Overview of project

I had complications on the second shoot at the windmill, as when I collected the camera from the stores, they forgot to give me a battery. The windmill is only open during weekends so I didn’t get another chance to go back so had to use the photos from the first shoot. I also didn’t get a chance to record the sounds at the windmill, so downloaded the windmill sound from the internet to use for the photo essay.

Unfortunately some of the photos that I had to use were not as good as they could have been from the second shoot, however I put them together and created my photo essay.

May 13, 2010. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Martin Parr

Martins Parr is well known for his British social documentary photography. He uses flash to create quite a garish tone, and make the colours more vivid. His images are similar to postcards, and does not glamorise the subject.

He was accused of exploiting the working class with his portrayal of New Brighton in 1986, but he said he was just picturing what he saw.

The use of flash creates very artificial lighting that seems unnatural, especially for a country like England where the colours tend to be duller, compared to a country like Italy, where as previously seen in Robin Hammond’s images, the colours of Italy are much more vibrant naturally.

Martin Parr

Martin Parr

Martin Parr

May 6, 2010. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Further research

I was searching for photos of Gypsy camps when I came across photographer Robin Hammond and a set of images he had taken at a Roma Gypsy camp in Italy. These Gypsys are not wanted in Italy and there is alot of hostility towards them. In fact, two sisters from the Roma Gypsys drowned on a beach, however the public ignored there bodies covered by blankets, and continued to enjoy the beach.

I love the colours in these images, and the culture and way of life theses images portray. I am quite interested in travellers and this has fascinated me further.

http://www.robinhammond.co.uk/Features/RomaItaly/RomaItaly.

This is great documentary photography within a community.

May 4, 2010. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Good practice

I went to a christening today for my step-nephew and took my camera with me. I decided to experiment with it and also thought it would be good practice. There were alot of people there that I didn’t know and so it improved my communication skills and my confidence to photograph strangers. There are a few images I took that I really like so thought I would include this in my blog, although it’s not directly for my current assignment, the practice is useful, however the majority of my photos today were of people and children, so I’m not going to include them without permission.

May 2, 2010. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Windmill Shoot

I went to Ellis Windmill today and was guided around it whilst being told about its history and how it works. It was a bit of an experience and offered some really great photo opportunities. I will be revisiting the windmill nest weekend to take more photos and also record the audio for my photo essay, using a marantz recorder. I noticed the sounds today, for example; the swooshing of the sails as they turned, the chains pulling up and down and the clogs turning. The volunteers who ran the mill talked about the history and the working of the windmill so I will record them as well.

Ellis Windmill

Starting up the sails

Seed bags

Volunteers at the mill

May 1, 2010. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Photo Essays

I really enjoyed this photo essay by Jan Sochar. What struck me most in this set of images was the colours. I love colour photography and these images consist of striking greens and blues. Although these images have inspired me, I don’t want to overuse colour for the windmill images, as it is quite a traditional and preserved subject, so will keep the colours in context with the windmill.

Jan Sochar

Jan Socha

http://www.jansochor.com/photo-essay/banana-republic.html

On the subject of colour, another example for great colour photography is the works of David Lachapelle. I have always loved his images, as the colours are so inviting, in particular with this image;

David Lachapelle: Christina Aguilera

April 30, 2010. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Idea Development: Ellis Windmill

I took a camera up to the area with me, and went to the Lincolnshire Life Museum to see what they offered and discovered that they also are linked to Ellis’s windmill. This sparked some interest from me, as I read that it is run by volunteers as a fully working windmill. I instantly thought this would be ideal, a community of volunteers and the running of the windmill and the whole process of making the bread would be great to document. They weren’t open when I was there, so I took the number and phoned them to be granted permission to take photos over the weekend.

“This wonderful mill is located on Mill Road behind the museum, so called due to the nine windmills that formerly faced west over the steep slopes of the Lincoln Edge. Ellis’s Mill is now the sole survivor of these mills.”

Ellis’ Mill is an excellent surviving example of a small tower mill and dates from 1798.

http://www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/section.asp?docId=46233

April 30, 2010. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Inspiration

I’ve been looking at some of the photo essays on vewd.org and have drawn some ideas from them, for example some contain text, music and voice 0vers which I would also like to include in mine, and I also noticed the way they cut between the images, the length of time they display different images for, and other effects such as zoom.

I really love the narrative in Hotel Poverty by Shane Bauer. The sound corresponds with the image that is showing, and I would really like to do this with mine. He grasps all the different emotions of living in these hotels, and I love the images he has used and how they have been shot. He really captures the feeling of the place, and I feel like I’m there. I especially love the photo of the rent guy in the booth.

Shane Bauer

http://vewd.org/index.php/photo/multimedia/shane_bauer/

April 28, 2010. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Investigating the area

I have been given an area of Lincoln which I must use to find and photograph a community. I walked up to the area I have been designated (uphill Lincoln). I found some interesting businesses up there which i thought would make an interesting shoot, there are serveral chocolateries and bakeries. I spoke to some of the keepers of these shops, and have been granted permission to take photographs there, however the chocolateries don’t make their chocolate in the store and I really wanted to capture the process of making the chocolates, to serving the customers, to the beautiful presentation of them in the window. I have a bakery in mind where I am going to investigate tomorrow, I am hoping they will make their products on their premises, as then I can photograph the whole process. The customers who come in and the people who work in these shops, are a community, they know each other.

April 26, 2010. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Documentary Photography

I visited the library to gather some more research on documentary photography. I studied the book ‘Documentary Photography’ by Arthur Rothstein and found some useful statements relating to documentary photography.

“The word document is derived from the latin docere meaning to teach. The documentary photograph does more than convey information. It instructs the viewer in some aspect of society in which truth is revealed”

“The accumulation of visula information to make a strong and effective statement is one of the assets of documentary photography.”

I also found some photos in the book that I thought were interesting;

Eddie adams

Nick Ut; Vietnam 1972

Benedict J. Fernandez

April 24, 2010. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

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