AS Photography - Statement of Intent

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Introduction

ROBERT BROOKES AS.PHOTOGRAPHY UNIT ARTF1/A Statement of Intent I have now completed the second project for my AS level photography course and believe that through my studies so far on the course I am not only building my confidence in using photographic techniques but am also starting to develop my own style and approach to the subject. I have used both 35mm film and digital cameras for my work and am starting to feel more comfortable with the techniques that can be practiced with both (including both the use of darkroom skills when printing an image (such as burning in or dodging) and also the use of developing software such as Photoshop to enhance your images with digital photography) As I am still only a beginner to the world of photography I have tried to vary the topics I have chosen for my work so far so that I can experiment with (and learn from) the different types of images that can be produced. I have tried to challenge myself with what I have chosen as the themes for my work so that I can develop and progress within the subject.

Middle

For my exam I have chosen to look at the topic of connected images and create a series of photographs that are intended to be viewed as a group rather than on an individual basis. As the main connection for the images I have decided to take night photography as my theme for the work. Although (as I have learned from my second project) the correct lighting is the key to producing effective images I intend to use the minimal lighting, shadows and highlights (from things such as buildings, street lighting and traffic) that there is at night to create the effects I want in my pictures. In night photography there is a greater contrast between the highlights and the shadows and this can be used to great effect within my final pieces. I will look for different subjects for the images (and although they will all be linked through my theme of the night) I will attempt to mix urban landscapes, architecture, people and natural subject matter so the final piece is as varied and interesting as possible.

Conclusion

As with the first project I intend to take my images using black and white 35mm film. Although I will not dismiss the possibility of utilizing digital imagery I feel that taking them using film wherever possible will mean that the final prints produced will be of a purer quality. Taking the shots in black and white will also hopefully help to add atmosphere to my images as there will be better contrast than with colour. I am also more confident in using darkroom techniques as opposed to the facilities available on Photoshop and want to ensure I maximize my chances of getting quality prints to enter as my final exam. Although due to the time restrictions upon us when doing the exam I am more apprehensive about this work than I have been on the previous projects I feel that if I can do enough preparation and research beforehand I will be able to create a selection of quality images. I have learned through doing the whole of my AS level Photography course that the more you prepare and plan the photo's you wish to take the better the final results. ?? ?? ?? ??

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