PD2: Website Inspiration

Shown in the images above are websites created by working practitioners in the photography field. They all have a different style with their websites which I think really goes well with the style of their work they are presenting.

My favourite website layout that I have looked at is Meredith Jenks, what I liked is that straight away on the page her website link sends you to is a compilation of her photographs with a button which says ‘Enter’ which then leads you to the main part of her website which is also shown. By having the montage of her images being the first thing you see you instantly get an idea of what kind of work she does and shows a very distinct style. This is very contrasted to Nicol Vizioli’s website which is mostly due to the difference in style of work, but I found Vizioli’s webiste was much more subtle, with a smaller typeface, but larger images to compensate, there are also less links at the top, but they also have a lot less work presented on their website.

Another website I particularly liked was Maja Daniels, it’s very simple and easy to navigate with introductions to all of her projects, giving you an overview of what it’s about. On the title page the image changes, showing a slideshow of her work that is on the website, again giving you an idea of what kind of work she does.

Amanda Camenisch’s website was the easiest to navigate of all the websites I looked at. As the title ‘Portfolio’ suggests you literally scroll downwards through all of her work, the only information you get is captions below the images with the date, title and what it was for. This isn’t very useful is you want to know more about the photographer, but would be very easy for possible clients to view their work.

The least effective website I came across was Murad Osmann’s, although I liked the layout for some reason I could not click or scroll through anything on the site. Perhaps the site is going through re-construction or maintanence, but there is nothing to say that so I can only assume it’s just a difficult layout.

Looking at photographers websites has been very inspiring, and it will come in handy when I begin to make my own. I will definitely take into consideration what I did and didn’t like about the websites shown when making my own to make sure that it is easy to navigate and works well with the images I have produced and will in the future.

Websites shown:

http://www.meredithjenks.com
http://www.nicolvizioli.com
http://majadaniels.com
http://amandacamenisch.ch
http://www.muradosmann.com

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Research: Thomas Ruff

To begin my reseach for one of our current projects ‘The Copy’ I have been very interested in Thomas Ruff Porträt series especially his continued work on the series in 1986 where he decided to take away the coloured backgrounds and worked on a much larger scale as the images were printed 210 x 165.

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Ruff, T. (1987). Porträt.

The image shown above is the image I have decided to copy. Due to the large scale of the photograph every detail on the sitters face can be seen, although even though the viewer is able to see the figures with such detail they are still not given any information about the subject, they cannot get any further than the surface, which is what fascinated Ruff about photographing people in this way. The series ended in 1991 and really presented Ruff’s idea “that photography can only depict the surface of things.” (Thomas Ruff, in: BiNationale (as note 6), p. 261).

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Ruff, T. Porträt exhibition.

Here shows just how large the scale of the images were. Ruff decided to take away the coloured backgrounds because of how big he was going to print the images. He thought there was enough colour in the face and clothing and so it was no longer needed.

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My own image, taken using Nikon D7000.

The final image shown is one taken by myself of the subject I have chosen to model for my copy photo shoot. The photography was taken inside a kitchen using a tripod in order to just get a reference photograph of who I have chosen to recreate Thomas Ruff’s work with. I felt that her features were somewhat similar, especially the texture of her hair I feel would be able to go into a similar style.

Workshop: Studio Lighting

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Shutter Speed: 60, Aperture: 8.5

Classic beauty shot taken during the workshop using a soft box above the photographer to give even lighting. We used a medium format Hasselblad and used polaroid film.

I have really been looking forward to trying a Hasselblad since beginning the course and I was pleased with the outcome of my image even though it came out more ‘heroic’ rather than a classic beauty shot, however the lighting is correct for a beauty shot it was the pose that gave a heroic feel to the image. If I had more time I would have thought about this more and would have thought of a way she could have posed her hands to evoke elegance but as others were also having to take theirs in a short amount of time I rushed it.

I thought that the Hasselblad had a lovely quality to it and will definitely be considering using this particular camera for my series project.

PD2: Books for Inspiration

Books for inspiration shown during our first lesson for Personal Development 2.

Looking/Seeing Workshop

Glance
Glance
Squint
Squint
Witness
Witness

As an introduction to our ‘Constructing the Image’ module we began by exploring words related to looking and seeing and then photographing scenes which we feel best show this word through storytelling in our images. My group decided to do glance, squint and witness, we combined our ideas and took turns being models and being behind the camera and came up with the images shown above. I am pleased with the images that we produced for this workshop and feel that we presented the words very well as when the group viewed the images and guessed which words we used they got them all right.

I found this workshop very helpful as it really made me think about how the slightest gestures and also how much the eyes and facial expressions showed the words we were given to do with looking and seeing.