackpool, however as the author of the blog post says we can just choose where to stand and try to do our best for the current lighting/ weather conditions.

Also in this blog there was a with more work by Friedlander athttp://fraenkelgallery.com/ and specifically athttp://fraenkelgallery.com/portfolios/category/lee-friedlander

In the 1960s portfolio while browsing the photos, two of the photos make me stop and look at them for more time the “Topless Bridesmaid” and the “Baltimore”. The Baltimore reminds me the Red light district area in Amsterdam. I do not if this lady is a prostitute but also having the poster on the left and having her sitting behind the glass gives me this feeling. Also, it is really interesting where the “Diners Club” sticker is placed. Furthermore, his 1960s Self Portraits are really interesting. He is taking it a step further than the standard self-portrait without though using any extreme editing. I am saying that in contrast to the current self-portrait photographers who use a lot of photoshop to tell an interesting story. Some interesting photos also in the 1970’s including  ”Western United States”, ” Cambridge Mass” and “Pomona”. The simplicity of these photos make them really interesting. Especially the last one, I do not know the reason, but the two top roses feel like they are “eyes” looking at me.  In the “America by car” series the “Pennsylvania” (guy on the back and the reflection of the lady in the mirror) and the “Nebraska” (framing) are really interesting. Some interesting portraits in the “At work” series. Some of the photos gave me the feeling like it is a photo taken from the camera of a laptop. Although, due to how old are the photos and how good is the quality that was not possible, I just mean that the point of view reminds “self-portraits” taken by the laptop camera for facebook or skype profiles etc. The “Letter from the people” can be inspiring for a personal project. I was surprised by the title. I like how he used creatively in his “Manikin” series the reflections (instead of trying to avoid them). I did not like his “Nude” collection, maybe there is a kind of generation gap or in general I do not think when/if I will do nude that they will be this way. I prefer sometimes implied nude etc.  In “Stick and Stones”, the ” Baton Rouge” gives a feel of the total loneliness. A chair sitting in an empty apart from it, shop’s window. There is the reflection of the photographer and a car but still it takes few seconds to notice them. “The little Screens” is another idea for a possible personal project. Some interesting photos in his series.

I decided to check also the other photographers represented by this gallery/ website.

http://fraenkelgallery.com/portfolios/category/robert-adams

Starting from Robert Adams, I think the most interesting and relevant to this project work series is the ” Our Lives and Our Children”. Although most of the photos are really interesting we can notice that technically there are some problems with them. It is really interesting that we cannot find any technical issues in any of the other series. The only possible explanation for this is based in my own experience. Sometimes when I take photos on the street and I do not want the people to understand that I am photographing them,  due to my stress I tend to take the camera down faster that I should and that results in not so sharp portraits (this very seldom happens when I am doing shootings with models or the person I am taking photos is aware of me as a photographer).

http://fraenkelgallery.com/portfolios/category/grannan-katy-2

I think I have seen some of Katy Grannan work in Saatchi Gallery when I have visited to take photos for As. 3. However, there are many photos in these link I have not seen in the past. Really interesting portrait, looking to her work can be the start of long discussions. I think the most interesting thing in her work is the choice of her subjects. The choice of the people she photograph and the emotions coming from them.

http://fraenkelgallery.com/artists/richard-learoyd

Some interesting portraits also by Richard Learoyd. There is a feeling of sadness on his subject or they look lost in their thoughts. Even in his nudes, there is nothing socking or pornographic. They just make you thing what their subject thinking or we just observe the form of the body as an object.

http://fraenkelgallery.com/portfolios/category/christian-marclay

Find his photographic work interesting.

http://fraenkelgallery.com/portfolios/category/meatyard-ralph-eugene-2

Mainly like the “Lucybelle Crater” as I always find it interesting when photographers use masks either in portraiture or in self-portraits. Also, I like some photos in the “Romances” series.

http://fraenkelgallery.com/portfolios/category/misrach-richard-2

Some interesting landscapes here. However, what I like more is the “On the Beach Series”. Like the idea that most of the photo is empty beach or sea with one or two people who are more like a dot in the photo (reminds me also one of my photos for the As. 4 from Blackpool).

http://fraenkelgallery.com/portfolios/category/nixon-nicholas-2

Really like the “Brown Sisters”. If we look in just one of the photos, maybe there is nothing interesting on it. However, looking how the sisters change from 1975 to 2012 is what makes this project exiting (need a lot of patience from the photographer’s side to see how a project like that evolves).

Furthermore, I like his “People” series, just in some cases it feels that there are many people in the photos which gives me a feeling like “I need to breath”, a claustrophobic feeling. Also, I think there is a nice connection between the “Close” and “New Work” series. In the Close it is more self-portraits (I am guessing as in the title it says self) and in the “New Work” it has photos with his pet and his partner. Both of this series are close photos, I like the texture on them and how sharp is everything. I think that also the choice of the colour and Black and White should not be random. I do not know if I have done the same way as he did, but it is an interesting approach.

http://fraenkelgallery.com/portfolios/category/winogrand-garry-2

The first second after clicking on the link I thought that Garry Winogrand would perfectly fit in the list my tutor sent me, after checking the names he was !!! (most of the photos here are interesting and connected to the social documentary/ street photography project).

This is the last photographer I like in this Gallery. (I think I mentioned Diane Arbus in one of my previous reports that’s why I did not comment here).

- Daniel Meadows:

Slightly confused with his website, so I just checked some of the images on the image search in google.

- Henri Cartier-Bresson

http://www.magnumphotos.com/C.aspx?VP3=CMS3&VF=MAGO31_10_VForm&ERID=24KL53ZMYN

Looking to some of the photos in the magnum website I think I have seen some of them, either online or in the books I read. My two favourites are “FRANCE. Paris. Place de l’Europe. Gare Saint Lazare. 1932” and “Martine’s Legs. 1967”

- Chris Killip

http://lejournaldelaphotographie.com/fullscreen/5919

I think my favourite here is the girl with chair on the back and the see in the background.

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Few other links to work of other photographers I liked and shared in my photography page in facebook over the past few weeks and after the 1st submission for As. 5.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/behold/2013/06/17/jane_hilton_precious_is_a_series_of_intimate_portraits_of_women_who_work.html

A series of photos of ladies working legally as prostitutes. My favourite one is Sunny Star.

http://www.lifo.gr/team/omorfia/39000

A series of photos when the photographer photographing his daughter and in photoshop she makes her “doing” things a baby cannot due in a humoristic manner.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/06/paul-octavious-pantone-swatch-photos_n_3396969.html?utm_hp_ref=arts

A series of photos where the photographer matches colours to everyday life scenes.

http://www.lifo.gr/team/omorfia/38892

A series of photos were models pose with their mothers. I think we can say a lot for the character of the models and their relationship to their mothers.

http://www.lifo.gr/team/omorfia/38820

Photos by Ryan Florig, some of this fit in the social documentary/ street photography genre.

 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/28/izima-kaoru-landscape-with-a-corpse-staged-death-scenes_n_3345522.html?utm_hp_ref=arts#slide=2502422

An interesting series of portraits where the photographer/ artist creates staged death portraits.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/24/stripper-photos-bronwen-park-rhodes_n_3331524.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000008

A series of photos of strippers when they are not in work.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/evelyne-politanoff/anja-niemi-starlets_b_3322367.html?utm_hp_ref=arts&ncid=edlinkusaolp00000009

A combination of self portraits and narration.

http://www.lifo.gr/team/omorfia/38464

A series of portraits of women who had mastectomy after breast cancer. It is really interesting when photography is used as a mean to pass a message and to help/ support people.

 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/16/optical-illusion-photos-erik-johansson_n_3274325.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000008

A series of optical illusion photos (a lot of photoshop but some nice photos here)

http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/05/16/healing-in-the-aftermath-of-massacre/

Again a case in which photography is used to pass a message and explore how people feel after the mass killing in Norway around two years ago.  My favourite from this photos is the 1st one in the story. Although she has the scars, her eyes are so beautiful which makes you ignore the scars on her back.

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Visit to National Media Museum

 The last photographer my tutor ask me to check is Tom Wood. He also informed that he had an exhibition until the 16th of June in the National Media Museum. Since I relocated in Bradford I wanted to visit the Museum, but never motivated myself, so this was a good excuse.

I kept some notes:

- I was reading the texts which are close to the photos. It is encouraging that he mentioned that he was feeling shy and guilty about photographic strangers, and although these feeling he achieved so many nice photos. I am feeling the same way, so I can empathise with that. On the other hand, I was thinking as know I am feeling more comfortable in shootings with models, maybe by practising I can improve also my skills on taking photos of strangers. These does not applies in case of events like the parade because in this case it is like there is an “unwritten agreement” between the photographer and the participants of the events.

-Going back to the photos, I find interesting the way his subjects were looking to the camera. His subject look full of thoughts and sometimes like something worries them. These of type of expression it is not easily faked in a shooting with a model.

- Another thought I had during my visit is how everyday moments becoming interesting when photographed and especially if few years passed (This was when I was looking to the photos he took inside public transport)

- The last thought I had is how stronger images become when you group them together. An example of that was when they group together the photos of the ladies sleeping in the country side.

One of my favourite photos is the NTLEMEN, Cowley, Oxford, 1973 © Tom Wood. You can see this photo at http://www.ilex-press.com/2013/03/march-exhibition-roundup/

Brief

Photos have to be taken to cover the Parade of the Blackpool Pride Festival for a Sunday Newspaper Magazine. The article would be a part of series which documents moments of events of the LGBT communities happening in different parts of the UK.

Before start describing the photos  I want to mentioned that I apologize in case I will use he or she in a wrong way etc as due to the nature of the event sometimes the genre of the person photographed is not clear to me and any description does not have any critical or bad feeling behind.

Photo 1 (DSC_1113)

I like that this lady although she was disable she participated in the Parade, wearing this wig. I slightly cropped it. I want mainly the attention to her and not to the people standing behind. An alternative approach would have been to wait for a moment when she would have been alone. I do not know if the CAB here has a different meeting in slang

Photo 2 (DSC_1124)

When I show her with this glasses I thought that I have to take of photo of her. I cropped the initial photo. This is the best I manage to take of her. It would be better if she had had a better expression. But still I think it is a nice combination of her wearing this glasses and the pier with the sea in the background. I am not happy that in the print, her face is not so sharp.

Photo 3 (DSC_1126)

I really like her tattoo, her skin also was really beautiful and hence this dress was really flattering for her. Another thing I like in this photo is how the pattern of the pink in her dress fits with the pattern of the dress with the pattern of the rose in the bottom of her tattoo. Also although it is a portrait from the back, we have seen photos from the back also by Parr and others photographer described above if this point of view gives a more interesting photo.

Photo 4 (DSC_1149)

The interesting thing in this photo is the message on the back of the T-shirt of the guy with the camera. It says “Police With Pride”. I remembered that I watched few weeks ago a video by the police, where policemen and policewomen openly say that they were gay and lesbians and that they are there to support also members from LGBT communities. I do not think that this is something can happen in all the countries.  

Photo 5 (DSC_1183)

 While some other events were taken place I notice this lady. I like her expression. Also I liked that her clothes were normal but her face and hair were painted by the colours of the pride. I was thinking initially to crop the photo as I was mainly having in mind to concentrate the attention on her. However, during the editing I noticed the children in both of her sides. Leaving them there, I think that made the image even stronger.

Photo 6 (DCS_1219)

What I noticed in this lady is how she was keep flirting with the camera and was really happy that I was trying to take a photo of her. I have taken more than one photos. I kept this one as her pose is interesting and also she is on the shade. It was a part of the parade on a road between buildings and just for  1-2 meters of the road there was a shade (sun behind the building which was behind me).

 

Assignment five: People and Place, on Assignment

(Submitted May 2013, tutor ask to resubmit, check tutor reports)

Introduction:

For this Assignment we need to imagine a brief a client gave us and take photos which will cover this brief. The only restriction in that the subject should be from the People and Place course, which means people and/or the places they inhabit.

Initial thoughts:

I had several thoughts for his project. The initial decision was if I would choose people or places. I decided to go for people. Another thought was about the subject. I thought to go for theatrical photography as this failed in the past. But I worried if people let me down again.

The other thought was to taking a series of photos of models. Ideally, I was thinking to take photos of one model with 8 different styles. But again I was worrying that a model might let me down as it happens in the past.

I decided to do a series of shootings with different models and was aiming for a photo per shooting. When I share this thought with my tutor he suggested to try to contact local fashion company or shop and collaborating. I liked this idea and tried to contact some local companies but I did not get any response from them.

After few days one of the models I worked in Preston few weeks ago, sent me a message and asked me if I wanted to be a photographer in one of their projects in University of Central Lancashire. Initially I said I was unavailable, but as I unfortunately I resign from my job, so I was available to work for students’ project. This was a collaboration with Debenhams and it was ideal as a ‘live brief’ for assignment 5.

Research

After the initial brainstorming I was planning to do some research relevant to final brief. However, as the invitation from the model and the shooting itself was just a last minute decision  (after quitting my job etc) my research is mainly concentrated to the photos I noticed during this period and for inspiration/ thoughts on what’s is happening after the end of this course about my photography.

 

 

Looking to the work of other photographers

Roman Sakovich

Seen his work at  http://www.lifo.gr/team/omorfia/36603 (the work is his website http://www.romansakovich.co.uk/work/half/#.UYakw6JOOLS )

In the portraits we can see half of the self before and after the use of drugs. A lot of thoughts can come from this series. I really like when the photos can pass a message.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/07/pop-culture-art-history-hillary-white-paintings_n_2813710.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000008

In this post of Huffington post we have a recreation of some classical painting with cartoon characters; it is more painting than photography but can also be inspiring.

http://www.isaac.alg-a.org/Eclispses-de-cemento-Galeria-JM

I think I have  seen his work in the past. Some of the pages I follow in facebook shared one photo of this collection. It is more combinations of miniature sculpture and fine art photography. I find always inspiring this kind of art and I know that I can achieve some similar, however I need to find a character with which I can connect and either I can buy from a toy shop or be and object from my everyday life etc (an egg or a lemon for example).

 http://www.wired.com/rawfile/2012/02/objects-come-to-life-with-photographers-bent-sense-of-humor/?pid=1776

Similar to the previous link.

http://dpshots.com/photo-inspiration/conceptual-photography.html

While looking for inspiration (not all of them are good but some of them are interesting).

http://www.julienmauve.com/HopelessRomantic

I like this work. I am thinking that in order to achieve a result like that apart from possible technical difficulties (both equipment and cost sometimes of materials needed to create a different reality) I need to have a strong connection with the model. I do not think I can achieve a result like that with a model I just found online and work for first time with. I mean when there is something more to be told than a nice photo, the camera will notice if there is no connection between the photographer and the model/ models.

http://www.julienmauve.com/BackToChildhood

Same photographer. Similar thoughts.

http://prisonphotography.org/2013/04/08/the-surface-of-things-matt-rainwaters-gitmo-media-tour-and-prison-interview-room-portraits/

I like some times the idea of taking photos in places we cannot easily access. Like prisons/ war etc. I do not know If I am strong enough to overcome the restrictions and be able to visit this places but I think given the opportunity I can produce an interesting result. I was thinking of prison photography and found the link above. Some of the photos are not technically correct. I know that in these cases the quality of the photos is not the important factor, but it would be  better if they were also technically correct.

http://www.vogue.co.uk/news/2013/02/13/norman-parkinson-photography-national-theatre-exhibition-preview—-pictures/gallery/927144

If I remember correctly it was on 21st of April dedicated to him the google daily cartoon, and I google search about him. Interesting work. Sometimes, it gives me the feeling that some photos are so old and so contemporary the same time. Maybe this happens with great photographers.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/02/jonathan-hobin-photos-in-the-playroom-recreates-americas-darkest-hours-with-children-photos_n_3200741.html?utm_hp_ref=arts&ncid=edlinkusaolp00000008#slide=2403377

Another interesting post by Huffington post. Thoughts similar to previous links. Sometimes we need to have access to equipment/ facilities which do cost and need more time and commitment/ connection with models. A lot of discussions can be started with each of this photo. Also, we can see how stronger a series of photos is than each single of these photos.

http://www.photo-originale.com/fr/galerie-photo-originale-les-photographes.html?page=shop.browse&category_id=82

I have seen some of the photos in the news letters from this Gallery and search to put a link in this report. The photos on the newsletter were entitled “the mask”. I really like the idea  that the mask is not a real mask but a transparent (plastic ??) sheet with colours on the top. After that I checked his website http://www.dinobaranzelli.com. Good quality portraits under the “beauty” collection. In the “portraits” collection some of them are not focussed which I do not know if he did on purpose (if so I do not understand why) as he seems to be a good studio photographer in general.

http://style.time.com/2013/03/21/cindy-twiggy-naomi-and-more-fashion-portraits-from-a-british-icon/

Here we can see photos by  Terence Donovan. Another link for an important fashion photographer.

Most of the photos are of good quality. Some of them are not great (but he should have in mind that they are 50-60 years ago). Photo 12 out of 26 is not so good. Underexposed face, not sharp, not great colours. (feels strange to be critical to important photographers).

http://www.lifo.gr/team/omorfia/37250

A link to a greek website. It is an interesting series of photos about different use of the mask around the world.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wojQuAnBFb4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ZFYuyYhKg8

Both the links are for advertisements for a perfume (same product different years), really interesting photography one them

‘The missing Blackpool picture:’ (suggestion in tutor’s report for previous assignment)

Checking the work of Maciej Dakowicz, I understand and agree with the tutor that in order to show the full character of Blackpool I should spent sometime overnight and capture few images of drunken people. I am sure that there would be a lot of interesting photographic opportunities. Also I know, that what stop me from capturing them was not that I did not have the skills (although it is harder overnight) but that as a person I avoid being outside overnight especially in a town I do not have a friend and know that it is not the safest place in the world. Although sometimes it is easier to convince drank people to take photos of them than sober. (i know that I submitted a not successful submission few months ago with photos from a Greek carnival night, however I was always feeling more safe in Guildford)

Brief

A group of students from Fashion and Brand Promotion at University of Central Lancashire need to take some photos of a model wearing clothes from Debenhams Preston. The style is clothes from 60s. 6 different outfits will be used. The makeup will be natural. The shooting will be outdoor in different locations close to Preston town centre. The photos will be framed and displayed in the restaurant of Debenhams in Preston. The students have to arrange finding the model, make-up, hair. I was the second photographer and my job was to try to take a photo with each style and location. Finally, the client in this case is the Debenhams shop in Preston which will possibly use the photos to promote the cloths they sell. The images will be used as large poster in the shop.

Shooting Details:

Location: Preston, UK

Date: 07/03/2013

Team:

Model: Katie Ramsey,

Hair: Sophie Van-Boyd
Make up: Urban Decay Preston
Crew: Charlotte Helen Gregory, Francesca Edmonds, Keara Lynch, Ailsa Marie-Taylor, Rebecca J Sharples (RJS, the student who invited me to this shooting)

Photo 1

F-stop: f/4.2, Exposure time 1/100 sec, ISO 200, Focal Length: 62 mm

I am really glad for this photo. I think it is better than without the coat (see rejected photos). Also I think it was better that the model do not look at me. As I was not the main photographer the model in most of the photos did not look at me. Maybe the tree on the back is a little distracting. I think this has to do also with my angle of viewing, maybe the main photographer did not have this problem. I need to mention that this was the first time I was working with a team and I was really careful not to be a problem for the main photographer. Also, as this was the 1st outfit, It took me few minutes to make the situation my comfort zone and hence I was not that fast and did not take some photos before that. Also I could not asked them to stay longer just for me.

Photo 2

F-stop: f/4.8, Exposure time 1/100 sec, ISO 200, Focal Length: 102 mm

This is the second outfit. I did not like the location in this one. I really like the dress though. In the rejected photos you can see a plant. I mentioned that I do not like the plant and tried to crop to avoid the column. However, again as it was not my shooting but a team work I had to respect and follow their guidance. I really like how beautiful she looks in this one, I think the dress fits with the columns on the back. Again, I think If I was more on the right I could achieve a better result. When the other photographer gone to prepare some lighting he was using I try to take some more snaps (with me more on the right) but still I think this is the best among them. Just to be a little critical with myself in this one the white balance/  colour might needed to be slightly different.

Photo 3

F-stop: f/4.2, Exposure time 1/125 sec, ISO 200, Focal Length: 62 mm

 For this one instead of being in the same level with the model I gone in a higher lever to have and was lying on the road to get this angle. I really like the patterns on the dress.

Photo 4

F-stop: f/4.2, Exposure time 1/80 sec, ISO 200, Focal Length: 60 mm

This one was not planned in the brief. We have seen a old lady passing with two dogs like this one. So the same moment looking to her with the model who invited me to join the team and we look each other and propose if we can use the dogs. So we start running behind her and after explaining what we are doing we asked if we can use both dogs in the photo. She agreed. However, the other dog was not so collaborative and we kept only this one. I preferred that she did not have eyed contact in this one as it is more like catching a moment than posing, which in this case I think it is better. One thing I do not like in the photo is the position of the right hand. I think it would be better if she carried the door, I was looking to the rejected photos I noticed that I have some where she was caring the door but I reject them for other reasons during editing.

 Photo 5

F-stop: f/4.5, Exposure time 1/125 sec, ISO 200, Focal Length: 98 mm

Happy with this in general. Like the dress again. Just a though while writing the report. She looks really thoughtful in this photo and I do not know if it really fits with the brief. However, we can see in other commercial photos models with deadpan, thoughtful or sometimes not so appealing expressions. To be critical, the vertical line on the left can be distractive, also noticed a little circle looks like dust on the top of this line, should have removed with the spot healing brush in photoshop.

Photo 6

F-stop: f/4.2, Exposure time 1/125 sec, ISO 200, Focal Length: 70 mm

 Looking in this one, I do not know if it is the best idea to place her with this dress in front of the yellow door. Also I am not so sure about the pose but look better among the reject ones. To be critical I should has also deleted the white dot (dirt) on the top right glass.

Photo 7 

F-stop: f/4.5, Exposure time 1/100 sec, ISO 200, Focal Length: 100 mm

Happy with this in general. I do not know how we could use the fountain in more interesting way. Looking to the rejected one I think the ones where she was carrying her hair tail and I think this was close to the Debenhams style but I do not like from the angle I was the fountain on the back.

Photo 8

F-stop: f/4.2, Exposure time 1/60 sec, ISO 400, Focal Length: 55 mm

Before took this one I was not that happy because it was dark below this covered area.  However after increasing the ISO and with the editing in camera raw the final photo is not too bad. I like how the photo is framed on the back. Also like the cloths of the model in this one (patterns and colours).  I think this pose was the best (check rejected)

Photo 9

F-stop: f/4.8, Exposure time 1/125 sec, ISO 200, Focal Length: 116 mm

In this one her hair starts looking not so good as when the shooting start. This is not surprising after few hours and 5 changes of cloths most of them was in the back of a car and surrounded by a group of people. To be critical in this case the patterns in her coat do not look so sharp (more obvious this is on the print), however her face is well focused and the background out of focus which makes the portrait more interesting. Imaged cropped to avoid the wooden bench on the right (see rejected). Again I think this pose worked better among the rejected.

 Short Written Assessment

The clients Briefing

I preferred to put this before the photos

A statement of how you set about planning the photography

To be honest as this was not an imaginary brief I had to follow the guidance of the group. Although  for the students we can consider Debenhams as the final customer, for the photographers both the main and myself also the students are a client as they know how the photos should look. So the “planning” from my side was mainly to be open minded and to get the most of this experience.

How well you succeeded, including the difficulties and opportunities you encountered that you had not anticipated at the outset

I am in general happy with the final result and I think it would be much harder to organise something like that myself. To be critical, I should be able to adapt faster and not lose some opportunities with the first outfit as I do not have  the excuse that I just started taking photos of models. However, I think it is more professional that I respect the other photographer and all the group. One final thought is that I think it somehow it is easier for the photographer to follow the direction of a client or of a team who already planned the brief and just expect from the photographer to take the photos they want. I am speaking just for projects similar to this one and not in more creative/ conceptual projects.

Rejected photos

Rejected for Photo 1

DSC_2837: not find this so interesting, also think that the dress does not flatters her legs in this case, also did not include both her shoes

DSC_2842: did not like the pose, the background and also I think I was too low, should stand instead of kneeling

DSC_2844: not so bad, should be better If I was in front of her (where the main photographer was) in front of the side

DSC_2846: again not a bad, however I cut the right hand and the left is not so sharp (possible slight movement)

DSC_2847: do not think that this one is so flattering for her as the one submitted

Photo 2

DSC_2849: do not like the background

DSC_2857: do not like the pose, the background and right side, also in the left bottom there is something like a bag (possibly left from one of the girls of the team)

DSC_2860: do not like right side and her hair in this one

DSC_2868: do not like the plant bottom right (mentioned that to the team but they say they wanted in the photo)

DSC_2870: the submitted uncropped. Not that happy in general but the possibly the best one with this outfit

DSC_2873: do not like right side and her hair also in this one. Also the right eye is in shadow

DSC_2882: similar to the previous one

DSC_2285: in general bad background, including the label on the left

DSC_2894: similar to the previous one but also do not like the expression on her face

Photo 3

DSC_2917,2920,2925, 2926: similar to the submitted one but issues with the composition or the better pose in the submitted one

Photo 4

DSC_2937,2938,2944,2945,2946,2947,2948,2952,: did not like her expression here and/or the dog’s expression

DSC_2954: both expression and composition not so good

Photo 5

DSC_2955: do not like the position of the right hand, and also we that we can see the bricks on the right

DSC_2956:the brick walls also in this one

DSC_2958: same here and also the yellow on the left

DSC_2959: similar here

DSC_2962: bricks and position of right hand again

DSC_2963: do not like her expression here

Photo 6

DSC_2970: do not like the pose here

DSC_2971: do not like the hair here

DSC_2972: this not too bad, but I preferred the submitted one

DSC_2975, 2976,2977: do not like the composition in this one

DSC_2978,2981: do not like the pose in this one

Photo 7

DSC_2989: do not like the pose and expression here

DSC_2993: from my point of view, the position of the fountain is not the best on the background

DSC_2997, 3000: these are not bad, I just like more her expression in the submitted one

DSC_3013: position of the fountain

DSC_3019,3021,3026: her expression/pose

DSC_3034: this is not bad, I just know as a person I do not like big smiles in the photos I take, so I might rejected for this reason

DSC_3039: pose, eyes expression

Photo 8

DSC_3055,3058,3059,3060,3061,3063,3065,3067: not as good and interesting poses as the submitted ones

DSC_3068: uncropped submitted one

Photo 9

DSC_3077: do not like the pose, hair and that the umbrella is damaged on the top (it was mine they borrowed it, good for the rain but not to be a part of the photo in this stage)

DSC_3078,3079,3082,3083,3084,3108,3109,3112,3113,3115,3116,3121,3129,3114,3151,3152: do not the hair, composition, poses, expression. I am guessing it was also a result of all of us start feeling tired

DSC_3132: the submitted uncropped

General comments:

-It was a really nice experience for me working in team. Before do it, I was thinking that a team would make me feel more stressed. However, the opposite happened as we were all knowing are roles in the team. They told me that for them it was stressful to arrange everything on time and overcome some problems happen during the day. However, I did not notice something

-Another thing I notice and it was different than my previous shootings was that the preparation of the model between the shootings with each different outfit was longer than the actual shooting.

-Also, as I did the editing in my new laptop I tried to adjust the brightness in the screen (to avoid the print to be dark again)

-I did the shooting with ninkon D40 and not Nikon D3200 as at the day of the shooting I was not feeling so comfortable in a new situation for me to bring also a new camera (which would slow down even more my reaction time etc)

Assignment 4 (part 4)

Appendix A (early October)

For a long time I was having in my mind the idea of composing in an image a photo and a box with text.  While, I was reading the “Behind the Image” book, I have seen a photo by Martha Rosler, and understand the need to research further the work done by other photographers/ artists where an image is combined by text. I start google search combining “text photos” or something like that and I found the following link which is really useful,

http://www.mocp.org/exhibitions/2004/02/conversations_t.php

I really like the following part of it

“Placing words and images in the same perceptual space is not as easy as it looks. The artist has to keep track of four phenomena, not just the apparent two. First, the words have accepted, coded meanings and contexts that affect what we see in the adjacent images. Second, the words invoke mental images that might also conflict with what we see. Third, images have meanings and contexts that may alter our engagement with the adjacent words. Fourth, images can call up words in the mind of the viewer. The coordination of image/word/word/image is not easy, but the more difficult it is, the more possibilities present themselves for qualifying or clarifying the larger world”

I think that when we combine text with image we somehow give a different life in the image. It is more conceptual and can also be personal expressive and make people see things more the way they want them to see.

Going back to the link I decided to check each of the photographers.

http://www.sfmoma.org/explore/collection/artwork/15418#

This link give us information about the subject of her work, however the images in the photo are really small so we cannot really see the photos or the text.

http://whitney.org/Collection/MarthaRosler/934ax

In this link we can see the photos and the text however without the previous link we cannot understand the subject of the series. Looking to these photos, is really close to what I have in my mind. Especially the last one, most of the white area on the left is empty, just 4 simple words but they motivate us to think a lot. Also the choice of black and white strengthens the subject. In general I believe the black and white take us far from reality and help us to look the subject from a distance or somehow give it a different importance.

http://www.getty.edu/art/gettyguide/artObjectDetails?artobj=41206

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lee_Friedlander

http://www.moma.org/collection/artist.php?artist_id=2002

http://www.jeffreywolin.com/written.shtml

http://www.mocp.org/collections/permanent/wolin_jeff.php

http://www.edelmangallery.com/wolin.htm

http://digicoll.library.wisc.edu/cgi-bin/Arts/Arts-idx?type=header&id=Arts.KochNotes&isize=L

http://juniorphotoseminar.blogspot.co.uk/2010/11/words-jim-goldberg.html

http://www.olicito.de/blog/photographer-spotlight

http://www.olicito.de/blog/photographer-spotlight/145-rich-and-poor-photographs-by-jim-goldberg

http://www.magnumphotos.com/C.aspx?VP3=CMS3&VF=MAGO31_9_VForm&ERID=24KL53ZHEN

http://lsimpsonstudio.com/photographicworks01.html

http://siberart.com/

http://www.alexanderandbonin.com/artist/willie-doherty

http://www.karenknorr.com/photographs/archives/gentlemen/

http://www.barbarakruger.com/art.shtml

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/d-dominick-lombardi/nashville-arts_b_1924180.html?utm_hp_ref=arts&ncid=edlinkusaolp00000008

When I was checking this more recently the first link was not valid so you can check the following

http://archive.mocp.org/exhibitions/2004/02/conversations_t.php

Also I found the following two connected to the text in images

http://pictures-of-photography.blogspot.co.uk/2009/06/photography-life.html

(the photos with the birds and the text is an interesting one)

http://vi.sualize.us/fromthisdayon_lyricalgraphics_say_john_mayer_words_quotes_decoration_text_picture_3psr.html

In this one, the image is a “canvas” for the text

Assignment 4 (part 3)

(numbers refer to the supportive cd submitted to the tutor)

From these I decided to select the following final 6 to be submitted.

In these I tried to follow suggestions from previous assignments (checked the brightness of my screen hopefully the prints are not dark any more, sharpen for print, make them A4 with white frame, matt print etc).

Photo 1 (DSC_1997)

As you can read in my description before I plan initially to submit the 1999. However, the child in the bike was not focused so well. I like these one as it has the Blackpool Tower and as it is one of the Landmarks of the town I wanted to include it in one of the photos. I also like the implied line by the lights of the town. The activities shown here are cycling and walking. You can also notice (comparing to the initial jpeg file) that I cropped it and straighten it. Cropped as I thought it will look better without the guy walking (do not like his pose) and without the notice board.

Photo 2 (DCC_2040)

 Also cropped and straighten here. I like his expression here and the eye contact. One of the things I do not like is that you can see my reflection on the glass behind him. The activity shown here is that the guy is playing a musical instrument.

Photo 3 (DSC_2041)

Initially I did not think that this can be a good one. But looking it with fresh eye I like it. Also here crop the initial. For me especially as I did not born in UK I connected the seaside towns with Fish and Chips shops, so it was one of the ideas I wanted to show in this project. One thing I did not like initially is the car on the back left. The main activity here is the people who eat fish and chips, and some people walking around. I really like the expression of the standing guy. Also, the text which is saying “North Pier” reminds us that we are in a seaside town.

Photo 4 (DSC_2076)

One of my favourite ones. The guy alone walking in the empty beach and the  big Pier standing on the back also without any signs of life. Also the water in the middle, shapes an line which is parallel with the pier. The activity shown here is walking.

Photo 5 (DSC_2094)

As I mentioned, the Comic Carpet was one of the 1st things I noticed when I visited Blackpool. So I was really pleased when I have seen the guys skating here. Also here cropped the initial as there was another guy in the foreground. I hope that I catch the moment here.

Photo 6 (DSC_2109)

The activity shown here is the people who are dancing. I think it was really important in my first visit to the ballroom the understanding that I need to bring the appropriate equipment with me. I am happy that I include this photo, and it was something I definitely did not expect to take photos of.

The other final for the 12 which are rejected are:

DSC_1999 (as said I was thinking to submit this one)

DSC_1989 (I should have tried to take something more interesting there)

DSC_2042 (like the implied lines by the building here. Do not like though the poses of the people)

DSC_2075 (like it as a photo, do not like the position of the people in the left, it would be better if they were in the middle of having more people)

DSC_2095 (really like this one, however I wish to photograph him from the front and having his back facing me)

DSC_2199 (nice interesting location, different that usual. However, the only activity I could show here was people walking)

Final comments

All the photos from this assignment have been taken at a well defined area (Blackpool see attached map, also attached as a file)

I tried to have a variety in activities (walking, eating, cycling, dancing, skating) subjects and sizes (from close to the person with  the musician to very far in the case of the lonely walker)

What do you set out to achieve, including a description of how you see the essential character of the place

I think the best way to answer this is by copying a part of any e-mail I sent to my tutor few weeks ago

“The interesting part is the seaside.

There is a character there and something that makes me want to photograph it.

I have watched the program “999 what is your emergency” and I knew that it used to be a popular holidays destination 30-50 years ago.

Also I know that it is one of the poorest towns in UK.

 I am thinking to concentrate on the seaside and try to depict the following:

-The feeling that used to have an old glory

- I can take also a photo of a road which has hotels with a style of 30-50 years ago

- shops that are closed

- seaside shops

- take a photo of some people walking by the sea or maybe if I will find some people with dogs etc (I thought that there was sand beach but actually they build most of the areas between the pears with concrete, I need to depict that, plan to visit the tourist information centre, today was closed, and ask when this happen)”

How well you think you succeeded, including opportunities that were not available to you because of lack of time or access

I think there is no question if I succeeded what I was initially planning to do as my final photos are not connected at all with my initially planning. I think that this is good as If I was stack in my initial plan the photos would not be successful for this Assignment. I think in general I succeed to show some activities and to show the character of the town. I avoid taking people of people walking around carrying beers in the middle of the day as I did not wanted to put my self in danger (never know if they will be happy for that). I am guessing if I had more time (already delayed a lot this submission) I would try to take some more photos of activities by the sea, but this was not possible in most of the cased due to tide. Of course If I was living in Blackpool things would be different as I could take photos in the evenings and night (which I have not done for my safety again, as also travelling or walking to and from the station in Blackburn is not the best idea).

How you might have approached this assignment if you had simply been taking photographs with no end- result in mind (meaning an article to be published)

In this case I would have stick more to the initial thoughts I sent to my tutor. Try to take photos of empty building, show the old glory of the town and maybe make the photos black and white to make this feeling stronger.

[1]Gerry Badger, (2007), “The Genius of photography”, Quadrille Publishing Limited 

Assignment 4 (part 2)

Assignment’s Diary

August-September 2012

Initial thoughts to take photos in Guildford. Visited Guildford Museum for ideas but finally understand that as I spent the past 5 years in Guildford and have taken a lot of photos there, although I know it well, I was not inspired to take more photos.

Had some thoughts for specific areas in London (eg. China Town or Camden Town) but again did not work. Visited Farnham consider it a possibility.

October 2012 to Early January 2013

Feeling the pressure and the stress of the job hunting, did not allow me to be creative. Also thought as I am about to relocate it will be nice to use my new town as a the place for this Assignment and also I thought at that time that this will be a good opportunity to “meet” the new town.

Finally I end up with a new job in Blackburn. Lost few weeks due to relocation. Walking in the town I understood that this is not a place I want to photograph. The town is really depressing. I understand at that point that I have to look for another town. Manchester is too close, but I preferred to go for a smaller and more quite place.

15-12-2012

Visited Lytham (photo 1101), a nice small town. However I thought that cannot give the photos I wanted for this project.

 12-1-2013

Few weeks later visited Lancaster. A nice town, spent a couple of hours trying to photograph people in the local market. What it really impressed me was how people interact with the camera. They noticed it and stop and comment, thing which did not happen so often in the south, where most of the times people ignore you when you carry a camera. Took around 80 snaps there, my favourite one is 1689. It is a shame that this is not taken in Blackpool I think it would be great for this Assignment. To take these photos, I used a tripod, frame and looking to different directions and take the photos with a remote control, so make the people think that I am not actually taking the photo, the moment I took it.

13-1-2013

First Visit

This was my first visit to Blackpool. I have just heard about it on TV in the program “999, what is your emergency”. So the image I have in my mind is that it is a kind of “dangerous” place. This was before having any idea that I will found a job in the North, so I never expect to visit it.

While walking to work I am usually listening BBC Radio Lancashire. There local people from Blackpool saying that their town is not as it appear in TV. In general I like sea so I decided to try to visit it. I really liked the character of the town and decided that this will be  the place for this Assignment. I sent an e-mail with a couple of images to the tutor and share my thoughts. My initial plan was to show the “sadness” and the old glory of the town reflective  on the buildings without showing so much interaction with the people. My tutor advice me (correctly) that I have to show more how the people interact with the buildings and places.  I think I need to go back to Blackpool in the future and take the photos I thought initially as a personal project, possibly in black and white.

Some photos of the first visit are attached.

I really liked the comic carpet and how the people interact with it by stopping and reading it. (photo 1750 and 1752). Some other locations/ ideas I noticed in the 1st visit are in the photos 1759 (possibly show people walking/ cycling there), 1760 (really like this as an image as I think it has a lot of emotions but seems like it does not fit for this Assignment)  and 1762 (like the ideas of the illumination lights and the tram lines on the left and the pleasure park on the back as they are characteristics of the town). It is important to say that in this visit the tide was high and I thought that as the concrete walking area shown in photo 1759 looks new to me that this has replaced the sand beaches. I was wrong as there is a tide which I did not know. The tutor mentioned that in his response.

26-1-2013

2nd visit

In this second visit my train to Blackpool north had around 30-40 minutes delay. So I decided to take the train to Blackpool South station. I stopped to the Blackpool Pleasure Beach station and walk back until the Blackpool Tower to have a feeling of the town. On my way back, I have seen two guys fishing (1986). I like the contrast of the label which saying “Keep Out” and the guys being inside and fishing. I did not feel really comfortable to take the photo without asking them and that why it is not so good composition.

After that I have seen some guys cycling. I snap few photos. In which I also tried to include the Blackpool Tower, which is one of the landmarks of the town. Attached are photos 1991-2000. My favourite one is the 1999. I like the composition in its. I think I will keep this as one of the final 6. I just need to crop it. I keep walking and gone back to the comic carpet. Seen some people running there, but not so happy with how the photos came out (an example is photo 2002).

Later I gone to the visitor information centre as in my first visit (was Sunday) it was closed. I took a magazine about Blackpool and asked them for good places (explain a little the project). They proposed the Winter Gardens, the ballroom in the Blackpool Tower and also mentioned Blackpool Tower as an important landmark. The guy says “Paris has Eiffel Tower and we have Blackpool Tower”.

I have visited the Winter Gardens but there were not so many people there or something interesting. Visited also Blackpool Dungeon, asked them if I can take photos of the actors, but the manager sent me an e-mail later and told me that this is not possible. Been in the ballroom in the Tower. I really like there how free the people feel. Take some photos (around 30 snaps) attached are 3. Tried to change composition, also gone in the two different levels. Find the  good position, but I understand that I need to come back with my 35 mm lens and also with Tripod (2019,2029,2032).

I keep walking and noticed an outdoor musician.  If I want to take photos of artist like him I usually drop some coins to them and they pose. I do not need to ask. It is a kind of “silent agreement”. Took three photo of him (2038-2040). The last one is my favourite. This will be the second photo I will submit.  Photo 2041 is another possibility (people eating). For me seaside towns in UK are connected with Fish and Chips shops.  Photo 2042 is another. I like the implied line of the green sitting places and we have the couple walking their dogs.

2-2-2013

3rd Visit

As in both the previous trips the tide was high, I start checking online what is tide etc. Find out that there are several places online where you can check the level of the tide. Understand that it is a periodic phenomenon and that it has highs and lows. Tried to arranged my visit to be when the tide was low. Si first things was to go directly to the beach. Finally !!! I have seen how big and nice is the beach when the tide is low. Most of the beach was empty as still the access was restricted (photo 1989). Decided to risk it, but be really careful and not stay long. The idea was to take some photos with people walking in the empty beach but also try to include part of the piers. I took few photos. Five of them are 2065, 2068, 2072, 2076 and 2075. I am debating between 2-3 of them.

After that gone back to the comic carpet. It was really nice that this time there are some teenager skating there. Spent around 15-20 minutes taking several photos with different composition and trying to catch the moment. The initial thought was to have the building on the back not cropped in the frame. An example of that is photo 2083. My favourites from these series are  2094 and 2095. I just need to crop 2094 if I will go for that one.

After that, gone back to the ballroom. Have this time with me the 35 mm lens and the  tripod. The first thought was to find the correct settings. I know that the lighting conditions are not great to take photos, but I think that this would be a great example of people interacting with place. I spent around 30-45 minutes. Try to have a good composition and also wait for the moment the dancing couples to give me a nice patterns. 

Assignment 4 (part 1)

Assignment four:

A sense of Place

Introduction:

For this Assignment a series of photos has to be taken in a well defined place. We need to draw together all the skills learned so far, and also show what buildings and spaces mean for people. This is an assignment for an intelligent thoughtful travel publication and demanding a considered, in depth treatment.

At this point I want to apologize for the few months delay to submit my assignment. However, this happens due to the fact that I was looking for a job and the relocation from Guildford to Blackburn when I found one.

Research

Visit Galleries:

Visited the following galleries since the last Assignment submission (either I was not in the mood to take notes and just visited them for the sake of it, or when I kept they have been lost due to the relocation)

-          National Portrait Gallery in London (visited early autumn, some interesting portraits connected to the Olympic games in London)

-          Photographers Gallery in London (after refurbishment, early September 2012)

-          Towner Contemporary Art Museum in Eastbourne (mid September 2012, I remember that I like the building but not so much the exhibition)

-          Watts Gallery (outside Guildford, as a part of my volunteering, mainly features paintings of  Victorian artist George Frederic Watts, really like some of his portraits)

-          Harris Museum and Art Gallery in Preston (really like the building and the Art work)

-          Manchester Art Gallery (Really like the combination of the old and the new building, like some of the photography they have and the modern art, visited it twice but need to go back again)

-          Cornerhouse gallery

Other students work:

http://www.educatedfred.com/PandP/Ass/pandp_iv.html

Find this in the blog of the week. Seems like a well organised blog, I think his research is well done. Kind of inspiration to do more research.

I have seen also these in the past

http://judybach.wordpress.com/category/assignment-4/

 (seems well organised but I think the quality of the images is not great)

http://jbroughton-pap.blogspot.co.uk/2011/10/assignment-4-finished.html

Not so good organised, but I have to accept that is close to my blog or how the blog was before the tutors suggestions. The photos are not too bad however in one of her submissions there are not people at all which is not what we have to submit in this Assignment. Also, some of the photos she did not submit in the final 6 are stronger than those she submitted (again I remember the same comment from the tutor in my previous assignment)

http://elsonbeaumont.com/peopleandplaces/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/A-Sense-Of-Place.pdf

Again here we do not have so much interaction of the people and place (same of the photos absent of people, also slightly dark photos)

Looking to magazines:

I like reading on flight magazines. I am usually flying with easyjet. Sometimes the way they present their stories or describe destinations it not like a tourist magazine, but give us more insight about the character of the people and the places.

Examples:

Oct 2012 (p. 74-75, 102)

January 2013 (p. 62-67)

Also the BA magazine, I could not find link to an online edition, an example I found in their website is

http://www.bahighlife.com/News-And-Blogs/Adventure-Blog/Never-too-late-to-learn-to-ski.html?PageNumber=1

(Really like both photos but look like they gone to extreme in the post production of the sky)

Other photographers:

I decided to check if I can find something relevant to the books I have. Open the “Genius of Photography” [1], and found a chapter called “Towards a social landscape”.

First photo in this case is “Southam Street, North Kensigton” by Roger Mayne, google it and find this link http://photomuserh.wordpress.com/2012/05/20/roger-mayne-street-photographer/

The 1st photo is the photo in the book. I think all of them are great examples of people interacting with place (of course in our day there will a possible issue with taking photos of children without permission).

Another interesting photo is the  “American Legion Convention” by Garry Winogrand

http://streetreverbmagazine.com/features/classic-street-photographs/classic-street-photographs-american-legion-by-gary-winogrand/

or here with more of his work

http://www.masters-of-photography.com/W/winogrand/winogrand_american_legion_full.html

Another one is by Tony Ray Jones “Derby Day”

http://www.annacattermole.com/2011/a-book-of-influences/tom-ray-jones001/

I think in these cases it is hard to be critical as they are all masters of photography. We can just learn from them.

Furthermore, Chris Killip’s “Craps and People” http://www.phillips.com/auctions/lot-detail/CHRIS-KILLIP/UK040210/38/4/1/12/detail.aspx

The tutor suggests the following:

http://todayspictures.slate.com/resort/ ( i have seen some of the photos of this series in the past, like his work, also like some of his selfportraits)

http://simoncroberts.com/ ( I think I have seen the photos of the piers in a gallery or a book about them.  Also seen the “We English” photos in the past, really like the emotions that come from his work, inspiring)

I think both photographers can inspire me to move in this direction, not so much in this project but in general in my photography work. I believe sometimes we can “see” photos like the ones presented in the “last resort” but we are shy to snap them as the object is really close to us. A skill which is not so easy to learn and need a lot of courage to overcome the boundaries that stop us from doing so.

More research follows in Appendix 1 (for a personal project)

Books

-          Anna Fox, Natasha Caruana, (2012) “Behind the image”, AVA Publishing

I really like this book as it makes clear to me the importance of research in photography

Shooting with Maria

This was a little different than the previous shootings I had done in general.

We met with Maria few days before the shooting to go through the ideas.

She wanted to do a shooting with kidnapping theme. I was not that comfortable with the idea but I think she was right. I was thinking that the lighting was not great and worried in case the police will be around if we will be in trouble, but the final result was much better than I expected. Also it was a long day but worth working with her.

We said that we might work again in the future, but again as I mentioned in my previous post I might prefer to spent my holidays just relaxing…but you never know if she comes up (which I am sure) with a really nice idea, why not.

After the Kidnapping we shoot on a bridge. I was feeling more comfortable there, as it was closer to the  things I have done in the past. 

Shootings in Thessaloniki

I need to update my blog with more recent shootings.

Going back to my Christmas holidays I decided to do some shootings back to Greece.

I was having a location in my mind and I was really happy that two models wanted to work with me.

Looking back to that shooting, I had the following thoughts:

I need to check better the location before to propose (things was not as I had them in mind, my fault was that I did not visit that location for more than a year)

Also I think it is better to have proper holidays back to Greece and only do shootings that will be really important for my portfolio

Models: Katerina  and Anthi

Dates (27-12-2012)

Finally, I understood how differently people think in Greece and UK about the shootings.