The photographs below are the final images I have put together as a bodies of work after a term working with the medium of light and photographing around the theme of capturing light
152MC Working With Light – Critical Reflection
This work for me presented quite a challenge from the offset I was not sure what route to take I thought about taking a literal depiction of the title document a meeting and thought of trying a theoretical depiction within my images, I decided to go out and shoot with no real intent but to capture the light and work with it, from this I found the way in which light met different surfaces intriguing, as it shows in my work I decided to try and carry on shooting to in turn document the way in which the meeting of light and surfaces occurs and the way in which different surfaces interpret light. I think overall the end pieces to depict what I wanted but I think that with further thought put in and more research I most likely could have furthered my end pieces and made the piece flow together better which could have been supported in more detail with similar projects and other artist works, having said this once again I feel that the research and books I looked in for work that was like the style I was trying to shoot was beneficial and can be seen in my work such as some of the images for example the water and the light reflecting of it was directly inspired by the work of Roni Hern which was shot in a very similar style but yet used to document and communicate a completely different idea to mine. Overall i feel that it has been a success and reflecting on the piece it could have been bettered had it been backed with more in depth research.
Afghanistan The Land That Was – Roland and Sabrina Michaud
I recently went to the library and had a look through the shelves for some work i hadn’t really seen before i decided to pick up the book titled above and showing a few of the pages from the book itself above. The first thing that grabbed my eye about the book was the title, i have always had a deep rooted interest in photography which takes place in war zones during war time or collating images after a war has occurred which in many cases demonstrates a whole new meaning in the images than images captured during war time. The book i have been looking at focuses on Afghanistan during the peace time period of 1968 to 1972 this was after the Soviet war in Afghanistan this already was not what i thought the book would show as i thought of more recent times but this book manages to communicate a happy place unlike the way in which Afghanistan is portrayed in the media today as a war torn unruly country.
I feel this book is an excellent mix of powerful landscapes which show the viewer who may have not seen this country in all of its beauty which then in turn leads the viewer to smash the preconceptions conjured by the modern media , it also details interesting portraits which give in insight in some cases to moments caputred during daily life and others give a close look into the faces and deeper into the people that inhabit this beautiful land which the photographers fell in love with and which i feel is the goal of the book to in turn communicate the photographers love of this place to the viewer.
A couple of days ago I decided to try a Camera Obcsura out in my room at university only got the one picture this time round because it fell of my window but planning to do it again with some clearer results but here’s the photograph I got flipped and original.
Over the past few days I have been looking over a book called Asians In Britain which is a body of work composed by photographer Tim Smith, when looking for a book I wanted to choose something that I would not normally look at I decided upon looking at this book because of the documentary style that this photographer shoots, also I wanted to look in more depth because I have made several shoots in my local area of Southall West London which is well-known for its high Asian population, I was interested to see if Tim Smith had photographed Southall or areas that would appear to be like the area I grew up in. Once looking at the book I found that many of the images were set in places which I recognized and this helped me to associate more with the book because I have tried to shoot film in the same areas in which Tim Smith does, where his work differs is his style is much more documentary focussing more on the people who are in the frame and making the viewer of the image want to see and understand more about what is occurring with the subjects i.e the people in the images. Compared to the way in which I have tried to capture my area and the Asian population that lives in it I went for much more of a observational style of photography unlike the close up and more personal style that Tim Smith chooses to use, his work does not just capture the places that the Asian population of Britain live in, it is much more personal, the body of work intices the viewer to look deeper and find a connection with the subject matter that Tim Smith has tried to communicate. Overall i feel from looking at this body of work it has shown me a way in which i could revisit my older shoots and try to capture the locations I shot in another way .