This exercise asks me to respond to the photograph Derriére La Gare Saint-Lazare.
Homage is creating a photograph which takes it’s idea from another photograph or painting.
Whilst this is not something that I have intentionally done in the past, I have created two of these since I started this course. The first was inspired by Hiroshi Sugimoto’s Seascape series.
Exercise 5.2 required me to take a photograph in homage to any photographer. Having recently visited the exhibition of Robert Mapplethorpe’s photographs in Aberystwyth, I was particularly struck by one of the portraits. That portrait was of Doris Saatchi, the first wife of art collector Charles Saatchi.
This exercise is called “The distance between us”. I wasn’t absolutely sure what this meant, but a discussion with my tutor told me that it referred to emotional distance.
Consequently I decided that portraits would be required and the obvious suitable subjects would be my fiancée and her son. She would be closest to me both physically and emotionally whilst her son would be further away. Continue reading Exercise 5.1
Having followed the links in the course book and seen the images by John Davies and Chris Steele-Perkins of Mount Fuji, I decided to try and find somewhere local with an equally clichéd view to try and photograph differently.
Looking through Google at local images the obvious choice was Norwich Castle.
This exercise is basically about taking a photograph which is not a cliché. I have effectively done this exercise twice. Initially I took the suggestion of the course book and searched Google for images using the keyword ‘Apple’. Having removed all the inevitable references to computing, I found the images shown in this screen grab:
As my subject for this exercise, I decided to use a conch shell that I have in my possession.
My initial shot was taken simply by the natural light coming into my study window.
For this exercise I was asked to take photographs to show ‘The beauty of artificial light’. This required me to take -photographs purely under artificial light and for that I decided to take photographs by night in a nearby town.
The town I chose was Ely in Cambridgeshire, This has a large cathedral, as well as an illuminated High Street and other streets around it. As I took these photographs on a Friday, there were a lot of people around, so I made the decision to set my camera to ISO 800 and try to take the photographs without a tripod. Continue reading Exercise 4.3 – The Beauty of Artificial Light
Exercise 4.2 is all about the nature of natural light. In order to show how the light changes during the day I decided to take photographs every hour throughout the daylight hours.
In practice my first choice of subject proved impractical due largely to parking issues so I decided to take photographs of the local church and the area around it. Continue reading Exercise 4.2
The purpose of exercise 4.1 is to demonstrate that the meter on a camera always defaults to a medium exposure, whatever the colour of the subject.