Alongside hearing the talk by Mark Power while in Hinkley, we was also asked to take a walk around the are and capture images of the location. While baring in mind Mark Powers style of work. These is the imagery that I gathered.
For part of my unit I was asked to watch three CUEAF (Coventry University East Asian Films). The first one is called “You’re The Apple of My Eye”. This film was based on the story of a schoolgirl and boy who were in love with each other. However, the point of view was mainly shown through the guys’ eyes. In this the girl started behaving badly so to impress the boy. This then changed to them moving to different universities and having to deal with environmental disasters and prospects of marriage to get them back together.
In this the creator used techniques such as exaggerating sexual organs, this was also done through using the rock ‘n’ roll appeal. This was to show the sexual behavior and masculine appeal that links in with the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle. It was also portrayed through violence, which also enforced the masculinity. Along side theatrical behavior and focusing on interaction and memories to create the views of the film. The main tool was though through the use of light and humor, so to make it an uplifting, enjoyable watch.
I liked this film, as it perceived the film in ways that people from any background could link to as well as considering their views. Instead of just focusing on Asian backgrounds so to bring the audience into the film, more than a viewer perceiving it as an outsider. I also enjoyed how the story was shown from both points of view although it was based on how the guy felt.
However, I had problems with watching this as it was all in Asian. So to be able to understand it I had to read subtitles. The length of it also meant that I did stat to lose my concentration towards the end. This was saved though by a large amount of humor being brought back into it towards the last scene.
Over all I found the film entertaining to watch and easier to follow when it came to understanding what was happening. However, I found it hard to focus on being that I couldn’t understand what was being said so I had to focus on the imagery more to work it out. This though was interesting for me, as I don’t usually watch films that are spoken in different languages as I usually give up with them, close to the beginning. However, being that I had to watch it, it meant I wasn’t able to give up on watching it. Which showed me that watching films in a foreign language or viewing what is being said through the subtitles isn’t as bad as what I thought. Being that most films now hold different languages on them it would be interesting to watch them of different nationality background in their original language to see how this impacts the film more compared to viewing it to what benefits me the best. So that it works with the film more.
When looking at a piece of work you always have to consider whether you like it or not. This is mainly considered through looking at the piece and judging it by pretty much its cover. However, to be able to understand something your opinion has to go further. You have to look at the context that goes with it such as it’s meaning and why it was created the way it was. The more in-depth and meaningful are the strongest pieces and cannot be decided through just looking at an image.
To be able to do this you have to be able to describe an image in extent that people who haven’t seen it can understand it. This has to be done extensively so they can imagine the image in their minds from what they are told. Intern this work can create questions which would make you look further and get a better understanding of it, making it a stronger piece. This is difficult for a visual person to do however from reading books and listening to the way in which radio presenters do it; you can help better yourself at it.
A photograph is something that leaves a trace of the world of a set time for sometime on. It is a two-dimensional piece that can be multi-coloured, monotone, black and white, vivid or muted. To create these photographs, a photographer will decide what goes in and stays out of the image. Due to this the photographer is the key part as they have the most control over what is captured. Even though there are three people involved in an image, the photographer, subject and viewer. Here the photographer has the most control and the subject has none, so you look at what the photographer is conveying.
People see a photograph as something that tells the truth as it documents what is happening at a time. This though can be altered as the context affects what someone reads from the image. It can also be altered by many techniques as well as create tension through two images or tell a narrative through three images. These usually hold a relationship through their stillness.
A portrait consists of a document that is mainly an image that describes animals or people through ways in which the subject can be identified. These images can mainly be seen in many formats such as the family album, social media, magazines, id cards etc. They can be commissioned by photographers, bands, and magazines due to this the image can depend on what clients want at times. The commissioner will also then decide on how useful the items can be by it depending on what they are available for.
Portraits usually consist of a set type of lighting to create an effect; something that will represent them, personality and intern will create an identity of the person without including the person.
However, the most common portrait is a headshot or a full body shot. They can also be based on costumes so to tell a narrative or change the look of a person that describes the image more than the model.
So to advertise your work, it is important to have as many networks available to you. The main features are the one’s that allow people to interact in the same subject and are mainly populated, in this case it is Twitter and Google+.
The perks to using these sites are that it allows you to find people throughout the world who are talking about the same subject, so you can join the conversation. Also you can apply other links and apps to add imagery or websites that emphasize your work. Through this many people manage to find new inspiration that could be key to developing their ideas. These ideas can be linked or controlled by the use of lists or circles that allow you to hold people. From this more people can be included yet you can still find the information easily.
However, you also have to consider what you put, due to being able to build a rapour with people when you work with them. Due to this set subjects may need a set attitude, which may have to be portrayed by your social networking persona. This intern means that you have to consider what you write and not fall into the typical social networking traps.
I have been given the task of…
“Produce a cumulative portrait of a structure that can not readily be portrayed in its entirety in one frame.”
For this I decided to look at the cathedral, as the size of it would mean it wouldn’t fit in one frame but is visibly split into different sections. This I did through Adobe Photoshop.
This image came out more of the way in which I wanted but didn’t satisfy me entirely. As I felt it wasn’t visually appealing as it could be.
So I revisited David Hockney’s work!
This made me consider capturing my image through the darkroom. From this I captured imagery of Spaghetti Junction, which I cut into single images and taped together. After I moved it to photographic paper by using the contact enlarger.
This gave me my final image.
I felt this image was successful. I was also happy with it due to forming imagery through a new process that I had never tried before.
Ansel Adams founded the zone system, it refers to ways in which “camera obscurer” or a “camera” otherwise seen as a box that allows in light, works. Up till the point a camera would capture images at different settings that were found. However, Ansel Adams found a way in which to capture an image with the correct exposure, this was called the zone system.
The system worked by being split into 10 parts, these were classed as zones. The 10th zone would be the darkest source available in the image while the 1st zone would be the lightest source available. In the middle of this would be the 5th zone, the correct exposure or mid grey. This would be what the photographer would want so to be able to capture a strong image.