Reflection (My Own Working Processes)
It has been an interesting exercise keeping a blog of my research since starting my MA Photographic Degree back in September. I have found it useful, as I can refer back to it at a later date if needed. Previously I had worked with sketchbooks and a lot of the time I would forget to update them or just simply mislay them. Having an online blog has been a lot easier and I have found it less difficult to update as I am often on my laptop working and have found it more convenient to access. The added bonus is that I have saved a small fortune on sketchbooks and ink, and to access it all I need is a computer or access to Wi-Fi. Blogging will definitely be the way forward for me now on as I find I work much more effectively this way.
I consider myself to be organised and like to work in a methodical manner, taking one thing at a time. This helps me to look at things more clearly and try to develop solutions to any problems I may encounter along the way. I am constantly researching and actively seeking other photographer’s work that relates to the images that I am producing or images that I would like to try and produce at a later date. I think that it is important for me to research and gather new ideas from other photographers as this helps to keep my own work fresh and new. I am trying to keep an open mind as to the type of photography that I wish to produce but for the sake of the Practice 1 Media Module I have been concentrating on four different genres of photography and at times I have found that these have overlapped.
I have been looking at Landscapes, Animals, Portraiture and Abstract photography. Some of my landscapes have ended up being of an abstract nature as well as some of my portraits, this can be seen in the two examples below:
I tend to generate new ideas from my research, looking at the images that I admire and thinking about how I can adapt the image and make it my own, sometimes I am inspired by several images and combine these to come up with an idea that is unique to me. How it is that I am influenced by other photographer’s work is still not clear to me. It is not something that I can express in words; it is just simply a feeling I get when I look at an image. Sometimes the feeling could be of sadness, joy or even wonder. I am attracted to images that leave me guessing on how they were achieved.
When I feel I have a good idea that I can work with, I will shoot and experiment, if I am happy with the results I will continue to develop the work further. I tend to shot in digital format for the most part but I will shoot in film if I feel that this is more suited to the work that I am trying to create. I have used Photoshop a lot in the past to create my abstract images and abstract landscapes.
“I want to create images that people will be inspired by.”
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