Manipulation Development

I felt that my images could be more stronger within the manipulation. I took the circular shape I was initially using and made a duplicated reflection of the same image.

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I thought they were more interesting to look at, as well as still being able to see all of the details of the photograph. I liked they idea of seeing the shapes outline. I did create some visuals that did not show this and felt that the reflection seemed slightly off and not connected.

How I am currently working is based on how the photograph is structured. Some looked better with more negative spaces than others and vice versa.

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My next plan is to play around with colour and shapes. Since I am focusing on a theme that involves emotions, colour is significant to set a nostalgic mood.

The Photographers’ Gallery

The Photographers’ Gallery is dedicated to photography and has collection from the latest to historical artist.

We visited Roger Mayne’s exhibition that includes his work from the 1950s and 1960s. It involves communities from London and outside the capital. He manages to capture street life as well as range of dynamic angles and abstract forms of urban environments.

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The visit to this gallery made me think more on the idea of why today’s society has an interest in old photos. I have seen many street photography that includes people but it does not give me that same feel as I do when look at vintage material. I believe everyone has a collection of old photographs that have a great meaning to them personally. There may be some that do not. However, in perhaps 50 years they will worth a lot.

This is why in the class of this workshop, we were taught not to think so much when we go out to shoot. Because no matter what you photograph is will hold some sort of memory that is different to something digitally produced. Film is personal because it is something that can be stored in a more physically way.

We also visited another exhibition by Diane Lixenberg. Her images were powerful because they were printed on a large scale and were all shot by film. It amazed me how possible it was to create sharp images in the dark room and not digitally.

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Self Initiated Project 2

I will be looking at post-holiday blues, as it something that I have recently felt and that I believe most of go through when returning from a good get away.

The resources I will be using are photographs that I have taken during a trip to Sicily.

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The idea was to manipulate the photos in a way that portrays a memory that you do not want to forget but the truth is you will forget some parts or perhaps may never get another chance to visit.

I have continued to experiment with different ways to show my idea including colours within the image and the manipulation.

Photography Workshop

Today I joined others in a 5 week workshop based on photography. Eddie Otchere, a well known British photographer will be running the course and teaching us the route of photography.

The first class was taken at Photofusion in Brixton which a photography resource centre. We were given a film camera each and told to shoot anything in Brixton. The idea was not to think to much of what you want to photograph, more on just getting out there and being open minded.

When we returned we had the opportunity to develop film. I haave only done this once before and it was great to have the chance to try it again. But then I remembred why I did not like doing the process. The idea is to develop the film in complete darkness, either in a changing bag or in a pitch bag room. The method is simple once you get the hang of it.

Once the film was developed we left them to dry and took a tour of the dark room. I am familiar with the equipment in this room and couldn’t wait to start and refresh my knowledge. We created contact sheets from our film. This is an important step to do, as you want to be able to see what photos are the best, just how you would do digitally.

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It is fun being able to be more in control of how the image will appear. You do not feel restricted by technology.