When starting the final major project I didn’t have a set idea of what I wanted to do, all I knew is that I wanted to document youths of today. Progressing through the project I developed many different ideas that contributed towards my final images and ideas, allowing me to grow and get more of a sense of what I wanted my final work to look like. As I went on to take more shoots my ideas started to come together more clearly. Carrying out a lot of research on many different aspects throughout the project helped me a lot as it was a way to get inspiration from other artist and adapt and use in my own style. I made sure to explore many different techniques such as doing a test film shoot; creating a moving image and also developing one of my shoots by experimenting with fill in flash . I also experimented with different layouts, captions and editing techniques, finding which ones fit best with the goal I had in mind. I do feel I had a solid plan from start to finish that really helped me stay on track and kept me to the brief throughout.
I am really proud of the outcome of my final images as they really capture different elements of the models and how they all lead a different life but are still able to come together. Using different angles, viewpoints and cropping to ensure I got a wide range of image across every shoot worked well. Adding all these elements together in a grid worked perfectly as it allowed the viewer to see every aspect from the shoot, including wide shots and details. Having the 4 big collages was nice to have as they allowed each of the subjects to stand out on their own. Having the smaller images scattered around each model creates a link; that they share friends and have similar aspirations in life. It also mirrors how chaotic a youth’s life can be, as everything is changing and they still have so much to learn. By having the words on the images was a way to add a more personal aspect as it shows what each of the models were feeling and thinking. I wanted the viewer to feel as if they were looking into someone else’s life, whilst comparing the similarities and differences of their day-to-day lives. As stated in my artist statement my work is not only about documenting their story but mine also. My work makes the viewers see what I see, as these are all my friends and I’m involved in each of their journeys.
To improve my project I feel it would have been interesting to do more shoots with larger groups of people. However it is hard to make that happen, as students are very busy. I could explore deeper into their personal lives, including their family, showing the difference between how they act towards their family vs. friends. I would have loved to get the models to write the text that was across some of the images to make it even more personal to each of the subjects.
I was looking at Wolfgang Tillmans exhibition as they displayed a lot of images, which relates to my work as I too plan on displaying a lot of image. I like how not all of the images are the same size, it brings the viewer closer to the images as they have to get close to see within the smaller images. The colours within the images allow each one to stand on its own even though it’s in a sea of other images. They have almost scattered images over the wall but some how it doesn’t look a mess, to them it is an organised mess. It shows me I don’t have to place all my images perfectly straight next to one another along the wall. Even though they have more space to display their work than I do I am going to take inspiration and apply it to my display by scattering my images in a way that to me is organised
Studying photography for the past four years I feel my work has grown a lot with me. Stepping out of my comfort zone was a way to always push myself to grow, even branching out to mixed media and moving image. I have found so much joy in exploring different mediums within photography, teaching me a lot about the technical aspects as well as the deeper meaning hidden behind an image. Every image has it’s own story and its up to the viewer to decipher what that meaning is. Everyone has a story to tell and I want to show mine through my photography, making sure to include the places and people that surround me. You may look at my work thinking I have just shown you the story of another but my story is in there too.
Refined statement for exhibition-
Every image has it’s own story and its up to the viewer to decipher what that meaning is. Everyone has a story to tell and I wanted to show mine through my photography, making sure to include the places and people that surround me. So you may look at my work thinking I have just shown you the story of another but my story is in there too. My work explores what it means to step out of your comfort zone. It is a way to always push myself to grow. To branch out to mixed media and moving image.
As I wanted all my big images to be the same size and have the smaller one as close to the same size as possible (as all the grids are different size the only way to get them exact same size would be to re do all the grids.)
I first cropped out the large white border on each of the images, leaving a small on that fit with the space that was left in between the images.
I then looked at my image size. I unlinked the width and height to change the resolution to 300, as I need a high resolution. Once the resolution was changed I linked the width and height back together. Making sure the units were in inches I made either the width or height fit perfectly with the correct 6×4. If there it didn’t fit the 6×4 perfectly it didn’t matter, this just allows the images to be printed the same size.
After the image was the right size I dragged it into a new blank image that was the correct 6×4 dimensions, with a 300 resolution.
I know that the images will have some excess white border but after they are printed I will trim them to have the small border I want.
An option for printing my images is to use the collages printer. The costs with this would be having to buy my own printer paper. I think I want to use matte paper but I thought I would be best for me to compare the prices for matte and glossy incase I changed my mind before. The problem with this is there will be excess paper, which will be a waste of money and unfortunately I was not able to find any smaller packets. It would however allow room for mistakes.
I could use a photo printing website, this will ensure no wastage. I will have to choose the sizes I want my images, this would help to keep all my images roughly the same size. Looking at the prices for Sim Lab the cost would also work out cheaper. I plan on having 4 12×12″ and 22 6×4, amounting to £5.40.
When mounting my images I want to use my money wisely, as my small images are roughly 6×4. I will only be able to cut out two of my small images so A3 will be a batter option. I don’t want my images to come out too much from the wall so having it 3mm will be good. I want it on foam board as I feel it’ll bring the images out more, as if they were just on the wall it may blend in with the white.
Thinking about ways to present my images, one idea I had is to take the 4 day-to-day shoots and have a large collage for each of them so the viewer can get a rough idea of who these people are and what they do. Even though they were only experiments I like the way they came out as you do get a feel of all these different people and the different aspects of their lives.
I had the idea of placing large collages like this in a column to one side and then show their interactions in the other shoots in the grid format and in smaller, as I really like the look of the grids. This may mean also including grids of the day-to-day images also as I like the turn out of them but that may mean some of them images are shown twice, as they are all in a small scale I don’t think this will be a problem.
I wanted to experiment with different techniques, this is a unique way of displaying them, having them overlap to show a connection to one another.
I ended up having each grid made into a square so they were all the same size when mounted. The images within them is a summery of when they all do in their day-to-day lives and some of the important details too.
I wanted to show the similarities of what each of the models do in their day. So instead of placing them next to each other I placed them on photoshop on top of one another and turned down the opacity to 50% of the top layer so both were revealed.
I didn’t place the images directly on top of each other as their faces and actions wouldn’t have been as clear as putting the images just to the side. I really like the affect that was created as it really shows the point of how peoples day-to-day lives can be similar. As both of the image were quite white it allows them to merge well, not having too many other distractions, as I wanted to show them both in bed on their laptops.
What I like about this image is how it looks mirrored in a way, as they’re both making the same actions and I took both the images in the refection of the mirror. As there was more going in the background of these images I placed both of the models faces to the side of one another and used the rubber tool to take away from the top image. I make sure to use a very soft brush to blend the image out, creating a nice gradient.
For this shoot I introduced another model named Chloe. I followed Chloe around on what she does in a basic day. I chose to add her to my models as she is the only one who can drive, showing more freedom in a way of being able to go anywhere at any time. As Adam (another model) has freedom in a different way as he lives alone so doesn’t have his parents doing anything for him.
The locations I shot in where Chloe’s car and house, as these are both of the places she spends most of her time. I was an overcast day and as the vehicle was always moving it meant the light was always changing slightly but I did my best to capture different viewpoints from within the car. When shooting in her home I chose to shoot at midday hopping to get a lot of light through the windows but it was an overcast day. When photographing I did try and place myself so the natural lighting hit the model well, exposing the images correctly. I did move from room to room so the lighting did change throughout as the colours of the surroundings would be different as well as having different windows. I feel I did well with the exposes, making sure to adjust if an image wasn’t how I wanted it. I also made sure to include some details that were in her room to show who she is as a person. I made sure to include to images of her crutches as her health is something she has been fighting with for many years and is getting back on track now. She has three dogs who are always around so I made sure to include interactions with them as they’re always around even is no one else is.
I feel the colours within the shoot all flow together nicely, so when places together will look uniformed. As I was always changing rooms and angles the settings within my camera were always changing to suite the new location. My ISO ranged from 100-1000, I wanted to keep my ISO as low as possible to insure the best quality and as little noise within the blacks. The two shutter speeds I used were 1/60s and 1/80s, when shooting on location I wouldn’t normally go as low as 1/60s but as the images taken with this setting were as still it didn’t affect my images as they would have if there was movement within them. The main aperture value I used was f/3.5 but for some of the images it did range up to f/6.3, as with my other shoots having a lower aperture did affect my images as the models and her details were the main focus. It would have been nice with the images with the dogs in to have a larger aperture so the model and the dogs were in focus but I feel I did well in working with the light that was available.
Overall I really like the outcome of this shoot, I feel I pushed myself to try even more view points as I have before, like having a birds eye view for some of the images. I defiantly captured her caring personality and how closed off she can be. If I were to reshoot I’d make sure to include more of the details around her house and in her life, showing the little things like her car keys and in her bathroom. I feel these are important as it they show more of her that what we see from just her face. I also want to see if I can do a shoot with her and her boyfriend as they’re very close and a different side of her comes out when they’re together and I think it’s show a nice contrast to what is shown when she is alone.
This shoot was taken in central London with Mia and Bella, using a Canon 600D. I shot on an overcast day, which even though I was in an open area mean that not all of my images are correctly exposed. The locations we visited were the streets of London, inside a record store and on buses. I decided to let the models choose what we did and where we went to show what a real do out for them looks like, making it more personal. I wanted to capture the real interactions between the two to show a real friendship, this meant I didn’t make them pose of any of the images. I took the images as if I was a fly on the wall, allowing them to be themselves. Some of the images are underexposed as the overcast blocked out a lot of light but I was able to change the settings to fit the new shot. As I was constantly moving and changing angles it would have been too time consuming to change the settings for every shot, so I did it when necessary but there’s nothing that can’t be fixed with Photoshop if I needed the image.
I wanted to insure the best quality so I tried to use an ISO of 100 most of the time but for a few of my images there where in the record store and on the bus the lighting was quite dim so the ISO ranged from 1000-3200. I kept my shutter speed to 1/100 as if I were to make it higher the camera would need more light and any lower my moving models would have been blurred. Some of my images are blurred but as the lighting conditions were not as fitting as I’d hoped I did my best to move with the models. My aperture value ranged from f/3.5 – 7.1, meaning having a lower aperture allowed more light through the lens but would only focus on one subject. This didn’t affect my images as the shoot was about the models, and if I needed an image of their surroundings I would have taken an image without them in the frame. Having a blurry background meant when taking images of details they would be the main focus of the image.
I feel with editing I can bring these images to life a bit more, as to me the overcast made them slightly flat. Overall I am pleased with my images and I feel I captured their friendship in a relaxed way that also shows how they socialise. I made sure to keeping switching up the framing and angles of the images to keep them interesting to the viewer, so once placed together they look unique. As the photographer I found it challenging to make sure I always had the settings to expose the image correctly and also coming up with new ways to capture the same moment in a new way, so the audience can have different perspectives and viewpoints throughout.
I had never previously shot with film so this shoot was my first ever experiment shoot. Reviewing the test shoot I found that only a few of my images were exposed correctly, leaving most of them being over/ under exposed. As there is no way of knowing how the image came out until the development stage it’s hard to know where to improve. If I were to do another shoot I would make sure to take more than one image with different exposures to ensure the best quality possible. Prior to developing my film I wanted to do another shoot but I found developing the film and setting it up was very challenging. At this stage I feel it’s more important for me to work on working on furthering some of my selected images, making them as strong and unique as possible. For me I feel I need a lot more practice with a film camera and with that needs a lot more time and money so it makes sense for me to possible revisit film if I have the time after experimenting more with my selected images.
I feel my images tell their own story. The way I have put them together the viewer can clearly see what is happening so I felt it would have been pointless to do a caption explaining the images. Instead I wanted to bring up what you can see, such as their thoughts or basic information or maybe even a deeper meaning behind the images.
Text style 1:
The easiest way I was able to get handwritten text on my images was to write them on paper, take a picture using flash and then take it to photoshop to make the white really bright and the black really dark. To do this I just added a levels adjustment level and increased the shadows and highlights. To get the text from one image to the other I used the magic wand tool to outline the text and drag to the other image. I dragged from the adjustment layer as I knew it would take the text in white, which is what I wanted.
I really like the outcome of this experiment as it brings a more personal feel to the image as it allows us to see what the model was think when the images were being taken. Having the text written in handwritten text makes it more personal to me as a photographer as it’s almost like leaving my mark. If i were to do this style across my images I would have the most though of/ more important words in the situation bigger than the others to emphasise it.
Text style 2:
To add a text caption I took to photoshop and used the text tool. I chose a typewriter font as it reflects on what is being said within, basic facts. Having the text bold allowed it to stand out more.
Having basic text telling the viewer a bit more about the models just adds a bit of context to part of the image. Such as he has to use his laptop a lot as his course is very much digital based.
This style gives the viewer the basic facts of the model, nothing about what they were thinking or feeling. This is different as it gives the viewer some background of the model and where they are now.
Text style 3:
I used the same way to add text as the previous image, on photoshop. With these set of images I wanted to tell a different story than ‘the model is doing makeup’. To create a story I added a simple title and just a sentence underneath expressing that she wears makeup as she’s insecure. But to someone else, like her boyfriend, she is beautiful without it.