Project Pitch

 

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The theme of our creative project is the cultural identity with the given title’Where I live’. This project allows me to explore the cultural speciality of Brighton by interviewing a local resident. When I went to the BPB exhibition, I was inspired by the work of a photography student who explores the community by taking photos of people who work in clothes shops as well as a cobbler. I like her project because she captures something that contains story and history, I would like to do something similar to show the cultural identity of a local.

I did some research, Martin Parr is a photographer who likes to use photographs to get people’s attention to cultural diversity, I gain inspiration through his work, for instance, his monograph,’ Small World’,moreover, I also gain inspiration through the monograph, ‘ This is where I live’ by Wendy Ewald, she went to her hometown and take pictures of the locals to show the cultural diversity of the place.

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After doing research, I decided to do an interview with a tailor since tailoring is a job with really long history and it is common is the past, however, it is gradually being replaced by fast fashion, I would like to explore the work and mission of a local tailor.

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PB6-experience of the Brighton Photo Biennial exhibition

  • What work were you most impressed with and why?
  • Most digital photographs are viewed on digital devices. What do you think about the experience of seeing a photographic exhibition with large prints on the wall?
  • Has this changed your appreciation of photographic work?

 

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The cobbler who has been working in the shop for more than 30 years

 

I like the exhibition a lot since I have the chance to appreciate different works of talented photographers. I went to three exhibitions and I like the work of Sophia Wohleke most, ‘Couturier’ is the theme of her work which she uses photos to explore the sustainability of clothes and materials in locally. Her photographs reveal the working environment of the shop, and one of her photos was taken in a shop where the cobbler has been taken up this family business for 37 years. I think her project is a great one which is able to explore the community in a thorough way and help people to understand the city better which can significantly help then to find their identity.

I really like the experience of seeing a photographic exhibition with large prints on the wall. It is different from seeing them on a phone or computer, I am able to read the photo in detail, for example, the colour pattern as well as the lighting. It has a greater impact on people because they are allowed to think and reflection when they are appreciating the work of a photographer. It definitely changed my appreciation of artwork, I get inspiration from the exhibition and it encourages me to attend more exhibition.

Week 3-Landscape exercise

This week, we went to the mountain next to school campus to practice taking photos of the landscape, it was a precious experience since I got the chance to practice on adjusting different functions of the camera.
Since the light was not adequate enough so in order to allow more light to enter I use a relatively large aperture in other to let more light to enter. Moreover, I also tried to use a large aperture to take photos in order to create a larger depth of field which helps the object to stand out.dsc_5576dsc_5582

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A deep depth of field is created by using large aperture

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PB3-Soundwalk exercise

This week, we are required to walk around the school campus to collect different kinds of natural sounds. I recorded the sound of the wind, people’s laughter and I found a bottle lid on the ground so I kicked it in order to produce some special sound. Later on, I combined those fragments together with Audition. It was not my first time using Audition so I didn’t find it too difficult to use.

However, the biggest challenge for me is that I was not sure on how to present a story through the soundtrack, therefore, I was a bit lost. After selecting some sounds on freeSFX, I was able to present my soundtrack with a scene which the setting is outside a church.
I enjoyed the practice since it will be useful for my final project, I was able to practice more so that I knew how to manage the software.

Reflections on the reading:
From the reading, it points out that “sound will reveal something that the image does not or cannot.” which I agree on a lot since sound could show buried emotions of a person, it also helps to create surprise or tension, build the atmosphere which is a very good tool to catch the audience’s attention. Therefore, when I do my project, I have to consider what kind of sound effects should I include, moreover, the background music I chose should suit the theme in order not to make distractions.

Link of my soundtrack:

Reflections on Week 7’s reading

This week’s reading is about finding inspiration by Ingledew. Inspiration allows us to make good use of our creativity as well as imagination, it is really critical for a photographer to search for his/her inspiration to create impressive work. ” Take inspiration from everywhere. Be aware of everything, take inspiration from the street, from popular culture, from music and from comedy.” It was said by a art direct, Lee Widdows, it is true that inspiration is everywhere around us, we, as a photographer should be observant and sensitive in order to produce creative and unique works.

The chapter mentioned that we are able to find inspiration through different platforms, for example through other photographer’s work, this is really important for me when I do my own creative project, I could find inspiration through different monograph of photographers who have similar projects which are related to cultural, identity etc. The work of W. Eugene Smith, ‘Country Doctor’ inspires me, I would like to do a project on a citizen in Brighton whose work is special and unique by investigating his daily living and cultural background.

 

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A portrait of the ‘Country Doctor’ by Smith

 

Furthermore, when searching for inspirations, I should thing in a bigger picture which I should step out of the boundaries and see things in different perspectives,  I should also learn from mistakes, photographer Kitty Mccorry once said, “It’s only a mistake if you tell someone it’s a mistake.” By making mistakes, I am able to make improvement and I should never feel ashamed about it.

PB1- Reflections

  • Why do we take photos?
  • What is the purpose of photographs?
  • How important is technique?
  • What personal and cultural value do photographs have?

‘ Photography is a magical thing’, it was once said by French photographer Jacques Henri Lartigue. We take photos because of the desire to record a  memorable moment, we would like to share our stories with others through photography. It is powerful and convincing since it is able to tell stories which show a great impact on the audience. It is a magical thing that each one one us is able to take pictures with our own unique styles. Moreover, photos facilitate communications between people, for example through magazines and advertisements.

Techniques are one of the essential elements in taking photos. In order to take nice photos, we have to adjust a suitable aperture, shutter speed as well as ISO in order to allow an adequate amount of light to enter, or to achieve special effects such as depth of field. With different techniques, it allows the photographer to create diverse styles of photos, they are able to take photos which express different moods and atmosphere.

A photographer has his/her personal as well as cultural values. For example, Martin Parr uses his unique skills to take pictures which allow the audience to see the world through his perspective, hence speciality would be his value. Moreover, he likes to travel around to take pictures of people from different cultural background and explore the issues of globalisation. He examines speciality in national as well as an international aspect in order to help our next generation to understand ‘cultural peculiarities’. (Weski, 2016)

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Martin Parr experienced the Chinese culture by wearing ancient costume 

 

Reference:

  1. ‘Loading’ (chapter 1) from John Ingledew’s Photography
  2. Weski, T. (no date) Introduction. Available at: http://www.martinparr.com/introduction/ (Accessed: 10 December 2016).

Week9-Monograph by Martin Parr

 

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Martin Parr’s monograph, Small World

Martin Parr is a British documentary photographer, the monograph Small World is one of his major projects. Concepts related to consumption and leisure are always is inspirations that which encourage him to travel worldwide in order to take photos so as to examine the exchange of culture internationally brought by globalisation.

 

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This book is a monograph relayed to mass tourism, it was originally published in 1995, later on a revised version was published in the year of 2007.  In my opinion, this book does not merely show how people travel around the world but also bring the message that people from different culture and background are interacting and it also raise the problem of how global culture may destroy a local culture when people are trying to suit the interest of tourist which may lead to the confusion with their identity as a local.

 

 

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Introduction