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The aim of Unit 2 is to explore photographic techniques studio or location based in order to develop ideas.
By the end of the project, my aim is to be able to plan, develop and evaluate my photographic practice in response to the suggested theme and demonstrate safe working practice when using a camera
Context: The theme for this project is Dreams and Reality. By researching artists and photographers, I will produce a set of images which show an experimental approach and investigate the line between dreams and reality. It’s an opportunity to get creative and use my imagination! Also, use the photographic techniques I have learned during the past two terms to produce a set of around 5 photographs. I’m expected to develop a body of work which explores and analyses materials and techniques.
Step back and look at London…who’d of thought it would be where it is right now!
My attempt is to look at London in a different way, actually see it from above!
For this part of my course, I decided to look at London in a different way! I looked at the difference of the City of London from ground level to up high, cities are real places and a place full of peoples dreams, from what they are doing what the city looks like everyone wanting their own part of the dream from jobs to homes we are all looking for our dreams to be met, many years ago the city was built using many peoples dreams as they built the best churches the best palaces the nicest workspaces and still developing every day to achieve a better city,
The reality is that there are many places that are rundown busy with people and traffic making London and any city a hectic frantic space and place to be,
I have tried to show the many ages of the City of London but giving it a different view from the normal one most of us see, using height as a place to capture the city in a more tranquil less frantic view, from height I find the city you know is busy full of life and moving at speed but from above you get to see the bones of the city old and new all with its own little space.
One of my favourite artists is Tareq Mooradun who covers events, portraits and architectural pictures. Born-and-raised Londoner who has become one of the biggest Instagram stars in the capital. He covers things such as personal photography as well as shots for weddings.
To achieve the look I was after I wanted both pictures from places where the public can access as well as ones they are not, this took planning in the form of what building I could access and those I needed to get special permission as well as what would give me the best shots, I visited as many of the public assessable ones as possible to see what the would give me and this also helped me to identify the buildings that where higher and not accessible to the public, I used different ways to contact the owners or managers of these buildings and a friend who worked in one of the building I had chosen to use, I needed to consider the time of day, the weather etc as well.
Task 1 (AC 1.1, 1.2)
Research other artists’ work. Analyse the way ideas, materials and techniques can be used to inform your own practice. This task is on-going throughout the project. Research the work of at least 3 artists in preparation for the work on the project.
In terms of the ideas that I’m currently using, it thought it would have to be London based photographers. These styles really ensure that you can see the Centre of London from many different angles.
I have chosen the 3 below because they have led me to really focus on London and the multiple differet types of architecture you can get within the city.
A self-taught Photographer, Chris has brought his technical & artistic background into the photographic realm. Amassing over 13,000 followers on Instagram (@chrisjdalton) his cityscape images bring viewers a unique and fresh perspective on cities. He has gained acclamation from organisations such as Visit London, TimeOut Magazine, Secret London, Metro and The Evening Standard; and was recently chosen as one of Transport for London’s favourite Instagrammers.
With all of his images that you can see below, you’ll notice how he often focuses on night photography and this has really made me often do the same. In all of these 3, the sky really stands out. This is something that I need to practice with when using both Lightroom and Photoshop as it seems to really work well. The vibrancy and multitude of hues have been heavily edited, though being able to see how to edit to produce the most effective image is what I admire.
When in school, he loved Art and it became his passion. Once he knew about photography, it becomes his true place to move forward. He directed all of his creative talents to that medium and it took him to places he’s never dreamed of beforehand. After buying his first camera, it just drove him to keep moving forward with the exciting things that photography really does for you. Photography offers a self-taught skill that many other things can do. This is something that I love as well and it’s something that you can learn by simply doing more things and continually practising.
When looking at these images compared to those taken by Chris Dalton, these seem minimalist and monochrome. (Moore’s) images are distinctive and identifiable by his unique style. He has thought about the most effective composition and his images feature bold shapes and obvious lines of symmetry.
Tareq Mooradun was born and raised in London and has now become one of the most famous and known professional photographers we know. Let’s get into why this has actually happened…
He’s a full-time interior designer during the day but is one of the best London photographers that most people know during the evening. Just look at his profile and you’ll see the quality that I mean, it’s stunning. His mission, he says, is to ‘photograph the iconic locations that London has to offer from a different point of view, making them more unique’.
He has almost 125K followers on Instagram and has become almost famous because of this. I think this is because his subject matter is original. He is inspirational because he has a lot of followers but also because he has a keen eye on what makes a pleasing photograph e.g. the image of the pink blossom in Greenwich (inspiring lots of people on Insta to go and try to replicate it). The Tower Bridge image is what led me to consider taking images from above to gain a unique perspective.
Mike has always loved photography and actually started playing back in 2005 when he was within Lewes College.
He has always been travelling around different countries to practices in multiple different areas.
Looking back to 2016, Mike picked up his camera and his skills from sport have to lead him to be extremely skilled in both photographies.
Mike has multiple accounts online which has meant that he can focus on many different types of things that he loves. This can be from landscapes to night shooting and Portraits.
He is in the plan (like we all are) to truly enjoy the beautiful craft of photography. Looking below, you can see the three different ways in which he has taken some pictures. In the first picture, you can see here, the subject’s feet are visible in order to give the viewer a background story of how the photo was shot (i.e. he climbed up). The second shot, showing a bird’s eye view was likely to have been taken with a drone. The third shows his proficiency in editing, inserting one image over another. All three have been edited extremely well, these colours would not have been achieved in natural light.
I personally love the differences that are within his work. It’s always exciting when looking at his account because you never know what you’re going to see.
Everything he does though seems to be involved with a blue tone meaning that each shot was taken by him.
As I mentioned beforehand, as he has multiple accounts, some are focused on being up high, some are focused on woman, some are focused on animals or cities. He is an extremely skilled photographer being able to mix all of these skills and areas to achieve great pictures.
Task 2 (AC 2.1, 2.2)
Develop your ideas of ‘Dreams – Reality’ using your early research as the starting point. It will involve making a series of test shots, and analysing your images in the sketchbook/blog.
As I previously mentioned, London keeps growing and there isn’t space for this many people. What do we do? We go up high!!! While many people are not a fan of this, to be honest, it’s great for me and it’s fantastic for pictures. You can see below some of the ones I’ve managed to get by working with different teams to get to some ideal locations.
Task 3 (AC 2.3)
Further develop your ideas within your sketchbook/blog and be inventive with your visualisation. Experiment with materials alongside your development of ideas recording your observations and tests. Be exhaustive in your investigation of materials and techniques and continue to research artists and designers.
Task 4 (AC 2.3, 2.4)
Complete and present the series of works from your developed ideas and material research. These works should clearly communicate your intentions. Consider and explore alternative presentation and printing techniques. You should experiment with different ways of making and presenting the work through investigating materials and media. Reflect upon peer feedback received in the class.
While looking down at London is stunning and my main focus for this section, looking up as well can make you realise how big these structures are.
Task 5 (AC 2.4, 3.1)
Assess your outcome. Consider the processes you used during the work on the project, your use of materials and how the work evolved, include any technical issues that you had to deal with as you worked on the project. Observe and annotate all health and safety considerations as you work on the project.
When shooting at night, tripods are almost a much-needed thing to have!!!
The help of both Lightroom and Photoshop has helped me improve my pictures so much. When first starting both of these, I did overdo it and make pictures almost look unreal.
The use of the College has helped me get to different locations that so many people within London can’t actually get to. I’ve been emailing different locations within London to plan dates to go there.
Doing photography at College has really helped me explore London in a different way. It’s quite hard but if you prepare properly, you can get to locations that nobody else is really allowed to go.