Assignment 5: Preliminary

Brief

‘Take a series of 10 photographs of any subject of your own choosing. Each photograph
must be a unique view of the same subject; in other words, it must contain some ‘new
information’ rather than repeat the information of the previous image. Pay attention
to the order of the series; if you’re submitting prints, number them on the back. There
should be a clear sense of development through the sequence.’

Assignment Notes

‘In your assignment notes explore why you chose this particular subject by answering
the question ‘What is it about?’ Write about 300 words. Your response to the question
doesn’t have to be complicated; it might be quite simple (but if you can answer in one
word then you will have to imaginatively interpret your photographs for the remaining
299!)’

 

For this assignment, I will be going back to the location of the work I abandoned in Assignment 2 – The Priory Church in Worksop.

I will do this for  several of reasons:

1: As stated in the Assignment 5 text ‘…you should just feel comfortable with your subject. It should say something about you and, in the end, you like it!’  I like this location, and it has felt like unfinished business since I abandoned it as my subject matter in Assignment 2.

2: This setting is the perfect example of the kind of subject I like to photograph. Old buildings in a modern world, how they fit in, and how, in some cases, they have been adapted. I like to take these photos partly as a form of documentary, so that in the future, they will show how things have changed (or not).

3: Again, these photos represent an example of why I like to shoot a certain type of subject. They’re also a way of saying ‘I was here’. Not like a ‘happy snaps’ holiday shot, or selfie. I won’t be in them, and they’re not about me. But the very fact that they exist says ‘someone was in this place, at this time, to take this shot.’ The viewer most likely won’t know who took the shot, but in the same way… I can’t trace my family line back further than my great grandparents… but by my very being here, I know that they existed.

 

Method

I will be shooting in daylight, and wish to use a wide aperture to achieve a shallow depth of field, but also wish to capture movement as a way of representing the passage of time. This will necessitate the use of long(ish) exposure, which, with the wide aperture will cause overexposure of the shots.

To compensate, I will be using a GOBE ND 1000 filter. This filter has a slightly violet tone to it, which can create something of an unnatural tone in colour shot, but this should not be a problem, as I will be converting all images to black and white.

I will be shooting in Aperture Priority mode using a 24mm prime lens on my cropped sensor Canon EOS 1300D, mounted on a tripod for all shots (due to the long exposure times).

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