Set to be handed in on January 4th, I was tasked with creating an A2 poster and a presentation about a given photographer that I will also have to working in the style of for my PEP 130 - Photographic Theory 1: Histories, Theories and Practice class. Part of the working in the style of my photographer means that I need to produce 3 A4 images in their style. The images will feature in both the presentation delivery and the poster. My given photographer was Shirley Baker.
Baker was a British photographer who is best known for her street photography and street portraits. Looking at her project of the ‘streets’ it became pretty clear that my images would need to feature women and children and the outdoors, either all together or separately in each of the three images.
A shoot I conducted on December 27th had all three of those features as I photographed Louise Lynch Labouchardiere and her five month son Elliott in their back garden.
Baker claims that she didn’t pose her images, so I tried to do the same. I followed them both out to the garden and photographed them as they walked down the steps of their rusty brick garage/shed and as Louise listened to her neighbours over the fence, and photographed their interactions. Elliott had little interest on letting the pictures be natural as he rather enjoyed staring at me while I took the photos.
Shirley Baker engaged a lot with her subjects and the majority of her photographs from this body of work were shot on a Rolleiflex camera so she would look down and her face would not be completely obscured, making it easier to keep conversations with her subjects and be more present. Trying to mimic that I put the live view on my camera so that I could hold it away from me and didn’t have to cover my face with it to take the pictures.
Once I had all my images I turned them to black and white, as were most of the images in Baker’s ‘streets’ project so they looked even more like hers. After staring at them all for a while I finally chose this image to be the one that I would use to represent my In the Style of Shirley Baker work.