JR Assignment – Portraits (Fine Art x2)

Fine Art Portraits

My aim was to explore the themes of identity and more so the struggle to find individuality as an introverted personality. I see the tall weeds as loud extroverted voices and the figure attempting to find her way through and make her mark. Does she re-imagine her identity and deliberately extrovert herself to prove her worth? Or does she accept and continue to look inward to find some conclusions?

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Assignment F & G for Steph R

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My subject is a former beachside Milk Bar, one of many defunct small businesses dotted along Melbourne’s Nepean Highway. In this work the Milk Bar stands long abandoned as a place of business, but presents a few clues to its repurposed life as a residence. Many of these old Milk Bars remain in a state of perpetual limbo. Unable to survive as their original intent amongst the super market monopolies, yet also unable to be removed or altered due to heritage overlays. My aim of this image is to capture life as it once was but at the same time as it currently is. The fading commercial advertising which would have previously lured us in is now juxtaposed against the heavy strung curtain and blocked out door telling us to quickly move on. To me this speaks volumes about the cultural shift away from small family run enterprises and the fast march towards modern 24/7 convenience.

Reflection Piece

Researching the history of photography and the work of other photographers proved to by a very effective source of inspiration for me personally in this project. I think I was able to draw inspiration easily from my chosen photographers, and was surprised with the depth of my intent and purpose in my final image. I drew little bits of inspiration from each of my three photographers I researched (Cartier-Bresson, Martin Parr and Eugene Atget), while eventually focusing strongly on themes of social commentary (Parr) and the quest for documentation before modernization (Atget). I initially struggled with finding direction and focus. I felt uninspired by my suburban surrounds and assumed I needed to travel into more interesting modern landscapes to get visually pleasing street imagery. I then became inspired by Atget’s shop front images in particular and then connected this with Martin Parr’s shop images full of working class societal overtones.

I began to reminisce about corner shops of my childhood. It gave me the idea of revisiting the Milk Bar’s I frequented along the beach at Seaford and Carrum growing up. The idea’s of past and present began to blossom from there on in. And from there a story unfolded and repeated itself from Frankston right up to Sandringham. Little abandoned places of business, once such a huge part the community I grew up in. The surprise for me was from where this process started, to where it eventually ended up. I questioned my own reasons for abandoning my local Corner Shop/Milk Bar for the bright clean and quick supermarket. Oh to realise I have a part to play in this cultural decay! Who knew a little bit of photographic research could lead me to question myself in such a way! This was a lot of fun.

Now for some outtakes …

Abandoned Motel & Milk Bar

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Abandoned Garage & Service Station

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You’d be proud of me Steph as I dug out my old SLR and found it had 13 frames left of 12 years passed expiry Kodak film in it. These are the results. No VSCO presets needed! I think the age of the film has emphasised the graininess. I really like them!

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Bibliography
Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation 2013, viewed 25th Oct 2013, http://www.henricartierbresson.org/index_en.htm
Jobey, L 1998, A Life in Picture: Guardian Article, viewed 25th Oct 2013, http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/1998/jan/31/photography.artsfeatures
Kim, E 2012, 10 Things Martin Parr Can Teach You About Street Photography, viewed 25th Oct 2013, http://erickimphotography.com/blog/2012/03/26/10-things-martin-parr-can-teach-you-about-street-photography/
Krase, A and Adam, E, 2008, Paris: Eugene Atget, Taschen, Cologne
Magnum Photos Profile, Henri Cartier Bresson, viewed 25th Oct 2013, http://www.magnumphotos.com/C.aspx?VP3=CMS3&VF=MAGO31_10_VForm&ERID=24KL53ZMYN
Magnum Photos Profile, Martin Parr, viewed 25th Oct 2013, http://www.magnumphotos.com/C.aspx?VP3=CMS3&VF=MAGO31_10_VForm&ERID=24KL5357TF
Parr, M 2013, Martin Parr Website, viewed 25th Oct 2013, http://www.martinparr.com/
Taylor, R 2003, Tate Artworks:The Last Resort, viewed 25th October 2013, http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/parr-the-last-resort-23-p78702/text-summary

Assignment: Self Portrait / Collage (Andy J)

We weren’t necessarily supposed to blog this assignment for Andy’s class, but I find it helps me keep track of everything!

Instead of going down a more traditional collage type image I decide to play around with ‘Clones’ or ‘Multiplicity’ in Photoshop. This basically involves setting up a tripod and moving to different positions within the frame for each shot, stacking them up in Photoshop and removing areas of the image till eventually there are 2, 3, 4, 5, 1000 of you! Hopefully it fulfills the brief! It definitely involves, layers, masks, clipping selections, inverting, deselecting, nudging etc! I find I’m a bit of perfectionist with Photoshop so I get annoyed when things don’t look seamless. It’s all a learning process I guess.

I did a few different set up’s but went with this one as my final image.

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I really HATE having my photo taken, so I hammed it up with the pose of my central self. You lose a bit of detail when the image is reduced down for the web but I purposefully made my makeup dishevelled (threw in the shoes) as if I’d been crying (or throwing a tantrum who knows!). The middle clone looks more like a serial killer then a hairdresser, but I kept her because I liked the double the shadow the soft box and the window created. I really wanted to add a mirror in the background and reflect another cloned me, but Husband (aka crusher of creative dreams … ok maybe a tad dramatic) wasn’t too keen on me putting a hole in the wall for art’s sake. I’m a big fan of the painter Diego Velázquez, and this is my somewhat homage to his very famous painting of angles and perspective, ‘Les Meninas’. There is a clone of a “photographer” there, but who is then taking the picture? Hrmmm, interesting… haha

I did a few warm up shots around my house. It had been awhile since i’ve played around with cloning. It is great fun, but I was reminded how hard it is in photoshop when your clones “overlap” and also how tricky it can be to get the same light across all images. Especially when outside.

When reduced down in size I lost a lot of the sharpness.

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The light here was terrible but it was only a practice shot. I wish I had a more side on access bathroom. The clone brushing her teeth is lost a bit due to the angle.

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Assignment E (Steph R)

Photo imaging industry area

My chosen area of focus is photojournalism.

Photojournalism is a form of photography with a focus on using images to tell a news story. It is the role of a photojournalist to document a scene accurately, fairly and objectively. Photojournalism isn’t always about a perfectly framed composition or a pretty subject. It’s about showing the world what happened. Great social change can come from bearing witness to such moments.

Photojournalists can be found working all over the world and deal with a broad range of assignments. Some of these may include magazines, newspapers, conflict/war zones, political and social/documentary type assignments. The intended audience for a photojournalist is the general public and those who are especially interested in important political and social issues that affect our world.

Job roles  

Careers in photojournalism vary and can also lead you into different areas of photography. Photojournalists can work for television, magazines, freelance, agencies, newspapers and a wide variety of media types.

Some relatable job roles are;

Newspaper photographer, Freelance photojournalist, Picture Editor, Layout Editor, Magazine Photographer, Documentary Film maker, Video Editor, Journalist, Web Designer and Graphic Artist.

I would like to focus on Newspaper and/or magazine work with a social/documentary slant. I could also see this branching into the photo editing field, but would like to develop my skill and eye before hand.

Industry professional organisation

Some professional organisations which are relatable to photojournalism are;

NPPA (National Press Photographers Association) is a professional body who specifically support photojournalists. The NPPA offer reasonable membership rates to students, a chance to network with other photojournalists, job opportunities, training and a critiquing service.

AIPP (Australian Industry of Professional Photographers is a professional body of accredited photographers. Being a part of this body means being kept up to date with industry news, networking opportunities, job opportunities, product offers, training opportunities, mentoring and to be part of a united representative body.

Legal requirements

When working as a photojournalist there are some legal requirements as well as laws and regulations to be mindful of.

Photographing in public: It is generally allowable to photograph people, sites and buildings in public without asking permission, although there are some limitations. Becoming familiar with these laws would be a necessity as a photojournalists as the majourity of images would be of a spontaneous “as it happens” nature and in a public setting in most cases.

Model Release Form: When photographing people for commercial or promotional use, a model release form would be required to insure you have permission to use their image.

Private properties / Government/Crown Land: When shooting in places such as private property, council/government buildings or national parks, written permission by the way of an application may be required.

Copyright: Gives the creator of an image the right to protect, reproduce, sell and publish their work. Photographs are protected by copyright as soon as they’re produced. Copyright can be transferred by the owner at any stage. As a photographer it is important to remind clients of the copyright laws pertaining to your images they may be purchasing from you.

Issues of concern to the industry

By far the biggest impact to photojournalism is the rise of social / internet media and the so called “citizen journalist”. News editors are becoming reliant on the public to snap quick and easy newsworthy images, and most importantly for free.

The use of hand held smart phones to capture and upload events within minutes of them occurring is subsequently making everyone a photographer. It is becoming increasingly difficult for photojournalists to make a living due to well equipped amateurs and iPhone wielding citizens.

While some in the industry see this as the death of photojournalism many photographers, publications and news editors are adapting to the current trends. Most recently reporters for Time magazine used iPhones and uploaded images to Instagram to report the events of Hurricane Sandy.

Prominent practitioner

Lynsey Addario

My prominent practitioner is Lynsey Addario. Lynsey is an award winning photojournalist who primarily shoots for the New York Times, Time Magazine and National Geographic.

She is a skilled conflict photographer and has reported in numerous countries in Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Lynsey is a leader in her field as she offers a female perspective in a field which is predominately male dominated. She is renown for her focus on the situations of women, where war, poverty and violence are a part of daily life. As a female she is welcomed into conservatives cultures, often where men are not allowed.

Lynsey is quite long established in her industry. Although she still utilises many tools to promote and build her profile. She has her own website which profiles all her assignments, a bio and press/published work. She is a member of the renown photo agency VII. Who are a collective of photographers who specialise in conflict photojournalism. Their website features an in depth look into her work, her biography and how to contact her.

Entry pathway plan

My entry path way plan into photojournalism would first involve developing a portfolio of work. This may involve attending newsworthy events in my local community and doing volunteer photography work.

I would then actively seek out some work experience. Traditional Cadetships at publications are still offered. I would start out with offering my time to a local newspaper. I could also seek out some experience with an established photojournalist and offer to assist them.

I would also seek to join some professional organisations. Such as the NPPA (National Press Photographers Association), who offer reasonable membership rates to students, a chance to network with other photojournalists and who advertise job opportunities.

Once I began to develop a body of work I would create a website to display my work. I would also utilise social media such as facebook, twitter and instagram. These social networks would allow me to not only get my own work seen but also network with other photojournalists.

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References

Addario, L, 2011, Lynsey Addario: ‘It’s What I Do’, New York Times, viewed 10th September 2013, http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/03/30/lynsey-addario-its-what-i-do/?_r=0

Arts Law Centre of Australia, 2013, Street photographer’s rights, viewed 10th September 2013, http://www.artslaw.com.au/info-sheets/info-sheet/street-photographers-rights/

Australian Institute of Professional Photography, AIPP, Victoria, viewed 5th September 2013, http://www.aipp.com.au

Bercovici, J 2012, Why Time Magazine Used Instagram To Cover Hurricane Sandy, viewed 10th September 2013, http://www.forbes.com/sites/jeffbercovici/2012/11/01/why-time-magazine-used-instagram-to-cover-hurricane-sandy/

Brenke, R 2013, Photography Legal Overview: Forms, Contracts & Rights, viewed 10th September 2013, http://photographyspark.com/photography-business-legal-overview/

Education Portal 2013, Photojournalist: Job Outlook for the Photojournalism Career Field, viewed September 1st 2013, http://education-portal.com/articles/Photojournalist_Job_Outlook_for_the_Photojournalism_Career_Field.html

Gerra, M 2013, The Death of Photojournalism, viewed 1st September 2013, http://thediagonal.com/2013/06/07/the-death-of-photojournalism/

Lynsey Addario (personal website), viewed 10th September 2013, http://www.lynseyaddario.com/

Nemeth, A 2007, NSW Photo Rights: Australian street photography legal issues, viewed 10th September 2013, http://photorights.4020.net

Theedar, S 1999, Privacy in photographic images, viewed 10th September 2013, http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/journals/PLPR/1999