This last term has been trying to say the least, probably because it’s been alot shorter than the others and it’s been difficult getting myself organised and getting all the tasks done on time and to good standard. I think the pinhole photography was the hardest part for me-the unreliability of it all, not knowing if i’d get any pictures, or if my pinhole camera was leaking too much light, but i understand now that this was all part of the learning curve-being uncertain about some aspects of photography and overcoming it, not necessarily producing perfect pictures, but using it in a way i was comfortable with, I eventually grew to quite like some of my pinhole photos, a little. The three tasks (street photography, portrait and control) allowed me to thoroughly explore using my matchbox pinhole, i found that towards the end of using it i actually preferred my images with more light leaks, it added character to them-making them more than other photos i’d taken with an ordinary camera, i really felt like i’d made them from scratch. The major assignment was also interesting to tackle, i was unsure in the beginning how i’d ‘documenta meeting’ within my work and it took me a while to come up with something, photographing materials was something i enjoyed doing although i could see that my pictures weren’t really knitting together and that they needed more, which is where the narrative came in. I’m glad for all the advice and criticism i was given about my work, it meant i could adjust it to suit the project and to enhance my images without necessarily changing what i was photographing. This term i’ve come to realise just how much we rely on lighting within photography, how it can transform a photo with the slightest change and why it’s so important to photographers. My main assignment involved me using ambient lighting-which meant having to make sure i photographed at certain times of day, in certain places and nearly always using a tripod for the slow shutter speeds required. I enjoyed undertaking this final project, using film yet again which i still feel is fairly new to me although i’d tried it before, i’vepushed myself in the sense that, rather than sticking with something that didn’t seem to be going anywhere, i used the advice i was given and altered my work accordingly, i found it hard to do sometimes but i knew that it would improve my work. I’m pleased with the images i’ve produced and how i want to present them-looking at the text i wanted to go with them was also useful to me, as i found that you can’t just stick anything next to your pictures and hope that it provides it with a meaning, and that text can in some ways bring your image to life if you choose the right words. If i could improve on anything i think it’d be my time management, i spent alot of my time on the pinhole photography and then found i didn’t have as much time afterwards to be getting on with the main assignment-if i’d had more i would’ve reached my final ideas sooner and perhaps would’ve chosen to send off for a photo book online for my final presentation of the photos, which might’ve looked more professional than the one i’ve produced, although it’s not too awful.
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