This weeks lesson focused on * analysis of photography.
Some of these considerations included:
Viewpoint - Composition
Process - Camera, aperture, shutter speed.
Time - The Concept of freezing a moment in time.
We discussed Roland Barthes philosophy - 'To spend time is to notice' - Rolands view is that every photograph is capable of puncturing our soul, if we spend enough time with it. This by association of feeling I would imagine.
Some of the photographers and works we looked at and discussed:
Nicéphore Niépce - 1765 - 1833 - an inventor and pioneer in the world of photography. His work 'View from the Window at Gras' (1826) used a technique that required an 8 hr exposure time.
Other notable mentions for:
Louis Daguerre - The Artists Studio 1837.
William Henry Fox Talbot - and the 'calotype' (1841)
George Eastman - The creator of Kodak - and credited as The Father of 'Democracy of Imagery' - photography becoming widely available to everyone.
If you look at the first picture above, you will see an image divided into 9 equal boxes.
The photographer is encouraged to frame any shot within these 9 boxes before taking the photograph - and to try to sit as many focal points as possible along those lines.
Lartigue is famous for capturing happy, fun images, and the one above is a perfect example of the rule of thirds. How the outstretched tip of the blade of the skate touches the horizontal line of the edge of the ice... the way the mountain ranges meet as the skaters waist.
I particularly like the sense of tension within this photograph. A paradoxical nature exists. In one imagined future, the skater successfully lands the jump. In another - he slips straight thru the ice.
We were set homework to photograph someone doing a task, and preferably unawares. We could take only one photograph and use that.
We were then required to look at an analysis various aspects which I will do below.
My photograph was taken today (06/10/20) during my run. Subject Unknown.
Hornchurch: around 3pm. Equipment: Google Pixel 4.
For me the focal points in the photograph are:
The roots and branches of the tree in the foreground.
The bark of the tree which runs up the right hand side of the shot.
The character in the centre.
In a word 'No'. If I edited it - would it? Yes.
Was that the point? No.
Western culture dictates that the strongest position is inside the left hand lines... I do think the tree of the right right frames the photograph rather nicely, but the character in the centre could have been framed further to the left.
The roots and the branches at the bottom seem to sit just below the line that would have crossed the bottom third of the shot, had they been parallel, I think it would have framed the scene more pleasingly.
I still like the shot in and of itself... I like the fact that the subject could be considering or pondering a multitude of of questions or decisions...
If Roland Barthes philosophy is that any photograph can puncture our soul... then those who look at mine for long enough would surely associate with the predicament of being in a position where you do not know which way to turn or what to do for the best.
We are all posed with the same questions and that is something that connects us all.
Task One - Kitchen.
Research technique - 'Birds Eye View' (Aerial Shot) -
The brief this week was to take a birds eye view shot of a plate of food in a kitchen.
After this - detailed analysis would be required.
The symbol for 'Ohm' which represents the four states of consciousness is represented here in pork...
The question posed ... : 'Is humanity consuming itself?'
I certainly feel that it's a question worth asking..
The setting - the wooden chopping board as opposed to a plate represents nature and our place inside it...
The gas cooker represents the energy and spark hidden within the earth's core and within ourselves. I tried to include the hobs themselves to keep the symmetry and reinforce the number 4 (states of dimension).
The use of pork suggests that vegetarianism is a conversation that needs to happen ... Especially with myself .
Two figures can be seen just outside of the realms of Consciousness -
Arjuna and Krishna? God and Jesus? Me and my Higher self? My behaviour and my consequences. Conscious and subconscious? The list is endless.
Regardless - Duality is represented - specially within oneself.
The use of black and white reaffirms this notion.
I left the glass part of the hob at the top within shot as it represents the glass ceiling that I am aiming to smash thru.
I also like the contrast in texture between the sleekness of the hob, the rustic nature of the chopping board and the clean lines of the glass at the top.
Saturday afternoon; 4pm. 26/09/20
Camera: PIxel 4 Camera phone.
Filter: Black and white, as above.
I love this aerial shot because New York is a place I would love to visit. The skyline and silhouette is completely unique.
I love the ethereal nature of this shot and the pastel colourings.
A really cool shot from a quirky place that holds dear memories.
Three aerial shots.
“A positive attitude can really make dreams come true - it did for me.” -- David Bailey