Archive for May, 2012

Reflective Analysis

May 22, 2012

I have really enjoyed the project ‘From One Home To Another’, and I feel that by keeping to a planned schedule I was able to complete everything that I wanted to achieve on time. I still feel that there is more that I can do with this project, and it is one I’m going to carry on working with in the future. There are still many more stories that can be told, and many more ways of creating documentary pieces for this project. I have experienced being around a new subject, and I have learnt how to make them feel more comfortable around me when doing a project. My aim was to document Jean, my subject, telling the viewers her stories and her feelings towards adapting between two different cultures and countries. I feel that I have achieved what I wanted to do. This is something, an expression of feelings which I am happy with. I have completed what I set out to do and I am happy with the results.

My project did change slightly at the last minute; originally, I was going to have the photographs that went with the audio stories in a cabinet, and this cabinet would hold also possessions that belonged to Jean. From the feedback, I was able to get advice that really helped me and my method of presentation that I was going to use. In the feedback a documentary photo film was suggested, and after this I had a good think about it and it made a lot of sense to change my concept from photographs to a photo film. The story can be made clearer as a documentary photo film, and I have been able to gain more knowledge of Final Cut Pro software from this method. The knowledge I have learnt has been an experience, both self-teaching and through others. I have only ever used the software once before this, and by deciding to present my project as a photo film, I now feel more confident now when editing in Final Cut Pro.

I have realised from doing this project, From One Home To Another, that in the future I want to carry on doing documentary projects. I think that this is due to me always being interested in portraying stories, but also after sitting and learning Final Cut Pro. This is because the software is what I feel comfortable with using and I want to carry on using it and trying new and different techniques of producing a project. My interviewing skills have also improved through my research for this film. If I compare my interview skills from when starting the process, I feel as if I am now a confident and very good interviewer, his allows me to put together a story in a much better way.

I am very happy with the photographs I have captured and I feel they show my subject well. My own photographs concentrate on Jean being back in England. At the end of the photo film she tells the viewer her thoughts of being back here and what it feels like to return after being away for so long. I feel that if I had the chance to do this project again, I would not change the photographs that are placed on the wall, nor would I change the images that are used in the section of the film. I really like the way each photograph is different to the last; it reminds me of how each person has their own different stories.

One problem I have had with this project is that I have dented one of my printed images. I am lucky in a way, though, because this was an image that I was unsure of showing in the exhibition. This has taught me, however, to be a lot more careful with my final prints. If it was one of my favorites then I would not have been happy, I would have had to get it replaced, meaning it would cost me a lot more money I did not plan to spend.

Overall I am happy with every outcome of this project, but I still feel there is more I can do with it and I plan to expand on what I’ve learnt, trying different techniques and ways of documenting my projects. I have the idea of maybe recording Jean in future and making a film rather than a photo film.

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Final documentary photo film for the exhibition

May 20, 2012

Below is a link to the documentary photo film that I have created for the exhibition.

From One Home To Another

Final chosen images

May 20, 2012

These are the photographs that I will be showing for the wall space. The order in which they are shown will be the order they will be in exactly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below is an image that I had got printed and could not use it as I had damaged it. I was quite pleased that it was not any of the others as I was not very sure about this one image on whether I wanted to use it or not.

Redo Bibliography

May 20, 2012

Bibliography:

Barney, T. (1991) Friends and Relations. London: Smithsonian Institution Press

Billingham, R. (1996) Ray’s a laugh. Berlin: SCALO

Broomfield. N (2006) Early Works. London: Metrodome

Channel 4oD (2012) Gypsy Blood [online] ‘available from’ <http://www.channel4.com/programmes/gypsy-blood&gt; [27 March 2012]

Dineen, M. (2011) Home From the Hill. London: BFI

Dolores, D. (2009) ‘Exhibit on Black La Jolla and Concert by Renowned Jazz Musician Charles McPherson to Mark Black History Month at UC San Diego’ [online] ‘available from’ <http://ucsdnews.ucsd.edu/newsrel/events/01-09BlackLaJollaConcert.asp&gt; [25 March 2012]

Goldberg, J. (1985) Rich and Poor. New York: Random House

Hunter, T. (2003) The Modern World. Germany: Hatje Cantz

Renaldi, R. (2006) Figure and Ground. New York: Aperture

Walker, B  (2006) Flickr Photo Stream [online] available from <http://www.flickr.com/people/brettwalker/&gt; [28 March 2012]

Youtube (2009) Nick Broomfield – The Interview Technique [online] available from <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BuNs3FSteN8&gt;

Youtube (2009) Nick Broomfield – Early Process [online] available from <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDH8pMicjZM&feature=related&gt;

Youtube (2009) Nick Broomfield – Directing and Editing [online] available from <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efK0scCkCfY&feature=endscreen&NR=1&gt;

Youtube (2009) Nick Broomfield – Scripting and Research [online] available from <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6jIydavy_4&gt;

Youtube (2011) Ruby Wax Meets Shelley Winters Then Murders Katherine Helmond [online] available from <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WgF-H43UffY&gt; [March 25 2012]

Youtube (2011) Sharon on Radio 4 Woman’s Hour [online] available from <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJT2WUC8ilI&gt; [March 25 2012]

Redo Budget/Resource List

May 20, 2012

Budget List/Resource List

Print Type:  Fuji Matt

Print Size: 12×16 = £7.60×10 = £76

Mounting Type:  Foamex PVC

Mounting Size: 3mm, 12×16 = £10.52×10 = £105.2

Delivery of Prints: £3.90

Sales Tax: £40.18

Computer: Hired from university

Over Head Projector: Hired from university

White Back drop to Cover Pipes: From my own roll

White Sheet to Cover Pipes: £2

Lights if required: £40

Total: 267.28

Audience

May 20, 2012

Audience

I think that the project From One Home To Another is a project that holds a wide range of stories. I think that it would be a project for people from the age of 15 to late 90’s. The main people that I feel would be more interested in viewing this work would  be people that are interested in documentary stories, or people that can relate themselves to Jean’s stories. I am going to aim to try and get this project in to at least one or even more newspapers. I am going to contact a newspaper that is aimed at all different ages and genres of people. I hope that from it getting it printed in just one newspaper but hopefully more, it will gain more interest for more people to come and see my project at the exhibition.

Redo Anticipated Method of Presentation

May 20, 2012

Below is how I want to present my work for the exhibition, giving an idea of how I will present my photography project. I will be using a projector to play the documentary photo film that I have produced. I want people to be able to watch my photo film that I have created and then move from the photo film to looking at the printed images. The images that will be used are the photographs I have captured throughout the project. These will either be used in the documentary photo film or as prints. I will be showing a total of 9 printed images on the wall space next to the documentary photo film. These are Matt type prints at size 12 x 16. I will also be having these prints mounted with 3mm foamex.

Redo Plan/Schedule

May 20, 2012

Plan/Schedule of work:

Thursday 1st March – Portrait shoot with Jean

Friday 2nd March – Going through photographs and editing

Thursday 8th March – Photo shoot with Jean in her home town Birmingham

Friday 9th March – Going through photographs and editing

Thursday 15th March – Photo shoot in Jeans home

Friday 16th March – Going through photographs and editing

Thursday 22nd March – Photo shoot in her local area outside of home

Friday 23rd March – Going through photographs and editing

Saturday 24th March – Stop Watch Test at Ikon Gallery

Thursday 29th March – Redo any photographs that need to be redone

Friday 30th March – Redo any photographs that need to be redone

Thursday 5th April – Redo any photographs

Friday 6th April – Edit photographs

Saturday 7th April – Order Prints

Thursday 12th April – Order Prints from London’s Print Space over the internet

Thursday 19th April – Delivered Photographs

Friday 20th April – Dicussion of Audio with Jean (Gypsy)

Thursday 26th April – Record Audio

Friday 27th April – Edit Audio

Saturday 28th April – Add any work that needs to be added editing the audio

Sundays 29th April – Add any work that needs to be added editing the audio

Monday 30th April – Finalise edited audio and put on disc for hand in

Tuesday 1st  May – Make sure presentation is completed for Wednesday 2nd May

Thursday 3rd May – Going through audio stories to match photographs that belong to Jean (Gypsy)

Friday 4th May – Scan and edit all photographs for the photo film

Tuesday 8th May – Edit music that may use for the beginning of the two parts before the story

Wednesday 9th May – Edit photo film

Friday 11th May – Edit photo film

Monday 14th May – Edit photo film

Tuesday 15th May – Edit photo film and do scale images

Wednesday 16th May – Meet at gallery and edit film

Thursday 17th May – Finish photo film

Friday 18th – Get everything ready for hand in

Sunday 20th May – Make sure that everything is up to date on my blog

Monday 21st May – Discussion with Sadie about the lighting of the space in the gallery and  have everything ready and completed for hand in

Wednesday 23rd – Hand in final major project

Redo of project proposal

May 20, 2012

D.Bridgewater

Title: From One Home To Another

Description of subject to be investigated:

The project From One Home To Another is a documentary photo film piece that focuses on the journey of Jean, who goes by the name of Gypsy. In the photo film it will tell Gypsy’s story from beginning to end. We first start with the story of Jamaica and then travel into the story of Africa. In this photo film Gypsy explains how she sold everything she owned to move from England. She gave up everything she had because she knew she could give everything she could to help. Her heart was set and to move she had to, there was no other choice.  It was time for her lifestyle to change.  The story tells of her bringing up of 38 street boys from the rehabilitation centre, explaining how she improved their lives. To me, she is a Mother Teresa. During her time in both countries she reflects on the living conditions she had experienced. The photo film tells a wide and varied range of stories that all reflect on her life and the journey of it all.  The most shocking experiences of what she had seen, the risky situations she put herself in to try and stop these terrible experiences from happening.  At the end of this photo film Gypsy tells her story of why she had to come back to England after falling ill. The very end of the film expresses her feelings on what it was like coming back to England.  She tells of her feelings about living in England after being away from home for such a time.

In the photo film there are a series of images that accompany the audio piece, which tell the story. I will be using photographs that are owned by Jean (aka Gypsy) that reflect to these specific parts of the stories. When Jean reflects on herself and her being in England I will be using photographs that I have taken myself.

Context:

From the research I have looked into Nan Goldin’s work and the way she had presented Ballad of Sexual Dependency.  She shows images with music, which reflects the content of the images in a fascinating way.  I looked at this because I am thinking of how I can present my own images.  In Nan Goldin’s work I felt fixed to watching  the photographs in the slide because the music made me remember the pictures more. I suppose the rhythm went well with the way the images travelled. I am also looking at the documentary filmmakers Molly Dineen, and Nick Broomfield. I feel that from researching their work I can look into how they structure their documentaries and then reflect this on to my own structure of how I want to show my story of Jean and her life in Africa and Jamaica. From doing the research I can see each of the filmmaker’s techniques, from the introduction to the end of the documentaries.  What kind of audio is used in the documentary that does not contain the subject talking and what kind of background noise is used; also the way the subjects are introduced in the documentaries and how the documentaries end.  By researching and seeing each of the documentaries I can compare the three filmmakers and see which of their techniques of structure I like and create my own to go with the story for the audio.

I wanted to research into a range of photographers who capture their subjects in their “home” environments. By capturing the subjects in the home I wanted to see how the photographers below portray their subjects and how they position their own subject. I also want to look into how they show the context that surrounds the subjects in each of the photographs. I will look at the photographers Tom Hunter, Jim Goldberg, Molly Law, Tina Barney and Richard Billingham because I feel  they are successful at showing the context.

The series of photographs called Persons Unknown by Tom Hunter is another piece of work that I am going to research. Tom Hunter produced photographs that helped to save a community from being torn down by local authorities. In the media the area was said to be rough, giving the community in Hackney, London, a bad name. The local people were given notices but squatted in their homes. Tom shows these people for who they really are, not druggies and rough like they were made out to be.  I like how Tom looks at pre-Raphaelite paintings to get ideas on how to photograph. I am looking into his work as he photographs them in their home as they do their daily tasks. It is as if the photographer is non-existent; these are the style of photographs I am aiming to create when I am photographing Jean in her home. I want them to be as natural and honest as they can be. For instance, I photograph her lifestyle, her daily activities. An example of this would be capturing her daily activity of making a cup of tea. I feel when looking at Tom’s work, it inspires me by giving me ideas for what kind of places I can photograph my subject in her home but in my own style.

 
Jim Goldberg is another photographer that photographs his subjects in their home environment. This work is called Rich and Poor. I find that Jim’s work is very intimate. He captures American people in the environment in which they live in but he gets the subjects to write their feelings, fears and thoughts.  All of these comments from the subjects are hand written which makes the piece of work even more special as is shows more of the subject. It makes me think that even the subject’s handwriting can display the character of that person. These people open up and write about their lives. They talk about their lives as they are each captured in their own envionment, their home. The home is the place they live in, their personal area where they take out daily activities. It is the place they may be most familiar with.  

Molly Low is a photographer who gets her inspiration for her own work from Jim Goldberg’s Rich and Poor.  I feel she produces the same style of work as Jims, the same layout of the work and also she gets her own subjects to write comments of their own personal experience. Similar to Jim, she captures her subjects in their home environment, the place where the subject is and can be him self or her self. The project is based on the community called La Jolla, which is a place in San Diego. The project by Molly Low is called Portraits of Black San Diegans. The comments that are wrote by the subjects are their feelings towards the property tax increases and fears of rezoning. These affect the people because it could lead to a decline in property value, which mean many black families have to sell their La Jolla homes.

Tina Barney was another photographer that I had  concentrated on looking at. This is because she also shows her subjects in their home environments, showing context around the subjects that she captures. I was looking at the context around the subjects, the ways in which she places her subjects and how they are posed in the images, or how in different images the subjects look un-posed but relaxed. To me, the context was the main thing and how this context was captured in the photographs. Tina captures large-scale images of her friends and family in their homes. I like how in each photograph she is able to show her subjects in different ways and how well she portrays the context of their homes in each image. What I also love about her work is that it is like she is not there in some of the photographs. She is able to capture people being their natural self even when they are not focused in on the camera. In a home the environment is what portrays the person and their personality. I love how Tina portrays each of the individual’s personalities.

I have always enjoyed the work by Richard Billingham, which is why I looked into his work. I like the work he produced called Rays A Laugh. I saw his work in the photo book that he had done for this project. Richard documents his father who is an alcoholic and his over weight mother, of whom is heavily tattooed. I love all of the images that he captures because I believe he documents them so closely. He manages to show his parents real characters, this makes their personalites comes across very strong in each image. What I also find interesting is how each image is different. To sum,  the main reason that I have looked at this photographer is because he documents subjects in their home environment showing a varied of contexts of the subjects around them. I need ways to show my subject and the context around her. This is why I have found looking at the work by Richard Billingham has helped my own documentation work on Jean, the ways in which I can capture her in her home.

For the portrait research I am going to look at the photographer Brett Walker. I have always enjoyed Brett’s portraits, as the photographs are so prominent.  In the work I also like how the subjects are positioned and how close up Brett photographs people. Another thing I like about Brett’s work is how the subjects do not always focus on looking into the lens of the camera, but you can still get a feel for the emotion that is expressed from each person in the portraits.

I have listened to interviews by Ruby Wax, along with interviews from Radio 4 Women’s Hour. I found that listening to these interviews has made me gain more knowledge on how to produce an interview process that is both informal and formal. Listening to the interviews gives me a clear understanding on how to structure my own interview process. I found it easier to structure my own questions for an interview with Gypsy, with the objective to get the best answers and information from her.  I fully feel my questions are working in a clear timeline that travel well with my audio and images. They are set in a natural flow to fit the importance of the home environment, its naturalness.

Discussion with Sadie (university gallery curator) regarding the exhibition 21/5/12

May 20, 2012

I spoke to Sadie first about how I will light the photographs that will be on the wall in a dark  space as my photo film will be playing and she said it was best to talk to Gregg. I spoke to Gregg and he said about clip lights that he has but it is whether he can get hold of them and then it is deciding on where these clip lights will clip to. I am hoping that Gregg can get hold of the clip lights for me as they would look really good. He suggested I went back over to Sadie and she does not know how many mains there are in the room that I will be placed in and this is something we will not know until Friday 25th May. Friday 25th May I am meeting Gregg over at the gallery at 1pm to make decisions and also to look at how many mains are available. I am hoping that I can transport my roll of  back drop to the university Friday so I can size that and keep it safe at the university ready.