AS Photography Statement of Intent and brainstorm examples
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ROBERT BROOKES AS.PHOTOGRAPHY UNIT ARTF1/B Statement of Intent As we are now roughly six months through our course and have now completed our first project, I feel that I now have an understanding of the basic techniques that can be used in SLR photography and have built my confidence in using these skills to get the images I require (e.g. using differential focus (setting a large aperture to create a shorter depth of field, throwing objects outside of that out of focus) to draw the viewers attention to the main subject in a picture, or using shutter exploitation (using either fast shutter speeds e.g. 1/250 of a second to freeze action or slow shutter speeds e.g. 30 seconds to exposed the film for a longer period to blur movement)). I have also learned how to use techniques when printing photographs in the darkroom, using techniques such as dodging (covering an area of a photograph you want to be lighter than the rest of the image) or burning in (exposing certain areas of an image for longer so that they darken) to enhance my final pictures. In the first project I based my work around taking photographs that could show my learning and progression and that demonstrated a working knowledge of simple techniques.
I want to look at the techniques that they have used (such as composition, use of lighting etc) in creating their photographs and use the knowledge learned to help me with my images. Along with looking at the work of still life photographers I will also look into the work of installation artists such as Tracy Emin and Damien Hirst, who although they may not be photographers do have to look at similar composition and the use of lighting in their work to express their meaning. I believe that understanding exactly what makes good composition will be the key to me producing effective work and so feel that including artists as well as photographers will be of benefit. The reason I have chosen Still Life photography is that I am keen to explore more the use of composition in my images (and the use of my subjects to express thoughts or ideas) and am able to control this more through this medium. Using different subjects for example objects from the natural world (such as leaves or plants) or manmade items (such as cutlery or plates) I hope that I can create photographs with expression and impact.
Although I know that creating effective still life photographs can be difficult I am very interested in starting this project and will keep a diary as I progress. As with the earlier project I see this as a learning experience and so am hoping that my progression will be shown from my early ideas, through my research and continue up to the printing of my final images. Through my still life work I intend to make (rather than just take) photographs. BRAINSTORM SHEETS Over the next few pages you will find my brainstorm sheets. As this was my first experience with Still Life photography I wanted to ensure that my work had direction and so wrote down my ideas for the work I was about to begin. These included everything from potential subject matter, locations, themes, and techniques. As these were created at the very start of the project they contain every idea I had (no matter whether they ended up being submitted as part of my final work or not). I have split these into Still Life - General thoughts, Subject - Ideas for items in the photographs and finally Themes - ideas for the type of message I want my photographs to express. ?? ?? ?? ?? Rob Brookes - Photography AS - ARTF1/B
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