Photography Research

Hello Summer….Back to work mode.

Ah summer, you have been greatly welcomed. I’ve enjoyed many a day of relaxing in the sun, which to be fair isn’t as sociable now as it was at the start. But I can’t help but shake the fact that the new term is looming. It’s the 8th of August, which means I have over a month, but still. I have no idea where July went so really that says it all. 

Back to work mode. 

Really the argument here should be that I never left “work mode”. You’re a photographer. You’re supposed to observe all the time, capturing moments constantly. It’s not a chore. 

I don’t find it a chore. And I haven’t stopped observing. Just stopped recording, which to be fair in my eyes is probably just as bad as not observing. So here I am back on this. 

It has been a while. 

So I’ll start with research for this project that I’m attempting. Home. I’m photographing people with objects and in places they associate with home. But I find it hard to make them relax and feel at home when I have a camera in their face. So maybe I should stop that idea because I’m just not enjoying the images. They feel forced, because they are forced. And it doesn’t give me pleasure to look at them. 

So to have a rethink, best thing to do first? Google definition of home. Obvious yes, but a start none the less.

home  

/hōm/
Noun
The place where one lives permanently, esp. as a member of a family or household.
Adjective
Of or relating to the place where one lives: “your home address”.
Adverb
To the place where one lives: “what time did he get home last night?”.
Verb
(of an animal) Return by instinct to its territory after leaving it: “geese homing to their summer nesting grounds”.
Synonyms
noun.  house - residence - dwelling - abode - habitationadjective.  domestic - nativeadverb.  

homewards - at home - indoor

 Territory. That’s interesting. Instinct. 

Home comes down to primate instincts. Every creature has a home. From a 16 bedroom mansion to a hole in the ground. To underneath the bridge at Central Station, which Ross Kemp opened my eyes to during his wonderful study of Glasgow residents. That still baffles me. 

I think what’s interesting is just how humble some home owners can be. People search their whole lives for somewhere to belong. Once reading this brief and deciding to give it a shot, I struggled so much to define what home meant to me. I still struggle. 

Home. For me, safety, somewhere you don’t have to pretend. Somewhere that reflects you inside out. A museum of your belongings and things. I often think (as morbid as it may be) that if I were to die tomorrow, someone would walk in here and observe my life as I’ve left it for them. When I tidy my room I am tidying my tracks. Where I’ve been that day. What I’ve used, what I’ve opened, closed, drank, eaten, scribbled. Where dust has fallen, which occurs more often than not in my space. I say my space, I refer to my room, in my flat. It’s my sanctuary and my escape. 

Is that my project? This is what happens when I allow myself to completely relax and think. I think by writing. 

My next step: Look at artists that have documented their own space. Their own environment. How have they made it visually interesting yet 100% personal?

Teun Hocks

This is a stunning image with natural light highlighting certain elements of the body. I’ve came across some images that have lit the torso almost perfectly, and I’m hoping to create a series of subtle images of the torso, back, upper leg, hands and feet, and further exploring other elements of her figure. I’m quite nervous now though. 

This is a stunning image with natural light highlighting certain elements of the body. I’ve came across some images that have lit the torso almost perfectly, and I’m hoping to create a series of subtle images of the torso, back, upper leg, hands and feet, and further exploring other elements of her figure. I’m quite nervous now though. 

I’ve decided to take my tutors advice and work on the theme of money. Here’s some images of close up coins that I’ve taken. I think it’s interesting to see the scratches in the coins that have developed from being passed from hand to hand. This could be a theme I explore further.

Imogen Cunningham - what strikes me the most about Imogen Cunningham is how she photographs the torso. I really like the use of shadow because I feel it helps to outline the curves in the body, and create a more dynamic feel. I guess that could be said for anything though, depending on how you use the lights. The more images I look at, the more factors of the body I want to explore, such as the back and spine, the stomach, the chest and neck. 

Nadav Kander - I found it interesting how pale he’s made his models on the black background, on closer inspection I think he’s just covered them in flour, but the colour of her hair and her body shape feels very renaissance. I think I’m pretty sure that I want my model to stretch her body because the images I’ve seen where the models are positioned that way interest me the most. I’m distracted by the Placebo cover because it’s so recognisable to me, but I find it a very successful image because of the tonal range that’s displayed. 

lesamantsparisiens:

Eniko by Hanna Putz

I’ve been looking at several ideas for my nude project, and I’m struggling to make a decision as to what I want to do. I usually try and incorporate dramatic lighting in my photos but so far it’s not been as successful as I would have wanted, so I might try and really push it this time, especially since we’re using large format. I like this image because I like how the body is stretched and how the lighting falls over the body. It’s slightly erotic but not overly, because I’m a bit put off by hardcore erotic images. I’m not prudish by any sense, but I don’t understand what it achieves. In some senses it looks good, more so the images that look more intimate than anything. Just some food for thought at the moment. 

lesamantsparisiens:

Eniko by Hanna Putz

I’ve been looking at several ideas for my nude project, and I’m struggling to make a decision as to what I want to do. I usually try and incorporate dramatic lighting in my photos but so far it’s not been as successful as I would have wanted, so I might try and really push it this time, especially since we’re using large format. I like this image because I like how the body is stretched and how the lighting falls over the body. It’s slightly erotic but not overly, because I’m a bit put off by hardcore erotic images. I’m not prudish by any sense, but I don’t understand what it achieves. In some senses it looks good, more so the images that look more intimate than anything. Just some food for thought at the moment. 

lsmith2:

A selection of photos from my found drawing project, plastic cups filled with oil, milk and paint :) 

Here’s another one, the plastic cups really helped as well as they didn’t interfere with the image too much since they are transparent. 

lsmith2:

A selection of photos from my found drawing project, plastic cups filled with oil, milk and paint :) 

Here’s another one, the plastic cups really helped as well as they didn’t interfere with the image too much since they are transparent. 

(Source: violentdelight26)

Yes! Found them :) this was a project I did using paint, oil and milk. The milk helped to encase the bubbles that began to form in the oil. I’m tempted to use these images again as reference and think how I can push this further. 

Yes! Found them :) this was a project I did using paint, oil and milk. The milk helped to encase the bubbles that began to form in the oil. I’m tempted to use these images again as reference and think how I can push this further. 

(Source: violentdelight26)

This photo reminds me so much of something I made in second year! It’s amazing what you come cross and how you wish sometimes that you’d seen it earlier. This is by Henry Fox Talbot, taking a close up of liquid. There’s something quite beautiful about how retro this looks, with the edges all faded, like it’s worn down. The image itself doesn’t excite me a lot, but I just found it so bizarre how similar it is to what I’ve done in second year. I’ll need to find that image, I think I posted it in my other blog so I’ll need to have a browse. 

This photo reminds me so much of something I made in second year! It’s amazing what you come cross and how you wish sometimes that you’d seen it earlier. This is by Henry Fox Talbot, taking a close up of liquid. There’s something quite beautiful about how retro this looks, with the edges all faded, like it’s worn down. The image itself doesn’t excite me a lot, but I just found it so bizarre how similar it is to what I’ve done in second year. I’ll need to find that image, I think I posted it in my other blog so I’ll need to have a browse.