Casino and Raven Vandelle

A usual place that I take photography of is at a Casino gig. Here I get to use my Canon 1000D camera and capture some of my best shots while practicing on making them stronger each time. Capturing images at the same time as enjoying the gig. This is my preferred type of photography. Here I captured imagery of the Birmingham based bands Casino and their support Raven Vandelle.

Raven Vandelle










A typical time for creating images is over christmas. From this I thought I would do a shoot that was based on different aspects associated with the time on top of my shoot for my assignment. These are the extra images that I came up with.


Christmas Task

Over christmas I was given the task of

“Mark out December 27th in your diary… Your task is to digitally record the day in a series of 10 digital images”.

Due to this I first decided that I would document the day of watching films with my friends and the time spent with them, that was already planned for that day. However, as that never happened I had to find a different narrative instead. This lead me to coming up with the idea of focusing on the aftermath of Christmas, Boxing Day and bringing it into the New Year. Where instead of focusing on the people involved I could instead look at the change created from it.






Stary Stary Nights

Another CUEAF film that I have watched recently is Starry Starry Night Star. This is a Taiwanese film. In this film a girl and her family are in mourning for her grandfather. Intern she connects with personal objects plus falls for a bad boy and his behavior. After her family finds out she need to call for help but can’t, her and the boy start trying to change their ways but it gets destroyed.  Until they can only find comfort in each other, so they run away together. However, the girl falls ill and the boy takes her back to her family and leaves leaving just a piece of puzzle from a special time together.

In this many different techniques are used including colour that enforced the emotion. As well as using memories, so to make the viewer have more of a relaxed, homely feel that can link to what is acting in the film. As well as using music along with volume and pace so to enforce the mood and atmosphere of what is happening. The key tool that stood out though was the use of personification. Here it was mainly based on the elephant ornament representing instincts, representing the girl and boy, snow that represents a puzzle, which represents the girl’s life. Along with the features being part of a cartoon to enforces the youth.

I liked this film through the use of the tools being used so to represent features which everyone is familiar with. Plus the way in which music was used to enforce the emotion that made it appealing to the ear as well as visually. The use of the carton features were also helpful in splitting up the film into chapters and showing a change in time from one part to the other. Another part I liked was how although it held consideration for other backgrounds it was also honest to it’s own nationality and it’s background

However, I also disliked the film due to how it was confusing to follow in parts until you got to the end when it all became to make sense. This was mainly through the personification cartoons that didn’t seem to fit with the parts until it was all clear at the end. Due to these features confusing me I did tend to lose my concentration in what I was viewing.

All in all though I found that the film was interesting to view, as it was something different and something to view that many can relate to. Along with it working to viewers understanding although it does keep an honest response to the national heritage of the film. As well as that I find it interesting how the film included different arts such as animation in with the documentary outlook that the film portrayed. From this I feel these are the main ideas that stuck out to me which could influence my own work in future pieces. This is so to give them more meaning and be visually interesting.