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Specialist Studio Practice 3 – Evaluation

4th May 2016

Throughout this project I have developed my project idea and skills as a professional photographer successfully. I have shown this by:

Using my knowledge and understanding of my subject when it comes to narrative processes. I have extensively studied my subject (people) and have analysed different photographers work such as Martin Parr, Nick Waplington & Richard Billingham. I have researched and efficiently produced a 5,000 word dissertation (within another module – Specialist Photography Contexts 3) on the subjects of Portrait Photography, Social Documentary Photography, The Subjective View of the photographer, the subject and the viewer, The Informal Portrait (a mix of Portrait & Social Documentary), I have studied the work of the 3 photographers mentioned ^^^ and concluded that communication and intention are key processes within photographing people. This relates directly with my photographic practice in my final major project but also my professional practice within another module Specialist Professional Practice 3 – within which I successfully wrote a seminar paper and presented a seminar of all my professional experience gained and research towards my business and future plans within business.

I have proved my cognitive and intellectual skills through the constant communication I have proven within my folder through countless emails and messages with the people I know, photograph, have photographed for (clients), have modelled for and professional photographers within my field. I have also had conversations with many people in person on the topic of my final major project. I have communicated ideas and concepts a lot with all of the external work I have done, and also within my ability to communicate my thoughts, desires and ideas to a graphic designer to create a business logo for myself. I have problem solved within many situations with outside work down to my project work and I have used my initiative vastly. I have withheld a positive attitude even when problems have felt like they would not end. I have kept a check on my attitude and thought of ways around things instead of giving up. I have problem solved by adapting the way I talk about my project for each person that I talk to.

I have exercised practical and professional skills throughout my practice, from the way I approach people and my attitude, to the quality of work I provide and the software I use to polish it off. I have put more things in place towards launching my business than ever before, and have put much thought into how I will achieve this practically – instead of it just being a far off goal. I have presented all of my professional experience and ideas within the Specialist Professional Practice 3 module when I presented my seminar. I have also considered how I want to present my work in depth and have began to make active contributions towards making these thoughts a reality, especially towards my end of year show. I have successfully met up and discussed with my mentor – Adam Carver of Little Daisy’s Shipley and have gained extensive knowledge as well as effective solutions for my business in the future, from which I have started to make steps towards my long term goals. I have problem solved within my professional capacity by adapting the way I store my work and the way I edit afterwards. I have strived to learn quicker and more efficient ways to get the job done quickly, but to a high standard. I have clearly and solidly evaluated throughout.

I believe my key transferable skills have been evident within my creation of a survey of questions surrounding my subject, and interpreting answers from this survey that back up my project idea and images. I believe I have explored deep observations within my images in comparison and in conjunction with the statistics and answers obtained from my survey. I have efficiently used software to enhance not only my images but my methods of handling my images too. I am not a heavy editor on images such as my project where the concept is very natural and true to life, however when needed I can be extremely talented with a high skill and knowledge of how to use software to my advantage to create a final edited image. I have also used software outside of my discipline to create a video for an external business.

(See folder and prints as evidence).

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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 Studio Practice 3 – Shoot towards project

19th March 2016

Zach & Katie

I contacted a lady I know well and photographed her and her children – brother and sister Zach (age 7) & Katie (age 5), at their local park where they like to play regularly. My aim was to capture them naturally interacting with each other and their surroundings, and the connection they share. Zach & Katie’s story is amazing because they were both diagnosed with severe autism at a young age and were told by professionals it would majorly affect them for the rest of their life. However as they’ve grown and developed they have gotten better and better and their parents (Sharon & Alan) have had so much faith through their journey and have seen God work amazingly in each of their children. Now, looking at Zach & Katie, you would not guess they have autism. They are still on a journey and it is still tough but they have exceeded all expectations put on them and their development so far. Both Zach & Katie have wonderful little personalities and I wanted to encapsulate this in my photographs so I got to know them a little bit more as I played with them and talked to them too before photographing them.

Here are my images from the shoot:

At first I felt some of the images were a little posed and their mum kept telling them to smile at the camera which made them aware I was photographing them. However as time went on they got used to me being around and played naturally with each other and other children in the park. I feel though that my strongest images within this set are the ones I took of them sat talking together on the bench. I did manufacture this shot in a sense (by asking them to sit together on a bench – as they are so active and tend to run in different directions when at the park!) however I then waited to see what happened between them and that’s when I got the authentic connection between them – Zach started telling poo and wee jokes which had us all giggling! But I loved this because that’s just Zach at the moment, he’s at that age where he finds the concept of bodily function hilarious! That’s the realness about children that I love. I also like the shots where Zach puts his arm around Katie and talks and laughs with her closely, as well as making funny faces. I get a sense that his personality is coming through more in these shots. The shots where he is whispering to Katie & she is pulling away is also a great moment as it is quite typical ‘brother and sister’.

I feel this shoot was a success because I captured some great moments, however now I will need to select down for my final images – thinking about my ‘REAL’ concept and capturing something that’s authentic.

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Specialist Technique & Process 3 -Image selection

Summing up all that I’ve done this semester I am selecting down images for my project and what I feel represents my idea and addresses my issues the best. I am also selecting my best images with regards to the techniques & processes and external jobs undertaken within this project.

My aim was to explore and capture genuine relationships between people, and specific moments that show this. I wanted to capture the ‘real’ within relationships.

My Final chosen images:

My best practice images:


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Specialist Technique & Process 3 – Evaluation

12th February 2016


The aim of this project was to capture relationships. I wanted to show real connections between people and real emotions/scenes of what life and relationships are actually like – opposed to the media’s common representation of the ‘Hallmark version’ of relationships. I wanted to, and will go on to capture, something REAL.

At the start of the semester I had a word – ‘relationship’ – but it needed development. At first I was thinking very broad – my first 10 questions show this, as I was thinking about not only capturing relationship with the camera – but about relationships beyond that. For example the relationship we have with ourselves, the way we view ourselves and whether the media has skewed our ‘view of self’, the relationship between the photographer and the subject, the relationship the subject has with the environment they are photographed in, the subjects relationship with objects associated with relationship and the photographers relationship with themselves. However when getting feedback on my questions I realised I needed to focus on the subject –

What would I actually be photographing and why? What am I trying to capture/show?

So as I went on I realised I wanted to capture relationships between people and scenarios where I could get natural shots of them, where emotion – whether good, bad or ugly, could be seen. This conclusion came from shooting at a family party and getting feedback on these images. It made me realise I could actually create an environment for people where they could just be themselves with each other, and by asking questions about the subjects relationship whilst photographing, I could see how this would be a great tool to capture this ‘realness’. So I went on and photographed Jess and Josh in this way. I felt I got good results from this shoot, but I also realised the questions I ask are very important to what reaction I get/create.

I photographed Chris & Lisa’s wedding and because they wanted more documentary style images – this was also a great opportunity for me to capture ‘moments’. I Weddings are one of the best opportunities to capture emotion because of the celebration of something so deep. This was also a consideration when photographing Sarah & Alex, however they were more posed engagement style shots, although I did try and capture a few natural moments within that too.

I went on with my research and as part of my dissertation also, I began to look at the work of Richard Billingham – Ray’s a laugh, Nick Waplington – Weddings, Parties, Anything & Living room, and Martin Parr’s work. This was a huge inspiration for me and I saw how real their images were. Ray’s a laugh was such an emotive body of work it almost drove me to tears, and I wanted that reaction/feeling for my viewers when looking at the images I create – whatever emotion I capture in each image I want it to be so real that even the viewer feels it and can identify it. I loved the way Nick Waplington captured such specific moments between the family he stayed with. I could see that with his work, timing was definitely a key element. I also like how families can relate to his work because of the real moments he captured within the family dynamic. He also had an ironic/humerous edge to his work which I really liked. Martin Parr’s work I found quite intrusive in some ways – and it could be perceived as offensive to some. I think this is because of his intention behind the people he chose to photograph, and the angle he put on them. He was trying to show how bad things got in The Last Resort, and he chose his moments carefully. However the thing I admire about his work is that – it opposes the media’s glamorous version of places and relationships. Although he did show people in quite a specific light to make a point, none of his work is staged/posed. It’s real. It’s real life scenarios. It’s real people and real families. It’s everyday life in that place. These were all elements I wanted to include in my work, but I would put a different angle on it. I wanted to look through a lens of love, understanding and ultimately ‘we are all human, let’s just be real about it.’

I then began to photograph in this style with my images over Christmas and New Year. I felt that these were some of my strongest images because I photographed in a documentary style, but focused in on specific moments. I had the styles of these 3 photographers in mind whilst shooting, and I felt it paid off a lot. I managed to capture real moments consisting of a lot of different emotions – fun, irony, joy, concentration, seeking of approval, seriousness, expectation, hilarity, care, love, sarcasm, nostalgia and surprise. I had a specific intention in mind when photographing, and this is what I believe helped me ‘see’ these moments to be able to capture them.

I believe through this project I showed a Knowledge and Understanding of my subject throughout, at first I developed my ten questions about relationships in a more academic sense and did research to support these questions. These questions, because they were more academic I could actually use them for my dissertation work. However I needed to hone in more on the subject itself, and I developed further by looking at different photographers to influence my photographing of the subject and how I approached it. I looked at their styling, questions around representation and the techniques they used for example – their positioning, framing, height they photographed from etc. This research was also used in the process of forming and beginning to write my dissertation.

I believe I have demonstrated Cognitive and Intellectual skills throughout my analysis of all my works – from my reasoning all the way through to getting the job done in a professional and safe manor. I have also developed my knowledge of paper work e.g writing an Invoice for companies and filling out Freelance forms, the contracts that I need to develop on as a photographer photographing people and how to deal with the public. I have always carried out jobs with the utmost consideration and looked into health and safety throughout a range of different scenarios, as I have approached many different kind of jobs throughout this semester, and it has taught me more things to consider for next time.

I believe my Practical & Professional Skills have been shown throughout where I have formed and followed through a project, tested different styles and techniques and developed the style I photograph my project in. I have acted on feedback given and have pursued photographers within my research to help develop this project. I have worked on many external jobs and opportunities this semester and this has developed my skills as a professional, and taught me more practical ways of handling situations. I have been working as a professional and providing services for other professionals to a high standard. Most of my external work has been paid jobs and has helped me promote myself as an individual, as a photography company. I have undertaken jobs that are ‘routine’ to me, however I have also faced and problem solved in many new, ‘non-routine’ situations such as photographing Head shots for a company, photographing and arranging Geoff Latz art to a portfolio standard and photographing for the Sugar Snap Kitchen Event (food photography). I have become increasingly aware of the industry and how it works, and I believe I have grown significantly as a professional over the expanse of this project.

I have become better and better in my Key Transferable Skills and how I communicate with people on different levels. For example I have refined my wording when describing my project to people I want to photograph and also when describing myself as a photographer and ‘what I do’ to different professionals. I have understood that when talking to different people, I have to meet them where they are at and communicate effectively. Seen as I have increased my knowledge and have gained new skill sets throughout this project, I believe this will benefit me in the long run, and has opened my eyes to what needs to be done in future for myself as a professional with a business.

In conclusion, I believe my portfolio images show examples of this whole process, from my project work, to external jobs and techniques learnt and used throughout this project.

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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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