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.