This is my exhibition piece at the paintworks in Bristol. They were arranged them differently to how I originally planned which was way out of my control. I am annoyed about how they were laid out as there’s too much space between them. I have the original plan of how they were laid out in my book. I am happy with my frames and the work and the frames make the pieces stand out. However I am disappointed with how someone laid it out even though I put a plan in.
I am going to print out the above photos at A4, these will also be part of my photography exhibition at the paintworks in Bristol.
I have again shot these locations at day and at night and I have blended them together on photoshop.
These photos are my final photos for my final coursework project. I have researched into Bristol photographers such as Tony Howell, Ian Wade and Graham Coleman however I have used a technique used by Stephen Wilkes.
I have shot both the day and night photos at the same location then blended them together using Photoshop.
I am going to print these 3 photos at A3 to be displayed in the college exbition in paintworks.
For more information about blending feel free to contact me or look in my photography coursework book. Copyrighted due to the fact people might steal them!
Description This project was about re-photography and I had to shoot a photo that was exactly the same as the original. I originally used Edward Weston and his photo “pepper” but I didn’t think the photos I took were that great so I researched into different still life photographers and I found AndreKertesz and his photo fork which I liked so I decided to use his photo in my re-photography project. I experimented with different forks and used bowls and plates to see what looked the best and what didn’t. I took special care with the positioning and the lighting as well to make sure I took the exact same photo as Andre’s photo. I ended up with five photo shoots and I experimented in each photo shoot.
Analysis I chose to do still life as that an area in photography that I enjoy. I chose to do still life in black and white because it created more interesting photos and the shadows makes the photos look effective and stand out. I chose to do the pepper at first but I didn’t think that it was going well and I didn’t feel this work was to the best of my ability so I decided to do the fork instead. Each shoot I analysed what I needed to focus on next shoot. This plan made me take a better photo for the next shoot. The development from start to finish shows a huge improvement to my photos. The results using my fork were way better than my pepper as my pepper went all wrinkly after a few days and wasn’t going to last the duration of my project but my fork and plate wasn’t going to erode so I took loads of photos for my development of that photo.
Evaluation My results relates to my research really well, I originally looked in a photography book and found Edward Weston then researched into other black and white still life photographers on the internet but the book was the starting point to my research. I planned out each shoot before hand and I knew exactly what I had to do to improve my photos. I have learnt about different light positions and how much shadows make an impact on the photo. To improve this project I would’ve done a bit more experimenting with different plates and different light positions to show how different the photo would look. I would approach another project like this by forward planning and shooting more photos so I have a range of photos to analysis and choose for final pieces.
Reflection I have discovered that I can pay attention to detail and recreate a photograph exactly the same. Personally I didn’t really like this project as it was stressful to get the photo exactly the same as the original- lighting, positioning etc but I managed to do it. I feel that my work was the closest I could get to the original and it came out really well as I did five different shoots and too around 225 photos, so I could choose the best out of this selection. I feel the final photo I chose was strong enough and the nearest to the original. I don’t want to work in this style again as I prefer to work in my own style using photographer influence instead of copying someone else as it isn’t original and it is so hard to get it exactly right. I would like to carry on with experimenting with still life/black and white still life as I find it interesting or I’ll go back to experimenting with landscape photographs.
Contact prints from 5th shoot which was my final shoot. I have used a bowl in these shots as it gave a better angle for the fork to rest on, also you can see the shadow in the bowl. My final photo is photo “DSC07565” and I felt like this photo was the nearest I got to the original photo.
These are contact prints from shoot 4, I am getting closer to my final photo in these photos however I think I need to develop the angle more, also I need to make the shadow harsher and focus on the shadow on the plate. I have everything near enough perfect I just need to do a few more touches to make the final photo better.
These are the contact prints from the third shoot, I am improving my shots all the time. I have got the angle right in most of these photos however I have creases in the sheet below which destroys the photo so I will need to re shoot.
This is my contact sheets from my second shoot I did at first the lighting wasn’t right as the shadow wasn’t strong enough. Then I moved the artificial light higher and to the left it came out better. Also in this shoot I experimented with different forks to see what difference that made. I came to the conclusion that the fork that I used in the first and second and third shoot was the best fork I had. I have analyzed my forks in a different section on my blog.
These are the contact sheets from my first shoot I did. I focused more on the angle of my fork and the shadow it created underneath as before I didn’t focus on the angle so the shadows weren’t positioned right underneath. However to improve this shoot I have to get more of the end of the fork in it as I have zoomed in too much and can’t see the end of the fork.