(Potential final images)

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This scene caught my eye due to the lines of the buildings, people and the monument. The lines take your eyes from the bottom of the image to the top as if your following all the lines. The tonal range is also striking as there is a variety of shadows and highlights.

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The vanishing point is the main key to this image as your eyes are drawn through the maze of curved lines. At a first glance it seems like this is a photograph done in a cave or an exotic place. Finding this interesting architectural structure was fantastic as it then gave me the vision for finding unusual buildings in later shoots. The shadows and highlights also give this scene and empty feeling which in my opinion works well.

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The simplistic composition in this image caught my attention due to the fact it is only showing construction work on the building. This fits in with my project and along with a range of images will stand out. I feel during processing this image i could have dodged and burned to get some tones bolder and make sure they worked with the other tones.

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This image is taken at the corn exchange in Manchester. What interested me was my intention was to capture the building as it was but i was unaware of the construction. I am pleased with the result as the bricks and fence creates and old gritty effect. The reflection and shadows in the windows are also visually interesting as it breaks the gritty effect up and creates a clean, sharp look at the same time.

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Here your eyes flow from the right down the road. The reason i think this works is because the composition is organic and the tones all fall in with each other to create a calm and simplistic feel. There is not a lot going on in the scene but this focuses the viewers attention on the subject which is the train station. The only downfall to this image is the top of the lamp post and the tree on the left hand side. I feel if this wasn’t there there would be no distractions at all. When processing this i cropped it so they were not in the frame but it did not look right cropped as you could tell there was something missing.

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The strong lines and bold tones grab your attention in this image. This photograph alone shows the change the city has gone through and is still changing. From the shopping outlets to the corn exchange building the evolution of change is clearly demonstrated. It took me a few shots before i got it right as my intention was to use the tram lines and buildings to create a vanishing point near the bottom right corner.

Overall evaluation

     Final Evaluation
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Prior to writing my proposal, I started researching documentary and street photographers that had there own individual style. This opened my mind to different concepts and perspectives that I could use in my project. I asked myself 3 questions, which were; what story am I telling? What is the main focus of the project? And also how will I create a connection between my work and the viewers?

Was my research useful?
Yes, researching a wide range of photographers and other artists, I created a broad range of ideas and perspectives. The research gave me the view of a documentary photographer and how they go about there work. Also researching my main subject in great detail kept me on target, as I knew exactly what my aim was. The biggest inspiration and motivation of the research was looking at the work and life Henri Cartier Bresson, the reason being is that I was aiming for my work to be as good as his. A very big target yes but I feel setting your goals high enables you to work harder to achieve those goals. Overall all of my research throughout my FMP let me open my mind to create interesting ideas and also got me to discover things I never would have even thought about.

Was my project successful and what did enjoy or not enjoy?
Yes my FMP was successful due to my thorough research, extensive commitment and also my final images. From planning when I was shooting to planning days were I would go to exhibitions or just gain ideas from research, I kept the level of the work consistent and at a high level. This project was a big target to set and at times I felt it was to big to complete in the time allotted. However I feel that I have done exceedingly well and have created a very strong and interesting project. Getting myself out and shooting is what I enjoy the most and this project let me do exactly that. Planning in a project like my FMP is not easy to do, as my aim was to go to a location and capture what I thought was relevant to my project. Writing and talking about my work is still not my forte and this is something I still don’t fully enjoy but I feel I am progressing at it.
My initial idea for my images was to capture as many as I could then look through them to see which ones worked together and related to each other. Using my DSLR was the best choice for achieving this as I could review all of my work straight away on the computer, then if needed make minor adjustments on Photoshop and Illustrator. I had an overall look that I wanted my photographs to have, the main components would be; grainy, strong highlights and shadows, subjects to be clear and to all portray my projects theme. I didn’t want to just use a DSLR and make all of the images sharp and clean I used my processing knowledge to give a look that would make them look as if they were taken in the 1960s. This experimentation is visually interesting, shows initiative and creates a peculiar perspective to 21st century documentary photography. Producing cyanotypes, digital negatives and standard darkroom printing were planned at the start of my proposal but as I thought about it more using digital was more efficient and would be the best way to create a body of work for my final presentation. If I were to do this project again I would have expanded my locations and also introduced a more analogue approach.

Throughout this FMP and the course overall I have gained many skills that will help me pursue my goal to have a successful career in photography. From darkroom printing techniques to studio lighting I have progressed hugely. At the start of the course I was unsure as to which field of photography I was most interested in doing, however over 2 years I discovered that documentary and advertising are my strongest styles and also the ones that I create the most motivation and enjoyment from. Looking at a huge range of photographers and artists my knowledge has expanded greatly and I am now in a position were I can create my own projects with confidence. It is simple to take a photograph but it takes time and skills to make a photograph. Learning how to manipulate light and different techniques of producing an image are just some of the skills I have obtained from this course.

Presentation (Final exhibition show)

To present my final images in the end of the year exhibition i will print out my 20 final photographs. I will separate them into 10 sheets containing 2 7×5 images. The reason being is so the images are large enough for the viewer to see and also so i can lay them out like book pages. This will let the photographs tell their story. To give the images an extra edge i will get 2 inch wooden blocks and attach them onto the back of the mounted paper. This will raise them away from the wall and give it a professional finish. I will also label underneath each image the location in which the photograph was taken. The steps needed to achieve this will be to measure the correct size and spaces on Adobe In Design and then load the images onto each page. I will then print them out and mount them onto thick card using photo mount. The final stage will be to measure the correct location of each wooden block and attach it to the card then to where the images will be. I am confident that this will look professional and visually interesting. To give the viewers more insight into my project i will have an audio of industrial sounds playing through a pair of headphones. Also as the images are only 7×5 i will put my portfolio of work next to the headphones so the viewer can look at each image with a closer look.

Presentation (Portfolio of work)

I will be printing out the 20 final images chosen, for the final exhibition to use in my portfolio of work. Size will be A4 and i will print them out on 200-gsm glossy paper at the reprographics centre at Blackburn College. I will then put them into a black box to give it a professional finish. To protect the images i will put them into individual sleeves. Professional, simple and clean will be the presentation key to give my images the best finish.
What do I plan doing after this course?
If a merit is awarded for my FMP I will be going to UCLAN to further my studies in Photography. During and after this time I will be working as hard as possible to get my name out in the industry. Once that goal is achieved I will be doing advertising/commercial work to fund my personal documentary projects, which I will aim to be published and have in galleries across the globe. My goals are very high but I am confident that I will achieve them.

Overall I am very pleased with my FMP and the final work produced from it. I encountered problems such as images being lost and lack of blogging knowledge, however I solved these problems and learnt from them. I feel I could have done more to get this project to a higher level but I am very happy with the amount of work and time put into it. Prior to finishing the FMP I looked at how I could further it by having it shown in a gallery. This is something I am still working on but making contacts already my project will be featured in the (Creative Boom Magazine) over the summer which will hopefully get my foot into the door of the industry.

Why have I stuck to digital ?

From the start of the project I planned on doing dIfferent ways of producing my images. However as I thought about it more using my dslr was the better option due to compatibility and was able to get a larger amount of images. For my fifth shoot I used a SLR 35mm camera but due to an error my images were lost. This has happened in previous shoots and has made me loose my confidence in using SLR cameras. I also planned on doing a mixture of cyanotypes, contact prints using digital negatives and darkroom printing but due to my presentation idea I decided not to as I am putting all of the images together on computer software. Using digital throughout my project enabled me to capture some good shots and also further my skills in processing on computer software. Which I feel is essential in this 21st century industry.

Paper sample delivered

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I had a very good look through these books to find out how much of a difference it is by choosing a type of paper. Each paper will give your work a different finish and personally my favourite is the (gloss coated paper- 400gsm). Why? The gloss coating gives it a high end professional finish and the thickness of the paper decreases any chance of the paper being ripped or creased.

Final presentation change

Speaking to Shaun I realised that trying to get 42 images onto 3 A3 sheets would be a bigger job than planned. It would take a long time to get each all of the images layed out plus they wouldn’t be easy for the viewers to see.

My final presentation will consume of 10 A3 sheets with 2 (7x5inch) images on each one. I will then mount them on mountboard.

To do this I will use Adobe In Design.

Etching of a mill

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In this etching is what a cotton mill would have looked like inside. On the left you have your spinner he was the one in charge of keeping the cotton spinners working. He was the only one that would have been paid by the mill. The workers on the right would have been family members of the spinner and would have been paid by them.