Unit 116: Photographic Materials, Techniques & Technology - Research & Idea development

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Brassaï (Gyula Halász)

Brassaï was a Hungarian French photographer who rose to fame in France in the 20th century.  He was one of the numerous artists who showed in Paris beginning between the World Wars. In the early 21st century, the discovery of more than 200 letters and hundreds of drawings and other items from the period 1940–1984 has provided scholars with material for understanding his later life and career.

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This units research and idea development has been trickier than I initially anticipated due to the fact that the brief is brought in what to photograph. However I managed to break down the price into understandable sections that I could easily focus on as well as photograph subjects that I am stronger at like street Photography.

Past Present and Future ... This waiting room represents to me the start of an adventure, what has happened in the past who has been in the room, is anyone going to arrive today and who will arrive in the future.. The light streaming through could indicate that it is such a nice sunny day that people don't wish to use it? or the light thrown on the room reflects the warmth in the room. There are so many different scenarios and your imagination can run riot e.g is it a film set, is it a GP waiting room, a hotel, train station ? so many possibilities... The photographer has blown out parts of the imagine, due to the fact that he probably metered on the ground, given clear distinct lines, however on the metal chairs it is over exposed.

Past Present and Future ... This waiting room represents to me the start of an adventure, what has happened in the past who has been in the room, is anyone going to arrive today and who will arrive in the future.. The light streaming through could indicate that it is such a nice sunny day that people don't wish to use it? or the light thrown on the room reflects the warmth in the room. There are so many different scenarios and your imagination can run riot e.g is it a film set, is it a GP waiting room, a hotel, train station ? so many possibilities... The photographer has blown out parts of the imagine, due to the fact that he probably metered on the ground, given clear distinct lines, however on the metal chairs it is over exposed.

I chose this image because of its striking use of detail in this image coupled with the use of lighting creating distinct shadows. i think the photographer deliberately waited for someone to pass by directly in the light to create a shadow. i also believe that three deliberately chosen this spot to give it more of a rustic forgotten feel to have improved this image with a different angle perhaps having the camera a few inches higher would've made the image look more unique and less generic.

I chose this image because of its striking use of detail in this image coupled with the use of lighting creating distinct shadows. i think the photographer deliberately waited for someone to pass by directly in the light to create a shadow. i also believe that three deliberately chosen this spot to give it more of a rustic forgotten feel to have improved this image with a different angle perhaps having the camera a few inches higher would've made the image look more unique and less generic.

Power of colour 

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Kirsty Mitchell

Kirsty Mitchell draws on her past careers in fashion design and costume making, to make images of colour and dreamlike worlds all shot in the English landscape surrounding her home. Kirsty describes her approach as ‘Fantasy for Real’ spending months painstakingly handcrafting her character's costumes and props to coincide with the bloom of wildflowers, and the seasonal extremes of her local environment.

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this image is one that caught my eye, although unusual it made me explore how i could capture the same result using the smoke bomb in place of the head.  I like how the background is soft and out of focus in the contrast with the dominating strong vibrate blue  smoke bomb giving off the layers of bright blue, like clouds under the cover of the umbrella. It fills nearly 50% of the image but the eye is drawn following the pillows of smoke bomb across the top of the photo.

this image is one that caught my eye, although unusual it made me explore how i could capture the same result using the smoke bomb in place of the head.  I like how the background is soft and out of focus in the contrast with the dominating strong vibrate blue  smoke bomb giving off the layers of bright blue, like clouds under the cover of the umbrella. It fills nearly 50% of the image but the eye is drawn following the pillows of smoke bomb across the top of the photo.

I love the strong ochre colour which develops into orange again a really eye catching vibrant image which is central to the shot with the model perched on the rock and the soft background of the river giving a sense of danger and precariousness the smoke bomb has developed mainly down the left hand side exposing the right arm whilst again hiding the face. It is difficult to have control over where the smoke bomb distributes and to place the model in the correct place and dealing with the elements moving the smoke around.

I love the strong ochre colour which develops into orange again a really eye catching vibrant image which is central to the shot with the model perched on the rock and the soft background of the river giving a sense of danger and precariousness the smoke bomb has developed mainly down the left hand side exposing the right arm whilst again hiding the face. It is difficult to have control over where the smoke bomb distributes and to place the model in the correct place and dealing with the elements moving the smoke around.

Dusk til dawn

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Todd Hido

Todd Hido is a San Francisco Bay street photographer whose work has been featured in many places. He travels to suburban areas in America photographing them at night using only street lights or car headlights to light up his images. They give a striking appeal to them and almost hourly new more 80s feel to them

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I find the red neon signage reflecting on the woman's face and body, against the grey contrast of the building giving off a "Romeo & Juliet" type scenario in a European city. Although the colour palette is quite minimal it works really well, your eyes follow the light and then across to the woman wondering what she is thinking .... is she waiting for someone ? is she just taking time out to absorb what is happening below ?

I find the red neon signage reflecting on the woman's face and body, against the grey contrast of the building giving off a "Romeo & Juliet" type scenario in a European city. Although the colour palette is quite minimal it works really well, your eyes follow the light and then across to the woman wondering what she is thinking .... is she waiting for someone ? is she just taking time out to absorb what is happening below ?

This busy wet, glistening pools of  rain water in the street scene focusing the eye on the main  umbrella with the light matching that of the shop to the right which has several of the umbrellas outside. The tall dark buildings central to the photo above, with more of  the umbrella theme ahead with all the rushing of people  to get to their destination

This busy wet, glistening pools of  rain water in the street scene focusing the eye on the main  umbrella with the light matching that of the shop to the right which has several of the umbrellas outside. The tall dark buildings central to the photo above, with more of  the umbrella theme ahead with all the rushing of people  to get to their destination