Our workshop demonstrating how to use large format cameras was extremely interesting, informative and enabled me to gain a better insight into the function of the camera. I particularly liked the fact that you can change the camera’s tilt shift to change the perspective while you’re photographing architecture. I very much liked the way that you can concentrate upon a particular frame and ensure that the image is exactly the one you desire. This process uses all of your photographic skills and avoids the need to take a wide selection of inferior shots. The process, though it can be very procedural in its nature it can also be extremely fun filled and the outcome is exceptional as the fine details are better especially, as there has never been an identified need to improve it. I found the large format cameras interesting to set up and use though they can be complex t initially, but once established they are comprehensive in their use. I would love to use a large format camera in this project or perhaps a subsequent one as the potential outcome could be tremendous particularly compared to anything else I’ve tried before.
Document Data Workshop
We had a fantastic lecture of how to use documented data, and how its use can be incorporated in new ways for use in photography I found this to be most fascinating, I found the ideas inspiring and highlighted how people overcome obstacles to make intriguing concepts work in contemporary photography. Rarely people are able to look at a potential subject matter and formulate a unique and fascinating image or interesting feature that inspires and excites simultaneously. This ability is profoundly inspirational and prompts you want to build your own stories within that work frame but it also inspires you to adopt similar concepts within your own work. In the workshop we were set a task in which to use one or more photographer’s work to inspire us to create some ideas in our own projects, we set off in groups and we decided to photograph people in the cafeteria buying their lunch, we tried to create a narrative of the person inspired by what they’re wearing or what they were eating or how they’ve styled themselves that particular day.
We took a photograph every five minutes, fifty minutes as a total of ten images and when we came to the editing of the photographs we decided to change the concept to swatches of lunch as the colours they were wearing became a strong element in the images and we decided to modify the images with Photoshop to take snippets of their clothing colours and make four boxes on the right side of the image to identify a narrative which could also suggest their style and coordination which could create a story about them or just their morning for example (if they were in a rush). If we had more time we would have observed a more detailed character profile, identified characteristics and depict a story based on the visuals we had studied. I feel we could then adopt generalisation and judgments to emulate how society forms opinions with very little stimulation or detail. The lack of interaction enhanced the notion of first impressions creating nonfactual opinions. We simply took the photographs so that we were identifying stereotypes by their aesthetic.
I thoroughly enjoyed the work of my peers they had very interesting concepts. One idea I especially liked where they had used Google maps and taken screenshots of all the rivers and waterways that lead into the sea across England we make the observation that this resembled the circulatory system, the estuaries appeared like arteries and veins. We were given the task of taking another peer’s work and changing their concept. My first thought was to make their work into a human heart this was achieved by changing the colours of the land and river to blue and red just like a human heart with oxygenated and non oxygenated blood altering the colour hues, we rotated the images and used a template of the human heart to help us identify where the many veins and arteries reside in the heart. The idea of the heart resonated with me as a heart pumps blood around the body; constantly moving liquid just like a river/sea has a continuous flow especially when the tides change. I also liked the romantic aspect the heart is perceived as the generator of emotions especially as a river or the sea is also perceived as a romantic place for lovers and yet when it is merged it’s like being in a huge complex network, terminating in the heart, the concept draws very similar allusions. I devised this concept due to my individual requirement and researched to find some music about lymphoma and its symptoms there is a quote on the Lymphoma association’s site about how cancer feels like you’ve been dropped into the sea without a life jacket alluding to the idea that the sea was like the blood circulating). The idea of the heart coincided with the idea of my “Picc “line which is inserted into a main vein and terminates in my heart. If we had more time on this project (as we was only given half an hour) to change the concept then we would have created a GIF and added the sound of the beating heart.