As part of the assessment submission, I have completed an evaluation form. As well as a copy here, I’ve also put a copy in the G:\\ drive with my tutor reports.
I was pleased with the feedback from my tutor for this assignment. He gave me some pointers for my future work which I will be taking on board:
- Keep the technical quality consistent – use the right ISO for the weather conditions
- Step back and show context. Sometimes cropping too closely can lose part of the story
- Use a tripod and Dofmaster to get a better handle on depth of field
- Reference appropriately in Harvard. I wold use the original Barrett journal article rather than an internet link.
- Submit high res and contact prints with annotations separately to tutors as well as the blog.
My tutor’s full feedback can be read here: Stephanie Webb_PH4EYV-5
As most of the feedback had been positive, I chose not to do any re-work on this assignment before assessment.
For Exercise 5.2, I needed to use an image by a famous photographer and take a photo in response to it. I was keen to use one of Anna Delany’s images for this as I admire her style and talent for capturing more than the obvious in her street photography. As well as using a variety of shooting positions, she puts across a sense of humour in the way she photographs signs that appear in the images. This is something I’d like to explore more in my photography moving forwards.
http://www.annadelany.com/places/ [Last Accessed: 30/09/2017]
This was a travelling exhibition of fine art photographic prints of David Bowie by Denis O’Regan (David’s photographer during the 70s and 80s).
There was a mix of live, posed and situational shots in both black and white and colour. O’Regan successfully caught the showman/energetic nature of performing Bowie, as well as more natural shots where Bowie is looking reflective and distant.
O’Regan’s work demonstrates the quality of shot of a huge star that can be obtained if you’re talented and lucky enough to gain the trust to acquire such a job.
Diane Arbus was an American photographer noted for photographing marginalised people. She was initially a commercial photographer but quit that in 1956 and wandered New York City looking for people to photograph.
Her photographs of unusual people along with her photo of a boy with a grenade are iconic, if not shocking. In fact most of her work makes the viewer sit up and question what they’re seeing and wonder what the story is relating to the subject.
I will re-visit Arbus’ work at a later date.
https://www.artsy.net/artist/diane-arbus [Last accessed:30/09/2017]
Zoe Strauss is a photographer based in Philadelphia. She has a down to Earth approach. She has documented many woman living with abusive partners
She exhibited her show ‘10 Years’ (photographs taken from 2001-2010) on pillars below Interstate 95. She sold photocopies of her photos for $5.
Her work is in colour and she vividly captures the seedier side of life in her photos. I admire how she gains the trust of her subjects in order to let her get close enough to them to photograph them naturally in their own environments.
Another female street photographer I looked at was Ronya Galka. As well as street photography, she does urban photography and portraits.
Her street photography tends to be in black and white and she captures the essence of people about their busy lives in London. She shoots from different angles – eg above, and low, to get a different perspective/view of the people she shoots.
One of her studies is of people in the back of black London taxis. She captures their seemingly being bored and staring into space, or in deep thought as they undertake their journeys.
https://www.ronyagalka.com/ [Last accessed: 30/09/2017]