At the time when I took the photographs I was happy with them however I spoke to Alan this morning and he said that I need to shoot things that are less obvious to the theme and you have to really struggle to find interesting subject matter so your work is more individual and interesting. I've also learned that if I'm shooting subjects on the streets I'm going to use digital so I can shoot faster and don't have constantly light meter the location.
Monday, 17 March 2014
For this shoot I decided to focus on shooting people doing daily mundane things such as reading a book or smoking a cigarette. I shot 35mm colour film, the only problem was I had to light meter a location before I took the photograph I so was constantly light metering as I was walking which isn't ideal when you need to be shooting fast so if I shoot people on the streets again I will use digital. I also used out of date film so the photographs are slightly more grainy than I would like them to be so I reduced the grain in post processing, although I've learned I don't really want to use out of date film unless I have to. I scanned the negatives then cropped and edited them in Adobe Lightroom not really manipulating the photograph just correcting the colours, contrast and exposure.
Last Thursday and Friday I decided to wonder around the city and shoot very informally with no objective just to generate ideas and start working. I shot on 35mm film as I want to work with film a lot more for this project as I only experimented with it briefly for the last project. The first interesting thing I photographed was a piece of cardboard on the ground outside the town hall that had holes cut into it that looked like a winking face.
This is a photograph of a ripped poster an a painted wall and contains a silhouette of a shape that looks like a sumo wrestler digging with a spade, different people could re-interpret the shape differently but that I what I see when I look at the shape. I've showed the photograph to other people and asked what they see in the shape and I have had a variety of answers ranging from a horse to a wolf but its up to individual interpretation.
From this point on I decided to photograph things that simply looked like people or things so I was showing the extra ordinary in the ordinary. I walked for a few hours and only found 3 photographs however they were 3 interesting photographs.
This is a photograph of a of a piece of a large bin I found in an ally, the piece looks like a dogs head especially the dog from 'Wallace and Gromit'. The photograph makes you feel and empathy with the object as it looks like a living creature, you look at it in the same way you look at a wax model or a cartoon, they're not a living organism but they do seem to convey emotion.