I am working towards producing a series of outcomes that softly focus on complimenting both the natural environment and the human figure. I want to play with the importance of perspective and see how the focus and intentions behind the camera simultaneously combine to affect the outcome of a portrait.
Influences, Research and Ideas
I see myself being heavily influenced by a range of photographers for this project. The vast majority of Davis Ayer’s work is my main inspiration. How he uses the landscape and takes risks in manipulation are things I am very interested in pursuing and experimenting with using my own methods. In addition, I am curious about the use of focus and rich colours in Alice Q. Hargrave’s Untitled (Expedition & Family Pictures) series. Other inspiration for use of light stems from a select few of Jordan Fuller’s portraits in ‘More Then Words Can Say’ and Amani Willet’s ‘Disquiet’ series. For more portrait-focused inspiration I adore the composition and content of Heather Evans Smith’s photographs in ‘The Heart and The Heavy’. Finally I would like to use Paolo Roversi as inspiration for his technique when it comes to shooting a lot of his portraits.
My initial intentions for this project are to investigate more into portraiture and the simplistic aspects of nature. I want the challenge of both photographing a person and finding an environment that reflects something important to them. This combination could be explored through singular environmental portraits or two separate images presented in the form of a diptych.
Techniques, Processes and Timescales
For timescales see attached tracking sheet.
This project will be shot digitally. In terms of techniques I want to study, I am very interested in using multiple exposure photography. In addition I would like to try using coloured filters and play with the perspective caused by the focus ring.
The method of evaluation for this project will be in the form of a Group Critique and I will progress to use information from this to write a final evaluation for my work. This combination of peer and self-review allows for many perspectives to be shared and makes for a well reflected, less biased review. Throughout the project I will have tutorials with Elissa and seek advice from peers. There will also be written self reviews throughout the project after each shot to question how I can improve which will further be evidenced by reshoots.
5 Books: (Title, Author, Publishers)
- The Fashion Photography Course by Eliot Siegel, Thames & Hudson
- Twilight by Gregory Crewdson, Abrams
- The Edge Of Vision by Lyle Rexer, Aperture
- Jim Zuckerman’s Secrets of Colour in Photography by Jim Zuckerman, Writer’s Digest Books
- This Is How I Remember, Now Portraits by Jim Dine, Steidl Publishers
5 Websites: (Full address)