The three tasks so far have focussed on technical skills and application thereof. We have focussed this week on storytelling through bodies of work (the books and the movie) through technical application (the lighting workshops that turned into scene setting with actors and scripts) and by discussing “Why?” in tutorial.
Your final task is to build on this and make it your own. You will re-visit the “Human Presence” theme using all of the skills and techniques discussed and explored. You will previsualise your images and tell a story, that narrative will include an environment both populated and empty, detail studies and images of people, it will have a beginning a middle and an end, you will consider pace and flow, tension and resolution.
The amount and nature of the piece will reflect one month’s work (a significant chunk of time we expect a significant piece of work).
For the final task I decided to build up on what I did on Task 2 and 3. I started building more complex stories on the person who lives in that storage room. Finally I decided to recreate a crime scene. What came out this story is as I was thinking initially, but I am more than happy with the outcome.
The story builds up without much information intentionally in order to let your imagination take part in my story. It is open to interpretation. I am portraying a story around a space instead of a character and that is why I am telling it from two different points of views. The first one being our point of view, introducing tragic irony, while the second one being the characters point of view. You are aware what is probably going on. But for him, the character it’s a surprise. The character is probably an investigator or a police officer and that is why some pictures look more like taken by the forensics team. I shot most of it with low key lighting and low angled shots to give a more dark and sinister feeling to the story.
For this shooting I used:
2x Bowens Esprit 500 watts
a snoot with a honeycomb
a wafer strip light box
2x Pulsar radio triggers
a Canon 5D Mark II (24-105mm, 50mm lens)
a tripod and a low backlite stand, extension pole
a light meter
a laptop tethered to the camera
Enjoy! (click on the first one to start the gallery show)
For the third task build around the theme of Human Presence I had to make portraits of the people that populate my chosen location.
Your focus of photographic interest in task three is to make images of the people that populate your chosen location. Your approach may be that of a documentary practitioner or you may choose to develop your practical approach to portraiture. Whichever; your decisions, experiments and practical research should be detailed in throughout and supported by your sketchbook/diary/blog.
Your images can be made in situ or away from the site (whichever you prefer), naturally/ artificially lit or a combination thereof.
You should again apply the knowledge garnered throughout Level One, drawing on inspiration from the range of artists and practitioners so far covered as well as your own research and investigations. You should continue to develop your own practice within the module and communicate your unique vision of the world.
I got attracted by a particular space in the house I live in. The garage; which is our landlord’s storage room is filled with old furniture and tools. I thought of this place and start imagining stories I could around it. I imagined that it could be a cabin in the woods and the person who occupies it. Then I thought of murder stories and crime. I decided then to start applying my imagination into this space.
With great help and inspiration from fellow photographer Ioana Bultoc we started the project. It’s really great working with other creative people because you can share your vision or help them out in theirs. Ioana helped a lot giving ideas and of course taking the photographs. I mostly operated the light meter and the lights, as well as act. My imaginations were built around a male personality, which would either leave isolated in the woods or capable to murder someone. Because my planning wasn’t thorough and I didn’t have a story board my ideas were spread everywhere in the room, without any actual goal. So we ended up having a hybrid of those two ideas.
Revisit your chosen location again devoid of human presence. This time you should look for the evidence of its erstwhile inhabitants and produce a series of photographic still-lives of this subject matter.
You can document the artefacts in situ or away from the site (whichever you prefer), naturally/ artificially lit or a combination thereof, the crucial thing is that when we look at these items they should appear as something entirely new to us and drenched in the magic of your location and redolent of the way that you see the world.
You should again apply the knowledge garnered throughout Level One, drawing on inspiration from the range of artists and practitioners so far covered as well as your own research and investigations. You should continue to develop your own practice within the module and strive to communicate your unique vision of the world.
When this task came up I couldn’t find a way to follow the brief in a realistic way so I decided to change the theme and the location. I used a storage room situated at the back of the garden. This storage room/parking space is full of old used materials of any kind; doors, beds, tiles, chairs and some old tools. I liked the idea of investigating the things individually and start imagining their previous use inside the house was. I am sure they had their days of glory, but now are retired and left to rot.
For this task I used a Diana F+ with colour and B&W 120 rolls and the pinhole setting. It is so simple you just have to take the lens off and use the pinhole ring on the aperture. I used a flashgun that came with the kit on some the photographs.
In order to support Task 2 I made some photographs according to Task 1 brief to fill any possible gaps.