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Specialist Studio Practice 3 – Feedback on images

28th April 2016

I met up with my tutor and received feedback on all my images so far for my project. This was a great time and we talked about everything ‘people’ and discussed my project idea and selecting down – looking at what message I’m really trying to say and portray through this set of images. We went through each of my shoots so far and analysed through the images commenting on key elements such as focus, composition and lighting, but most importantly on facial expression, body language, emotion and positioning of people within the shot.

It was interesting though because I learnt that not everyone has the same version of what is ‘real’. For example, I know the people I have photographed so I know when they’re posing and when they’re not. I know their personalities and the relationships they have, for example who has the strongest bonds with one another etc. However I realised from comments my tutor made about the people in my images, that he was coming from his own perspective about them – being people he doesn’t know. I noticed how our perceptions of, say, children and their temperament differ from one person to another. Some people love kids and see them as little angels. Some people really don’t like children and perceive them as ‘naughty’. Some people are indifferent.

It made me think about and question the judgements that we make on people according to our own experiences or perceptions. This feedback helped me understand something beyond just a photo on a screen, but helped me understand us as humans and the way our minds work even more.

The feedback I gained also aided me in my editing and selecting process. I realised that I have to go with my instinct with these images. After all I am the one holding the passion for this project and I know my heart motives of why I started doing this in the first place.

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Specialist Technique & Process 3 – Feedback on my project

12th November 2015

After showing my tutor the images I had shot of Jess & Josh, I got some helpful feedback which enabled me to think deeper and further into my project and how I could approach it:

  • Look at the series “Small Town Inertia” – J.A Motram – photographing people who don’t have a voice. This could relate to the type of photography I am doing for this project because I am helping people have a voice in their relationships and giving their relationship a voice and capturing/representing this using photography.
  • Use a white reflector on shoots next time because the back lighting on the photographs of Jess & Josh meant their faces were dark and I had to edit the images a lot because when I lightened the images the background & hair line bleached out but the faces still weren’t bright enough.
  • Thinking about people and relationships – baggage in a relationship – what is that & the reality that we all have baggage to an extent – how do we deal with that in our relationships?
  • Look at article on Yahoo News about a war time veteran finding and reading a love letter from a past relationship
  • Think about expectations within relationships – what society deems acceptable or rather defines “what a relationship is” – e.g mixed race relationships, same sex, old & young… is this our problem to worry about? surely as long as a relationship is emotionally healthy e.g their isn’t emotional manipulation/abuse happening – it should be ok?
  • Thinking about my interview techniques when talking to the people I photograph – what works best?
  • Would bringing them out of their comfort zone into a different environment work? Thoughts about territory and seeing how they react

This was a good session for me and had given me food for thought that I can move forward with. Next I will try and apply these thoughts/techniques for next time I photograph, and can include these findings in my research.

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Specialist Technique & Process 3 – Feedback on my project

3rd November 2015

I presented my previous 3-5 images towards my project to the class and received some useful feedback. They commented on the individual connections between the people and how some were stronger images than others with regards to the context behind the subject(s).

  • Work on engineering the context more to get that relationship [between the people] fully – waiting for the moment but also with the use of angles showing the background better and giving the relationship more of a specific context
  • Creating a time/moment between people – within location & studio – YOU [myself] are the one who needs to communicate & make that happen – ask questions, reminisce on their good times, memories, get them talking about their relationship & it’s importance
  • This could be your Unique Selling Point within your business – “Take a moment…” – this could be a time for people to review their relationship, talk, and spend some time together, away from the business of every day life. Getting people together and creating a time – for them, but they’re being photographed at the same time to create further bonding (and people will probably want to buy these images more than staged/posed images where they look stiff and awkward!)

In class I instantly had a couple in mind who I wanted to photograph so contacted them straight away to try out this ‘creating moments’ idea.

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