This video clip basically looked at the expressions of the poeple playing games, I wanted to experience how people react on some thing, because I was going to act and change my expressions for different reasons, I believe this video would help me alot in changing my expressions.
In this post I will assess my project called Emotions and Memories. The project was part of my pathway module called Photography and Media under the M.A Communication, Culture and Media. Relating to my project, I shared it with my fellow classmates who gave me positive feedback when I explained my work to them and they really appreciated it. It was also great talking to the classmates on getting different ideas and how to display projects. The reason of making this project is because I wanted to be an example and motivate the other people especially the teenagers to have strong hearts, to respect others and to love the elders, this project also tells the audience of not giving up in front of different challenges. At some point this project also shows the different phases of life where one has to fight to overcome the problem. This story also tells the viewers that hard work is important if you want to reach your goal but most of all this photo film is dedicated to the people who also lost there loved ones.
Personally, I think the practical part of the project was a bit challenging especially when it came to the studio shoot as I am not someone who does studio shoots normally and prefer natural light, this was one the biggest challenges I faced but to overcome the problem I tried to do some research on studio shoots on the internet, watched tutorials online and saw some examples of the works photographers shared with the audience online. Secondly, I practiced in the studio with different lighting conditions and as I experimented with different lighting which included light settings, looking at shadows and so on, I also gained some knowledge about the whole concept of using the studio. This was also one of the reasons I didn’t want to do a studio shoot due to the less experience I had.
Another aspect that gave me difficulty was the editing process and selecting the images, basically this took most of the time as I had a large collection (120 images) and had to choose only 10 accordingly to the story I was telling which also confused me. Changing the original presentation idea from doing a gallery and speaking live to making a photo film was also hard due to the time I had. Coming to the technical aspects, I believe, I could have done more with the images if I had practiced more in the studio.
As this project needed good acting skills especially when it came to show the different emotions, I wasn’t confident but somehow came into the story and made it natural for the audience. Other than that, I learnt how photographers portray the subject using different styles of photography, in addition to this, doing this module and project helped me look at different artist which can be used in a different project.
As I am hoping to motivate other people, who will face such situations when growing up especially teenagers, I think it is good to share such stories with schools and educational charities. Talking to different people about my project left me confident with what I do, adding to that, photographing in a different style was a good experience and especially using the lights in the studio helped me do the project and will also be useful for me in the future as I want to be a photojournalist or a storyteller. Over all, I showed my feelings and shared a personal strong story which can help or motivate teenagers who aren’t confident due to the issues happen in daily basis all over the world.
“On the October of 2009, my mother’s travelling ticket was arranged immediately, I had an idea why she was going back to Pakistan leaving me, my younger sister and my dad. The next day, I had a cricket match with the two times champions, on that day I was sleepless.
At 8 o’clock in the morning I got ready while wearing my wrist band and at that moment I was asked by my dad if playing the match was important. I said yes confidently and started packing my cricket kit because this was a do or die match and I was so proud of being the vice captain of the team remembering only the best ones are chosen to be the leaders.
Reaching the ground, I was happy to see the boys doing some warm up exercises, after some time, the toss was done and we selected to bat first, I was so furious to see the other team and promised myself to give the best. While batting I kept on motivating the other batsman.
My team made a total of 138 runs, which gave me a Hope of winning the match. As we started bowling, the opponent team got out on 130 runs and I was surprised by the performance of the juniors. This made me realise hard work pays off.
Later on in the day, I went back home just to get a shock of every one wearing white clothes, I questioned myself, what does that mean?. Someone told me my grandmother had passed away. This made me sad and my expressions changed. I would have stayed back and prayed for my grandmother because for me elders are like shadows, there are always besides you and should always be respected. This taught me a lesson and should always think before you do something. I miss my grandmother’s stories and will always remember her. I won the game but lost some one special.”
“In this mini task, the students were asked to make a story using images to create a comical narratives”. For this task, I decided to do some thing different, I was basically taking photographs of squirrels in the park and thought I could bring up an imaginary story. The scene had both pigeons and squirrels adding to that there was a metal rail also. At the site, the pigeons were sitting on the metal rail where as the squirrels were playing around the metal rail, I imagined the pigeons to be the police and squirrels being the thieves. Using three images I made up a story and named it “Jail Break”.
In image 1, I imagined the squirrel being behind the bars, here the subject was looking at the metal rails.
In image 2, I imagined the squirrel coming out of the jail after breaking the metal bars.
In the final image, I imagined the pigeon looking for the squirrel after the jail break.
For this task, basically I had to use a fast shutter speed because of the fast movement of the subject especially the squirrels, it was tough to capture them. Secondly, the position and angle was another important aspect again especially for the squirrels, the metal bars were wide open and the squirrels could enter in between easily therefore to make the story look natural and original, selection of angles and positions were very important.
Daniel Weinshenker has a different story but the concept of emotions and memories was the same, his story motivated me to tell my past at some point, Daniel’s work goes in a flow and it is simple to understand, he has used his past to tell a story, the similarity of my story and his is that they both have positivity and at some point, the stories show the dark side also. Secondly, I see two stories in one and so does mine. On the otherside, I question my self, who is the audience and why should the audience watch his digital story?. Personally, I believe Daniel has refreshed his memories from the past and maybe this makes him a stronger person.
In this post, I have selected a few photographs from Paul Burns collection done in the studio. Here I will challenege his work as I have disagreed with a few things considering to the technical aspects in photography.
Image 1 is a portrait of a child taken in the studio, the photographer decided to take a mid-shot, focussing on the face to bring out the expressions of the subject, here, we can see the background is white and over all the image has been changed to black and white and mostly having bright colors in it. The image is sharp and clear. Some how on the left side, the arm has been cropped but what disapoints me here is the colors used as the background has the same colors of the subject. The subject is blending with the background especially looking at the lower part of the image. I would appreciate it if the photographer had taken this shot on a black background as the subject was wearing bright colored clothes, in this the subject would have differentiated from the background and would be seen easily.
Image 2 is a bit different from image 1. Image 2 shows a mother giving love to her child, this image is more natural because none of the subjects are looking at the camera, here we can see the bonding of a mother and child. As we can see the image is in black and white having a white background but what makes it different from image 1 is the dark and bright color combinations. In this image the subject is wearing dark colored clothes where as the background is white, this brings out the story of the mother and child. (love). In this image, I can see the connection due to the expressions as it is well detailed and focussed, but personally I would love to see the image in colored as I believe black and white suites sad and negative stories or images for example crying, fighting etc. After looking at these two images, the question I have is, does color matter to bring out the story? Does color selection make the image stronger?. In the end, its up to the photographer on how he creates the image but it is very important to explain what the image portrays at some point.