Final Photos

For my final photos I had to select two photos from my collective series and print them off at 6×8 C-Type prints. I also had to select at least eight photos for my final contact sheet which was to be printed out at a 12×18 C-Type print (slightly larger than A3). 

Final Object photo 1
Collective Objects
Final Object photo
Collective Objects

The first thing I did was select the two collective photos that I thought would be best to use, I then took them both into Lightroom and gave them a final coat of editing and then saved them for printing.  

Final contact sheet
Final Contact Sheet

For the contact sheet, I chose these photos because I think that they definitely depict a journey from one end to the other. I threw in a mixed range of some photos in motion and some still. As for the process in making this contact sheet I had a lot of trouble with it. I came into university a few times to attempt making this sheet. I eventually had to ask for help off the technicians who were happy to help and gave me a few tips on how to do it again in the future.


Project Conclusion – 
I’m genuinely quite pleased with the work that I’ve produced for this project, especially in the short amount of time I gave myself to do it. Unfortunately I didn’t record any artist research during this project as I didn’t have the time to spend hours searching for some photographers for inspiration. This is a documentary style series for me as this is a journey that I have to travel almost everyday. If I was to do this project again in the future then I would spend a reasonable amount of time looking into other photographers for ideas on other ways I could go about the project. But other than the lack of research and all the technical downfalls I’ve had during this project, I’ve actually enjoyed experimenting with unfamiliar grounds by using the suggested parameters in the brief.

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Collective Objects

For these photos I took my collection of train tickets and photographed them on the Infinity table which is a still life studio for photographing small things like this. I Think that these photos worked out very well, you can clearly see what they are but you can’t exactly see where all of them are going to, so there’s a little bit of mystery about them. Earlier in the year, I was told by one of our Graphics Lecturers that we should start collections of things, anything from magazines to stamps because one day they could be worth something or be used for art, well photography in my case. Using these meant that I didn’t have to go round picking up litter or other train tickets off the floor of the train.


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Further Edited

These are a selection of photos from my journey back and fourth on the train. I have selected a range of photos that I have edited further. As you can see I have made them Black and White, I have done this because when I visualised he idea of my journey on the trains I could see it working well in black and white. Personally I think that they work really well, I also think that the choice of no colour complements the rural and urban areas in the photos. For me they’re very atmospheric and more life like than they are in full colour. The journey from where I live and back isn’t exactly a friendly, enjoyable or a colourful trip, often its very dull, dark and lifeless, so the dark shadows contrasting against the white and Gray just sums up how i see travelling to university and back.

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Riding the rails

Thanks to Merseyrail for being kind enough to grant me permission to pursue my idea of photographing on their trains for my project ‘In the frame’.

The day after getting my email confirmation, I got on a train to Chester from Birkenhead Central, then from Chester to Birkenhead and then back to Chester again. I did this so I could maximise my chances of getting s many decent photos as I could. I ended up taking about three hundred odd. I found that taking the photos at the beginning was really difficult as I was quite nervous, but once I started going, I didn’t really care what people thought of me. But I was very considerate of people and asked a few people if they minded me taking pictures of the train carriage and to reassure them that if they heard someone taking photos that it was me and it wouldn’t be directly of them. I’ve found that some people can be reasonable if you just give them a heads up first, some people not so much though.

Taking photos in public is like a Pick ‘n mix, sometime you get some nice and reasonable people about or some that are just minding there own business and some that are confrontational or no apparent reason. This is why I contacted Merseyrail directly to make an enquiry. I was actually questioned by a couple of train conductors on my activities on the train but after I showed them the emails from Merseyrail they weren’t concerned anymore.

Onto the photos, I’m fairly happy with the amount that I got. I had to take my mono-pole as I needed some sort of support for my camera. I also like the range of the photographs, some are very burred showing movement and some were shot quickly to ensure you could see the details of the photo. They were all shot in RAW so they have all had a base coating of editing via Adobe Lightroom. My next step will be going through these photos and selecting photos that I would like to further edit and round down to a final series.

But for now here are all of my photos from my travels –

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Idea for next and final shoot

I am going to document my journeys to Chester and back via the Merseyrail train. I intend to ride the rails and photograph things that appeal to me, for example; train stations, people, objects ect.. I want to do this series entirely in black and white as I think that this will improve the look I want to create. I will obviously be photographing in colour and editing them into black and white, unless I happen to see something that I know will definitely suit black and white.

I also intend to photograph objects that have something to do with this journey that i’m on. I was thinking about photographing a bundle of train tickets that I have collected since starting university and then photographing them on the infinity table to get some dynamic shots.

Due to certain policies, you can’t just photograph people in public especially in a confined space on a train as it would make the passengers uncomfortable. So I intend to contact Merseyrail and ask permission to photograph on the trains. I could easily photograph things without any permission as it’s a “free country” but it was more to do with I didn’t want any trouble from any confrontational passengers or any trouble from The British Transport Police. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

 

First attempt at street photography

My first idea for this project is to go to a certain area (perhaps a park bench or something) and photograph whats in front of me and who or what passes me. I would like to record what i photograph whether it be buildings or a certain direction to photograph and then the next time I go out to photograph then I’ll sit on the same bench and photograph the same things/directions but they may look the same but will be completely different. No picture is ever the same.

I decided to photograph these after university and the late afternoon/evening in Chester. I decided to follow one of the parameters which was to sit in an area and document what ever passed me. I then decided to do this for a while but then move to a different bench in town and repeat this process for a bit and so on and so on.

I photographed all of them in colour and edited them into black and white via Adobe Lightroom. As much as I love photographing the bright colours of a city or a town all lit up at night, I felt that these photos looked better in black and white. I’ve often found that black and white photography shows more detail to the photo and often creates some atmospheric. there are only 3 colours/shades in a black and white photo; Black, White and Gray. I think that with less colour it gives it more of an edge, there’s more contrast.

Also as this was my First proper attempt of street photography, I though it would be better to change the photos to black and white for a couple of reasons, one I think they look better and show more attention to detail and two because some of the photos aren’t perfect (camera shake) they are harder to identify the pedestrians. But to clarify, I actually like that some of the photos have been distorted by camera shake, this for me shows more movement in the people I photographed. The only photograph I have in colour is the one I used for the featured image for this post, I just couldn’t put that one in black and white as the colours where to beautiful to hide in black and white.

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First Test Run

As soon as we got our brief for this project we had to go out and photograph the area around kingsway campus. We had to use the parameters given to us to photograph things. I started off by following an old man to a certain point, I then stopped and photographed the area he led me to. I continued to explore and photograph anything that caught my eye or I found interesting.

Also I really like the featured photo for this post, I went passed some sort of religious community building and spotted this sign. I photographed it as it was ironic that the the sign was so dirty despite it being a sign of hope and cleanliness. I also photographed it at an angle to emphasise the point of looking up to it as a sign of hope. This has no importance to this project or the task at hand, I just found it interesting so I photographed it.

For the rest of the photos I tried to find interesting ways to photograph and document them instead of just a normal photo. But I quite enjoyed this task, I got to stretch my legs and take a few interesting shots at the same time.

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In The Frame

Assignment details 
You should identify a place (or places) that is/are accessible to you on a regular basis. This could be where you live, where you travel through or another place that you can document regularly.  You will make a set of images based on your observations of this place over a period of time and present these in a grid in a final print.

When you are in your place you should collect objects and items in order to create another ‘portrait’ of that place based on the things you have found within it. You will make two ‘still life’ images of either single items or collections of objects using studio lighting.

The two sets of images should relate to each other and say something about the place and your experience of it.

You will need to use parameters to guide your shoots.  You can choose from one of the strategies below to begin with and devise your own as your project progresses.  You can use a variety of different parameters and thereby create a range of responses to your location.  You can also use these parameters to guide the types of object that you collect and how.”

Some parameters to consider:

  • Walk for a certain length of time then stop. Make several photographs of what is around you when the time comes to stop.  Make random turns, get lost, go somewhere unfamiliar.  Vary the times between walking and stopping on subsequent shoots.
  • Select a square from a map of Chester and thoroughly document everything in that square.
  • Identify the boundaries of your chosen place (neighbourhood, town, village, park, campus etc) and draw them onto a map. Walk the boundary and take pictures along the way.
  • Identify a particular sense (smell, touch, hearing or taste) and use it to direct how you travel through your location and what you photograph. Use the exercise from More than Looking to ‘tune in’ to a particular sense before your shoot.  Use different senses on each shoot.
  • Pick a place to stand or sit for a certain length of time (street corner, café, park bench, bus or train). Photograph what you observe during that time including who and what passes you.
  • Find something that interest you in your location and photograph it, then turn round 180 degrees and photograph what is opposite
  • Pick a pedestrian and follow them. Don’t photograph them.  Just go where they take you and photograph along the way.  Consider yourself a passenger and make the most of where you are taken.  When you lose them, follow someone new.
  • Pick a colour and let your choice of photo be guided by the presence of that colour.
  • Identify a particular texture, shape or subject in your location and only shoot examples of this.
  • Go for a walk without your camera. Go back and photograph the things you noticed on the way.

After viewing the brief I think that some of the parameters sound fun to follow but I also think that some of them are quite risky especially in the area I live in. for example: follow a stranger and photograph where they go but not them. I considered this as my main parameter for this project but I live in lets just say a rough area, I’m very protective of my camera gear as it is, so following someone or going into an unfamiliar area could be a bad idea. So I need to find an are that is fairly safe to photograph but also close enough for me to continuously visit to maximise my chance at getting some good shots.

It also stated in the brief that we collect object on our travels. things that have some relevance to what we’re photographing or just things that we find interesting. I’m not entirely comfortable with picking up litter or just random things from the street as I don’t know where it’s been, so i’ll have to give that one some thought.

All in all i think that this project has some potential, I also think that it will be a good chance to go out and try some street photography.