Photography workshop- Week 3

It’s been a very, long while since I’ve updated here, but to start off, I’ll be giving a brief feedback on the last week of the photography workshop which I attended. Compared to the previous two weeks where they were more experimentive with developing photos on the photographic paper (is that what you call it?) , this time it involved cartridge paper.  I was quite confused about this method when it was first mentioned, as I’ve never seen or heard of using cartridge paper to print the photos on or even a basic image, so, yes, I was pretty new to this.

I chose two different images to print on to ascetate; the first one was actually a  drawing base for the GOATBED poster, that I later edited in photoshop by using a photograph I had taken in week one. As they had to be in black and white, I changed it to that in the desaturate filter. While I may mention what my second photo was, some may tell me that, that was a poor decision. So, I purposely re-used the same photograph that I used in the edited version for my drawn image. I did this intentionally to see what the difference would be between the two and by having a 2d image on top of a 3d image, it certainly did make a huge difference.

I was actually quite fond of the outcome, as they proved how different an image can look once you play around with it a little.

For example, I layed them over each other:

It became an even bolder and more graphic image. I absolutely adored how there’s this overlap of different lines and stripes coming across over the drawn/edited image.

Besides learning about this very new technique, I learnt from the testing, experimentation and development of each image was that I need to be more patient with how I set each thing out. I felt that on a couple of the wash outs, I was rushing the process and that left the image to underdevelop or over develop at times. I was truely disappointed in myself for doing this, but then again, that wasn’t the only lesson I had learnt.

(will post photos of these later)

With each ascetated image I had created, they can be seen a new light once they are re-arranged on the paper differently, or if I over layed the two together they would become a new photograph; this in itself was quite interesting.

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Photography: Week 1 and 2– “It’s awfully sunny out here, but I do like a bit of SHADE.”

First of all, this isn’t my first time doing this kind of Photography that involves exposures and the dark room. I spent some time doing a few little projects in my first and second year at UCA Maidstone, but that was a little slit in a box and letting the sun expose the paper inside.  I must admit I was looking very forward to doing a subject that involved the darkroom because it can lead you to many different outcomes and they can either turn out bad or good. In spite of that, it’s only in the eye of the viewer that it can be considered that way.

I’ll now begin to brief you on what happened for the first week.  It was the introduction week, we all had our first little talk about the cameras and how to use them– that, I was new to. From our 20 to 30 minute talk about the preparation of cameras, the ways we can use it to take interesting shots, I found myself being a little confused on some of the details. Sometimes, the camera wouldn’t click at all for me, but moving on from that, the next stage was going out and taking our photographs. Spencer advised us to take a couple of shots of each other as a test first, so I did. I managed to get a few decent shots of Sasha. At that point of time, I didn’t know what the result would turn out like, it could of turned out blurry, or as sharp as a whistle.

Progressing on, as a group we made our way down to Brick lane. Brick lane always has such fantastic, quirky and rough features to see all around. We went on snapping, but as I mentioned before about my camera not clicking, I don’t think I was able to grasp as many images due to that. I did get some though, as I checked on the film reel when I returned to the studio.

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Before I go on to talk about the exposures, I found some intriguing posters pinned up on the wall, and I thought that this would be quite a perfect link in to the project for ‘The soundtrack of our lives’ as this is a poster series, which are synced with each other. Though, the place was grubby and made me feel slightly uncomfortable, the art work on the walls draw me away from that sensation. The bold lines, colours and lack of detail enthralls me.

On to the return back to the studio, when it came to developing the film, I had accidentally over exposed mine, so I ended up losing half of my photographs. I took it with an ‘Oh well’, but I felt extremely gutted by the loss. They could’ve been pretty useful for any future projects, or even this one. Then again, I could always retake the shots of the ones I wanted to take again.

The testing process was good way of practicing and experimenting with the timer and light settings, I wasn’t very good with this process either, but with some help, I was able to get on to getting some more done.

As you may see, the photos appear to be larger than the contract sheet thumbnails; this was done via the enlarger and the image was caught on the light projected on to the photo sheet. The first few tests were coming out blurry,  these were done for 24 seconds on the timer. I had to double check, whether or not the sharpness was there or not, but it turns out the problem was actually the image.

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Tried out a sharper image this time, it was quite a nice outcome. I really loved how graphic this photo was, I was also quite fond of the thick marks made.

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One of my favourite shots; there’s a strong focal point on this.

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This one was actually an error made; there were two images and they some how merged together when they were being developed. The thing that struck about his was that the outcome was unusually luring, there were some aspects on it that made me want to pay close attention to.

Taking everything in to account so far, I’ve really enjoyed these two sessions so far because it allows us to experiment, test and be free with what we’re doing and I particularly enjoy recording things that I find unusual or things that people don’t tend to pay a lot of attention to.

Photography rotation part 2

Here are some of the photographs of my sketchbook work, ideas, photographs and progress made for the magazine article. I have my blog for my more longer explanations for my work, progress, workshops, tutorials etc, but I like to keep nearly all of my planning, notes, research, ideas and work in my sketchbooks. It’s simply a ‘Just in case’ kind of thing. If anything were to happen to my sketchbook, or my blog, I can always have a backup.

IMG_20151020_114240My brainstorm ideas for the photographs I was looking in to taking for that day; I wanted to focus it down to city lifestyle, which then gave me the idea to narrow it down to London city lifestyle instead. To make it a more interesting page to look at, I started to draw next to the words what they were.

 

IMG_20151020_113943“On that day… humanity received a grim reminder… that they live in fear of the pigeons…” Simply a reference to Shingeki no kyojin (Attack on titan); No one will get that. Just ignore it. With some of my left over images, I tried to collage them in to a new image and layer them. It’s the kind of thing you would do to fill up a messy ending to an introduction on a page. This was indeed my introduction page. Here, I explained in more detail about my project theme and started to discuss about the target audience and what kind of atmosphere feeling I would like the article to have.    IMG_20151020_114159a

At the start, I had a few ideas for the typology, so I mapped those out and put down my ideas for that. I thought about the typical ways of how a magazine would usually present typologies and how I could change that with my one by putting in text right near it, or moving some of the images in a way that the layout didn’t look so square or rectangular.

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Started to do some research on magazines focusing on lifestyle and architecture. Annotated and discussed that. –>

Layout ideas page. I had more than one page for this, I had so many different ideas of how I wanted to lay the images out or the text. I figured out that thIMG_20151020_114323ere were so many ways that I could do this, but in order for me to continue, I needed to test a few of these ideas out in the little time that I had.

 

 

 

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Continuing to develop ideas and research magazines, I practiced making some drafts of the pages and eventually, I took the final design to indesign and finished it.

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Rotations– Photography

For this rotation week, we shall be researching about photographic typologies, brainstorming ideas on our magazine subject, producing a series of images and presenting them in an A4 format on 5 pages.

I will need to start planning out my target subject, which I have decided it will be for a lifestyle magazine, such as Icon. The theme will be city life. I’ll need to think of whether, or not this will be a commercial magazine, or one of those magazines where it’s a general read for leisure kind.

The things I’ll need to keep in mind will be the specifics, for example; will one image take up two pages? How will the magazine be presented? what kinds of photos will I take? Will the photographs be in colour, or black and white? Will some of these images be objects on their own? If so, how will I present them?

Before I proceeded to go and take a look at magazines and take images, I began by taking notes from the talk to remind myself of the task:

  • Photographic typologies-
  • Typographic
  • Seeing things in a different way
  • No emotional feelings or attachment to subject or object

Another thing, that I wanted to keep in mind is that I need to try and make a typology in the magazine somehow.

As my theme for the magazine article will be London city life; my aim for it will be making it a lifestyle type of article where it will describe how the atmosphere is there. I quite often get asked about what London is like, or what’s it like traveling there and back. If I settle for that, that will give me a general idea of who the target audience is for the task.

On Monday, I went out and trawled the streets of Aldgate, Whitechapel and Tower hill to take my images. This took the whole day to do this, but it was worth it. I was snapping shots of the big, steady buildings, constructions, builders, business workers, shops, birds, vehicles, stations, signs, statues and even the Tower of London. I did enjoy doing this, I achieved a lot of outcomes from doing this. The reason for taking so many was because there was so many outcomes that could give people a feeling of having an idea of what London is like. The colours and tones depicted in each colour were very bland, there were greys, browns, whites and the only However, the difficult task was up ahead. I needed to then make a decision of which images I was going to present on paper.

I acknowledge that I only have 5 or 6 pages to do this. 12 images needed to be presented as a typology and I needed at least 4 for one page, 1 for a double page spread and perhaps, 3 or 4 for another two pages.

I took several photos of Tower bridge and they stand out pretty strong and they’re captivating, there was one especially which I was pretty proud of. I’m planning on using that as one image, that will spread across two pages to draw attention for the reader in relation to how Icon have presented their larger images on their pages for the advertisements or even for general photos they want to show. It may work, or it may not. In the draft, I will test it out and see how it’ll work out in the review on Thursday.

In my sketchbook, I began to brainstorm some more ideas and considerations for the layout of the typology page. I started of drawing a couple of ideas, I didn’t like the because they took up the whole page. I tried to think creatively by rearranging the icon sized boxes in a way that’s not usually seen done in a magazine where they’re in a grid. I tried to move them in a specific order, so I could attempt to place the body text beside the photographs.

As for layout again, I continued to think about the border around the sides of the page. I noticed that Icon has very thick borders, I changed the border size to a thinner one, so it would be about one or two centimeters in width; I also started thinking about the font they use. The font is formal, clear and clean. My assumption is that the size of it is 12 and the font style is Arial. I want to keep to this as the focus is more on the images for this project, but it would be good for me to try and at least consider these traits. There wasn’t a lot of colour used in the Icon magazines, the only colour that I can see used for the text is for the titles. The colour red can be seen quite often in the typology I had set out. I could use that particular colour for the headers/titles.