Assignment 5: Documentary Brief

For this assignment I am going to produce a set of documentary photographs. This means getting involved with a community and talking to people, and getting an insight into another world, and showing this through a set of images.


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Photo results

I picked up my photos today from the photo processors.

I am happy with my images, and feel that I have captured the style that I wanted, and feel that I have learnt some new techniques.

First Idea

First Idea

For my first idea, I was experimenting with the style of urban decay. I chose to use three chairs as a representation of the three characters in the novel and the mirror poses questions of self reflection and identity, which I feel relates to the novel with the author being unidentified.

Second Idea

Second Idea

These are some examples of the images I produced for my second idea, which involved taking photos of my male subject at quite close proximity, with shallow depth of field, really focussing on the details of the face, so I can use little sections from each image and create the mosaic/ photocollage effect that I have previously researched. As all the images were taken from slightly different angles and camera settings, it creates different shades and highlights.

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Taking Photos

I chose to shoot on Fujifilm PRO400H.

My first set of images, I tried to capture the style of urban decay photography, and I wanted to represent three identities. I used three metal chairs, and a large mirror. All these objects are old and worn. I tried to keep in mind the template of the book cover, and where the text will go, so hopefully the text and image will fit together, without ruling over each other too much.

My second set of images was of a male subject. I took numerous photos of his face. I was really focusiing on the top half on my subject as I wanted to create a mosaic effect afterwards. I took photos from slightly different angles, the lighting is slightly different for most of them.

After these shots, I ruined the flm by exposing it to light when unloading it from the camera at the end of the reel, so unfortunately had to retake these images. However, this time round I changed a few things with composition of the images, and what was in the framing, but in general, took very similar photos as described above. Fortunately, I managed to unload this film without exposing it to light.

January 30, 2010. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.


Cubism was an Avante-Garde art movement in the early 1900’s.
It was a style of art where objects are broken up, analysed and then re-assembled in an abstract form. The artist represents the subject from a multitude of perspectives, instead of just from one. This work is relevant for research for my project as I am going to try to create a collage effect with one of my images, as I have seen in the work of David Hockney.
A few examples of cubism which I find interesting;

Picasso 1921

George Braque

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David Hockney Inspiration

David Hockney; British painter, draughtsman, printmaker, photographer, and designer. Born 1937

I found David Hockneys work very interesting and relevent for this project, especially his photocollages. To create photocollages he would use numerous amounts of photo prints of a single subject, and arrange them to compose the image. The photographs all look slightly different as each one is taken at different times, from different perspectives. This style of work has a kindship with Cubism, and David was very interested in the way the human vision works. He later developed his passion for cubism in his paintings. Here are some examples of David’s photocollages.

Pearblossom Highway, 11th-18th April 1986, photographic collage.

Merced River, Yosemite Valley 1982, photographic collage.

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Camilo Jose Vergara

Camilo Jose Vergara, (born 1944) a Chilean born, New York based writer, photographer and documentarian.

Camilo is well known for his photogrpahic documentation of decaying urban environments in the 1980’s, he used the technique of rephotography for a series of American cities. This technique is a system of taking photographs of the same buildings, locations and neighbourhoods from the exact same point at regular intervals over years, capturing changes over time to these urban areas. Camilo was very interested in this documentary style of photography, collecting a photographic record of changing urban landscapes and their features.

Vergara’s work focused mainly on the American Ghettos. His goal is to create a permanent record of America’s inner-cities that allows visitors to experience the visual effect of decades of change.

Fern Street in N. Camden, NJ from 1979-2004. Clockwise from top left 1979, 1988, 1997, 2004

I really like Vegaras style of urban decay photography, I would like to experiment with producing something similar to his work, but for this project I want to integrate the style of urban decay into one of my photos, and see how I work with the style. I would like to study this technique of documentary photography further.

January 29, 2010. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

At Swim-Two-Birds

I have been doing some research into what the book is about so I can generate some ideas for a front cover image.

At Swim-Two-Birds is an example of Metafiction. Metafiction is a form of self referential literature concerned with the devices of fiction itself. Metafiction does not let the reader forget he or she is reading a fictional work. In the novel there are several characters, whose lives are intergrated through what the fictional author writes about them. The charcters are aware of the author. This style of fiction inspired me to think about image ideas where there are several peices of the image that link together , to show intergration, which has made me think of producing a photocollage style image.

The novel is a first-person story, written by an unnamed Irish student who believes that “one beginning and one ending for a book was a thing I did not agree with”, and so he creates three separate stories in motion, that somehow interlink within the novel. This influenced me to think about creating an image that displays this character organisation, so have started thinking of creating an image that represents three characters or three paths, or something similar to this concept.

January 27, 2010. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Penguin Fujifilm competition

I am entering the Fujifilm competition to produce a front cover for the penguin book ‘At-Swim-Two-Birds’ by Flann O’Brien.

The standards of the competition are that the photos are taken using Fujifilm, and must fit to a template book cover, so image composition  is very important aswell as time management for this project, with two weeks to complete it.

I have researched the previous book covers that have been entered into the competition so I can see the standard that I am working to and see the style and content that previous winners have used. The two previous winners:

2008 winner, Andrew partner. Film FP 100C

2008 winner, David Wala. Film PRO400H.

January 25, 2010. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

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