Idea Generation –
For my first idea on my final major project I wanted to do something with the genre ‘Street Photography’ as the previous week before I started this project I went on a college down to London for a few days. Whilst we were there, one of my tutors was randomly taking photographs of buildings, street signs and when we weren’t looking us. Another idea that I had was to photograph the underground in London, the reason for this is because when I was on the trip we spent a lot of time in the underground and I really enjoyed watching our tutor take different photographs of strangers or even the underground signs.
Plan A – For my first idea that I had and could lead to my FMP was just to take normal photographs, when I mean normal I basically mean ‘candid’ of streets in cities that are close to me like Sheffield, Lincoln, Leeds or Nottingham or maybe all of them.
Plan B – For the second idea that I had was to take photographs of the underground, where people are getting on and off the train just doing regular things in day to day life. As I would like to present my take on street photography and how I see the underground through my eyes.
In the end, I have decided to go with the idea of the underground theme, but because I don’t live locally or near London, this would obviously be a problem and I would find it difficult to get down but I do have family that lives down there, but the only problem is I only know them through long distance cousins so it may not work if I try to get in touch with them. I did have in mind of people getting off and on the train and the different street signs that are on the wall on the Therefore, instead of doing just ‘Underground Photography’ I have changed my it to ‘Trains/Train Station Photography’ instead as I could then go to a train station which would be local to me like ‘Sheffield’.
As well as Sheffield, I was planning to visit to London (hopefully), Leeds and Retford. I believe these train stations will lead me to get a good range of photographs that will be suitable for me to present my work in the exhibition. However, I will have to plan my trips to these places in advance as the weather could or could not be on my side, so it wouldn’t make my final photographs look as good as I would liked them too.
The main idea/inspiration that I had for this idea was from my youtube friend ‘Molly Thompson’ otherwise known as ‘Beauty Spectrum’ on youtube, she did this topic as just as a hobby on the weekend when she goes down to London for meetings. The ones that she had uploaded on twitter was the whole reason why I wanted me to try this ‘Underground Photography’.
Idea Generation Lesson-
On Monday 20th March 2017, we had a lesson which was to help us expand our ideas for our final project as there weren’t as ‘wow’ as our tutor wanted them to be as well as for us to pass this last project. This gave us a chance to change our minds, or make our original ideas even more creative and see/help our fellow students in our class. We also watched a video on 40 different creative photographs, and I must say I m very inspired by this video in deed.
Therefore, I have to something with my different photo shoots as I didn’t think my idea that I have right now is not creative enough. I really like this video as it had many different creative ideas that I could use and make them my own. I really like the first few photographs in the beginning of the video, as these tell a story within the photograph, which is what I’m hoping to do within my own project. As well as trying to tell a story with my photographs in the many photo shoots that I do, but I would also like to focus on the abstract style of photography meaning focusing on the leading lines and how clean/sharp the photographs turn out.
To start my research off I wanted to put a mood board together so I could get most of the photographs that I like side by side and see which photographer I liked best, as then I will then be doing a case study on this photographer to get more information about the photographer about himself/herself as well as the topic I am wanting to do in this final project.
Within my mood boards I have included all the photographs that appeal to me as a teenager, which makes me want to take photographs like the photographers have done in the pictures down below. But it also gives me a chance to fins an inspiration in my own work and make my work even better. Some of them have been edited to be black and white which gives the overlook of the photograph edgy and I like that so I have a clear idea on how to edit my photographs, thats if I want to change the whole point/reason of the photograph.
Mood Boards –
The photographs above are by Daniel Ashton.
The photographs above are by Dougie Wallace.
These photographs above are by Aaron Yeoman a photographer that I will be doing my case study on as to me he seems the most interesting.
Whilst researching photographers that have done ‘underground photography’, I have found three different photographers that have inspired me to pursue in this type of photography. The photographers are Daniel Ashton, Roevin, Aaron Yeoman and Dougie Wallace. The reason why I have chosen these photographers in particular is because I like how Rovein and Yeoman have very clean lines and how they make their photographs very symmetrical or portray and get the point across of the photographs as there is a reason behind every photograph a photographer takes. This makes me want to use lines in my own work as the lines could mean many different things depending what else is in the photograph which is what I like about this genre. Ashton otherwise doesn’t necessary use lines and symmetry in his photographs, I’m guessing he likes to take photographs just to capture the moment and give a reason behind the photograph, which is why I like his photographs as it gives a realistic vibe to the photograph as its not staged like most photographs are nowadays.
Artists Links –
The images below are from Ashton’s Facebook page. He is one of my tutors and one of my inspiration to get involved with this type of photography. As you can see the photographs are in black and white, which is what I really like as its different and unusual for something like this. This is because most photographers shoot underground photographer shoot in colour as they like to catch the bright colours like the reds and blues that are very common in the underground.
His work is very interesting to look at as it doesn’t have a specific style apart from the images below, some of them do have a bit of a repetition with lines leading up to something else within the photograph. I think his work is very similar to some other photographers that I have looked at, which I’m guessing is a good thing as I like they way he has com across the genre of photography. The images in my mood board have a really good depth in field as there is always a main focus and theme throughout every picture, a very similar sort of style to my photography skills. The images with people in it would have to be my favourites as it adds character and makes the photograph seem more realistic and stand out to any other image as it has been set up by the photographer himself.
I don’t know if this ‘Roevin’ photographer is a actual underground photographer but I found some of his work (which is shown below). His work is very symmetrical which makes me want to create this as I think these types of images make the best type of photograph. I couldn’t find any information on this photographer, because every time I type ‘Roevin Photographer’ an engineer company keeps popping up.
The images that I have insert below are my favourite as they’re very basic but still are very interesting to look at, which makes his/her work stand out to any of the other photographers that I have picked for my FMP artist links.
Dougie Wallace is a photographer that is very well known for doing candid photography. Candid photography is a photograph captured without creating a posed appearance. He is well known in East London but he grew up in Glasgow. He lived in Blackpool for a couple years in the 1980s, before he lived in Blackpool he took a few trips to take photographs on Fridays and Saturdays nights of stag dos and hen dos.
I did watch a few videos on youtube on how he shoots his photographs, the way that he does is it is in a very rude but clever way. The way how he takes his photograph clever is that if there was a load of people about to cross a busy road, he would be on the opposite waiting for everyone to cross at the same time whilst choosing his victim, and when they’re crossing he put the camera in the victims face and take the photograph. I think this is a very rude thing to do as well as your not asking the persons for permission for taking the photograph. Overall, I really like how his photographs turn out as they just scream fun and unexpected in your face in all of his work. I’ll probably be doing some test shots with a few people in class and many a few strangers if I get the guts to actually do it.
The reasons why I have chosen him as an artist link is because of how good the photographs turn out just because they are candid and haven’t been set up like most photographers nowadays do. I would like to recreate something like this but I don’t think I would have the confidence to take photographs of strangers just doing regular things on a street etc. If I was to do something like this, I think I would have to use my phone to make it less obvious then a canon camera in a strangers face.
Case Study –
The purpose for me doing this case study is to find some information about my chosen photographer, Aaron Yeoman, the reason for this is to try and figure out what cameras/lenses they use. Yeoman, doesn’t really focus on underground in particular but he did a massive thing on this topic not long ago, this is why I am so interested in doing this for my final project. What I’ve seen so far from Yeoman’s work is that its shot in a very unusual way with bright colours and different angles like the photographs below. Throughout this case study I wold be comparing his work to mine to see if we have anything in common or if not, they maybe something that I can take from him and put him into my work.
Aaron Yeoman is a photographer and only found a love for photography when he started back in 2009 when he took a trip to New York, the only disadvantage to this was that the photographs that he took of the New York landmarks didn’t turn out as well so he bought his first ever DSLR and then it just went from there. Yeoman is based up in North Yorkshire, England, and he likes taking photographs of things that are in the urban environment.
What I have found out whilst doing my research on Yeoman’s work is that he likes to shot most of his photographs with different angles to give the picture a different perspective, this is giving the photographs dentition and making it look unusual to other street photographers. It also stands out to viewers as the bright, cheerful colours to make it clear on what the picture actually is.
I really like how Yeoman uses the bright colours on the wall to give effect and definition in most of his photographs. The image with orange walls has a very good depth of field as it looks like the photograph is three dimensional as it actually looks like the picture goes around the corner. This is something that I would like to recreate as this type of photograph very much appeals to be as a beginner photographer. The only problem with this is it may be a very busy time that I go, meaning the would be people running for trains and they could get in the ay of my shot or I could get in their way.
Most of his photographs are dark and full of shadows which creates tension, it also has a message behind the photograph as every image is named for example one of his photographs is called “I’m Late, I’m Late, I’m Late!”, this is the image in the images above on the right (with the green walls). I like how he has called this image that, just because the person is blurry, suggesting the person id running as he/she is late.
Overall, I would like to recreate something his work as I love the way he uses lines and colours in his work. I want people to look at my work and know who and where I got my inspiartion from.
Production Plan –
Week One – For the first I will be gathering up all my reseach and gathering all my resources as well as getting my genreal idea together.
Week Two – For the second week I am aiming to get at least two test shoots done, and maybe planning more test shoots and my final shoot as well as keeping up to date with my blog.
Week Three – This next week I am hoping to go down to London for a weekend or a couple days to a photo shoot of the underground as well as keeping up to date with my blog.
Week Four – If everything goes to plan I’m hoping by this week I will have edited and have some final photographs ready to present as well as blogging my progress.
How will I present my work?
My final photographs will be presented at the Riverside House in Rotherham on Friday the 9th June 2017, 6pm – 9pm. River House is a public library meaning anyone can see my work, we can also invite family and friends to the exhibition. The mayor will also be there meaning the way I present my work will need to appeal to everyone.
At first I was thinking just to print off my prints A3 and sticking them into a plain white frame like a normally exhibition but I thought it would be a bit boring like the image below that I have just found on google images.
I did have a very interesting idea but it would take a lot of time and patience to create. This idea is to make the shape of the underground sign with my final pictures like a magic eye but with images instead. This would be very difficult just because of the colours as there is hardly any red in the underground apart from the odd sign now and then. If I was to go a head with this idea I think I’d have to change the colour to black and white so the darker shades would make up for the red and blues.
I think I would recreate something like this apart from don’t use text to create the overall image. I would obvious change the text to my final images in the shape of the underground logo. The reason why I would like to do this is because it would be very interesting to look at close up as well as far away. Close up because theres so many little images that will be different to each other and far way because it would make another picture the is also linked to my whole genre of photography I have chosen to do for my FMP.
I don’t think my project would have an age group as it could be for anyone to look at, but if I was to pick an audience I would say that it would mainly for eighteens and over just because its very for adults as in my opinion the underground is very grown up. But if I was to go along with the candid photography idea I think I’d go with a younger audience as well as adults. My reason for this is because this genre pf photography can appeal to everyone as it would be interesting to know why I did it as well as the outcome of the photographs themselves.
For our exhibition on the 9th of June we have to bring some or invite people we do or not know. At first I didn’t know how to get this message across to the general public but me and a few students have come up with idea to set up our very own Facebook page advertising this event. This will be the most efficient way as we wont be working on our own advertisement which will take time off our shooting and editing work as we would be working as a team meaning we would take it in turns to make posts about the exhibition etc.
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