In the Boardroom

Location Photography

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What I liked about the space was that it had all the elements I wanted which were ambient lighting coming from the outdoors and some indoors.

I tried having the pair standing in different poses. Since I had limited time, I positioned them behind the reception desk and one sitting next to it. I was hoping this would relax them into posing for the camera I noticed the employee in the gray shirt was a bit nervous.

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Lighting diagram

 

 

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Boss Shoot

Corporate Photography, Location Photography

Diego Vanassibara is a shoe designer and owner of his self-named shoe brand which he sometimes calls “Diegos”. I contacted him through the phone and agreed to meet-up with him to discuss taking his portraits. The first thing I had notice when chatting with him is his vibrant personality. Every time he describes his brands, he sparks up with this Brazilian flair to emphasise his love for his brand.

That gave me an idea for where the shoot to take place. I went with Neal’s Yard because of it’s colourful and because it’s hidden away from the main streets, stumbling upon it for the first time is like a pallette cleanser from the dull-coloured builings in London. I went to do a recce there as Diego agreed and wanted to have his portrait taken there. 

Overview & Evaluation: Fanzine

Location Photography, Studio Photography

Magazine pdf: suara

 

Starting this project, I wasn’t sure if I could do it. Although it we had around 2 months to do our work, it took me nearly two months to build a relationship with those who were featured with my magazine. I have to admit that the hardest part was trying to find someone who was willing to have a conversation. I have met a fair amount of homeless people who were still learning to cope with their reality. The first few I met were angry with their lives. They seemed unwilling to open up, even if I asked them “How are you?”. By the time January was close to an end, that was when progress started happening.

I noticed that having an “interview” style kind of conversation didn’t get me very far. In fact, it made me feel more awkward talking to people. So I decided to drop the whole interviewer act and just had a regular chat with the homeless. I am aware that by doing that I’ll be losing a structure in my stories that would make it easier for me to follow, but, I feel like it makes their stories a lot more interesting.

The downside, however, is that I wasn’t able to put the stories in so I had to resort to dummy text. Another thing I couldve worked on was timing because if I planned thos more carefully, I would have more time to work and design my magazine as well as checked if I needed to reshoot anything. It would have certainly helped if I have done that because some of the text in my work didnt turn out well which I suspect is due to the font type.

What I did like about the work was meeting the people featured in my magazine. It helped me build my confidence with approaching and talking to strangers.

Research: Fanzine (Online Articles)

Location Photography

Some of my work’s information came from these articles:

http://www.timeout.com/london/blog/more-than-7-000-families-will-be-made-homeless-in-london-in-the-next-six-months-011717

http://www.crisis.org.uk/data/files/publications/714_ITS_NO_LIFE_AT_ALL_violence%20asb_FINAL_sp.pdf

http://www.timeout.com/london/blog/more-than-7-000-families-will-be-made-homeless-in-london-in-the-next-six-months-011717

http://www.timeout.com/london/blog/sadiq-khan-is-opening-emergency-shelters-for-londons-homeless-010517

http://www.timeout.com/london/blog/it-can-happen-to-anyone-daisy-may-hudson-on-her-shocking-homelessness-documentary-half-way-120716

http://www.streetlink.org.uk/

http://www.streetsoflondon.org.uk/about-homelessness

http://www.dontwatchthat.tv/2015/01/half-way-a-documentary/

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/life-on-the-streets-homelessness-is-about-more-than-just-poverty-a7509046.html

 

 

Taylor Wessing photographic portrait prize, exhibition review

Location Photography

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Coming into the gallery, I peered over the multiple portraits in the room.  A lot of them caught my attention but what I noticed were the variety of styles pictured in every frame. That is one of the things that peaked my interest as a first impression. However, not many of the portraits in that captured my attention.

Out of all the pictures, this was the only one that gained my attention. Personally, I have a fascination about the details of the human body so I found myself examining each wrinkle and fold on the models’ body. What I like about this portrait is the sense of vulnerability sensed on the surface of the image. It is bold; you don’t see many images of naked old women posing for you a lot. On the other hand, it also carries a certain grace to it. It highlights this gentle reminder that beauty does come with age but it takes a different form. Certainly different from the mainstream idea of beauty.

Aside from that, I was pleased with the exhibition and I might look into joining the 2017 competition as well.