Thursday, 27 November 2014

Are we mainstream now?

When does a subculture become mainstream? It's a question I've been asking myself all day. My new university brief asks me to produce three photographs based on the word subculture. So I did the standard research the definition, mind maps, write down what it means to me sort of start research you do for a project. I'm more stumped now then I was at the start of the day. I have lists of what technically can be classified as a subculture. I have sub groups of that, like conflict subculture and retreatist subculture. I could do a whole project on the punk rock movement but when it's s such a large part of society and history is it really a subculture now? Can I plaster a bunch of my photographs on the wall of people taking drugs, or people who have tattoos, or people that are really into electronic dance music and say I have fulfilled my brief requirements?  


Monday, 24 November 2014

Two Weeks and Two Deadlines.

Having still not finished my BA1 project I feel an over-whelming feeling of disappointment in myself. Despite the work and time I've put in I feel like my work is not up to the standard I would like it to be despite the extra week I have been given due to illness over the last month. On top of that my new brief has been handed out and my work is now stacking up, not only do I have to finish this project but have research, plans due in on the 5th. Now I'm sat here analyzing my photography for my last project and desperately trying to keep up with my new one. I'm sat here wondering how on earth I fell behind so quickly and on my first project. I feel like the work is subpar and now my next unit is getting away from me. For the first time in awhile I'm not confident in my ability to produce work to the standard I hold myself let alone finish the work on time.  

Saturday, 15 November 2014

His name is Billy.

So having finally finished my small short narrative piece I give one of the earlier photographs during the shoot. 

What F-stop are we using?

Workshop 11.11.14

So having been ill for the last workshop I was really keen to get to grips with mixing ambient light and a flash together. This meant we placed a model against a grey back drop with a constant light source to their back right while a flash filled the front. I was really surprised by how little the difference in shutter speed made, seeing them flash through one after the other it was hard to tell where the light was changing. The main difference in the photographs was how it changed the ambient light on her face. Going to the workshop made understanding how to light my narrative piece on Thursday so much easier. 

Thursday, 13 November 2014

I cannot believe this is not enough clouds.

So after a totally horrendous fail of my first shoot I had to go back to the drawing board for my narrative project. After many mind maps and scribbling’s I eventually settled on using “La Luna” as inspiration and am currently producing a small story of a little boats adventures at sea. Little did I know that despite the fact this shoot does not involve models or is not weather dependent how time inducing it has been. I have spent the better part pf three days making props and still need more clouds and a few lightning bolts.  

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Sometimes the rain isn't my friend.

So I got given a new brief last week, it’s all about narrative and storytelling and I thought who better to tell a story in a new way than Disney. Unfortunately the shoot I had planned for the weekend didn't go according to plan; it’s too cold and wet at the moment. My apartments living room is over-shadowed so when it’s raining there isn't much light, this affected the photographs and they didn't they come out as I wanted them. This led to some much hurried and frantic thinking. I really love my idea for a narrative but it’s just not possible in the time and the weather. The rain won’t be letting up and the models I need aren't available till the weekend which cuts it a little too fine to the deadline for me. I love rain, I really do. From my perspective as a photographer it's one of the best things. Just not this time. Being ill this week hasn't helped either. After many sketches, mind maps and panics though I reckon some paper and duck will tell a pretty decent, funny re-telling/slightly altered version of Moby Dick. 

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Thursday, 16 October 2014

What on earth should I bring?!

Today I had a mid week critical assessment with my group and tutor. I wasn't sure what to bring so I literally piled everything from photography shoots, photographers I have used for inspiration and I admire, pieces of writing I have had to do so far the brief. Just piles of paper and paper full of mind maps and drawings and musings. I think I was literally only supposed to bring one photograph and my annotations with me. Oh well, better to be safe then sorry. So for my first photo shoot I asked strangers in the street if they wouldn't mind having a photograph taken of them. I'm not sure who was more nervous, me or them. Then once I had evolved my idea a bit more I then went with the obscuring your identity and the hiding who you are idea. Of course like any old normal person would do I drenched my cloth cotton curtains in water over my face. I effectively water boarded myself. My tutor asked me why my mouth was open in one of the photographs and I had to be honest and say it was because I couldn't breathe through my nose. It was a good critic though and I think I have a much better idea of what I want to do and how to appropriately display my work. 

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

So many decisions and not enough time.

Today I had a really helpful talk with some 2nd year students about my work and how to present it. The only problem is I'm not sure if I should have my visual logbook online or in a sketchbook. I prefer having something in my hands that I can look at and flip back and forth with. I can add notes and photographs to it as I feel like it. I feel like my process will be better understood and I can be more creative with a sketchbook. The price however for all the printing is insane. I can add music and videos if I have my logbook online though. Oh, decisions, decisions.

Who are you and what are you doing here?

So I got given my new brief on Monday at uni. It's all about the inside/outside approach to photography and identity. Now I don't know about you guys but I hate having my photograph taken. I know, it's pretty hypocritical. I thought I would develop on this idea though and use the fact I don't like having my photograph taken to my advantage and maybe with some help from my partner add a touch of basic psychology to this project. I have decided to work on the theme of hiding ones self and interests. People are rarely open even with people they know and for some types of photography this has always presented as a problem. How do you get a model to become comfortable enough with you during a photo shoot? How do you get a  bride and groom to act natural while your camera is staring them in the face? Using items like mesh and other things like smoke and water to create somewhat of a screen over my face will be the main importance over the four images I need to produce. This is where the psychology comes in. People need to be able to see one another's face to pick up on social cues. The face conveys a wealth of social signals and without them it becomes very hard for other people to interact with each other. This will carry on that theme and this theme. Basically there is a lot of mind mapping going on. Or I could just plaster fingerprints all over my images. I don't know, we'll see. 

Thursday, 9 October 2014

NUA? NUCA? No one really knows any more.

So I'm required to keep a journal of my time at NUA. It's supposed to be a reflective journal about my time there and supposed to help my tutors who are apparently reading this...Hello! I'm supposed to add notes from essays and pieces of my work and the work of others. While that's all good and understand why I have to do all that,  I certainly don't want to bore any of you with paragraphs of photography jargon and notes from critical thinking sessions. So I'm taking a bit of a different approach for this. I'm going to talk about photography. I'm going to show you my work and I might even throw a little bit of my day to day life at uni on here. I'm also going to write about things I'm excited about. I'm going to write about things that inspire me because these are the things that ultimately inspire my work. 

Enjoy the weekend all.

 I'll be spending mine doing some re-shoots of Norwich Cathedral and hitting up the curiosity wedding fair.