ASSIGNMENT 5: PHOTOGRAPHY IS SIMPLE

Niki South    Student number: 514516

FINAL IMAGES

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“Beginnings”

Image 183: Exposure 1/1250, Aperture f\6.3, ISO 400, Focal length 133mm

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“Cleating”

Image 134: Exposure 1/400, Aperture f\9, ISO 400, Focal length 300mm

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“Dangling”

Image 128: Exposure 1/2000, Aperture f\5.6, ISO 400, Focal length 87mm

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“Hauling”

Image: 34: Exposure 1/320, Aperture  f\10, ISO 400 Focal length 52mm

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“Mooring”

Image 172: Exposure 1/100, Aperture f\13, ISO 400, Focal length 92mm

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“Climbing”

Image 56: Exposure 1/320, Aperture f\18, ISO 400, Focal length 141mm

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Reefing”

Image 147: Exposure 1/800, Aperture f\11, ISO 400, Focal length 48mm

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“Enjoying”

Image 67: Exposure 1/640, Aperture f\11, ISO 400, Focal length 17mm

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Sailing”

Image 38: Exposure 1/500, Aperture f\11, ISO 400, Focal length 16mm

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“Owning”

Image 109: Exposure 1/500, Aperture f\6.3, ISO 400, Focal length 300mm

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ASSIGNMENT 5: PHOTOGRAPHY IS SIMPLE

FINAL NOTES AND ANALYSIS

Niki South Student number: 514516

BRIEF

Take a series of 10 photographs of any subject of your own choosing. Each photograph must be a unique view of the same subject; in other words, it must contain some ‘new information’ rather than repeat the information of the previous image. Pay attention to the order of the series; if you’re submitting prints, number them on the back. There should be a clear sense of development through the sequence.  

Assignment notes: In your assignment notes explore why you chose this particular subject by answering the question ‘What is it about?’ Write about 300 words. Your response to the question doesn’t have to be complicated; it might be quite simple (but if you can answer in one word then you will have to imaginatively interpret your photographs for the remaining 299!)

For this assignment it is important that you send a link (or scanned pages) to the contextual exercise (Exercise 5.2) for your tutor to comment on within their report.

WHAT IS MY SUBJECT ABOUT?

The Jolie Brise:  Was built in 1913 in Le Havre and is one of the world’s most famous tall ships. She was a pilot boat (the last to carry royal mail under sail), has won the Fastnet race three times and the Tall ships race in 2015; she is steeped in history and breathtakingly beautiful. Now owned by Dauntsey’s school sailing club, this is how I have been lucky enough to sail on her twice.

I chose The Jolie Brise for my subject as sailing is one of my passions, and I hugely admire The boat’s craftsmanship, beauty, and amazing history. A personal connection (my daughter has sailed her) and the opportunity she has given many other youngsters to develop a love of sailing and adventure, strengthens my attraction to her.

As I set out in my learning log, she was an opportunist subject for me, not the one I had originally planned. Invited to sail on her at short notice, I had my camera with me, but didn’t expect to use it much. I shot at first for my pleasure and then realised I could use her as the subject for my assignment. I liked the challenge that this presented me: quickly translating my planning for another subject, thinking on the spot, dealing with difficult shooting conditions (constant movement, bright sunlight, working in a tight space around crew and equipment). I had only a few hours left to observe, think creatively and photograph. I had planned to present my original series as a “slow reveal”, and shot to that brief. All the images were opportunist, not staged. I felt confident and comfortable with her as my subject and enjoyed shooting the images, which I hope have captured viewpoint, moment, enjoyment and subject. Yes photography can be simple if you have an affinity with your subject!

Link to contextual exercise 5.3: https://nkssite.wordpress.com/category/exercise-5-2/

Link to learning log: https://nkssite.wordpress.com/category/a5-learning-log/

ASSIGNMENT 5: PHOTOGRAPHY IS SIMPLE

Niki South    Student number: 514516

REFLECTIONS ON FORMATIVE FEEDBACK

My Tutor’s feedback has gave me encouragement, confidence and further food for thought.

Strengths highlighted:

  • Organisation, research (critical awareness and use of value judgements) and presentation of this through mind maps.
  • My plan to present as a “slow reveal” as a devise to construct my narrative around. I did reorder the images after taking out my weakest one and following used my tutor’s suggestion of scale to present the images to “tighten up” my slow reveal presentation.
  • Awareness of viewer and how to engage them.
  • My passion and knowledge of the subject. I am glad that this came across even though it was not one of my favorite assignments in this course.
  • Demonstration of technical and visual skills – I was especially pleased with this as I knew it was a technically subject and could have shied away from it but took up the challenge and risk, and felt that I learnt a lot from it. I also know that I couldn’t have tackled this at the beginning of the course.
  • Compositional skills which sustain interest and create intimacy with the subject.
  • Creative use of “scale, proximity and dynamic compositions”. I can see the progression here in particular since my 1st assignment.

 Areas for development:

  • Critical editing: My Tutor suggested I that swap 2 images for others almost identical to them, and on reflection he was absolutely right I had not originally chosen the best of them; I need to look really critically at similar images. Although he praised my “quirky” idea to include a static version of the boat to show it in its entirety, on reflection I agree with him that my original porta cabin image was “flat” in comparison the other images, and decided to drop it from the final submission. I learnt from this not to hold on to what might seem a clever idea if the image isn’t strong enough.
  • To continue to read and research widely.

My Learning points:

  • As with my previous assignment to continue to trust my instinct and remain flexible throughout an assignment. I am glad that I had the confidence to change my subject when a unique opportunity arose and to proceed with this.
  • To look critically at images chosen in series or exhibition to learn more about the rationale behind how other photographers make their choices.
  • To read along the lines of my tutors suggestion (Dialogue with Photography, Hill & Thomas 2014) to discover more about what goes on in photographer’s minds.

 Link to work submitted to tutor: https://nkssite.wordpress.com/category/a5-work-submitted-to-tutor/

Link to learning log: https://nkssite.wordpress.com/category/a5-learning-log/

These mind maps summarise the narrative of my preparations, post-shooting thoughts and editing notes contained in the learning log:

Preparations

mind map planning

 Shooting

mindmap shooting

 Editing

mind map editing

Analysis grid of the information contained in images

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