The next assessable assignment is here and this one is called The Portrait Element. This project is being split into two parts and today my classmates and I received part one of that project, subtitled Light and Space.
The project brief is as follows:
We are to take a total of eight images of different places/spaces. Four of the images will be interior spaces and the other four will be of exterior spaces. The project will be shot digitally and we are to experiment with natural and artificial light (having very recently had an induction on speed lights and flash guns we are prepared for this). We are also to use different lenses and see how these effect our images. The images can contain living beings (people and animals) but they aren’t the focus, rather just context of the space.
When first getting this project I was a little confused, as I generally associate portraits with people and spaces/places with landscape and architectural photography but it was explained that since The Person At Work project so heavily involved people, part one of this project will not. Also, the word ‘portrait’ is derived from the French ‘portraire’ which means to ‘portray’ and therefore isn’t limited to solely being linked to people anyway, it’s just vastly more associated with it.
There’s lots to consider with this project. First of all, where to choose! There is no limitation on where I can choose to shoot this project and I can choose any location, within reason of course. I can’t trespass or go anywhere too dangerous. With shooting outside I need to be weary of the weather, that means keeping an eye on the forecast. I should also choose specific times of the day, sunsets and sunrises always make beautiful pictures. I want to make the most of the interior spaces, this’ll probably mean shoving myself in corners and being in awkward positions so I better prepare for that too.
I already have a few places in mind, such as going back to Beerwolf Books Freehouse to photograph their bookshop and going to Bluewater Shopping Centre in Greenhithe when I visit back home as it’ll be looking very Christmassy when I go.
In consideration for this project, I took a look at the photographic works of Nic Granleese, an architectural photographer based in Melbourne, Australia who works with Australia’s architects to create images that get used by magazines, newspapers and other advertising platforms. I looked specifically at his project called “Wallaby Lane House” at the image is taken in the evening using the light from the house and it is the kind of effect that I can see in these images that I want to incorporate into mine. I also looked at a project called “Double Monk” which is a set of images of a shoe store. I plan on using these images to influence those that I take in the Beerwolf Books Freehouse bookshop as it is full of lines and layers similar to those in the shoe store and visually seeing how he works with the lines to make his photographs is going to influence me in how I line up the shots in the bookshop (although I’m pretty sure the shelves in the bookshop are wonky so I can only wait and see how that all goes).
The first group showing of the work is scheduled for the 31st and I already know I won’t have shot all the locations I will have wanted to by then as I can’t head back to Kent before then but this isn’t the final deadline, just the group display so I have time to shoot where I want.