English Heritage – Osbourne House

I have created a series of images that English Heritage could use for their re-launch, my aim was to target a younger contemporary 25+ age group. No model release forms have been required as any people included in the images have not got their faces showing. All images have been produced to their standard size and cropped to square, all of which are saved as JPEG files.

To target a more contemporary age group I have used presets during post production in light room; I downloaded a set of presets from VCSO Cam, which is a photo editing program used by the younger generation on their mobile phone. I believe the use of recognisable filters will grab the attention of people of the intended age. To further interest a younger generation of people I have taken images at alternative angles, for example from above the landscape. In post-production I have also cropped my images in ways that create interesting shapes, using the negative space in the images to my advantage.

Due to the low lighting conditions, from the rain, the skies in the images were very dull. I used the gradient tool to add some colour into the sky and increased the shadows to bring out the clouds. The exposure has also been slightly increased on areas of each image to ensure the lighting has a more positive look, than the dullness from the rainy weather.

To capture my images I have used a Canon 1200D, with my kit lens, this limited me in my ability to capture full images of the large buildings. Creating a panorama image by merging multiple images together would allow me to be more successful with my images in this aspect.

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Feminism

model: rachel andrews

The debate on gender equality – concerning issues such as sexuality and the rape crisis due to the over-sexualisation of the female body – has been ongoing for years. Throughout the 1960’s rape culture was very real, women were trapped in violent marriages and unfair, poorly paid jobs. Second-wave feminism was a feminist activity which began in the 1960’s, mainly in the US, it had then spread around women internationally over the years and ended in the 1980’s. Throughout this time woman were fighting for further equality than had been gained throughout the first-wave; the main view of the women involved in the second-wave was that culture was sexist, still seeing women as the weaker gender whose body was seen as an object.

INSRIRATION

One of the most iconic feminist photographers throughout the 1970-1980’s was Cindy Sherman. Sherman created a series of images named, ‘Untitled Film Stills’, which included self-portraits showing young, beautiful women in stereotypical ways/roles.

Sherman is a photographer whose work, I believe, stands out the most to me throughout this era. Her black and white photography has made a great influence in my ideas on how I want to produce my final images. She has also used herself as her own model, which reflects that these opinions are that of her own as well as those of the women Sherman is playing the role of.

Pinhole Photography

 

Today I have been experimenting with pinhole photography; although it’s a pretty long process, if you get the exposure time perfect you can create some beautiful photos.

A pinhole camera can be made out of pretty much anything, from drinks cans to old shoe boxes, as long as it’s light tight and has a small pinhole for light to reach your photo paper.

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NEGATIVE IMAGE FROM PINHOLE CAMERA

Once I had taken pinhole camera outside and exposed my photo paper to the light for around 4 minutes I took my paper into the dark room and developed my image. As the print created in the camera is negative I wanted to create a positive image, so once I had created a print that I was happy with I then needed to created a contact print, to do this I placed the original image on top of more photo paper and exposed it to light. After creating a test print of various times I decided a time between 6 and 9 seconds would create the best final image.

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TOP: CONTACT PRINT AT 6 SECONDS
BOTTOM: CONTACT PRINT AT 9 SECONDS