Developing the Theme
This assignment provides the freedom of approach within the confines of the themes covered in Part Two. I chose to go with what I am more artistically comfortable with, which is traditional covert street photography. There are many practitioners to choose as context, and in the end I selected Tom Wood, particularly the selection of a market venue. See later for more on context.
I used my Fujifilm XT3 with an 18-55mm zoom lens, with the zoom set at 55mm, allowing me some distance (though ideally I would have liked substantially more to provide greater anonymity). I set Iso at 800 as it was an overcast day.
I kept my camera at waist level, using the tilting LCD screen in the horizontal position, imitating an old-fashioned waist finder. As a result, very few people were aware I was in the process of taking pictures.
Very little post-processing was carried out, other than my selection of film, in this case Fujifilm Classic Negative, to obtain a more classic film look.
I took around 60 picture and deleted about 6, leaving 54, shown in the contact strip below.
From these I shortlisted 15 that had close to the right feel (a greater focus on one person if there are multiple people in shot, for example) and that demonstrate a single theme. These are shown in the contact strip below.
Body of Work
The selected images all demonstrated candid capture of a person busy shopping at a market, something they probably do every market day. Today was unusual in that restrictions have been lifted partly, resulting in individuals partially protecting themselves against COVID-19 to varying degrees, though perhaps not sufficiently.
Demonstration of Technical and Visual Skills
(Materials, techniques, observational skills, visual awareness, design and compositional skills)
I feel that the body of work above demonstrates sufficient technical control over the photographic process pre and post process. Although street photography can be a little random, the body of work demonstrates some competency in visual awareness and composition.
Quality of Outcome
(Content, application of knowledge, presentation of work in a coherent manner, with discernment)
I found it quite difficult to select 5 images. I was very happy with at least 8 of them. I believe the final set is coherent.
Demonstration of Creativity
(Imagination, experimentation, invention, personal voice)
Covert street photography requires a lot of practice to convert the random into planned. However, I was aware that I saw the shot, then took it, rather than snapping at anything and anyone.
(Reflection & Research)
The context for my work, was Tom Wood’s Market Series, and I have taken that context very literally. Of course, Wood used black and white and colour; I have stuck to one film stock.
As I put in my learning log I look for the aesthetics in my photographs, rather than following a formal approach, and like Wood, I hope I am “loose and instinctive”.