Expressing Your Vision – Assignment One Submission
My first impressions of this assignment were that despite sounding simple it could be accomplished on several levels as an ongoing project. It also tied in with a project that I had already considered starting after reading Edgelands[i] as I now live in an area similar to that described and also grew up in the same one that the authors did. I felt the only way I could do this was to consider how my younger self would see the environment my older self was now in, so I started looking for elements from the book and parallels with my life then and now.
I listed several on my blog pages as part of the original research[ii] but Rob Ball’s Series “Unremarkable Stories”[iii] had greatly influenced my final choice of images. A lot of my images are remarkably similar but where initially more influenced by Paul Hill[iv]and Mark Kimber[v]as I wanted to show the effect of people on the landscape without showing people.
Technically I decided to user Program mode as much as possible to be able to show the development through this course and the same camera and lens. I chose to use my Canon 7D as the bulk of the images were shot during a period of almost continual rain. Also I wanted the flat light so I could put emphasis on shapes, leading lines colour and patterns.
I limited post production to adjusting curves and levels with some minor cropping to correct some minor problems with horizontal and vertical lines. I also decided to go for six complementary pairs rather than twelve completely isolated images.
I feel the collection as a whole is a good point of reference but I also feel that not retaining the same orientation for all of them has possibly been a mistake.
I like the strong shapes in the two Worship images that clearly link them but also feel that the Suburbia images are not as technically competent as they should be. However I wanted to include them as they show a strong contrast between social and private housing.
This project is something I consider maybe a suitable candidate to continue for the rest of the course and maybe a basis for a book, however I also need to decide on if I will consciously keep the human element at bay or introduce this as a complementary element.
[i] Paul Farley and Michael Symmons Roberts, Edgelands (Journeys into England’s True Wilderness), Vintage (2012)
[iv] http://www.hillonphotography.co.uk/projects/landscapes.php retrieved 6/12/2015