Post-Photographic Portrait

The culmination of this module will be the production of a “post-photographic portrait”.

You should source and develop a subject whose story you tell through the production and broadcast of a “A Post-Photographic Portrait”; a phrase that we will investigate and clarify over the course of the module. Your decisions throughout  this process should build upon and further develop the work we’ve begun in creative workshop and throughout the lecture series. This process should be evidenced explicitly and succinctly on your blog as well

I have created 7 animated gifs for the remix task of Jonathan Worth’s photographs of author Cory Doctorow.

Also, as a concept of post-photographic representation I though using timeline.js from knightlab. This is a script in javascript which utilizes Google Spreadsheets for holding the data that will show on the timeline. The timeline allows all kinds of content to be embedded (text, audio, video, maps, tweet, photographs, links) and thus can become a successful transmedia story.


#Picbod 4 | Negotiation

You should precipitate a live encounter with a stranger and make a series of images with that subject. During this process you should both depict the subject in the environment and at some point venture into the subjectʼs personal space, you should do this and come away with at least one personal story from them.
Do the exercise once without showing the subject the images, then share the work with them and make another set. Consider how this effects the power-relationship.
Use common sense when approaching members of the public. Provoking a fight, abusing subjects and/or getting arrested is not considered ʻGood or effective Photographic Practiceʼ in this context.

This specific task can be very easy and very hard the same time. Although I am very curious what I can get from a situation such as this I didn’t pursuit my ideas. Last week my housemate, Alexis, was home with his girlfriend, which I met for the first time. The moment we met she was making pancakes, and offered me. What could go better than this, especially when you don’t have food in the fridge.. It happens that the same day I had planned to run a tutorial with Daniel, the other housemate, so he can make photographs for the Empowered Portrait task (I ‘ll be posting soon this). I told her that I would be taking portraits of her. I can’t say she didn’t like the idea, but she didn’t really look to love it. I then explained her the reason for these portraits.

Alicja, portrait

She told me that she likes photography and it’s her hobby. I asked very typical questions to make conversation. She sat on the table and chatted with Daniel who was enjoying a pancake. I picked-up the RB67, looked through the viewfinder. This camera is a challenge to shoot handheld. I was expecting she would be out of her comfort zone, as it was the first time she came to our place. Instead, I was out of my comfort zone. It took me about 10 minutes to find a proper way to hold the camera. Let’s not not forget that the image on the focusing screen is displayed in reverse, right is left, left is right… poor composition. I hadn’t used the RB67 since October, which made me look ridiculous. Most of the shots the mirror crank didn’t work, or the sync cable wasn’t responding. I know that in these situations it’s better to know your equipment, so you don’t miss your chances, but I might have looked less intimidating to her with my amateurish manners. I couldn’t possibly have all the control I wanted. I remember as I looked through the lens, she was calm. I relaxed as well.

Alicja, portrait

Daniel was meant to be the best assistant without any prior arrangements. We had been out the previous night and as for most, it wasn’t for just a pint, as you always state before leaving the house. Imagine, the joy waking up feeling dizzy, dehydrated and hungry, only to find a stranger in your kitchen with pancakes, chocolate spread and fruits. To continue, Daniel was chatting with her, which made my job easier. There were some very short moments, where she forgot I was taking photographs. I went through the film very fast. Next day I developed and scanned it. I showed her the photographs and asked her which ones she likes. Her edit was pretty much the same with mine.

Alicja, portrait

Her name is Alicja, 27 years old. She’s a chef in a place in Warwick. She came from Poland in order to get a job. As I understand her dream is to be a chef, maybe at more prestigious restaurants, but there is always that place you start from.

Portrait Workshop – The whistleblower

Portrait Workshop
Whose portrait is it?

Writing about the aesthetics of Portraiture in lone Visions Crowded frame  (94) in his opening chapter Max Kozloff writes

“ Portrait photographs are invested with a routine deception”

Using this quote as a starting point consider how differently you would approach a portrait brief, depending on who has commissioned it.

Like the last studio workshop this is a collaborative workshop, which requires you to work as a team. Working in groups of 3, you need to make portraits of the same person for two different clients. The clients are the guardian, for which you need to produce work for a feature spread in the guardian magazine and a front book cover for Harper Collins publishing. Prior to taking any photographs do some research on the clients and see how differently they use photographs. The aim is to consider not only how you take a photograph but also how that photograph meets the clients requirements.

For the purposes of the brief, the person photographed is a ‘whistleblower’ , add your own back story to this commission to situate the story and help you decide how you will take the photographs.

Our response for the book cover

And our response for the magazine feature

The back story

The whistleblower is seen leaving his house. Next he is leaving the City Council where he has just acquired vital information from a government official. After he meets with a source, possibly a journalist, outside the Coventry Evening Telegraph building. Then he goes to the local BBC radio station to take speak in a show that he will reveal the truth.