I really like the idea of doing two things and comparing them. I want to do street/architecture photography as well as flower photography and I would print them onto postcards. I want the street busy and alive, in black and white and the flowers dead and in colour.
I haven’t really done street photography before so it will be a challenge and I may not like it. I am going to go out and about to have a go at it before I actually decide on doing it. I do want the street photography to not just be people- I want buildings and such to be in the photographs so there are more elements to give it a better story.
I have experience with flower/nature photography and I do enjoy it which means that I will like to do this for the exhibition and I will most likely be happy with my end result.
Photographers I looked at:
Paul is a street photographer in Italy. I have been following his photography for years now as I really do like his work. Almost all of his work is black and white which gives the photos he takes more of a feel to me. There is something about black and white images that are nice to see. It could be the sharpness that tends to be shown. One mohawk is dark and is slightly in front of the white mohawk which makes a nice contrast. The tips of the two mohawks draw attention so it makes a nice focal area. It also seems to be where there are larger spaces of white or black (in the background) then there is the opposite colour in the foreground to compliment it.
Eugene took photos to document things and he sold them to artists. I really like Eugene’s work, he didn’t just take photos of streets and architecture but he also did photos of trees and nature (which is what I want to do). His photography is all black and white and sepia which is how I want my street photography to be like. The exposure is off (the building seems to blend with the sky and in some places it looks like the sky is partially covering part of a building) but the image works.
I love how dark and mysterious Brassai’s photos can be. I like that the boats are really dark and that the sky is foggy and bright but the Eiffel Tower is dark and slightly out of focus (not too dark as it looks out of place and only out of focus as the focal point seems to be the tip of the boats and the bridge). The darkness makes the image stand out as it is more moody and more often than not the images are crisp black and white.
John Hinde is famous for taking photographs for postcards.I feel like even though the photos are nice (and very 1960s/70s) but they are really generic. Very tourist-y. The image does have a nice composition and the balance of people, buildings and sky is quite nice. I do not want my images to be generic or to look like they are just images of tourist attractions, I want them more classy- crisper.
Heather Angel (Flower)-
Heather is a nature photographer and takes many macro images. Heather gets a lot of detail in her images and they are more often than not close up images where it the image shows just one flower/insect. The images that have black backgrounds are quite vibrant as the flowers she uses are bright and they go well with the black. I like the contrast between the flower and the background and will probably have this sort of image in mind when I take my photos.
Karl Blossfeldt (Flower)-
Blossfeldt’s images are quite educational as they show the structures of flowers. The images also depict things such as tendrils and seeds. The images are very intricate (as they are needed to be) but to me they are also bland- there is no definite sharpness to the images in terms of contrast. This could be because of age.
Books I looked at:
Boring Postcards Edited by Martin Parr-
This book was actually better than it sounds. It shows postcards from different decades and shows what sort of thing I should or should not avoid. There was no writing so I didn’t get any information but that didn’t matter as the photographs themselves were helpful enough. The book showed me the different sort of postcards there are; rectangular with straight edges and full colour; rectangular with crimped edges and no colour; rectangular with no colour and a white border; rectangular with or without colour with a little border at the bottom with the location of the photograph.
Bystander: A history of Street Photography by Colin Westerbeck and Joel Meyerowitz –
This book is quite informative as it is the history of street photography (as it says in the title). It is interesting in that respect and I am happy it shows the photos through the years as it can give me inspiration for photographs but I didn’t really want the information it was giving me (save for the parts about Robert Frank).
My idea was to take either flower or street photography (or even both) and print it in a postcard format- with writing on the back and everything. I would like to have the postcards to have the image and then a thin white border. I think the black and white images, especially, could look really classy.
Price- This can vary as I do have the paper but its whether or not i can find a good printer and such
Size-6×4 OR 7×5
Type of paper- I was thinking of doing the 6×4 Matte and the 7×5 Glossy. I think the contrast would like nice but I think I would have to make test prints to see how they look
Colour- I am thinking about having black and white street photographs and colour flowers. This would give a big contrast but it could make it clash: again, I would need to do tests for this before I actually decided.
Audience- I have no idea who the audience is but I think my themes could fit with all audiences.
SECOND IDEA (The idea I am going to do)
My second Idea is where I just take photographs of flowers/leaves. This will be where I have a lightbox and I place the flowers on it. This will cause a translucent effect just like Harold Davis’ images. To make my images different I will use, different coloured card and either place the flowers in places I would think are nice or I will take images of how the flowers actually stood and place them in that sort of array.
I will need to make myself a light box as I do not have the money for an actual light box, I have done a lot of research on how to make one and it doesn’t seem too hard.
Photographers I looked at:
I looked at Heather Angel and Karl Blossfeldt (see above).
Books/other material I looked at:
Harold Davis’ website
Case study: Harold Davis (Flower)-
Harold Davis (born 1953, New Jersey) is a professional photographer and digital artist who has made many books (some of which are bestselling). When he was a child his parents gave him a camera and he fell for the activity. He was also interested in painting which made him study the subject at the Art Students League. After a brief (about ten years) break from photography (so he could ‘recharge’ and get more inspiration) he came back and then included his art skills, thus, the digital art photography was introduced. Harold uses different types of paper for his prints such as; Unryu Washi; Moab Slickrock; Koso Washi, Lasal exhibition Luster photographic paper, etc. I will not be able to use these types of paper as they are really expensive.
I picked Harold Davis because his images are very interesting to see and I haven’t seen other photographers do this with flowers (I have seen it happen with fruit). The translucency is interesting and the images are different- the image above is very bright and summery. The image below is dark but shows a lot of detail and the centre is brighter than the outer petals which gives a good gradient.
Harold uses a light box (one that you trace art from, not a light box what you would use as a mini studio) to place the flowers on and has a light from below, which makes the flower translucent. I will use different card to make different backgrounds and effects for my images, I will also use different depths of field for my images. I could use different textures and effects in photoshop but I doubt I will do this as, for me, that is the use of too much photoshop and I could get/create the backgrounds myself.
Davis’ website has a FAQ section where he answers questions about his photography. This made it so I could figure out how to take the photographs like he did. I will have to edit the images (layer stack) but that should be all. The use of photoshop in this project will make it so I improve my editing skills. Luckily (as I am not the biggest fan of photoshop), I will not be changing the images too drastically as all I am doing is layering, maybe cropping and putting my name on the photograph.
The images he takes are High Dynamic Range (HDR), this is where the images are shot in greater detail- there are normally several images taken of different exposure and then they are layered to make a full image. The image shows more because each exposure will get different detail and colour so when they are layered the images should create a very detailed dynamic. Each image would be very unique so it will be interesting to see how they turn out.
The photographs do not have a narrative per say. The images will have meaning but no story. However, each flower will mean something different:
Daffodil (March)- Chivalry
Daisy (April)- Innocence
Pansy- Loving thoughts
Peony (April)- Healing
|red & white||unity|
|red||declaration of love|
|yellow||hopelessly in love|
Yarrow- Good fortune
Price- At least 14p
Size- I want at least two A3 images and then some smaller ones
Type of paper- I think both Matte and Gloss would look nice for what I am trying to show
Colour- I want the photographs to be colour as this will show the translucence of the flowers
THIRD IDEA (back up plan)
I really like the idea of doing the comparison but I am not fully sure on whether the street photography would work well for me as I am normally a shy person when it comes to new people so I would feel quite awkward. The third idea would be dangling photos of flowers slowly dying in a clock like motion. This could be tricky as I have no clue how long it takes for a flower to die.
This is the last plan. If my Flower photography (the light box idea) doesn’t work then I will do the street/architecture and flower photography comparison idea and if that doesn’t work then I will use this third idea.
Promoting and Advertising-
To promote and advertise my work/the exhibition I would mainly use social media- Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, etc. I would use social media as it is free and will be promoted internationally instead of just being regionally. I could make flyers or make ads for newspapers but I don’t think I would have the money to do that.
The entire class will have a group event on facebook where we can invite people and we will see who is coming.
Points of Inspiration- Don McCullin
- Show ordinary workers?
- Show events- beginning/start/end
- Be risky
- Give dignity
- The little things
- Being passionate
- A3- 14p-
Ethical issues and such- Dougie
- Would you throw your camera in a persons face?
Today (20th-3rd-17), we did an online lesson. This meant that we had to log in and do a set of questions/tasks. We did tasks such as; ‘write how you can generate ideas’. The lesson did help in terms of getting new ideas. In this lesson I learnt how to generate ideas more creatively. The lesson showed how other people thought creatively and then we looked at a video, which was about different ideas, and it made it so I realised that I should think more out of the box. I thought about how else I could get better ideas and these are some of the activities I could do:
- Talk to a group of people, not just one person
- Think whilst listening to music