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Assignment 5 – Photography Is Easy

Idea


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Views of Norwich – not the postcards, but my Norwich. Places views etc that are important to me or that I notice regularly.

Things that catch my eye that looks interesting to me.

Discarded masks.

Revisit A1 Hellesdon views idea, thinks I see everyday that can be made into an image.

Research


  • Which practitioners you’ve looked at for inspiration and how their work has influenced you.

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Shoot Evaluate Reshoot


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What went well, What didn’t go well, What I would do differently with more time


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Asked / warned neighbours I was Photographing

Feel self conscious walking around with camera as walk same streets everyday and felt curtain twitchers were watching me!

Many sights I thought would look good just didn’t work in the frame of the camera. Sometimes this was only realised after I took the photo, other times I didn’t even bother leading the shutter.

Enjoyed having the freedom of just talking images as I saw them; things that caught my eye in scenes I walk past every day. But also made it harder not having a restrictive brief.

Lots to think about, over thought everything was is now standard for my brain I’ve come to realise.

Shot fully in manual.

Prime 35 mm lens

Spent little time composing the images as walking. With Ada. . Would be nice to do the same without Ada and spend more time composing images and experimenting. More.

Wanted a variety of images. Not an obvious series. Only.linked by relative location.

Things to consider

Composition

Shutter – movement and exposure.

Aperture – dof and exposure

ISO

When to press the shutter

Why am I taking this photo? Just something I see everyday. Confused onlookers.

Find the beauty within the frame and make an interesting image, maybe regardless of context.

Didn’t really consider much beyond the creation of the image. It was a recording exercise rather than a narrative exercise. There was not a deep meaning behind each image other than taking a closer look at the views I see regularly.

Conclusion


The idea that ‘photography is simple’ might seem to be the case in many circumstances; after all most of the population carry cameras around in their pockets all day every day.

With 1,074 photos a second uploaded to image sharing social media platform Instagram (Adams, S. 2021), photography is so accessible to everyone that to many it is indeed simple. Photos of pets, family, food etc are often quick snaps on a phone with little thought or construction beyond ‘point and shoot’.

But when we go beyond snapshots and consider photography as an artform, there are just too many layers for this statement to be true.

There is so much that goes into creating an image, including but not limited to:

  • Shutter speed
  • Aperture
  • ISO
  • The moment the shutter is pressed
  • The composition within the frame
  • How a photograph is edited
  • The format on which the image is captured

There are many further technical considerations such as the type of camera used, lens choices, artificial or natural lighting and how to use these within the photograph.

Many of these factors and calculations happen instantaneously within the photographers head when shooting, but equally hours can be spent deliberating over such variables and preparing to create an image.

You could also think about the three levels of photography as explained by Shore, S (2010) – Physical, Depictive and Mental. Each level looking at different elements of a photograph; its physical presence in the actual media it is presented on, the depictive nature of a photograph in that the physically flat image shows a 3d world, a moment in time, or a specific subject set apart from it’s environment, and the mental level of our perception of an image, or the mental imprint the photographer makes on the photograph while creating it.

So therefore the premise that ‘photography is simple’ is, on the whole, wrong. I think if it was that simple there wouldn’t be entire academic careers and indeed lifetimes devoted to this art and the way it can be used to communicate the way they see world around us.

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