• Assignment 2,  Learning Log

    Assignment 2 further thoughts – Things.

    Over lock down, I – like many others – have been attempting to declutter and rid ourselves of the abundance of ‘things’ in our lives. It never fails to amaze me how we collect so much stuff. My husband is by his own admittance quite the hoarder and I have to work hard to keep my hoarding tendencies in check. I long for the organised homely feel of the images we see gracing interior design magazines, or maybe slightly more realistically, the ikea catalogue, and for the most part our home echos such Scandinavian style cues – but our stuff takes over and it feels like an eternal battle between…

  • Coursework,  Coursework 2,  Learning Log,  Research

    Research – Ex 2.1 Zoom

    Having the ability to ‘zoom in’ allows you to focus in on areas of a frame / scene. To me this means seeing “Scenes within scenes” – almost like Ex 1.2 – Point, where the image was composed within just one section of the frame, or Ex 1.43 – Line, where using lines to flatten images creates a completely different, possibly abstract photograph to one that was at a wider angle to give context. I wanted to explore this idea of an scene within a scene, or an image within an image. A few examples sprang to mind. World’s Largest Image 195-Billion Pixel Interactive Image of Shanghai – interactive and…

  • Coursework,  Coursework 1,  Learning Log

    Exercise 1.3 Line

    Brief Part 1: Take a number of shots using lines to create a sense of depth. Shooting with a wide- angle lens (zooming out) strengthens a diagonal line by giving it more length within the frame. The effect is dramatically accentuated if you choose a viewpoint close to the line. For this exercise I left the camera in auto mode as per the earlier exercises. This was frustrating as I wanted to control elements that I found auto mode handled differently than I intended. However it did mean I was focused on looking for lines rather than thinking about settings which seems to be the goal of these Part 1…

  • Assignment 2,  Assignments,  Learning Log

    Assignment 2 – Initial Ideas – Collecting

    BriefCreate a series of between six and ten photographs on one of the following subjects: Things Views Heads With much of my work so far focused on every day life, I felt the same should apply to this assignment. I have a few thoughts about each option but I am currently unsure which avenue to explore further. I may shoot some images of each and see what interests me the most and gives me the most satisfaction. Things: Creating a DIY lightbox I will photograph a number of my everyday items against a plain background, creating an almost archival feel, or similar to a catalogue item. I would like these…

  • Learning Log,  Reflection,  Talks, Webinars & Meets

    Sep/Oct Tutor Led Zoom Meeting

    ’30 second’ take away: Other students’ work – We are all working with similar restrictions, confusions and frustrations. Other students also seem to be hit with the challenges of understanding the course and self doubts about their work as I do. They are still producing fantastic work, and therefore if I push ahead despite my doubts I should be able to as well. Critiquing work – By all means share your initial emotive response and praise for work, but don’t be afraid to offer a critical view also as this allows further growth and meaningful discussion. Critiquing work and providing feedback provides not only a social aspect to studying and…

  • Learning Log,  Research

    Choosing a lens for a job

    Before starting this course I made a system switch to Sony having only ever used Nikon previously. The biggest change I have found is my lenses. I had built a pretty comprehensive kit over time for my Nikons, but I was starting again on a budget with Sony. As a result my current kit contains only my Sony A7iii, and two prime lenses; the Samyang 24mm F2.8 and the Samyang 35mm F1.4. I have found these more than adequate for my preferred documentary work, and I like that these lenses are relatively light, compact (especially the 24mm) and unobtrusive. My frustrations lie in the quality of the glass but due…

  • Learning Log,  Research,  Talks, Webinars & Meets

    The Photography Show Talks

    STUDENT & GRADUATION PANEL SESSION – WHERE NOW? Paul Herrman (Redeye – the photography network) and a panel from across the image-making industry will come together to give quick-fire advice to those who have just graduated. Panel: Sarah Fisher (Executive Director, Open Eye Gallery), Lauren Scott (Editor, Digital Photographer), Alex Robbins (multi-award winning pet photographer). 30 Sec Recap: Consider your values – think about what is important to you. Working as a value driven photographer you may not be rich but you will be fulfilled. The rewards for working with what you are passionate about are great. Make a living and make a change. You can practice whats important to…

  • Berenice Abbott. El at Columbus Avenue and Broadway. 1929 | MoMA
    Learning Log,  Reflection

    A lesson in planning

    I have recently fallen behind my planned timeline for my studies due to a number of factors. Global pandemic playing havoc with life as we know it. Having three children during said pandemic, and now ‘on summer holidays’. My own health suffering, causing exhaustion amongst other limiting factors. Most notably, my failure to look ahead and plan and pace my studies. Assignment one took me far longer than planned as the pandemic took grip, turning my family life on its’ head while we readjusted to our new normal. This also sent me into a spin of self reflection, doubts and re-evaluating priorities from daily tasks to life ambitions. I vowed…

  • Blackpool, England. 1982. Chris Steele-Perkins
    Learning Log,  Reflection,  Talks, Webinars & Meets

    August Tutor EYV meet up

    Thirty second take away Plough on with projects – keep momentum going when you can, or it will be a 7 year course. Don’t over think it – experiment and enjoy it. Don’t stall worrying if ‘right’. Keep assessment in mind and push for the earliest submission so not hanging over you as you move through the course. Use www.learn.OCA.ac.uk for the most up to date literature. Check the new 140820 assessment guidelines Keep going with blog for reflection and research Composition is about more than the rules. Action Points: Look up assessment submission dates – Nov assessment = August request date, September submission. Use these dates to plan assignment…

  • Learning Log,  Research

    Brad Walls; Pools From Above

    Just as I started looking at the next exercises of Point, Line and Frame, I noticed a news article cropping up a lot about aerial photogrspher Brad Walls; who has taken photographs of swimming pools around the world. I found his work interesting as he uses a number of these fundamental techniques of composition in order to create his striking and visually appealing images. I really like the unusual viewpoint using the drone achieves, and found it interesting just how the images are so unlike our usual perception of how a swimming pool should look. Where he places the points / subjects in his frame is interesting as this seems…