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.