Lucy Courtney 513637
Expressing your Vision
Assignment 1 – The Square Mile
1. First Impressions
The initial response was, how do I portray my childhood through a series of photographs, depicting places of my youth? It’s impractical to visit my childhood home. After some consideration, I decided I would not use my youth as a story line, but use the place I now live, Whitchurch.
The idea developed from an initial thought process of ‘My Day’, which quickly changed to reflections. Flicking through photographs recently taken, a reflective bridge and mountains framed by a life buoy, gave me food for thought. I decided the way forward was, use a mirror to reflect sites around the town, manipulating the images to black and white and using people who lived in the locality.
3. Influential Photographers
Using my own photographs as inspiration, looking up suggested reading/online list, as well as further reading/research of a myriad of photographers, I decided 6 influenced me. In my opinion, I took the most interesting aspect of their collections, mixed them all up to create my own vision.
Gawin Barnard – He used what he knew about his environment, so I took this on board and applied it to my series.
Keith Arnatt – I like the way all his images are similar, I used his use of the public and posed them all with the same mirror
Tina Barney – natural emotions, allowing the individuals to be themselves. I took this on board and let the public I asked to assist me be themselves
Karen Knorr – Just as Karen Knorr used text to give a 3rd meaning to her images, I too utilised this and added a fictitious caption to each of my images
Tyler Sheilds – kink the spectator to ponder and question
George Rousse – changing perception of the image, not just taking what we see. By using a mirror and reflecting the area around, I feel I have changed the perception of each image
4. Technical Approach
I wanted to produce something different. Making the spectator think about the image. On the practical side, bright sunshine caused problems with light, shadow and burnout. I made a list of buildings/sites synonymous with Whitchurch and worked through these. I would approach any individual, any age, as long as they were walking slow, seeming not to be in a hurry, keeping away from people with walking aids. Being a person with limited mobility, I know how difficult it would be for them to assist.
5. Strengths and Weaknesses
One weakness of the project was that the mirror had to be held. The image reflected had to be clear. One image of the high street, the sky is burned out. The image doesn’t show the numerous small shops on each side. Additionally, problems occurred when I was too close to the mirror, a reflection of my hand/camera can be seen. In another image the reflection in the mirror was dark, using a flash was out for obvious reasons, and alternate lighting (if I had any) on a busy Saturday morning would have caused an obstruction. On the plus side, the project on the whole went well. I used knowledge from otherwise unknown photographers to me, to think outside the box and produce tangible images of my vision.
6. Developing The Project
Developing this project to a different theme could be very interesting, applied to almost any subject. I have tried to take photographs of the reflection of peoples eyes, this is something I would like to do, but I would want to let the reflection show their true inner feeling by using something held near the eye, for example, a tree. The reflection of the tree would form a great image on the eye surface, especially if it was a bright day. Additionally, It’s the time of year when people will buy calendars/diaries. This particular project could be further developed over next year to produce ‘Around Town’ calendar for 2016.
Part 1 – Assignment 1 – The Square Mile – Planning
Part 1 – Assignment 1 – The Square Mile – Images
Part 1 – Assignment 1 – The Square Mile – Tutor Report
Part 1 – Assignment 1 – The Square Mile – Review and Reflection