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.


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.