Published on November 25, 2013
Birmingham Trip – creating a narrative
TYPES OF IMAGES • narratives : – a story or an account of a sequence of events in the order in which they happened. – the art or process of telling a story or giving an account of something. • • • • Compositionally you can use the following types of shots to create a story: Establishing Detailed, Main and Concluding shots.
Practical Task – Birmingham Trip You have to document a short story, your narrative, on Birmingham using one of the following styles of documentary: •Portraits of people at work •Street photography •Street portraits •Documentary landscape RESEARCH a photographer that shoots in one of these styles of documentary photography for your artist comparison.
People at work An aspect of Social documentary photography, it’s the recording of humans in their natural condition with a camera. Often it also refers to a socially critical genre of photography dedicated to showing the life of underprivileged or disadvantaged people, influenced by the work of lewis hine and Jacob Riis
Martin Parr – black country stories
Prakash Sach – portraits of workers
Street Portraits • Engage with your subjects, be confident and approachable • Smile! • Who will you photograph and why? • Ask a question – get a quote from each subject for your captions • If you get rejected, try and try again! Don’t give up!
Nick Eagle – Portraits of people in bham http://www.bleaf.co.uk.
Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton
Gillian Wearing Signs that Say What You Want Them To Say and Not Signs that Say What Someone Else Wants You To Say
Phillip Lorca Di Corca - heads
Street style portraits by Karuna Gurung
Street Photography 1) Use of Juxtaposition to express humor or something more serious 2) Decisive moment 3) Documenting an incident 4 )A Personal view on a location 5) Public areas 6) Ensuring every image has a point/concept/story or purpose 7) Use of lighting
Matt Smith, London
Beat Streuli - New Street See more in the online gallery here: http://www.ikongallery.co.uk/programme/current/gallery/673/new_street/
Bruce Gilden – Head On 'I'm known for taking pictures very close, and the older I get, the closer I get.'
Henri Cartier Bresson
The Photography Collective – Orchestra of Disorientation • Based in Birmingham – street photography and documentation made into film: https://vimeo.com/20236127
Documentary landscape • • • • Compositionally you can use the following types of shots to create a story with your documentary landscape: Establishing Detailed, Main and Concluding shots.
Clarissa Bonet – City Space
• photographer Derek Fairbrother took a series of images from the same spot in Birmingham’s Chamberlain square between 1963 and 1986. Video: • http://www.7inch.org.uk/news/2009/10/fairbrother-time-lapse-sequence/
“I wanted the buildings to look like models, and to photograph them from above on sunny days so there was a sense of a singular light source” – Tom Merilion
Aerial photographs of Birmingham. Merilion achieved this by photographing from a small aircraft ﬂying low over the city centre. He used an architectural lens the wrong way round, with a selective focus and a polarizing ﬁlter to emphasize the colours of sky and foliage.
Series of work: metropoli project 2000 – 2003. Includes images on Birmingham and other major UK cities. http://www.johndavies.uk.com/
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