Concept and Ideation Task 2 – Temporal Expressions

Our second photography-based assignment was given to us earlier this week. In this assignment, we will be carrying out photographic experiments that exploit long and short exposure. We will also be creating joiner images in the style of David Hockney. All of our experiments should follow the theme of “cycle” to unify them.

We can also look at tutorials on cinemagraph and parallax techniques to help us create our joiner images.

The following are possible references for our project:

http://www.hockneypictures.com/works_photos.php – Examples of David Hockney’s work.

http://thedelightsofseeing.blogspot.co.uk/2011/03/cubismjoiners-and-multiple-viewpoint.html – Website giving information about joiner images (among other types of image) and how to compose them.

http://danielcrooks.com/ – Artist with similar photographic style

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First Task – Alphabet Photography

I have been carrying out research for our first practical task that was set for us earlier this week. In this task we can either work in pairs (or individually) and go out to photograph natural imagery that resembles letters of the alphabet. We then need to put these images together and present them in the form of a single displayed poster, with the help of photo-manipulation software (e.g. Photoshop). The photographs I will be taking have to follow a set of conditions:

  1. All pictures need to be taken in portrait orientation.
  2. Every letter should (ideally) take up the same amount of space.
  3. The photos need to be as natural and original as possible, so I should avoid editing them after I take them.

The brief sheet states that the main purposes of this project are to call upon our ‘photographer’s eye’, and develop our skill of taking different shots to demonstrate our general creative understanding of the following:

  • form
  • line
  • texture
  • colour

As soon as I have taken all 26 photos and am able to present all of them together on one poster, I will post the final result on this blog!

I have found the following websites useful in my research for this project:

http://www.alphabetphotography.co.uk/ – Using this website, you can type any word into the text field in order to have it presented in alphabet photographs. I found this website useful, as it gives a basic and clear idea as to how I should frame and present these shots in-camera. It also shows the professional standard in which this work can be presented.

http://artroomonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/full_12984916273_alphabet.jpg – This link leads to a collage made by a photographer who “made” different letters by taking pictures of rooftops and using their silhouettes to create the shapes of letters.